Senior forward Bailey Bram, pictured at left, of the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has been named a top ten finalist for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations.
An award for The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be awarded at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.
Senior forward Kelley Steadman and sophomore forward Christine Bestland were among the original finalists, but did not make the cut to the final ten. Neither did Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt senior forward at Minnesota.
It marks the second time that Bram has been a top ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, also accomplishing the feat as a sophomore in 2010, the year that Mercyhurst’s Vicki Bendus became the only recipient of the award in program history.
A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists (announced March 8), as well as the award recipient, which will be announced live at the brunch ceremony in Duluth on March 17.
2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top Ten Finalists
Bailey Bram, F, Sr., Mercyhurst University, Ste. Anne, Manitoba
Brianna Decker, F, Jr., Univ. of Wisconsin, Dousman, Wis.
Laura Fortino, D, Jr., Cornell Univ., Hamilton, Ontario
Rebecca Johnston, F, Sr., Cornell Univ., Sudbury, Ontario
Amanda Kessel, F, So., Univ. of Minnesota, Madison, Wis.
Hilary Knight, F, Sr., Univ. of Wisconsin, Sun Valley, Idaho
Jocelyne Lamoureux, F, Jr., Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, F/D, Jr., Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Florence Schelling, G, Sr., Northeastern Univ., Oberengstringen, Switzerland
Natalie Spooner, F, Sr., Ohio State Univ., Scarborough, Ontario
- From Mercyhurst news release, staff report