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