Saturday, March 22, 2014

Clarkson's Rattray Cops Kazmaier Award

Clarkson University senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray is this year's winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division I women's college hockey.

The second-leading scorer in the nation this year with 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 40 games, Rattray was previously named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, and was also a First-Team All-ECAC selection.

She has also helped the Golden Knights to their first-ever Frozen Four, where Clarkson will face two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota on Sunday in Hamden, Conn, for the title. The Ontario native has had five assists in two NCAA Tournament games as Clarkson ousted first Boston College, and then Mercyhurst.

The Kazmaier Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, a four-year varsity letterwinner and All-Ivy League blueliner at Princeton University from 1981-86. The award is based on skill, sportsmanship, clutch play, character, scholarship and community involvement, according to the ECAC web site.

I spoke to Rattray last year for New York Hockey Journal, before she helped Clarkson to an NCAA Tournament berth. In four seasons, she has posted 69-99168 points, to go along with 143 penalty minutes. She has also tallied 22 power-play goals and 18 game-winners in 137 outings, with one more gamethe biggestto go in her Clarkson career.

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