Finalists Announced for 2017-18 Laura Hurd Award Given to AHCA Division III Women's Player of the Year
Seven players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2017-18 have been named finalists for the 2018 Laura Hurd Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division III women's ice hockey player in the country. The list of finalists includes one repeat finalist from 2017: Melissa Sheeran, a senior forward from defending Plattsburgh State. In addition to Sheeran, two other finalists will compete at this year's NCAA Women's Division III Ice Hockey Frozen Four at Norwich: Elmira College senior forward Sarah Hughson and Norwich sophomore forward Amanda Conway.
Six of the nominees are seniors and one is a sophomore. All come from the United States, including three from Minnesota and one each from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York.Six are forwards and one is a goaltender.
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 Northfield, VT
Finalists for the 2017-18 Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women's Ice Hockey College Division Player of the Year
Amanda Conway, Sophomore Forward, Norwich University
(Methuen, MA) 2017-18 NEHC Player of the Year
Allison Borgstrom, Senior Forward, University of St. Thomas
(Lindstrom, MN) 2017-18 MIAC Player of the Year
Sarah Hughson, Senior Forward, Elmira College
(East Haddam, CT) 2017-18 UCHC Player of the Year
Carly Moran, Senior Forward, Wisconsin-River Falls
(Winona, MN) WIAC Player of the Year
Melissa Sheeran, Senior Forward, Plattsburgh State*
(Schaghticoke, NY) 2017-18 NEWHL Player of the Year
Olivia Spellmire, Senior Forward, Lake Forest College
(Bloomington, MN) 2017-18 NCHA Player of the Year
Sam Walther, Senior Goaltender, Hamilton College
(Gambrills, MD) 2017-18 NESCAC Player of the Year
|Previous Winners of the Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women's Ice Hockey College Player of the Year