Pair of Clarkson standouts head up list of 10 players nominated for 2019 Kazmaier Award

Annie Pankowski (Wisc - 19) The #1 Wisconsin Badgers complete the sweep over the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 5-0 win Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, OH. (Rachel Lewis)
Annie Pankowski leads Wisconsin in scoring and is fourth in the WCHA with 17 goals and 37 points through 30 games this season (photo: Rachel Lewis).

The USA Hockey Foundation on Thursday announced the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

The honor is given annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey.

This year’s winner will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at Cascade Fine Catering in Hamden, Conn., on Saturday, March 23, as part of the women’s Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University.

The 10 finalists include:

Jesse Compher, So., F, Boston University
Jessie Eldridge, Sr., F, Colgate
Sarah Fillier, Fr., F, Princeton
Loren Gabel, Sr., F, Clarkson
Elizabeth Giguere, So., F, Clarkson
Megan Keller, Sr., D, Boston College
Alina Mueller, Fr., F, Northeastern
Annie Pankowski, Sr., F, Wisconsin
Nicole Schammel, Sr., F, Minnesota
Lovisa Selander, Sr., G, Rensselaer

The selection process commenced earlier this month when Division I women’s hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by multiple coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the top 10 finalists.

The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.

The three finalists, including the recipient of the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of Division I women’s hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey.

The top three finalists will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 28.