Feb. 20, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Boston College women’s ice hockey junior Blake Bolden and freshman Alex Carpenter were listed among 30 nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. An award for The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
The distinction will be awarded at a brunch ceremony in conjuction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.
Voting is conducted by the 34 Division I head coaches, who will select the top-10 finalists among the group of 30 nominees. A 13-member selection committee will then choose three finalists, as well as the award recipient. Top 10 finalists will be announced on March first, with top three finalists being released on March 8.
Bolden is one of six defensemen to receive a nomination, while Carpenter is one of three rookies features on the list. The Hockey East tallied five mentions.
At the conclusion of the regular season, Bolden leads all Hockey East defensemen with seven goals and ranks second among blue-liners in points per game (0.50), having amassed 17 (7g, 10a) in 34 games. The Stow, Ohio native leads a defense rated eighth in the nation and second in the Hockey East at 1.91 points per contest. Bolden, who is involved with many of the team’s community efforts, is an active member of the St. Columbkille School mentor program, where she is mentor to a sixth grader.
Carpenter produced the fifth best points per game average (1.09) in the nation by a rookie. With 18 goals and 17 assists, the North Reading, Mass. product is the fifth leading scorer in the league and the first rookie to lead Boston College in scoring since 2007. The center was twice named Hockey East Rookie of the Month, while also receiving honors as a player of the week and rookie of the week on two occasions. Two of three game-winning goals came against ranked opponents, including the first goal of her career being netted with 0.4 seconds remaining on the road at Minnesota-Duluth. This January, Carpenter led the U.S. U18 National Team to a silver medal. In addition to participating in the St. Columbekille mentor program, she assists with the Girls Junior Eagles Hockey U12 team.
The Eagles begin postseason play on Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. BC earned a bye to the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament and will play the highest remaining seed from the first round. Pack Network will stream both semifinal contests live on hockeyeastonline.tv.