Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's individual awards

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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association gives awards at the conclusion of each season. The current awards include Player of the Year, Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year, as well as the league leaders in points scoring and goaltending. In addition, several WCHA players have won the Patty Kazmaier Award for the nation's best women's college hockey player.

Past winners have included numerous Olympic medalists and players in professional hockey leagues in North America and Europe. Minnesota is the most successful team, with 60 award winners and statistical leaders. All current members of the conference are represented.

Hannah Brandt of Minnesota won five awards over her career; she was named Rookie of the Year, led the league in scoring twice, and was named Player of the Year twice. Seven other players have won three or more awards over their careers. No player has won more than two awards in a single season; eleven players have achieved this feat. Mark Johnson of Wisconsin has been named Coach of the Year nine times.

Patty Kazmaier Award[edit]

Jessie Vetter, 2009 Patty Kazmaier Award winner
Meghan Duggan, 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner

The Patty Kazmaier Award has been awarded annually since 1998 to the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey. In that time, 8 players have won the award while playing for WCHA schools.[1]

Year Player Position School
2005 Krissy Wendell Forward Minnesota
2006 Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin
2009 Jessie Vetter Goaltender Wisconsin
2011 Meghan Duggan Forward Wisconsin
2012 Brianna Decker Forward Wisconsin
2013 Amanda Kessel Forward Minnesota
2017 Ann-Renée Desbiens Goaltender Wisconsin
2022 Taylor Heise Forward Minnesota
Amanda Kessel, 2013 Patty Kazmaier Award winner

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Wisconsin 5 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017
Minnesota 3 2005, 2013, 2022

Player of the Year[edit]

Jenny Schmidgall-Potter, 1999–2000 and 2002–03 Player of the Year
Tessa Bonhomme, 2007–08 Player of the Year
Hannah Brandt, 2013–14 and 2014–15 Player of the Year
Ann-Renée Desbiens, 2015–16 Player of the Year
Season Player Pos. School
1999–2000 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2000–01 Courtney Kennedy Defense Minnesota
2001–02 Ronda Curtin Defense Minnesota
2002–03 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter (2) Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2003–04 Krissy Wendell Forward Minnesota
2004–05 Krissy Wendell (2) Forward Minnesota
2005–06 Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin
2006–07 Sara Bauer (2) Forward Wisconsin
2007–08 Tessa Bonhomme Defense Ohio State
2008–09 Hilary Knight Forward Wisconsin
2009–10dagger Felicia Nelson Forward St. Cloud State
Zuzana Tomčíková Goaltender Bemidji State
2010–11 Meghan Duggan Forward Wisconsin
2011–12 Brianna Decker Forward Wisconsin
2012–13 Amanda Kessel Forward Minnesota
2013–14 Hannah Brandt Forward Minnesota
2014–15 Hannah Brandt (2) Forward Minnesota
2015–16 Ann-Renée Desbiens Goaltender Wisconsin
2016–17 Lara Stalder Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2017–18 Sydney Baldwin Defense Minnesota
2018–19 Annie Pankowski Forward Wisconsin
2019–20 Abby Roque Forward Wisconsin
2020–21 Daryl Watts Forward Wisconsin
2021–22 Taylor Heise Forward Minnesota

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Wisconsin 9 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
Minnesota 9 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2021–22
Minnesota–Duluth 3 1999–2000, 2002–03, 2016–17
Ohio State 1 2007–08
Bemidji State 1 2009–10dagger
St. Cloud State 1 2009–10dagger

Student-Athlete of the Year[edit]

Caroline Ouellette, 2004–05 Student-Athlete of the Year
Jocelyne Lamoureux, 2011–12 and 2012–13 Student-Athlete of the Year
Season Player Pos. School
1999–2000dagger Katie Beaudy Goaltender Minnesota State
Shannon Kennedy Forward Minnesota
2000–01 Bre Dedrickson Goaltender Bemidji State
2001–02 Guylaine Haché Forward Bemidji State
2002–03 Anik Coté Goaltender Bemidji State
2003–04 Emma Laaksonen Defense Ohio State
2004–05 Caroline Ouellette Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2005–06 Riitta Schaublin Goaltender Minnesota–Duluth
2006–07 Riitta Schaublin (2) Goaltender Minnesota–Duluth
2007–08 Casie Hanson Forward North Dakota
2008–09 Gigi Marvin Forward Minnesota
2009–10 Caitlin Hogan Forward St. Cloud State
2010–11 Jocelyne Larocque Defense Minnesota–Duluth
2011–12 Jocelyne Lamoureux Forward North Dakota
2012–13 Jocelyne Lamoureux (2) Forward North Dakota
2013–14 Kelly Terry Forward Minnesota
2014–15 Shelby Amsley-Benzie Goaltender North Dakota
2015–16 Shelby Amsley-Benzie (2) Goaltender North Dakota
2016–17 Lara Stalder Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2017–18 Catherine Daoust Defense Minnesota–Duluth
2018–19 Corbin Boyd Forward Minnesota State
2019–20 Alex Woken Forward Minnesota
2020–21 Mak Langei Forward Bemidji State
2021–22 Sophie Jaques Defense Ohio State

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Minnesota–Duluth 6 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2016–17, 2017–18
North Dakota 5 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
Minnesota 4 1999–2000dagger, 2008–09, 2013–14, 2019–20
Bemidji State 4 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2020–21
Minnesota State 2 1999–2000dagger, 2018–19
Ohio State 2 2003–04, 2021–22
St. Cloud State 1 2009–10

Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Meaghan Mikkelson, 2006–07 Defensive Player of the Year
Jocelyne Larocque, 2010–11 Defensive Player of the Year
Megan Bozek, 2012–13 Defensive Player of the Year
Season Player School
1999–2000 Winny Brodt Minnesota
2000–01 Courtney Kennedy Minnesota
2001–02 Ronda Curtin Minnesota
2002–03 Ronda Curtin (2) Minnesota
2003–04 Molly Engstrom Wisconsin
2004–05 Molly Engstrom (2) Wisconsin
2005–06 Bobbi-Jo Slusar Wisconsin
2006–07 Meaghan Mikkelson Wisconsin
2007–08 Tessa Bonhomme Ohio State
2008–09 Melanie Gagnon Minnesota
2009–10 Anne Schleper Minnesota
2010–11 Jocelyne Larocque Minnesota–Duluth
2011–12 Stefanie McKeough Wisconsin
2012–13 Megan Bozek Minnesota
2013–14 Rachel Ramsey Minnesota
2014–15 Rachel Ramsey (2) Minnesota
2015–16 Ivana Bilic Bemidji State
2016–17 Sidney Morin Minnesota–Duluth
2017–18 Sydney Baldwin Minnesota
2018–19 Jincy Dunne Ohio State
2019–20 Jincy Dunne (2) Ohio State
2020–21 Ashton Bell Minnesota–Duluth
2021–22 Sophie Jaques Ohio State

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Minnesota 10 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18
Wisconsin 5 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12
Ohio State 4 2007–08, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2021–22
Minnesota–Duluth 3 2010–11, 2016–17, 2020–21
Bemidji State 1 2015–16

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Maria Rooth, 1999–2000 Rookie of the Year
Gigi Marvin, 2005–06 Rookie of the Year
Monique Lamoureux, 2008–09 Rookie of the Year
Season Player Pos. School
1999–2000 Maria Rooth Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2000–01 Meghan Hunter Forward Wisconsin
2001–02 Jeni Creary Forward Ohio State
2002–03 Natalie Darwitz Forward Minnesota
2003–04 Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin
2004–05 Bobbi Ross Forward Minnesota
2005–06 Gigi Marvin Forward Minnesota
2006–07 Meghan Duggan Forward Wisconsin
2007–08 Haley Irwin Forward Minnesota–Duluth
2008–09 Monique Lamoureux Forward Minnesota
2009–10 Hokey Langan Forward Ohio State
2010–11 Amanda Kessel Forward Minnesota
2011–12 Michelle Karvinen Forward North Dakota
2012–13 Hannah Brandt Forward Minnesota
2013–14 Dani Cameranesi Forward Minnesota
2014–15 Annie Pankowski Forward Wisconsin
2015–16 Sarah Potomak Forward Minnesota
2016–17 Abby Roque Forward Wisconsin
2017–18 Emma Maltais Forward Ohio State
2018–19 Sophie Shirley Forward Wisconsin
2019–20 Madeline Wethington Forward Minnesota
2020–21 Jamie Nelson Forward Minnesota State
2021–22 Peyton Hemp Forward Minnesota

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Minnesota 10 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2019–20, 2021–22
Wisconsin 6 2000–01, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19
Ohio State 3 2001–02, 2009–10, 2017–18
Minnesota–Duluth 2 1999–2000, 2007–08
Minnesota State 1 2020–21
North Dakota 1 2011–12

Coach of the Year[edit]

Shannon Miller, 1999–2000 and 2002–03 Coach of the Year for Minnesota–Duluth
Mark Johnson, 9–time WCHA Coach of the Year for Wisconsin
Season Coach School
1999–2000 Shannon Miller Minnesota–Duluth
2000–01dagger Laura Halldorson Minnesota
Kerry Wethington St. Cloud State
2001–02 Laura Halldorson (2) Minnesota
2002–03dagger Mark Johnson Wisconsin
Shannon Miller (2) Minnesota–Duluth
2003–04 Jeff Vizenor Minnesota State
2004–05 Laura Halldorson (3) Minnesota
2005–06 Mark Johnson (2) Wisconsin
2006–07 Mark Johnson (3) Wisconsin
2007–08 Brad Frost Minnesota
2008–09dagger Brad Frost (2) Minnesota
Mark Johnson (4) Wisconsin
2009–10 Steve Sertich Bemidji State
2010–11 Mark Johnson (5) Wisconsin
2011–12 Mark Johnson (6) Wisconsin
2012–13 Brad Frost (3) Minnesota
2013–14 Brad Frost (4) Minnesota
2014–15 Jim Scanlan Bemidji State
2015–16 Mark Johnson (7) Wisconsin
2016–17 Maura Crowell Minnesota–Duluth
2017–18 Nadine Muzerall Ohio State
2018–19 Mark Johnson (8) Wisconsin
2019–20 Nadine Muzerall (2) Ohio State
2020–21 Mark Johnson (9) Wisconsin
2021–22 Nadine Muzerall (3) Ohio State

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Wisconsin 9 2002–03dagger, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09dagger, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16, 2018–19, 2020–21
Minnesota 7 2000–01dagger, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09dagger, 2012–13, 2013–14
Minnesota–Duluth 3 1999–2000, 2002–03dagger, 2016–17
Ohio State 3 2017–18, 2019–20, 2021–22
Bemidji State 2 2009–10, 2014–15
St. Cloud State 1 2000–01dagger
Minnesota State 1 2003–04

Statistical leaders[edit]

Scoring champion[edit]

Haley Irwin, top scorer in 2007–08
Jocelyne Lamoureux, top scorer in 2011–12
Season Player Position School Games Goals Assists Points
2003–04 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter Forward Minnesota–Duluth 24 28 29 57
2004–05 Natalie Darwitz Forward Minnesota 28 27 45 72
2005–06 Erica McKenzie Forward Minnesota 28 18 22 40
2006–07 Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin 28 16 35 51
2007–08 Haley Irwin Forward Minnesota–Duluth 26 18 25 43
2008–09 Monique Lamoureux Forward Minnesota 28 30 31 61
2009–10 Hokey Langan Forward Ohio State 28 25 26 51
2010–11 Meghan Duggan Forward Wisconsin 28 27 34 61
2011–12 Jocelyne Lamoureux Forward North Dakota 28 27 37 64
2012–13 Amanda Kessel Forward Minnesota 25 34 41 75
2013–14 Hannah Brandt Forward Minnesota 28 14 26 40
2014–15 Hannah Brandt (2) Forward Minnesota 27 21 29 50
2015–16 Dani Cameranesi Forward Minnesota 28 24 29 53
2016–17 Kelly Pannek Forward Minnesota 32 16 31 47
2017–18 Grace Zumwinkle Forward Minnesota 24 11 16 27
2018–19dagger Nicole Schammel Forward Minnesota 24 10 17 27
Emma Maltais Forward Ohio State 24 10 17 27
2019–20 Daryl Watts Forward Wisconsin 24 14 35 49
2020–21 Daryl Watts (2) Forward Wisconsin 16 15 16 31
2021–22 Taylor Heise Forward Minnesota 28 18 28 46

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Minnesota 11 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19dagger, 2021–22
Wisconsin 4 2006–07, 2010–11, 2019–20, 2020–21
Minnesota–Duluth 2 2003–04, 2007–08
Ohio State 2 2009–10, 2018–19dagger
North Dakota 1 2011–12

Goaltending champion[edit]

Noora Räty, top goaltender in 2009–10 and 2012–13
Kim Martin, top goaltender in 2010–11
Season Player School Games GAA
2003–04 Meghan Horras Wisconsin 12 1.32
2004–05 Jody Horak Minnesota 19 0.89
2005–06 Kim Hanlon Minnesota 14 1.19
2006–07 Christine Dufour Wisconsin 12 1.07
2007–08 Jessie Vetter Wisconsin 26 1.38
2008–09 Alyssa Grogan Minnesota 14 1.37
2009–10 Noora Räty Minnesota 15 1.06
2010–11 Kim Martin Minnesota–Duluth 17 1.51
2011–12 Alex Rigsby Wisconsin 28 1.47
2012–13 Noora Räty (2) Minnesota 28 1.05
2013–14 Ann-Renée Desbiens Wisconsin 28 0.97
2014–15 Shelby Amsley-Benzie North Dakota 28 1.17
2015–16 Ann-Renée Desbiens (2) Wisconsin 27 0.81
2016–17 Ann-Renée Desbiens (3) Wisconsin 30 0.66
2017–18 Kristen Campbell Wisconsin 24 1.16
2018–19 Kristen Campbell (2) Wisconsin 24 1.08
2019–20 Sydney Scobee Minnesota 24 1.63
2020–21 Emma Söderberg Minnesota–Duluth 19 1.34
2021–22 Emma Polusny St. Cloud State 19 2.85

Winners by school[edit]

School Winners Years
Wisconsin 9 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
Minnesota 6 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2019–20
Minnesota–Duluth 2 2010–11, 2020–21
North Dakota 1 2014–15
St. Cloud State 1 2021–22

Team of the Decade[edit]

In 2009, to commemorate the tenth year of women's play, the WCHA chose the top ten players of the decade.[2]

Player Position School
Canada Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin
Canada Tessa Bonhomme Defense Ohio State
United States Ronda Curtin Defense Minnesota
United States Natalie Darwitz Forward Minnesota
United States Molly Engstrom Defense Wisconsin
Canada Caroline Ouellette Forward Minnesota–Duluth
United States Jenny Schmidgall-Potter Forward Minnesota and Minnesota–Duluth
Sweden Maria Rooth Forward Minnesota–Duluth
United States Jessie Vetter Goaltender Wisconsin
United States Krissy Wendell Forward Minnesota

Sources[edit]

  • "WCHA 2014–15 Women's Record Book" (PDF). Western Collegiate Hockey Association. p. 113. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  • "WCHA Announces 2015-16 Postseason Awards". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  • "WCHA Announces 2016-17 Postseason Awards". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. March 2, 2017. Archived from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  • "WCHA Season Reviews - 1999-2021" (PDF). WCHA.com. Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved February 21, 2022.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Recipients". Patty Kazmaier Award / Sport Ngin. Archived from the original on May 18, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  2. ^ "WCHA Top 10 Players First 10 Years" (PDF). Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.