Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's individual awards

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association gives awards at the conclusion of each season. The current awards include Player of the Year, Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year, as well as the league leaders in points scoring and goaltending. In addition, several WCHA players have won the Patty Kazmaier Award for the nation's best women's college hockey player.

Past winners have included numerous Olympic medalists and players in professional hockey leagues in North America and Europe. Minnesota is the most successful team, with 47 award winners and statistical leaders. All current members of the conference are represented.

Hannah Brandt of Minnesota won five awards over her career; she was named Rookie of the Year, led the league in scoring twice, and was named Player of the Year twice. Seven other players have won three or more awards over their careers. No player has won more than two awards in a single season; eleven players have achieved this feat. Mark Johnson of Wisconsin has been named Coach of the Year seven times.

Patty Kazmaier Award

The Patty Kazmaier Award has been awarded annually since 1998 to the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey. In that time, 6 players have won the award while playing for WCHA schools.[1]

2005Krissy WendellForwardMinnesota
2006Sara BauerForwardWisconsin
2009Jessie VetterGoaltenderWisconsin
2011Meghan DugganForwardWisconsin
2012Brianna DeckerForwardWisconsin
2013Amanda KesselForwardMinnesota
2017Ann-Renée DesbiensGoaltenderWisconsin

Winners by school

Wisconsin52006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017
Minnesota22005, 2013

Player of the Year

1999–2000 Jenny SchmidgallForwardMinnesota–Duluth
2000–01 Courtney KennedyDefenseMinnesota
2001–02 Ronda CurtinDefenseMinnesota
2002–03 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter (2)ForwardMinnesota–Duluth
2003–04 Krissy WendellForwardMinnesota
2004–05 Krissy Wendell (2)ForwardMinnesota
2005–06 Sara BauerForwardWisconsin
2006–07 Sara Bauer (2)ForwardWisconsin
2007–08 Tessa BonhommeDefenseOhio State
2008–09 Hilary KnightForwardWisconsin
2009–10 Felicia NelsonForwardSt. Cloud State
2009–10 Zuzana TomčíkováGoaltenderBemidji State
2010–11 Meghan DugganForwardWisconsin
2011–12 Brianna DeckerForwardWisconsin
2012–13 Amanda KesselForwardMinnesota
2013–14 Hannah BrandtForwardMinnesota
2014–15 Hannah Brandt (2)ForwardMinnesota
2015–16 Ann-Renée DesbiensGoaltenderWisconsin
2016–17 Lara StalderForwardMinnesota–Duluth

Winners by school

Minnesota72000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
Wisconsin62005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16
Minnesota–Duluth31999–2000, 2002–03, 2016–17
Ohio State12007–08
Bemidji State12009–10
St. Cloud State12009–10

Student-Athlete of the Year

1999–2000 Katie BeaudyGoaltenderMinnesota State
1999–2000 Shannon KennedyForwardMinnesota
2000–01 Bre DedricksonGoaltenderBemidji State
2001–02 Guylaine HachéForwardBemidji State
2002–03 Anik CotéGoaltenderBemidji State
2003–04 Emma LaaksonenDefenseOhio State
2004–05 Caroline OuelletteForwardMinnesota–Duluth
2005–06 Riitta SchaublinGoaltenderMinnesota–Duluth
2006–07 Riitta Schaublin (2)GoaltenderMinnesota–Duluth
2007–08 Casie HansonForwardNorth Dakota
2008–09 Gigi MarvinForwardMinnesota
2009–10 Caitlin HoganForwardSt. Cloud State
2010–11 Jocelyne LarocqueDefenseMinnesota–Duluth
2011–12 Jocelyne LamoureuxForwardNorth Dakota
2012–13 Jocelyne Lamoureux (2)ForwardNorth Dakota
2013–14 Kelly TerryForwardMinnesota
2014–15 Shelby Amsley-BenzieGoaltenderNorth Dakota
2015–16 Shelby Amsley-Benzie (2)GoaltenderNorth Dakota
2016–17 Lara StalderForwardMinnesota–Duluth

Winners by school

Minnesota–Duluth52004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2016–17
North Dakota52007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
Minnesota31999–2000, 2008–09, 2013–14
Bemidji State32000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03
Minnesota State11999–2000
Ohio State12003–04
St. Cloud State12009–10

Defensive Player of the Year

1999–2000 Winny BrodtDefenseMinnesota
2000–01 Courtney KennedyDefenseMinnesota
2001–02 Ronda CurtinDefenseMinnesota
2002–03 Ronda Curtin (2)DefenseMinnesota
2003–04 Molly EngstromDefenseWisconsin
2004–05 Molly Engstrom (2)DefenseWisconsin
2005–06 Bobbi-Jo SlusarDefenseWisconsin
2006–07 Meaghan MikkelsonDefenseWisconsin
2007–08 Tessa BonhommeDefenseOhio State
2008–09 Melanie GagnonDefenseMinnesota
2009–10 Anne SchleperDefenseMinnesota
2010–11 Jocelyne LarocqueDefenseMinnesota–Duluth
2011–12 Stefanie McKeoughDefenseWisconsin
2012–13 Megan BozekDefenseMinnesota
2013–14 Rachel RamseyDefenseMinnesota
2014–15 Rachel Ramsey (2)DefenseMinnesota
2015–16 Ivana BilicDefenseBemidji State
2016–17 Sidney MorinDefenseMinnesota–Duluth

Winners by school

Minnesota91999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
Wisconsin52003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2011–12
Minnesota–Duluth22010–11, 2016–17
Ohio State12007–08
Bemidji State12015–16

Rookie of the Year

1999–2000 Maria RoothForwardMinnesota–Duluth
2000–01 Meghan HunterForwardWisconsin
2001–02 Jeni CrearyForwardOhio State
2002–03 Natalie DarwitzForwardMinnesota
2003–04 Sara BauerForwardWisconsin
2004–05 Bobbi RossForwardMinnesota
2005–06 Gigi MarvinForwardMinnesota
2006–07 Meghan DugganForwardWisconsin
2007–08 Haley IrwinForwardMinnesota–Duluth
2008–09 Monique LamoureuxForwardMinnesota
2009–10 Hokey LanganForwardOhio State
2010–11 Amanda KesselForwardMinnesota
2011–12 Michelle KarvinenForwardNorth Dakota
2012–13 Hannah BrandtForwardMinnesota
2013–14 Dani CameranesiForwardMinnesota
2014–15 Annie PankowskiForwardWisconsin
2015–16 Sarah PotomakForwardMinnesota
2016–17 Abby RoqueForwardWisconsin

Winners by school

Minnesota82002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
Wisconsin52000–01, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2014–15, 2016–17
Minnesota–Duluth21999–2000, 2007–08
Ohio State22001–02, 2009–10
North Dakota12011–12

Coach of the Year

1999–2000Shannon MillerMinnesota–Duluth
2000–01Laura HalldorsonMinnesota
2000–01Kerry WethingtonSt. Cloud State
2001–02Laura Halldorson (2)Minnesota
2002–03Mark JohnsonWisconsin
2002–03Shannon Miller (2)Minnesota–Duluth
2003–04Jeff VizenorMinnesota State
2004–05Laura Halldorson (3)Minnesota
2005–06Mark Johnson (2)Wisconsin
2006–07Mark Johnson (3)Wisconsin
2007–08Brad FrostMinnesota
2008–09Brad Frost (2)Minnesota
2008–09Mark Johnson (4)Wisconsin
2009–10Steve SertichBemidji State
2010–11Mark Johnson (5)Wisconsin
2011–12Mark Johnson (6)Wisconsin
2012–13Brad Frost (3)Minnesota
2013–14Brad Frost (4)Minnesota
2014–15Jim ScanlanBemidji State
2015–16Mark Johnson (7)Wisconsin
2016–17Maura CrowellMinnesota–Duluth

Winners by school

Minnesota72000–01, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14
Wisconsin72002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16
Minnesota–Duluth31999–2000, 2002–03, 2016–17
Bemidji State22009–10, 2014–15
St. Cloud State12000–01
Minnesota State12003–04

Statistical leaders

Scoring champion

2003–04Jenny Schmidgall-PotterForwardMinnesota–Duluth24282957
2004–05Natalie DarwitzForwardMinnesota28274572
2005–06Erica McKenzieForwardMinnesota28182240
2006–07Sara BauerForwardWisconsin28163551
2007–08Haley IrwinForwardMinnesota–Duluth26182543
2008–09Monique LamoureuxForwardMinnesota28303161
2009–10Hokey LanganForwardOhio State28252651
2010–11Meghan DugganForwardWisconsin28273461
2011–12Jocelyne LamoureuxForwardNorth Dakota28273764
2012–13Amanda KesselForwardMinnesota25344175
2013–14Hannah BrandtForwardMinnesota28142640
2014–15Hannah Brandt (2)ForwardMinnesota27212950
2015–16Dani CameranesiForwardMinnesota28242953
2016–17Kelly PannekForwardMinnesota32163147

Winners by school

Minnesota82004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
Minnesota–Duluth22003–04, 2007–08
Wisconsin22006–07, 2010–11
Ohio State12009–10
North Dakota12011–12

Goaltending champion

2003–04Meghan HorrasWisconsin121.32
2004–05Jody HorakMinnesota190.89
2005–06Kim HanlonMinnesota141.19
2006–07Christine DufourWisconsin121.07
2007–08Jessie VetterWisconsin261.38
2008–09Alyssa GroganMinnesota141.37
2009–10Noora RätyMinnesota151.06
2010–11Kim MartinMinnesota–Duluth171.51
2011–12Alex RigsbyWisconsin281.47
2012–13Noora Räty (2)Minnesota281.05
2013–14Ann-Renée DesbiensWisconsin280.97
2014–15Shelby Amsley-BenzieNorth Dakota281.17
2015–16Ann-Renée Desbiens (2)Wisconsin270.81
2016–17Ann-Renée Desbiens (3)Wisconsin300.66

Winners by school

Wisconsin72003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
Minnesota52004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2012–13
North Dakota12014–15

Team of the Decade

In 2009, to commemorate the tenth year of women's play, the WCHA chose the top ten players of the decade.[2]

Sara BauerForwardWisconsin
Tessa BonhommeDefenseOhio State
Ronda CurtinDefenseMinnesota
Natalie DarwitzForwardMinnesota
Molly EngstromDefenseWisconsin
Caroline OuelletteForwardMinnesota–Duluth
Jenny Schmidgall-PotterForwardMinnesota and Minnesota–Duluth
Maria RoothForwardMinnesota–Duluth
Jessie VetterGoaltenderWisconsin
Krissy WendellForwardMinnesota


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