COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time in program history, two Ohio State women’s ice hockey players have been named American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-Americans in the same year. Jincy Dunne was named First Team All-American while Emma Maltais received Second Team All-American honors, conference officials announced Tuesday morning.
For the third time in her career, senior defender Jincy Dunne has earned the All-American title. Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) was named First Team All-American for the second year in a row, following a Second Team All-American honor her sophomore season. She is just the fourth defensive player in the past decade to earn first or second team AHCA All-American three times and the only Buckeye to earn First Team honors twice.
“It just really is an honor,” Dunne said. “I’m just so grateful because, especially in our league, it’s so competitive. There are so many great players out there, players that are very deserving of it, and I think I’m just really fortunate to have been at Ohio State and to have had the coaches and the support that I’ve had that really push me on and off the ice.”
Head coach Nadine Muzerall has seen Dunne evolve from a redshirt freshman, when Muzerall entered the program, to now a three-time All-American, a three-time captain, and two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year.
“It’s just impeccable,” Muzerall said of Dunne’s third All-American honor. “Jincy is just so deserving of it. And the best part about Jincy, which not everyone sees, is the behind the scenes things and how she contributes to our program. She’s such a role model and a leader. I hope that USA Hockey recognizes this accomplishment because she’s in a very selective class.”
And for Dunne, the senior captain has seen Muzerall enter a program with a losing record and turn it into a national contender with two NCAA appearances in three years.
“I’m lucky that she wants your best, your very best,” Dunne said of Muzerall. “She gets more out of you than you think you can get out of yourself, so I’m grateful for her that she did push me. And when it was hard, I had teammates who encouraged me and I had a family that supported me, so I could really go nowhere but up.”
Dunne finished her career as a Buckeye just shy of 100 points, tallying 17 goals and 82 assists. Her 99 points put her third in Ohio State history for career points by a defenseman while she ranks second in career assists by a defenseman, only behind Tessa Bonhomme, the only other Buckeye to receive AHCA First Team All-American honors.
Capping off a record-breaking year, junior forward Emma Maltais joins the ranks of six Buckeyes to be named Second Team All-American.
“I’m so honored to be named an All-American,” Maltais said. “I never even dreamed I would get this honor and it’s so amazing to be listed alongside the other names in this group. To have a teammate that’s on First Team is even better. Jincy deserves this more than anyone. She works so hard and she’s such an amazing player. I’m so lucky to be on her team and I’m proud of her as well, and I’m also just truly honored to be there.”
Maltais (Burlington, Ontario) led the Buckeyes this season with a program-high 59 points from 19 goals and 40 assists. Her 40 assists also established a new single-season program record, last set in 2005. Also this season, Maltais became the sixth Ohio State player, and the first since 2012, to be named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist. In just three years, Maltais has tallied 142 career points, which puts her fifth in program history and 28 points off the mark of the top spot.
“Emma has worked so hard behind the scenes,” Muzerall said. “She has really been grinding it out and she’s grown into being a 200-foot hockey player, and a more mature hockey player. She’s so dangerous away from the puck as well with the puck, and both Emma and Jincy have such great vision. They’re both very selfless and they’re always looking to make a play or pass. The honor of an All-American is a recognition of the individual talent, but they would have much preferred to have a shot at an NCAA title, because it’s always about the team and not about themselves.”
Dunne, Maltais’ captain of three years, also echoed Muzerall’s sentiments on the hard work Maltais has put in on and off the ice to put Ohio State women’s hockey on the map.
“I think she’s one of the hardest workers that I’ve ever seen,” Dunne said. “I see how she trains and how disciplined she is and how she’s asking questions and wants to get better, but also how she pushes herself and pushes others. She just really took off this year and really helped lead our team, so I’m just super proud of her and of how she’s developed the last three years, how hard she works, and the type of person and teammate she’s become.”
Dunne is leaving a legacy unmatched in Buckeye history while Maltais is gearing up for a senior season with a program that has the potential to achieve new heights.
“When you have two All-Americans in the same year and on the same team, it’s really showcasing the direction that the Ohio State women’s hockey program is going in,” Muzerall said. “We’re growing our depth and our talent and I’m glad it’s being recognized nationally.”