Kelly Babstock Named Top 10 Finalist for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Official Patty Kazmaier Top 10 Finalist Release
Kaz Watch: Kelly Babstock sets a new standard at Quinnipiac (2/18/14)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named as one of the 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. 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, competiveness and a love for hockey" in addition to academic achievement and civic involvement. Babstock becomes the first player in program history to ever have been named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Three finalists, including the recipient of the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of pr int and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-3 finalists will be announced on Thursday, March 6.

The 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Conn., on Saturday, March 22, in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University.

Babstock has played a leading role in Quinnipiac team success over the past four seasons and 2013-14 was no different as she helped the Bobcats gain national recognition, the likes of which the program has never before seen. Quinnipiac, who are ranked seventh in the both the USCHO and USA Hockey/USA Today Magazine polls, wrapped up their regular season with a 20-5-9 record and 11-4-7 mark in ECAC Hockey play. The Bobcats have been ranked amongst the Top 10 teams for 18 straight weeks and now enter the postseason hosting St. Lawrence in the Quarterfinal round of the ECAC Hockey playoffs this weekend at High Point Solutions Arena.

A true talent on the ice, Babstock has lifted the Bobcat program to new heights this season as she once again is ranked near the top in the nation in every scoring category. Her 46 points through 34 games is tied for seventh in the country while her 18 goals put her in a tie for 17th in Division I and she is also eighth in the nation with 28 assists. Babstock is tied for 14th with five power-play goals and is 12th in the country with a +32 plus/minus rating. Dominating from the face-off dot all season, Babstock has the best face-off percentage of any center in the country at .660 percent (449 wins, 231 losses). Her performance is also unmatched in the clutch as her six combined game-winning and game-tying goals are tied for the third-most of any player in the nation.

Quinnipiac's record holder in every single-season, single-game and career scoring mark continued to leave a mark this past weekend when she recorded her 200th career point in a Feb. 22 matchup against Colgate. The only player in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history to score 100 career points, Babstock became just the third player in Quinnipiac ice hockey history (male or female) to reach 200 career points. She need six more points to pass former men's ice hockey's Chris Cerrella '01 (205 points) on the all-time scoring list at Quinnipiac.

"This is very exciting for Kelly, our hockey program and Quinnipiac University," said Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley. "Kelly has worked hard to become a complete player for us. She has produced consistently over her career, but the last two seasons she has taken the defensive side of her game to new heights. When you consider the successes we've had over the last four seasons you don't have to look very far to see Babs' contributions. Kelly has evolved as a player and a person and is very deserving of this extreme honor. Knowing her season and career are nearing an end is a sobering thought. We love Kelly and we will surely miss her."

This two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week has been absolutely pivotal to the team's success as the Bobcats are undefeated (19-0-5) in the 24 games in which Babstock has tallied at least one point. She has either scored or assisted on 50.5 percent (46-of-91) of the Bobcats' goals this season which is the highest percentage of any player in terms of their respective team's scoring in the nation. Babstock was named the 2013 Nutmeg Classic MVP after scoring seven points in the Bobcats' title run, the most scored by a single-player in the Nutmeg Classic's 10-year tournament history.

Her play speaks for itself but Babstock has also been an active member in the community, attending multiple trips to Bear Path Elementary School for readings with the school children. She also helped coach girls youth hockey players of all ages at the clinic with the Shoreline Sharks in Jan. 2014. Babstock also traveled to Jepson School for a talk on time management in middle school classrooms and has been highly involved in each of the Bobcats' bi-annual Skate With the Bobcats where the team skates with fans, friends and family following two home games each season.

Those interested in learning more about the award including past winners can visit the official website of the Patty Kazmaier Award:

2014 Top 10 Finalists Patty Kazmaier Award

Name Year Position School
Erin Ambrose Sophomore D Clarkson University
Brittany Ammerman Senior F University of Wisconsin
Kelly Babstock Senior F Quinnipiac University
Christine Bestland Senior F Mercyhurst University
Rachael Bona Junior F University of Minnesota
Hannah Brandt Sophomore F University of Minnesota
Sarah Lefort Sophomore F Boston University
Emerance Maschmeyer Sophomore G Harvard University
Jamie Lee Rattray Senior F Clarkson University
Jillian Saulnier Junior F Cornell University

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