Decker Named Patty Kazmaier Finalist

Photo: Nicole Haase

USA Hockey announced on Thursday morning that Wisconsin will be once again represented with a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award.

Junior forward Brianna Decker was selected as one of the three finalists for the award along with Jocelyne Lamouruex from North Dakota, and Florence Schelling from Northeastern University.

Decker is the fourth Badger to be named a finalist for the award. The previous three, Meghan Duggan (2011), Jessie Vetter (2009), and Sara Bauer ( 2006) all wound up winning the award.

In leading the top-seeded Badgers into the NCAA tournament, Decker paces the nation with 36 goals this season and ranks second in the country with 78 points. In Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, Decker tallied 54 points (20-34) in 28 conference games en route to being named the WCHA Player of the Year and earning First Team All-WCHA honors.

In 36 games this season, Decker has 33 multi-point games and ranks third in the nation with 2.14 points per game.

As an alternate captain, Decker helped lead Wisconsin to the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll in 21-of-22 weeks this season. Decker has also recorded four hat tricks this season and has five game-winning goals.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey.

Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

The year's recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be announced live at a brunch ceremony in Duluth, Minn., during the Women's Frozen Four on Saturday, March 17.

Tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. The ceremony will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

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