Alex Carpenter, Emily Pfalzer, and Haley Skarupa are among 10 finalists for women's hockey's highest honor
Assoc. head coach Kennedy named recipient of prestigious American Hockey Coaches Association accolade
Eagles open the season Oct. 4 vs. Syracuse at Kelley Rink
The U.S. Under-18 squad took home silver in last year's World Championships.
The goalie savors being the last line of defense
Courtney Kennedy enters her seventh season on the Boston College coaching staff and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2012-13 season. Kennedy is responsible for recruiting and hockey operations, in addition to her coaching duties and working with the defensive corps.
Kennedy's defense finished the 2012-13 season ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense (2.00 goals per game), and had a penalty kill percentage of 83.9 - good for 17th in the country. The strong defense was led by goaltender Corinne Boyles, who had a .927 save percentage and a 1.83 goals against average. The Eagles only allowed 41 conference goals, the top mark in Hockey East.
The 2011-12 campaign gave way for another stout defensive effort from the Eagles all season long under Kennedy. BC finished ninth in the nation in scoring defense (2.14 goals per game) and goaltender Corinne Boyles pitched six shutouts while sporting a 2.15 goals against average. In conference play, the Eagles were even stingier allowing only 1.76 goals per game.
The 2010-11 season saw Kennedy's fifth-ranked defense in the nation lead Boston College to the NCAA Frozen Four after claiming its first Hockey East Tournament Championship. Anchored by Vancouver Olympics silver medalist, goaltender Molly Schaus, the Eagles limited opposing teams to just 1.70 goals per game and turned in a penalty killing percentage of 88.4, seventh best in the nation. Schaus rated third in nation for save percentage (.942) and 13th in shutouts (4) en route to collecting first team All-American, Hockey East and New England All-Star honors. In the conference, BC topped the stat lines in scoring defense (1.73 goals per game) and goals allowed (64).
During Kennedy's tenure, two players have been named to four Hockey East All-Star teams. The honorees include Maggie Taverna (2007-08, 08-09) and Molly Schaus (2008-09, 10-11). Additionally, two freshmen have been selected to the conference's All-Rookie Team: Blake Bolden (2009-10) and Meagan Mangene (2010-11).
Kennedy came to BC after three years as the head coach of women's ice hockey at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass.
A mainstay on the U.S. National Team from 2001-2006, Kennedy was teammates with Head Coach Katie King Crowley on the 2002 and 2006 U.S. Olympic teams. In 2002, Team USA won the silver medal in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 2006, it took home the bronze medal in Turin, Italy. Kennedy also played for Team USA when it captured the gold medal at the World Championships in 2005. She currently sits on the Executive Board of USA Hockey as an Athlete Director.
As a collegiate player, the Woburn, Mass., native collected the first of three All-American honors and was a top 10 finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award, given annually to the most outstanding college player, during the 1997-98 season at Colby.
Following her successful freshman campaign, Kennedy took her talents to Minnesota where she led the Golden Gophers to their first national title as a junior, in 2000. The defenseman was decorated with All-American honors in 1999 and 2001, and as a senior she earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors. In 2001, Kennedy was also a Top Three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
In only three seasons with Minnesota, Kennedy amassed 35 goals and 77 assists for 112 points. She carried a +136 rating over a 106-game career, which placed her sixth all-time among all players. In 2008, Kennedy was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame.
Kennedy's coaching background features experience as a USA Hockey Select Festival coach and director of the Kennedy School of Hockey. She was also a founding member of the East Coast Wizard Girls Youth Hockey Program.
Kennedy graduated from Minnesota in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in youth studies and currently lives in Somerville, Mass.