Northeastern University forward Kendall Coyne has been awarded the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, recognizing the best player in women’s collegiate hockey. She beats out University of Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens and Boston College forward Alex Carpenter, who won the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
“I have never coached and may never have the privilege of coaching another player as talented and committed as Kendall,” said Northeastern coach Dave Flint. “What’s so inspiring about Kendall is that she’s equally impressive in the classroom and as a leader and role model in the community. Kendall has left a mark on Northeastern, Hockey East, the NCAA, and the community that will be felt for a very long time.”
Coyne, already named Hockey East Player of the Year and a First Team All-America, is the NCAA leader in goals with 50 and is second in total points at 84 through just 34 games. She also led the NCAA in goals per game with 1.35 and points per game with 2.27.
It was a big year at large for the Northeastern captain in her final year of NCAA eligibility. She led Northeastern to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and became the school’s all-time leader in points with 248 and goals with 140.
Coyne will join the U.S. National Team for the upcoming 2016 Women’s World Championship held in Kamloops, Canada.
The award ceremony was held in Durham, New Hampshire on Saturday, the day between the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals and championship, which will feature undefeated Boston College facing the University of Minnesota, who make their fifth straight national championship appearance.
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