A day after being awarded her second straight WCHA Player of the Year title, Gophers women's hockey junior forward Hannah Brandt was named a top-three finalist for the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award honoring college women’s hockey’s top player.
“If that were to happen, it would be pretty cool. But regardless, that’s just an individual thing, so that’s just kind of to the side,” Brandt said about the possibility of winning the award, “the main focus is on winning the national championship.”
Boston College junior forward Alex Carpenter and Boston University senior forward Marie-Philip Poulin were also selected as finalists.
Brandt, a Vadnais Heights, Minn., native, earned the WCHA’s top honor and Scoring Champion honors for a second consecutive year after leading the WCHA with 50 points and guiding her team to another WCHA championship. She leads the Gophers with 67 total points (31 goals, 36 assists) averaging 1.86 points per game and leads the nation with a plus-65 on-ice rating.
“She’s the exact type of kid we recruit, a great kid from a great family who happens to be a really good hockey player," Gophers women's hockey coach Brad Frost said. "You put a bunch of those kids together and they’re going to have some success, but she’s so humble, she’s gracious, she’s team-first, in talking with her you would never know that she’s a real good hockey player.”
The last Gophers women’s hockey star to win the award was Amanda Kessel in 2013. The last Minnesota native to win was Krissy Wendell in 2005. The winner will be announced during a brunch ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota on March 21 as part of the NCAA women’s Frozen Four weekend.