Four players from Hockey East schools — including three from Boston College — are among the 10 finalists announced Thursday for the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women’s ice hockey.
BC senior forward Alex Carpenter, who won the Kazmaier last year and currently leads the nation with 76 points (38 goals, 38 assists), could become the first player to win the award in back-to-back years. She is joined among the finalists by teammates Haley Skarupa, a second-time finalist, and first-time finalist Megan Keller.
Northeastern senior forward Kendall Coyne, who leads the nation with 44 goals, is a finalist for the third time in her career.
Skarupa, a senior forward for the top-ranked Eagles, is third in the nation in scoring at 29-37—66, and Keller, a sophomore, is the nation’s top-scoring defenseman with 12 goals and 32 assists for 44 points.
The other finalists are goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie of North Dakota, forward Hannah Brandt of Minnesota, forward Dani Cameranesi of Minnesota, goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens of Wisconsin, defenseman Kelsey Koelzer of Princeton, and forward Annie Pankowski of Wisconsin.
The winner will be announced March 19 as part of Frozen Four weekend at the University of New Hampshire.