HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has been named a finalist for the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, as announced by the league on Saturday, Feb. 26. Babstock is one of three finalists as selected by the League's coaches. The Player of the Year nomination comes on the heels of being named a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, as announced by the League on Thursday, Feb. 24.
Babstock finished the regular season as the league-leader in overall goals (29), assists (26) and points (55). She also finished first among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey rookie skaters in all three statistical categories, as well as finishing tied for first in the country with nine game-winning goals. The freshman led all ECAC Hockey skaters in conference goals (21) and shots (188), while finishing tied for first with two short-handed goals.
Babstock is a two-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week recipient and a five-time Rookie of the Week award winner. She has also received Quinnipiac University accolades, as she was named Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for the months of November and December.
The freshman forward has also received nationwide attention for her performance throughout the season. On January 17, 2010, Babstock became just the second athlete in school history to receive mention in Sports Illustrated's Weekly publication of its "Faces In The Crowd" section. Just this past week, Babstock was named one of the 26 nominees for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award is given annually to the most outstanding player in Division I Women's Ice Hockey.
The Mississauga native led a Bobcats offense that scored a program-high 98 goals in the regular season. The 31 power play goals, also a program-record, helped the team accumulate a 20.8 power play percentage, which ranks third among ECAC Hockey teams.
Also nominated for the Player of the Year award is Cornell junior forward Rebecca Johnston and Cornell sophomore defender Laura Fortino.