Tomcikova among 30 nominees for Patty Kazmaier Award
Monday, February 20, 2012
Tomcikova among 30 nominees for Patty Kazmaier Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Bemidji State University women’s hockey goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova (Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia) was named among the list of 30 nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. The Patty Kazmaier Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey.

Tomcikova has been the linchpin of BSU’s defense this season as she currently leads the nation with 950 saves while boasting the country’s sixth-best saves percentage of .931. Tomcikova has a BSU season-best 13 wins in net while recording four shutouts including blank sheets against top 10 opponents University of Minnesota Duluth and Providence College. In addition, she held the nation’s No. 1 team, University of Wisconsin, to one goal, Jan. 28 in front of an NCAA record crowd of 12,402 fans at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

Tomcikova has set every career record at BSU this season as she now holds the marks for shutouts, saves, games played, minutes played, wins, saves percentage and goals against average. In addition, she is moving up in the record books in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the NCAA. Tomcikova is currently third all-time in saves in the NCAA and second in the WCHA. She needs 129 saves to move past Shari Vogt of Minnesota State University for second all-time in the NCAA and first in the WCHA. The BSU netminder is second all-time in the WCHA for games played and third for minutes played and career shutouts.

Tomcikova is among 12 nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Award from the WCHA including Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby, Minnesota’s Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel and Jen Schoullis, North Dakota’s Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Ohio State’s Natalie Spooner and Minnesota Duluth’s Haley Irwin.

The BSU goaltender was also nominated for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award which eventually was awarded to Mercyhurst College’s Vicki Bendus.

Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be awarded at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.

The 34 NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey head coaches will select the top-10 finalists from among the group of 30 nominees, with the announcement taking place on March 1. A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists (announced March 8), as well as the award recipient, which will be announced live at the brunch ceremony in Duluth on March 17.
Tickets to the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

-Parts of this release were pulled from USA Hockey-