What is the Jori Jones Award?
With the success of the Ms. Hockey Award, it only seemed natural to honor the top senior playing girls’ hockey goaltender in Minnesota with a similar award.
In 1999, Let’s Play Hockey established the Senior Goalie of the Year Award with Katie Beauduy of Blaine named the first winner. Every year since, the award has been presented at the Ms. Hockey Award banquet. Most recently, Uma Corniea was named the 2023 Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year. The award was named in honor of Jori Jones in 2024. Jones was a goaltender who was a semifinalist for the award in 2022. She passed away in August of 2023 at the age of 19.
“The Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association is proud to partner with Let’s Play Hockey in naming this award in Jori Jones’ honor,” said MGCHA Executive Director Tim Morris. “It is always tragic when the Minnesota hockey family loses someone, especially someone as young and vibrant as Jori. Attaching her name to the Senior Goalie Award only strengthens and enhances the prestige of that honor and will keep her spirit alive for future classes of female goaltenders in the state of Minnesota. We are looking forward to presenting the award to one of this year’s worthy nominees. Gracious thanks to the Jones family and Roseville hockey for allowing us to forever connect Jori’s name to this award.”
The Jori Jones Award is presented to the top senior girls’ high school hockey goaltender in the state, based on the following criteria: academics, community/extra-curricular activities, citizenship, coachability and, of course, on-ice performance.
The 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.
Senior Goalie of the Year 2023 – Uma Corniea, Edina HS
Uma Corniea in the news:
Edina Goalie rewrote record book in storied program
Uma Corniea is the 2023 winner of the Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Award.
Corniea is the most decorated goalie in girls state high school history, breaking the career record for wins and shutouts this season. She eclipsed the 100-win mark and also has 43 career shutouts.
Corniea is a three-time state champion (Edina 2021 and Breck 2018, 2019). She is also a three-time all-state recipient and has been named all-conference three times as well. This season she has faced 525 shots and made 503 saves. Corniea will be attending Princeton University.
“It seems like Uma has been on a varsity hockey team forever, but I truly wish that we had another four years with her,” said Edina Head Coach Sami Cowger. “Uma is one of our captains this year and that in and of itself is an incredible accomplishment, but to be a goalie captain says a lot. Uma is the best goalie to ever come through our program and in my opinion, she has been the best goalie in the state for the last four years. She has been the backbone of our team since day one and continues to put us in positions of winning big games. She has made a name for herself based on her talent, skill, and records, but she is so much more than just that. Uma is a kid that always has a smile on her face no matter what. It’s contagious and every time I see her, it automatically puts a smile on my face too. Even in the middle of a massive game, you will always find Uma with a smile on her face.”
Corniea rose to the top of a solid group of semifinalists.
They include Sedona Blair (Holy Family), Hailey Hansen (Blaine), Sarah Peterson (Breck) and Courtney Stagman (Andover).
Sedona Blair – Holy Family
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The list of accomplishments are long for Blair, who is a two-time all-state recipient, 4-time all-conference player, and member of the 2022 U18 Team USA squad. She has won 66 games in her career with 26 career shutouts. She made 532 saves this season while logging 1,144 minutes.
She will continue her career at the University of New Hampshire.
“Sedona is the kid you want in the nets for you game in and game out,” said Holy Family Head coach Randy Koeppl. “She is one of the most competitive kids that we have had at Holy Family and that I have ever coached. She’s turned herself into a great leader and pushes her teammates to be better while keeping the locker room loose. She has been a constant for us that has led to all of our success since we started the program and has put this program on her back that last four years. She will be missed on and off the ice. There is no one more deserving for this award.”
Hailey Hansen – Blaine
Blaine’s 6-overtime game against Anoka made headlines due to Gretchen Paaverud’s 89 saves on 91 shots, setting a high school record. The other goalie in that game was Hansen who faced 50 shots, stopping 49 of them to give a team a chance to win, which they did 2-1.
That has been the story for Hansen during her tenure as the Bengals goalie. A three-year team captain, she has been the backbone of her team, keeping them in games on a consistent basis. Despite her small frame (5’3”), her athleticism and competitive nature stands out to make her one of the top 10 goalies in the state. She is a 3-time all-state selection and 5-time all-conference selection and has made more than 3,000 saves in her career, including 778 this season.
She will continue her hockey career at Minnesota State-Mankato.
“There is not a goalie around that can match everything she brings to the table her skill, athleticism, desire, talent, quality of kid, leader, and any other intangible you can think of are unmatched,” said Blaine Head Coach Steve Guider. “There may be a candidate that may be better in a couple of categories, but none match the whole package. I know that because I have coached the best female goaltenders in the world and this kid as the whole package is as good as it gets. Hailey wins games for us by making saves that I don’t think any other goalie in the state could make. No goaltender matches her athleticism. There is not a goaltender in the nation that I would trade her for.”
Sarah Peterson – Breck
Breck, a perennial power in Class A hockey with three state titles in the past five years, are going through a small rebuilding process with a young squad. While Peterson’s record doesn’t stand out, her ability between the pipes does. She has faced 806 shots this season and made 754 saves for a .935 save percentage.
She is also the career saves leader in the storied Breck program. She will continue her hockey career at Bowdoin College in Maine.
“Sarah is once again the backbone of a very young and inexperienced team,” said head coach Tricia Luoma. “She is a leader in the locker room, on the ice and in the classroom. Sarah maintains a 4.0 GPA while playing two varsity sports. Sarah is poised and calm in the net. She is so positionally sound that she makes most saves look easy. She prepares and executes like any top goalie. Sarah is an amazing young woman. Numerous coaches and referees have made a point of letting us know just how great Sarah is…..even in the quick interactions she has with others. She will have a great college career and we wish her all the best!”
Courtney Stagman – Andover
All Courtney Stagman does is win. The senior netminder has a 70-4 record between the pipes, including a 27-0 run last year when Andover took home the Class AA state title with an undefeated season.
This year Stagman is 25-3-0 with a .934 save percentage, facing 473 shots and allowing just 31 goals. She is a two-time state champion for the Huskies, who will be looking to compete for No. 3 this week. She will continue her hockey career at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.
“Courtney 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,” said head coach Melissa Volk. “She has played big for us in big games and is relied upon to play almost every minute since her sophomore season. She is well rounded in every aspect of life. I am proud of her work ethic that has contributed so much to our high school program in addition to our youth hockey program that she spends so much time with. All the little girls love her due to her dedication to our program!”
1999 — Katie Beauduy, Blaine
2000 — Shari Vogt, River Lakes
2001 — Jody Horak, Blaine
2002 — Amber Hasbargen, Warroad
2003 — Robin Doepke, Chaska
2004 — Emily Brookshaw, Hill-Murray
2005 — Johanna Ellison, Cloquet/Esko/Carlton
2006 — Alannah McCready, Centennial
2007 — Ashley Nixon, Blaine
2008 — Alyssa Grogan, Eagan
2009 — Laura Bellamy, Duluth Northern Stars
2010 — Kallie Billadeau, Hopkins
2011 — Julie Friend, Minnetonka
2012 — Erika Allen, Roseville
2013 — Sydney Rossman, Minnetonka
2014 — Erin O’Neil, Hopkins
2015 — Frances Marshall, Thief River Falls
2016 — Jenna Brenneman, Breck
2017 — Breanna Blesi, Maple Grove
2018 — Alexa Dobchuk, Eden Prairie
2019 — Calla Frank, White Bear Lake
2020 – Anna LaRose, North Wright County
2021 – Brynn Dulac, Minnetonka HS
2022 – Maggie Malecha, Northfield HS
2023 – Umna Corniea, Edina HS