DURHAM, N.H.--Senior captain Carrie Jokiel (Anchorage, Alaska) of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team received the ECAC’s Sara Devens Award Friday.
The award is given to a player that demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice. Jokiel’s senior season was cut short when she suffered a neck injury in the first game of the season. After the injury, Jokiel continued to lead and inspire her teammates from the bench.
"I don’t know of many athletes that would have been able to set such an example for a team after dealing with so much adversity," said UNH head coach Karen Kay. "But she has been an inspiration to us all."
Throughout college, Jokiel has been an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and C.A.T.S. (Community Action Through Sports). She was also selected to attend the 1999 NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. and is a speaker for numerous community service events.
Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) was a first-team all-star selection. Zaban received second-team honors each of her last three seasons. Senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) earned second-team honors and senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Chittenango, N.Y.) received an honorable mention. Freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) was named to the all-rookie team.
Zaban had a breakout year as she broke the school’s 19-year old scoring record on February 20 with an assist against Dartmouth. She finished second in the league in scoring with 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 conference points. Most recently, Zaban was named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist along with Sara DeCosta of Providence and Ali Brewer and Tara Mounsey of Brown.
Holmes, a natural goal scorer finished the season with 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 conference points. Maher played a major role for the Wildcats on the powerplay and penalty killing units and accumulated 10 goals and nine assists for 19 conference points.
Huggon had a solid rookie campaign as she was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week three times this season and finished with a 1.80 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. She earned shutouts over Yale, Maine and Ohio State.