INDIANAPOLIS  -- Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), a senior forward and assistant captain on the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, has been announced as a participant for the 4th Annual Frozen Four Skills Challenge that will be held April 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The proclamation was made Tuesday by the NCAA.

An original list of 140 men’s and women’s players – all seniors – was trimmed to 68 by a selection committee and the final 16 members of both the East and West teams were selected by online voting from Feb. 4-18.

The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.

Faber tallied 40 points on 13 goals and 27 assists in 32 regular-season games. She ranks 17th in the nation in assists per game as well as 23rd in points per game and sixth in shorthanded goals. Faber leads the team in both assists and plus/minus (+23); in other statistics, she is second in shorthanded goals, third in both goals and points and fourth in shooting percentage.

In 140 career games, Faber has amassed 77 goals and 109 assists for 186 points. On UNH’s career leaderboards, those number rank 13th in goals, fourth in assists and fifth in points.

Faber will be joined by some familiar faces on the East squad. Hockey East representatives Maggie Taverna (BC), Allyse Wilcox (BU) and Brittany Wilson (UConn) were also selected. Furthermore, Faber skated against Marie-Jo Gaudet (Clarkson), Sam Hunt (Colgate) and Helen Resor (Yale) in the ’09 season. Kayla Coady (Elmira) completes the East team.

Tickets for the event are $10 and are on sale at the Verizon Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-397-7328. The Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 8 p.m. and will be preceded by the Hockey Humanitarian Award (6:30 p.m.) and Hobey Baker Memorial Award (7 p.m.).

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