Dempsey has led Harvard to the No. 3 seed in the ECAC tournament (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jillian Dempsey, a senior co-captain for the No. 6/7 Harvard women's hockey team, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, The USA Hockey Foundation announced today. Dempsey is joined on the list with nine others who hope to be honored as the nation's best player.
Dempsey leads Harvard with 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points, while also earning a team-high rating of +37. She is ranked No. 9 in the country in goals and tied for 15th in points thanks to her explosive play this season. The Winthrop, Mass., native scored in each of the Crimson's first 16 games to produce a 30-game point streak dating back to last season, the longest run in the nation at the time. Her consistent effort led Harvard to a No. 2 ranking earlier this year, its highest spot in the polls since 2008, and the 2013 Ivy League championship.
Harvard has won six "Patty Kaz" honors, the most of any program in the country, since its inception 1998. Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 was the last Crimson to bring the award to Cambridge in 2008.
The nominees will be narrowed to three March 7. The presentation of this year's award winner will be March 23 in Minneapolis, Minn., at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.