Six players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2014-15 have been named finalists for the 2015 Laura Hurd Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division III women's ice hockey player in the country. The list of finalists includes two players who led their teams into the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship in Plattsburgh, NY, this weekend. They are Kaycie Anderson, a senior forward from Norwich University, and Ashley Ryan, a senior forward from Elmira College.
Sponsored by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the Hurd Award honors the memory of former Elmira College standout Laura Hurd. A 2005 graduate of Elmira, and a four-time All-American, Hurd died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation. She was the recipient of the AHCA Player of the Year Award in 2005.
The recipient of this year's Hurd Award will be announced this Thursday evening during the student-athlete banquet at the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship in Plattsburgh, NY.
Finalists for the 2014-15 Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women's Ice Hockey College Division Player of the Year
Kaycie Anderson, Senior Forward, Norwich University (Maple Plain, Minnesota)
2014-15 ECAC East Player of the Year
Janna Beilke-Skoug, Senior Goaltender, UW-Stevens Point (Madison WI)
2014-15 WIAC Player of the Year
Emily Fluke, Senior Forward, Middlebury College (Bourne, MA)
2014-15 NESCAC East Player of the Year
Madison Gendreau, Senior Forward, Concordia College (MN) (Bismarck, ND)
2014-15 MIAC Player of the Year
Ashley Ryan, Senior Forward, Elmira College (Rochester, NY)
2014-15 ECAC West Player of the Year
Nina Waidacher, Senior Forward, St. Scholastica (Arosa, Switzerland)
2014-15 NCHA Player of the Year
|Previous Winners of the Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women’s Ice Hockey College Player of the Year
|2002||Sarah Moe||Gustavus Adolphus||Forward|
|2007||Andrea Peterson||Gustavus Adolphus||Defense|