Carpenter named USCHO Player of the Year

Alex Carpenter (BC - 5) - The Boston College Eagles defeated the visiting Syracuse University Orange 10-2 on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Kelley Rink in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Alex Carpenter (BC – 5) – The BC forward is USCHO’s 2015 Player of the Year. (Melissa Wade)

Boston College junior forward and 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Alex Carpenter has been named USCHO’s Player of the Year.

Carpenter had a phenomenal season after returning from a year off playing the U.S. Olympic Team, helping lead Boston College to its best year ever. She led the nation in both goals and assists, notching 37 goals and potting 44 helpers.  She ended the season with a 2.19 points-per-game average, the only player in the country to finish over two points a game, and the first since player to finish that high since Amanda Kessel and Brianne Jenner both hit that number or higher in 2012-2013.

Carpenter played in 37 games for the Eagles, who finished the season 34-3-2. She registered 25 multi-point games this season, including a high of six points against Harvard in BC’s 10-2 thrashing of the Crimson on Nov. 28. She had three games where she notched four points and 12 where she notched three points.

Of her 37 games, she only had three where she didn’t score at least one point.

Though her team was knocked out by Harvard in the Frozen Four, Carpenter did return to Boston with some hardware, taking the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award from a tough field that included finalists Hannah Brandt of Minnesota and Marie-Philip Poulin of Boston University. She was the first BC player to win the award.

“It’s unbelievable to be able to represent BC in this way,” Carpenter said. “They’ve given me so much, and to be able to give back to them like this is great. Huge testament to my teammates being the best teammates they can be for the past three years that I’ve been here. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The USCHO awards are voted on by the women’s editor and writers.