Top 10 finalists for the prestigious award honoring best women’s college hockey player to be announced March 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Hokey Langan and sophomore Natalie Spooner of the Ohio State women’s hockey team are among the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominees, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. The Buckeye forwards are two of the 45 student-athletes who have been nominated by NCAA Division I women’s hockey head coaches.

The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in women’s college hockey.

The NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches will select the top 10 finalists from among the group of 45, with the announcement taking place March 2. A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists, announced March 9, as well as the award recipient.

Ohio State has had a top 10 finalist for the award five times, including defenseman Tessa Bonhomme twice in 2007 and 2008, Jana Harrigan in 2006 and both Jeni Creary and Emma Laaksonen in 2002.

Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be presented at a brunch ceremony on March 20 at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center at 10 a.m. (CT).

Hokey Langan
Fr., Forward, Chatham, Ontario

Has led the NCAA in freshman scoring throughout the season, currently atop the category with 1.44 points per game … her point average ranks ninth in the nation overall … in NCAA, stands 11th in goals per game (0.66) and 8th in assists per game (0.78) … leads the WCHA in overall scoring with 46 points and conference-games only with 41 points … overall in the WCHA: 2nd in goals (21), t-2nd in assists (25), 5th in power play points (17) and has an 11-point margin over the next player in rookie scoring … conference-games only: 1st in goals (20), 2nd in assists (21), t-1st in power play points (16) … set the Ohio State record for freshman scoring … WCHA rookie of the week Nov. 4,  Jan. 27 and Feb. 17 … off the ice, involved with Operation Buckeye (sending care packages to troops overseas) and 2nd and 7 Foundation (reading to grade school children).

Natalie Spooner
So., Forward, Scarborough, Ontario

Averages 1.23 points per game to rank 18th in the NCAA … her 0.60 goals per game ties for 16th, and she is tied for fourth in power play goals with 8 … overall in the WCHA: 8th in points (37), t-3rd in goals (18), t-10th in assists (19), 2nd in power play goals (8), 8th in power play points (13), t-6th game-winning goals (4) … conference-only games: t-5th in points (32), t-3rd in goals (16), t-11th in assists (16), t-1st power play goals (8), t-7th power play points (13) … off the ice, involved with Operation Buckeye (sending care packages to troops overseas), 2nd and 7 Foundation (reading to grade school children), Holiday Skate with Children’s Hunger Alliance, served meals at Community Kitchen, Inc., and volunteered as a helper at elementary school where her mother teaches as well as an instructor at youth hockey camps.