March 17, 2022

Sophie Jaques Named Ohio State’s First Patty Kazmaier Top Three Finalist


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophie Jaques has hit yet another Ohio State milestone this year as she has been named a Top-3 Finalist for the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the USA Hockey Foundation announced Thursday. She is the first Buckeye to be named one of the final three candidates for the award.

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 include outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. The remaining finalists include Jaques, Taylor Heise of Minnesota and Gabby Hughes of Minnesota Duluth. The winner will be revealed on March 26 during an hour-long special on NHL Network beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Jaques has been outstanding for Ohio State this season, hitting record numbers in her fourth season as a Buckeye while helping the team achieve record marks in numerous categories. With 59 points to date, she has not only scored the most points nationally by a defenseman this season, but she has scored the most single-season points by a Buckeye defenseman in program history and is tied for the most points in a single season by any Ohio State player. Her season point total is the second-most recorded in 20 years by a true defenseman in Division I women’s collegiate hockey.

Aside from her point production prowess this year, the senior from Toronto, Ontario has proven to be elite on both ends of the ice. She has been on the ice for half of Ohio State’s 170 goals this season and boasts the top plus/minus in the country (+49), proving that while she is on the ice the Buckeyes score, and her opponents do not.

Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall often describes Jaques as clutch, which has shown to be true in the Buckeyes’ previous two games of the postseason. In the team’s 3-2 overtime win over Minnesota for the Final Faceoff title, Jaques tallied the game-tying and game-winning goal for Ohio State. Last weekend in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals against Quinnipiac, she scored the Buckeyes’ third goal in the double overtime 4-3 win, assisted the first goal and was on the ice for three of the four tallies.

But what is most impressive about Jaques is her accomplishments as a student of The Ohio State University. She currently studies civil engineering and is set to graduate in May. Earning a 3.75 GPA over her four years at Ohio State, Jaques is a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. An Arthur Ashe Award winner in 2020 and 2021, she serves as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the College of Engineering’s Civil, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering Department and has been awarded a fellowship for graduate studies at Ohio State in civil engineering.

Outside of being a full-time student-athlete, Jaques is the co-vice president of SHEROs, an organization that provides a safe space for minority female student-athletes to have open discussions and promote diversity in sport. She is also a volunteer with the 2nd & 7 Foundation in Columbus.

Jaques is the seventh Buckeye in program history to be named a finalist for the Patty Kaz and is the third Top 10 finalist for the Buckeyes in three years. Again, she is the first Ohio State player to be named one of the three finalists for the award.

Sophie Stats Summary (Nationally)

  • #1 in plus/minus (+49)
  • #2 in power play goals (11), assists per game (1.06), points per game (1.64), shots (210)
  • #3 in season points (59), points per game (1.6389), assists (38)


2021-22 Awards Collection

  • WCHA Defensive Player of the Year
  • WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete
  • First Team All-WCHA
  • WCHA Final Faceoff All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP
  • Four-time WCHA Defender of the Month
  • Eight-time WCHA Defender of the Week
  • Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist
  • AHCA First Team All-American