COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s ice hockey junior forward, Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ontario), has been named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist. Maltais is the sixth Buckeye in program history to be named a finalist and the first since 2012.
An award of the USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award was established in 1998 and is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. The selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. The 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner will be announced on March 21 in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Boston, Mass.
This season, Maltais leads the Buckeyes with 50 points from 18 goals and a team-high 32 assists. Of her goals, Maltais has scored two power play goals, one short-handed goal, three game-winning goals and one game-tying goal. She is also the only player on the team this season to complete a hat-trick. In the 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State on Oct. 4, Maltais scored four goals to tie a single game record, previously set in 2010.
Notably this season, Maltais scored a goal and dished out an assist in Ohio State’s 4-3 win over No. 2 Minnesota. She then posted a team-high three points from two goals and assist to defeat Colgate 6-2 and went on to score the game-tying goal the following day to force overtime. The following week, Ohio State defeated then-No. 3 Cornell, 3-1 in which Maltais scored two goals and the game-winning goal. It remains Cornell’s only loss on the season. In the 5-2 win over No. 7 Princeton, Maltais dished out four assists and then went on a six game point streak, tallying two goals and 13 assists. Overall this season, she has posted three, four point games and leads the team in points (50), assists (32) and shots (154).
With 133 career points, Maltais sits sixth in program history and is one of 11 Buckeyes to reach 100 or more career points. She is also tied for third in the Buckeye record books for the most points in a single season. She currently has 50 points while Jana Harrigan holds the record from posting 54 season points in 2004-05.
Maltais was voted the WCHA Co-Player of the Year this preseason and also received WCHA All-Team honors after leading the Buckeyes last season with 43 points. She was then named the WCHA Forward of the Week after the first week of conference play for posting four goals and two assists for a team-high six points on the weekend against St. Cloud State. After week eleven, Maltais was named WCHA Forward of the Week for a second time as well as the NCAA Second Star of the Week for her seven point weekend against Minnesota State. She notched three assists and scored a power play goal in the first game and posted another two assists as well as a short-handed goal in game two. Maltais was then named the WCHA Forward of the Month for posting a team-high 14 points in the month of January and helping Ohio State to a 6-1-0 record.
On her career, Maltais has been a WCHA Rookie of the Year, a WCHA All-Rookie team member, a three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week and Rookie of the Month, a two-time First Team All-WCHA honoree, a four-time WCHA Forward of the Week, and a two-time WCHA Forward of the Month.