New Hampshire's Misikowetz named Kazmaier candidate

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.), a senior center on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named one of the 10 candidates for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award that is presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate women's ice hockey player, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Misikowetz leads UNH in both points (35) and assists (25), and her 10 goals ranks third on the team. Those numbers rank her fifth in the nation in assists (0.93 per game) and 18th in points per game (1.30). She has recorded a point in 18 of 27 games this season and has nine multiple-point games to her credit, including a five-assist effort vs. Quinnipiac on Nov. 3. Misikowetz has a current three-game point-scoring streak.

She attained the personal milestone of 100 career points earlier this season when she recorded two points vs. Quinnipiac University on Nov. 2. One month later, Misikowetz recorded assist No. 75. Her career numbers, which include freshman and sophomore seasons at the University of Maine, are 43 goals and 85 assists for 128 points in 119 games.

The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which was established in 1998 and presented to UNH's Brandy Fisher, will be awarded March 23 at the Sheraton Hotel (Portsmouth, N.H.) in conjunction with the 2002 Women's Frozen Four, which will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Tickets for the banquet cost $100 for adults and $50 for children and may be purchased by calling the USA Hockey Foundation at (800) 566-3288.

The three finalists, as voted by the 12-person committee, will be announced March 11.

UNH has had a candidate in each of the five-year existence of the award. Fisher won the award in 1998, then current assistant coach Nicki Luongo and Carisa Zaban were named candidates, with Luongo voted as a finalist, in 1999. Zaban was a finalist in 2000 and Michelle Thornton was named a candidate last year.

In addition to Fisher, previous winners were A.J. Mleczko (1999), Ali Brewer (2000) and Jennifer Botterill (2001).


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