Kendall Coyne of Northeastern. (Melissa Wade)
Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), a senior from Northeastern University who played on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, was named the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The award, which is in its 19th year, is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey by The USA Hockey Foundation.
Coyne was selected from a group of top-three finalists that included 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) of Boston College and junior goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens (La Malbaie, Que.) of Wisconsin.
Coyne, who was named the Hockey East Player of the Year and a CCM First Team All-American, leads the nation in goals (50), goals per game (1.35), points per game (2.27), short-handed goals (5) and hat tricks (5), and is second in the nation in points (84).
Off the ice, Coyne volunteers her time with multiple charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Cradles to Crayons, Bonnie’s Foundation, Julie Foundation, YMCA, Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey camps, and Chicago area schools.
Coyne is expected to play for the U.S. Olympic team in 2018. Coyne is the second Northeastern University player to win the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award; Brooke Whitney won the award in 2002.