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4 Canadian women finalists for NCAA hockey award

The10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, recognizing the player of the year in NCAA Division I women's hockey, were announced on Thursday.
Canadian Laura Fortino, seen last season with Cornell, is up for the highest individual honour in NCAA women's hockey. (Christopher Millette/Associated Press)

The 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, recognizing the player of the year in NCAA Division I women's hockey, were announced on Thursday.

Cornell forwards Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, Ont., and Laura Fortino of Hamilton along with Mercyhurst forward Bailey Bram of Ste. Anne, Man., and Ohio State forward Natalie Spooner of Toronto are among the 10 nominees.

A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists on March 8 and the winner will be named March 17.

The other nominees are Wisconsin forwards Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight, North Dakota forward Jocelyne Lamoureux, North Dakota forward/defenceman Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Northeastern goalie Florence Schelling and Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel, younger sister of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel.

American forward Meghan Duggan of the University of Wisconsin took the honour last year.

The award is named after the late Patty Kazmaier, who was an all-Ivy League defenceman at Princeton University from 1981 to 1986. She died in February 1990 at age 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

 

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