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BC’s Alex Carpenter wins Kazmaier Award

Alex Carpenter (right) became the first Eagle to win the Kazmaier Award.
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Alex Carpenter (right) became the first Eagle to win the Kazmaier Award.

Boston College junior forward Alex Carpenter, the Hockey East Player of the Year, won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Saturday, given annually to the top player in women’s college hockey.

The award was presented at the University of Minnesota, the site of the women’s Frozen Four.

Carpenter was chosen by a 13-member selection committee composed of Division 1 women’s head coaches, media members, and representatives of USA Hockey.

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Carpenter, who is from North Reading, beat out finalists Hannah Brandt, a junior forward for Minnesota, and Marie-Philip Poulin, a senior forward for Boston University.

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“A lot of hard work is needed on and off the ice, and to be able to represent Boston College by winning the Patty Kazmaier Award is unbelievable,” Carpenter said.

“I’m excited for my teammates, as well; this is a team award in my opinion,’’ she added. “I’m also honored to be the first Patty Kazmaier winner from BC and proud to represent the University on this stage.”

Carpenter leads the nation in goals (37), assists (44), and points (81) in 37 games, and is fourth with a plus-60 rating.

“It’s a great moment for Alex and a great moment for our program,” BC coach Katie King Crowley said.

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“I’m really proud of who Alex is, the player that she is and what she’s done for our program. It’s truly awesome moment for Alex and the Boston College hockey program.”

Carpenter, who played for the US Olympic team at the Sochi Games in 2014, powered the Eagles to their best-ever record (34-3-2) and a program-first No. 1 ranking, which they held from November to the postseason.

She has been selected as an alternate captain for Team USA at the world championship in Malmo, Sweden, March 28-April 4.

BC’s season ended Friday in a 2-1 loss to Harvard in the NCAA semifinals. Harvard faces Minnesota on Sunday for the title.