Let’s Play Hockey newspaper on Thursday announced the five finalists for the 12th annual Ms. Hockey Award, presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey player in Minnesota. The top five finalists include three forwards and two defensemen. Eden Prairie landed two players on the final five.
The five finalists for the Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award are as follows, in alphabetical order (all statistics are regular-season):
Katharine Chute, Blake forward — Undecided among Yale, Harvard or Dartmouth, she scored 66 points on 36 goals and 30 assists in 25 games. She carries a 3.92 grade-point average.
Jenna Kilpatrick, New Prague forward — The Ohio State recruit scored 76 points on 35 goals and 41 assists in 25 games. She holds a 3.94 grade-point average.
Ashlan Lambert, Eden Prairie defenseman — The Boston College recruit scored 26 points on five goals and 21 assists in 25 games. She owns a 3.88 grade-point average.
Terra Rasmussen, Coon Rapids defenseman — The University of Minnesota recruit scored 32 points on 12 goals and 20 assists in 25 games. She carries a 4.47 weighted grade-point average.
Maria Stoa, Eden Prairie forward — The Robert Morris University recruit scored 44 points on 23 goals and 21 assists in 25 games. She carries a 3.04 grade-point average.
The Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey winner will be named at the Ms. Hockey awards banquet, Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The award is sponsored by Let’s Play Hockey and the Minnesota Wild. To order tickets to the Ms. Hockey banquet, call Let’s Play Hockey at 612-729-0023. The Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award winner be announced in the Thursday, Feb. 22 edition of Let’s Play Hockey.
In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award includes academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability. The 2006 Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey winner was Allie Thunstrom of North St. Paul. Other past winners include Gigi Marvin (2005), Erica McKenzie of Hastings (2004), Andrea Nichols of Hibbing/Chisholm (2003), Ashley Albrecht of South St. Paul (2002), Renee Curtin of Roseville (2001), Krissy Wendell of Park Center (2000), Ronda Curtin of Roseville (1999), Laura Slominski of Burnsville (1998), Annamarie Holmes of Apple Valley (1997) and Winny Brodt of Roseville (1996).
Other awards that will be presented at the banquet include the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award, which goes to the top senior goalie in girls high school hockey, as well as the Minnesota Girls High School Hockey Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year, and All-State and All-Academic Award winners for the 2006-2007 season.