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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Zamora MVP for Warrior Women Again

The Wayne State University women's hockey team held its annual awards banquet on Sunday, April 10 at the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit.

Senior center Kelly Zamora (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Marlies) earned team Most Valuable Player honors for the second year in a row and the third time in her career. She led the Warriors in assists (18) and recorded a school-record 29 points. Zamora had a team-best plus/minus rating of +5. She was tied-for-second on the team in goals (11), and was tied-for-third in power-play goals (3).

Zamora also earned the "Top Gun" award for leading the squad in scoring with 29 points.

Freshman goalie Valery Turcotte (Jonquiere, Que./Royal Metabetchouan) was named Rookie of the Year after recording eight wins, including a shutout.

Junior Peyton Patterson (Brampton, Ont./Toronto Sting) was the recipient of the team's Best Defenseman award. She was second among all WSU blueliners in assists (9) and points (10), while recording the best plus/minus of any regular defenseman.

Senior forward Heidi Burns (Uniontown, Ohio/Ohio Flames) was presented with the President's Award for academic success. A recent inductee into the Golden Key International Honour Society, Burns will graduate next month with a degree in political science. She has been on the athletic department's honor roll six times including three semesters with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average.

Freshman goalie Tiffany Thompson (Dryden, Ont./Thunder Bay Northern Hawks) was named the team's Most Improved Player. She played in three games and made 42 saves in a loss at league champion Mercyhurst.

The Coaches' Award was presented to junior forward Naomi Kupferstein (Thornhill, Ont./Toronto Marlies), who appeared in the first 10 games before suffering a season-ending injury.

Kelly Zamora and Jessica Snelgrove were honored for their service as co-captains this past season.

Zamora, the former WSU Rookie of the Year, was a three-time Warrior MVP and top-gun award winner. She led the squad in plus/minus and face-off winning percentage (63%) this past season.

Snelgrove, a two-time CHA All-Academic selection, won over 350 face-offs this year. A co-captain this year, she was an assistant captain for the 2003-04 campaign.

Article courtesy of Wayne State Athletics Department

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