Gophers' Amanda Kessel wins college women's hockey's top honor

  • Article by: Joe Christensen , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 4:50 PM

All three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award were Gophers. But the team now is focused on the national championship trophy.

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mskalskyMar. 23, 13 1:49 PM

Congratulations Amanda. However, hockey is the ultimate team sport. This is proven by the fact that of the three finalists, one is an outstanding goalie, one is a defensemen and captain, and the third is a forward and nation leading scorer. The fact that they are all playing for the same team explains why they are 40-0-0 with the oppertunity to make history . With that said, Congratulations Amanda, Noora and Megan.

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squizzerlMar. 23, 13 2:04 PM

congrats to a truly talented player and great team leader. too bad you have no counterpart on the mens team.

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Kate23Mar. 23, 13 4:37 PM

Congratulations to this entire team of wonderful women! You all play with heart and make us proud...Good luck to all of you!

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Jakein08Mar. 23, 13 6:03 PM

Congrats, you make us proud! Go get the National title!

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firefly70Mar. 23, 1310:36 PM

Congratulations Amanda Kessel!! Very deserving of winning this award. I just can't express how glad I am you chose to play hockey for the Minnesota Golden Gophers! You and the entire team have been a real joy to follow, and have made the State of Hockey - and Women's hockey in general! - proud! Good luck, and keep it going!!

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firefly70Mar. 23, 1311:41 PM

Also, regarding the team feeling the pressure of a successful (undefeated) season in the NCAA playoff; I respectfully disagree. To try and imply it's more the pressure of the season than anything else is to do a disservice to the other teams the Women Gophers have played in the NCAA's. Just looking at the regular season against Wisconsin, a couple of those games were very close, two 2-0 scores. And that was against a team that didn't make the NCAA playoffs. Once you get into the playoffs against the top teams in the COUNTRY, well, anything can happen. Especially if you're playing a team for the SIXTH time that year, they know each other so well with very little surprises, it actually would've been more of a surprise if the Gophers had blown them out. And then when you get to the final four teams? All of them are so good and capable of beating any of the other three, it should come as no surprise that the game was as close as it ended up being - prior to playing the Gophers, Boston College had lost only SIX games the entire season (compare that to the men's Gophers team which has lost 8 games heading into the NCAA's). Point is, sometimes you just need to give credit where credit is due. And with the last couple of games the Women Gophers have played, a person should admit that the other teams were very good also, and that's mainly why the games went to overtime.

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JRBMar. 24, 1312:39 AM

Congratulations to Amanda on an amazing season and on winning the Kazmaier Award, and best of luck tomorrow in the National Championship game!

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marcus100254Mar. 24, 13 3:16 AM

Congrats to you Ms Kessel! Couldn't possibly be more proud to be a fan of yours and of the team! Today is your day!! Go get em' CHAMPS!!! SKI-U-MAH!!!

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timandtiaMar. 24, 13 8:29 AM

I wish this game was on television this afternoon, I know what I would be watching. Glad that Kessel won the award, she deserved it. Now it is time for the Gophers team to win the National Championship award!! Go Gophers!

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bb72004Mar. 24, 1310:05 AM

Looks like they "forgot" to put in the article that Amanda is from WI. Imagine that.

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