BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Feb. 28, 2018 – Prior to having a stellar, four-team field – including three teams ranked in the top-seven nationally – convene for the Final Faceoff championship tournament, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) today recognizes and applauds six of its standout performances.
Below are the 2017-18 WCHA Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goaltender, Rookie, Outstanding Student-Athlete and Coach of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey.
"On behalf of the WCHA, our sincere congratulations to our individual award winners," said WCHA Vice President and Women's League Commissioner Katie Million. "To be recognized as the best-of-the-best from such a deep and talented group of nominees is a tremendous honor. We are proud to applaud their fantastic seasons, both on and off the ice!"
WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey:
Abby Roque, So., F, Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
Roque followed up her 2016-17 WCHA Rookie of the Year performance with an even better sophomore campaign, propelling top-ranked Wisconsin to its third-straight league regular season crown. The Sault Ste. Marie native compiled 21 of her team-best 35 overall points in 24 WCHA games, with six goals and 15 assists. Roque factored in eight-game winning goals for the Badgers in league play (2g-6a), had at least one point in 14 of 24 contests and posted a plus-14 rating. She also ranked second in the WCHA with 260 face-off wins and fourth with a .596 percentage. Roque enters the WCHA Final Faceoff with a league-best 26 assists overall (and is tied for third with 35 points).
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Sydney Baldwin, Sr., D, Minnesota (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Baldwin, a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist, was one of the nation's top two-way players this season. The senior from Minnetonka, Minn. was tied for third in the WCHA scoring race and paced league blueliners with 22 points (9g-13a) in conference games, along with a WCHA-best 76 blocked shots. The Gophers' co-captain ranks second among NCAA Division I defensemen with 32 points, 12 goals (tied) and 92 blocks, while she is tied for sixth with a plus-24 rating. Baldwin tallied a point in 23 of her 35 games (14 WCHA contests), while factoring in seven game-winning goals (2g-5a).
WCHA Goaltender of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Campbell was nothing short of sensational in her first season in Madison, starting all 24 league games for the WCHA champion Badgers, leading the conference with 20 wins, an .875 winning percentage (20-2-2), eight shutouts, a 1.16 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist has been in the net for each of UW's 34 games and enters the WCHA Final Faceoff leading all NCAA Division I goaltenders in overall winning percentage (.882, 29-3-2), shutouts (11), GAA (1.14) and save percentage (.942). A sophomore transfer from the University of North Dakota, Campbell allowed two-goals-or-fewer in 28 games (19 in WCHA play), including 23 efforts with no more than one goal against (16 in league contests). The Brandon, Manitoba native became the first Wisconsin goaltender to win her first nine starts in the Cardinal and White, opening 16-0-0.
WCHA Rookie of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Emma Maltais, Fr., F, Ohio State (Burlington, Ontario)
How good has Maltais been in her first collegiate season? Well, the freshman from Burlington, Ontario enters the WCHA Final Faceoff with a league-leading 40 points (16g-24a) overall – the most by an Ohio State skater since two-time Olympic medalist Natalie Spooner collected 50 in 2011-12. Maltais finished second in the league scoring race with 24 of her points (10g-14a) in 24 WCHA games, finding her name on the scoresheet in 17 contests. A clutch performer, she led the WCHA with four game-winning goals in league play and five overall – tied for the most nationally by a rookie. All told, Maltais tallied at least a point in 26 of her 34 contests (including 12 multi-point efforts), helping Ohio State set program records with 23 overall wins (entering this weekend) and 14 WCHA victories.
WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Catherine Daoust, Sr., D, Minnesota Duluth (L'Île-Bizard, Québec)
"Catherine is the perfect example of what it truly means to be a student-athlete," says UMD head coach Maura Crowell of her senior blueliner. "She embodies both parts of the moniker that is so often used, we sometimes forget how difficult it is to truly be one." A native of French-speaking L'Île-Bizard, Québec, Daoust has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average through seven semesters to-date as a Mechanical Engineering major. A member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, she has made the Dean's list every semester at UMD, is a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. Before embarking on a post-graduate career that includes plans to attend a master's program in Aerospace Engineering, Daoust served as the Bulldogs' assistant captain in her final season of collegiate hockey. She tallied a career-high 13 points (3g-10a) in 2017-18, led UMD with 67 blocked shots, posted a plus-2 rating and appeared on all the Bulldogs' special teams units.
WCHA Scoring Champion, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Grace Zumwinkle, Fr., F, Minnesota (Excelsior, Minn.)
Zumwinkle, the 2017 USA Today High School Sports All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year and the Minnesota Ms. Hockey award winner, became the WCHA's first rookie scoring champion since the 2009-10 season. The Excelsior, Minn. native tallied 27 points in her 24 WCHA games, scoring 11 goals with a league-best 16 assists. She also paced the WCHA with 0.67 assists and 1.12 points per game, along with seven power-play points (tied).
WCHA Goaltending Champion, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Kristen Campbell, So., G, Wisconsin (Brandon, Manitoba)
Campbell led WCHA netminders with a 1.16 goals-against average in league play, allowing just 28 goals in a league-best 1450:07 minutes between the pipes. The sophomore from Brandon, Manitoba also led the WCHA in league play with 24 starts, a .941 save percentage, 20 wins, an .875 winning percentage (20-2-2) and eight shutouts.
WCHA Coach of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
Nadine Muzerall, Ohio State
In just her second season as a collegiate head coach, Muzerall has presided over the best season in Ohio State program history. After improving by four wins in her first campaign, the Buckeyes have won a program-record 23 games thus far in 2017-18 (three more than the previous standard) and, at 23-9-4, have risen to No. 5 in the national polls heading into the WCHA Final Faceoff. After having not finished with a winning league record since 2006-07, Muzerall guided the Buckeyes to a program-best second-place finish this season with a school-record 14 WCHA wins (14-6-4-3). Additionally, her players earned five spots on 2017-18 All-WCHA teams.
About the 2017-18 WCHA Individual Awards, Powered by GoodWood Hockey
The 2017-18 WCHA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year were chosen from the All-WCHA First Team forwards and blueliners, respectively. The Goaltender of the Year is the first-team All-WCHA netminder, while the Rookie of the Year was selected from the All-WCHA Rookie Team. WCHA Women's League member team head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the All-WCHA Teams, and then again for these awards. Member institution Faculty Athletic Representatives nominate and vote for the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won a record 16 national championships in 18 seasons since its inception in 1999 (including 15 of a possible 17 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Award winners, 95 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team Division 1 conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit www.wcha.com.
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