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Wisconsin hockey: Abby Roque named WCHA Player of the Year

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The finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award took home the hardware as the best player in the conference first.

NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 16 Women’s - Division I Championship - Wisconsin v Colgate Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Wisconsin Badgers senior forward, and finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, Abby Roque was named the WCHA Player of the Year on Thursday. This is the highest award the conference gives out and a tremendous honor for the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, native.

Roque, who was also named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, continues a long tradition of Badgers winning the award as she is now the seventh Wisconsin player to win it and the second straight Badger to do it after Annie Pankowski won it last year.

Her competition for the best player in the conference included WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Jincy Dunne of Ohio State, WCHA Goaltender of the Year Sydney Scobee of Minnesota and WCHA Rookie of the Year Madeline Wethington of Minnesota.

UWBadgers.com notes how well Roque has been playing this season:

Roque has enjoyed a stellar senior campaign for the Cardinal and White as she has a career high 25 goals and 57 points this year while her 32 assists matched her career-best mark set last year. The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, native has five game-winning goals for UW this year, a team-best mark, and has played a critical role in UW’s NCAA-leading power play which is operating at a .353 clip.

Roque has been stellar in the faceoff circle for UW has she leads the NCAA with 494 faceoff triumphs while her .663 faceoff clip ranks second in the nation.

The alternate captain has made several moves up the Badgers’ record books as she became only the eighth Badger to record 100 career assists and also moved into the top-10 in points with 169. She also ranks in the top-10 in UW history in power-play goals, game-winning goals and plus/minus.

“I extend my congratulations to Abby Roque on her selection as our 2019-20 WCHA Player of the Year,” WCHA Commissioner Jennifer Flowers said. “Abby has had a phenomenal season on the ice. Our league is home to many of the best collegiate women’s hockey players, which makes this award all the more impressive. It is well-deserved recognition for Abby.”

Roque is clearly one of the best players in program history and is an extremely deserving winner of this award.

Roque and the No. 2 ranked Badgers open postseason play Saturday at the 2020 WCHA Final Faceoff at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. UW opens the tournament against Minnesota Duluth in a 2 p.m. showdown Saturday. B5Q will be covering the game from the press box.