PLATTSBURGH, NY — Ashley Ryan, a senior forward from Elmira College and Rochester, NY, has been named the winner of the 2015 Laura Hurd Award, given by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Year. Ryan, a two-time First Team CCM All American and the 2015 ECAC West Player of the Year, has 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points heading into Friday's semifinal game (7:00 p.m.) against UW-River Falls at the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
"Since Ashley's arrival at Elmira College, she has been a standout hockey player as well as a leader on our team and in the local community," said Elmira coach Dean Jackson. "Her courage and ability to put both her team and others before herself is proven time and time again."
Ryan, in addition to her impressive national-leading statistics, has proven to be one of the best penalty killers in the country. Adds Jackson, "She is the best shot blocker on the team, routinely sacrificing her body, and plays a complete game at both ends of the ice. Ashley is the ultimate competitor and approaches her development with absolute professionalism. She takes advantage of every second she spends on the ice. It is not uncommon to see Ashley pull her younger teammates aside, coaching them and assisting them in their development. She is always watching video, studying her game as well as her opponent's, and treats practice like a game, two characteristics that have clearly shown in her play over the last four years. Her work ethic is the best I have ever seen at any level I have played and coached."
Away from the rink, Ryan is pursuing a criminal justice degree with minors in sociology and anthropology. As part of her degree requirements, she is currently completing a mandatory 240-hour internship, which is comprised of her riding along with an officer from the Elmira City Police Department.
Ryan is the third Elmira player to win this award, following Laura Hurd in 2005 (before the award was named in her honor) and Kayla Coady in 2009. The runner-up for this year's Hurd Award was Emily Fluke, a senior forward from Middlebury College and Bourne, MA. The award is named in honor of former Elmira College star Laura Hurd who died in a car accident shortly after graduation. Hurd was a four-time All-American who led Elmira to victory in the first NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
|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|