BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 20, 2020 – The top four scorers in the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association are among the Top-10 finalists for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award announced today by the USA Hockey Foundation.
Ohio State junior Emma Maltais and a trio of Wisconsin Badgers – junior Daryl Watts, senior Abby Roque and sophomore Sophie Shirley – are among the 10 candidates for the top honor in women's collegiate hockey.
With this year's selections, the WCHA has had at least two players named to the Top-10 finalists lists in all 21 years of the league's existence. The four selections this year marks the 15th time in 21 seasons that four or more WCHA players have been honored as Top-10 finalists, including a high of six selections in both 2012 and 2013.
Watts, who is in her first season with the No. 2/2 Badgers and was the 2018 Patty Kazmaier winner as a freshman at Boston College, leads the WCHA and the NCAA with 67 points on 22 goals and a league-and national-best 45 assists. Her assists per game (1.41) and points per game (2.09) also lead the country. The Toronto, Ont., native has been the league's Forward of the Week three times this season and was the WCHA Forward of the Month in October. She has also been tabbed as one of the NCAA's Three Stars of the Week twice this season.
Shirley is the WCHA's second-leading scorer with 55 points on a league-leading 26 goals and 29 assists. She ranks second nationally in goals scored and her point total is tied for third in the NCAA. The Saskatoon, Sask., native also leads the WCHA and ranks second nationally in goals per game at 0.81.
Roque has registered 53 points on 23 goals and 30 assists this season to rank No. 3 in the league and sixth nationally in scoring. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native also leads the WCHA in game-winning goals with five and plus/minus at +35, which is the fifth-best rating nationally. Roque has been tabbed the WCHA Forward of the Week twice and was the league's player of the month in December. She has twice been recognized as one of the NCAA's Three Stars of the Week this season.
Maltais stands fourth in the WCHA and seventh nationally in scoring with 50 points on 18 goals and 32 assists and is one of seven WCHA players to record a hat trick this season. The Burlington, Ont., native potted four goals in the No. 5/5 Buckeyes' WCHA opener at St. Cloud State on Oct. 4 to establish the NCAA single-game high for goals this season, which has since been equaled four times. Maltais has twice been recognized as the WCHA's Forward of the Week and was the league's Player of the Month in January. She earned NCAA Second Star of the Week honors on Jan. 14 when she tallied seven points (2g-5a) in Ohio State's home sweep of Minnesota State.
Three finalists for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be announced on Feb. 27, with the winner being revealed on March 21 at the Women's Frozen Four in Boston.