Ms. Hockey award

What is the Ms. Hockey Award?

With the success of the Mr. Hockey Award over the years, it only seemed natural to honor the top senior playing girls’ hockey in Minnesota with a similar award.

In 1997, Let’s Play Hockey held the inaugural Ms. Hockey Award banquet, honoring the second-ever Ms. Hockey, Annamarie Holmes of Apple Valley. The inaugural award went to Roseville’s Winny Brodt as part of the Mr. Hockey banquet in 1996. The banquet has more than exceeded expectations, as attendance to celebrate the conclusion of the girls’ high school hockey season is annually in the range of 400-500 people.

Ms. Hockey is presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey player in the state, based on the following criteria: academics, community/extra-curricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.

The Ms. Hockey candidates are identified based on nominations by their coaches. The selection of the top 10 candidates, then the five finalists, and ultimately the winner, is based on consultations with a panel of Division I and III college women’s coaches from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as a panel of high school coaches. The same process is used to select the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award winner.

2024 Ms. Hockey Finalists

Lindzi AvarMinnetonkaF27-22-30-52Cornell
Kate KosobudMoorheadD28-10-27-37Minnesota
Ilsa LindamanDuluth MarshallF27-57-29-86St. Thomas
Ayla PuppeNorthfieldF28-61-39-110Minnesota
Josie St. MartinStillwaterF23-26-39-65Ohio State


Lindzi AvarMinnetonkaF27-22-30-52Cornell
Kate KosobudMoorheadD28-10-27-37Minnesota
Ilsa LindamanDuluth MarshallF27-57-29-86St. Thomas
Ayla PuppeNorthfieldF28-61-39-110Minnesota
Josie St. MartinStillwaterF23-26-39-65Ohio State
Chloe BoreenHill-MurrayF28-30-25-55St. Thomas
Addie BowlbyLakeville NorthF27-45-21-66Sacred Heart
Kendra DistadMinnetonkaF25-19-25-44Minnesota
Hannah HalversonEdinaF28-26-24-50Wisconsin
Bella ShipleyMaple GroveF27-26-25-51Minnesota State

2023 Ms. Hockey – Ella Boerger, Andover High School

Ella Boerger of Andover was the recipient of the 2023 Ms. Hockey Award.

Ella Boerger in the news:

Boerger is third Andover player in four years to win coveted award

(Saint Paul, Minn.) – Andover’s Ella Boerger emerged from a strong field of 2023 seniors to win the 28th annual Ms. Hockey Award.

Boerger helped lead the Huskies to the state championship game, where they lost 4-1 to Gentry Academy Saturday, Feb. 25. The senior University of St. Thomas commit generated 78 points on the season on 41 goals and 37 assists to help lead the Huskies to a 27-4-0 record and a second straight trip to the title game. Last season Boerger notched 74 points in the Huskies undefeated run to a state title.

“At Andover we pride ourselves on having good hockey players but even better people, and that is who she is,” sad Andover Head Coach Melissa Volk. “On the ice she is a mix between a power forward but with finesse and is very good in our own end. She has been an instrumental part of our success these last four years in which she has won two state championships her freshman and junior seasons.”

Boerger emerged from a  list of 5 finalists that included Ellah Hause (Hill-Murray), Suzy Higuchi (Blake), Lauren O’Hara (Centennial/Spring Lake Park) and Kamryn Van Batavia (Luverne). The players were first nominated by their respective coaches and then a panel of high school and college coaches voted on 10 semifinalists before the list was narrowed to five finalists.

The 10 semifinalists included Isa Goettl (Andover), Ava Lindsay (Minnetonka), Josie Hemp (Minnetonka), Rylee Bartz (Warroad) and Stella Retrum (Maple Grove).

Seven of the 10 semifinalists played the state tournament and three of the five finalists played.

Other Finalists:

Ellah Hause – Defense – Hill-Murray

19 G – 25 A – 44 Points

A top-tier defender, Hause can also play in the offensive zone as evidenced by her 44 points in 23 games. A member of Team USA’s U18 squad that competed in Sweden, Hause possesses great skill with a high hockey IQ that helped her lead the Pioneers to the section final where they fell to Gentry Academy. A two-year captain for the Pioneers, she will play next season at the University of St. Thomas.

“As a coach for more than two decades, I can enthusiastically state that Ellah is one of the best I have had the privilege of coaching,” said head coach Shawn Reid. “Yes, her talent is great. But more importantly, she is unconditionally dependable and sees the world beyond herself. I am pleased to give her my highest recommendation.”

Suzy Higuchi – Forward – Blake

32 G – 36 A – 68 Points

Higuchi is the latest in a long line of great Blake players which includes three former Ms. Hockey winners (Katharine Chute 2007, Dani Cameranisi 2013, Madeline Wethington 2019). A skilled forward who can both score and dish, Higuchi has racked up 68 points in 26 games.  Born in Saitama, Japan, Higuchi qualifies to play for Team Japan, so you may see her donning her native country’s Olympic jersey in the years to come. She will play collegiately at Yale University.

“I often times refer to Suzy as a magician. Her hand eye coordination, her hands, they’re unbelievable,” said Blake Head Coach Kristi King. “Often times Suzy leaves everyone with a jaw drop reaction. The plays Suzy makes are above and beyond the high school level. Suzy makes everyone around her better with her high hockey IQ and her work ethic. She also makes everyone around her better with how she leads by example and gives to the community.”

Lauren O’Hara – Forward – Centennial/Spring Lake Park

35 G – 20 A – 55 Points

O’Hara has a rare combination of size and skill. The 5’11” forward has led Centennial/Spring Lake Park to a top-10 ranking all season. She has 35 goals in 28 games and is coming off a 51-point season as a junior. She is a three-time Team MVP and will play next season at the University of Minnesota.

“Lauren has helped build a legacy at Centennial that will last many years.,” said head coach Sean Molin. “She was instrumental as a leader in changing the culture into a positive, winning one. She is adored by her teammates, and she is always the hardest worker on the ice. She stayed home, didn’t join one of the super teams, and was still able to achieve her goals. She is a perfect example of what a top girls hockey player in Minnesota should be. Others may have better stats due to the situations on their teams, or the competition they have faced, but none will likely have done more for their community and girls hockey in Minnesota than Lauren.”

Kamryn Van Batavia – Forward – Luverne

59 G – 20 A – 73 Points

Van Batavia is closing in on potentially becoming the all-time leading scorer in girls high school hockey history. That is quite an accomplishment. Last year, as a junior, she racked up 127 points. This season she leads the state with 59 goals. Currently she has 450 career points, ranking third behind Nicole Schammel (Red Wing, 457) and Natalie Darwitz (Eagan, 468).

She is committed to Minnesota State-Mankato.

“Kamryn loves the game of hockey. Her shot, strength, speed, knack for the puck, and constant motor all contribute to her dominance throughout her varsity career,” said head coach Tony Sandbulte. “Kamryn’s been a team Captain for the last two years. She leads with her unmatchable work ethic and she always rises up in times of need. Kamryn is a game-changer and has carried her team to three consecutive state tournaments. Kamryn is respected in our locker room, rink, and the Luverne community for not only being one of the best hockey players the state has to offer, but she’s a great person as well.”


Ms. Hockey Award Winners




1996Winny BrodtRoseville
1997Annamarie HolmesApple Valley
1998Laura SlominskiBurnsville
1999Ronda CurtinRoseville
2000Krissy WendellPark Center
2001Renee CurtinRoseville
2002Ashley AlbrechtSouth St. Paul
2003Andrea NicholsHibbing/Chisholm
2004Erica McKenzieHastings
2005Gigi MarvinWarroad
2006Allie ThurnstromNorth St. Paul
2007Katharine ChuteBlake
2008Sarah EricksonBemidji
2009Becky KortumHopkins
2010Bethany BrausenRoseville Area
2011Karley SylvesterWarroad
2012Hannah BrandtHill-Murray
2013Dani CameranesiBlake
2014Sydney BaldwinMinnetonka
2015Taylor WilliamsonEdina
2016Presley NorbyMinnetonka
2017Grace ZumwinkleBreck School
2018Taylor HeiseRed Wing
2019Madeline WethingtonBlake
2020Olivia MobleyBreck School
2021Peyton HempAndover
2022Vivian JungelsEdina
2023Ella BoergerAndover