Quinnipiac's Kelly Babstock Announced As Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) has been named one of the 26 nominee's for this year's 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

Babstock was one of six players chosen from ECAC Hockey, and is one of only two freshmen nominated for the award. The Mississauga native is having one of the best statistical single-seasons in program history, as she has compiled a record 55 points (29 goals, 26 assists) thus far on the year. Aside from having the single-season program records in goals, assists and points, Babstock also heads the program with most single-game points (6), hat tricks (3) and multipoint games (16). Babstock also began her Quinnipiac career by scoring at least one point in her first eight games, the largest such streak to start a career at Quinnipiac.

Babstock leads all ECAC Hockey, as well as all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey freshman skaters in goals, assists and points this season. She ranks fifth overall in goals, tied for 10th in assists and is fifth in points. The freshman ranks tied for first among all skaters with nine game-winning goals. She has twice been named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week and has been honored with Rookie of the Week honors on five separate occasions.

The Patty Kazmaier Award, presented by LECOM, is in its 14th year of honoring the top women's college ice hockey player. The final 26 players will be brought to 10 semifinalists (announced on Thursday, Mar., 3) following nationwide coaches' rankings. Following the announcement of the top-10, a 13-member selection committee will decide on the three finalists (announced Thursday, Mar., 10). The winner of the award will be announced at The Patty Kazmaier Award Ceremony, presented by LECOM, on Saturday, Mar., 19.

No. 5 seeded Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it kicks off its best-of-three ECAC Hockey opening round playoff series against No. 4 seeded Princeton at Hobey Baker Rink on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.