Izzy Daniel, a former Blake star, won the 26th annual Pay Kazmaier Award given to women’s college hockey’s top player. PHOTO COURTESY OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

Former Blake standout becomes first player form Cornell to win award

DURHAM, N.H. – Cornell University forward Izzy Daniel (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named the winner of the 2024 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award today during a live ceremony on NHL Network at Whittemore Center Arena as part of Saturday at the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.

Daniel is the first Cornell University player to win the honor, which is presented annually by the USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

The senior captain’s impressive season helped lead the Big Red to a 25-8-1 record and a NCAA Regional Final appearance.

The ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Forward of the Year concluded her season with 59 points (21 goals, 38 assists). She averaged 1.74 points per game, which is third nationally and tops in ECAC Hockey, and is among the top-10 in the country in both assists per game (1.12) and goals per game (0.62).

She was named the HCA National Forward of the Month for November and is a three-time ECAC Hockey Forward of the Week this season.

Off the ice, Daniel is pursuing a degree in industrial and labor relations and holds a 3.59 GPA. She is heavily involved in raising awareness for mental health initiatives, including fundraising for the Do It For Daron campaign. Additionally, she volunteers as a big sister mentor for the Tompkins Girls Hockey Association Cub Club, volunteers for Feed my Starving Children, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program.

Daniel was selected as the 2024 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient from a group of three finalists that included senior forward Casey O’Brien (Milton, Mass./University of Wisconsin) and sophomore forward Kirsten Simms (Plymouth, Mich./University of Wisconsin).

NOTES: Daniel is the 27th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award … The recipient of the 2024 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award was chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media and an at-large member and representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.


An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. For a full list of previous honorees, click HERE.


The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.







2023Sophie JaquesOhio State UniversityDefenderToronto, Ont.
2022Taylor HeiseUniversity of MinnesotaForwardLake City, Minn.
2021Aerin FrankelNortheastern UniversityGoalieBriarcliff Manor, N.Y.
2020Elizabeth GiguereClarkson UniversityForwardQuebec City, Que.
2019Loren GabelClarkson UniversityForwardKitchener, Ont.
2018Daryl WattsBoston CollegeForwardToronto, Ont.
2017Ann-Renée DesbiensUniversity of WisconsinGoalieLa Malbaie, Que.
2016Kendall CoyneNortheastern UniversityForwardPalos Heights, Ill.
2015Alex CarpenterBoston CollegeForwardNorth Reading, Mass.
2014Jamie Lee RattrayClarkson UniversityForwardKanata, Ont.
2013Amanda KesselUniversity of MinnesotaForwardMadison, Wis.
2012Brianna DeckerUniversity of WisconsinForwardDousman, Wis.
2011Meghan DugganUniversity of WisconsinForwardDanvers, Mass.
2010Vicki BendusMercyhurst CollegeForwardWasaga Beach, Ont.
2009Jessie VetterUniversity of WisconsinGoalieCottage Grove, Wis.
2008Sarah VaillancourtHarvard UniversityForwardSherbrooke, Que.
2007Julie ChuHarvard UniversityForwardFairfield, Conn.
2006Sara BauerUniversity of WisconsinForwardSt. Catharines, Ont.
2005Krissy WendellUniversity of MinnesotaForwardBrooklyn Park, Minn.
2004Angela RuggieroHarvard UniversityDefenderHarper Woods, Mich.
2003Jennifer BotterillHarvard UniversityForwardWinnipeg, Man.
2002Brooke WhitneyNortheastern UniversityForwardSnohomish, Wash.
2001Jennifer BotterillHarvard UniversityForwardWinnipeg, Man.
2000Ali BrewerBrown UniversityGoalieRacine, Wis.
1999A.J. MleczkoHarvard UniversityForwardNantucket, Mass.
1998Brandy FisherUniversity of New HampshireForwardPotsdam, N.Y.

FINALISTS (courtesy of www.pattykaz.com)

2023Sophie JaquesAlina MuellerDanielle SerdachnyPia DukaricJennifer GardinerTaylor HeiseMaureen MurphyGwyneth PhilipsKiara ZanonGrace Zumwinkle
2022Taylor HeiseGabbie HughesSophie JaquesSkylar FontaineAerin FrankelÉlizabeth GiguèreAlina MuellerCasey O’BrienTheresa SchafzahlDaryl Watts
2021Aerin FrankelDaryl WattsGrace ZumwinkleSkylar FontaineÉlizabeth GiguèreCaitrin LonerganEmma MaltaisAlina MüllerSophie ShirleyKiara Zanon
2020Elizabeth GiguereAlina MuellerAbby RoqueJaime BourbonnaisLindsay BrowningSarah FillierAerin FrankelEmma MaltaisSophie ShirleyDaryl Watts
2019Loren GabelMegan KellerAnnie PankowskiJesse CompherJessie EldridgeSarah FillierElizabeth GiguereAlina MuellerNicole SchammelLovisa Selander
2018Daryl WattsVictoria BachLoren GabelSydney BaldwinKristen CampbellSavannah HarmonBrittany HowardCaitrin LonerganToni Ann MianoShea Tiley
2017Ann-Renee DesbiensCayley MercerLara StalderMegan KellerKelsey KoelzerKennedy MarchmentAnnie PankowskiKelly PannekSarah PotomakBrooke Webster
2016Kendall CoyneAlex CarpenterAnn-Renee DesbiensShelby Amsley-BenzieHannah BrandtDani CameranesiMegan KellerKelsey KoelzerAnnie PankowskiHaley Skarupa
2015Alex CarpenterHannah BrandtMarie-Philip PoulinShelby Amsley-BenzieDani CameranesiKendall CoyneBrianne JennerEmily PfalzerRachel RamseyHaley Skarupa
2014Jamie Lee RattrayHannah BrandtJillian SaulnierErin AmbroseBrittany AmmermanKelly BabstockChristine BestlandRachael BonaSarah LefortEmerance Maschmeyer
2013Amanda KesselMegan BozekNoora RatyHannah BrandtAlex CarpenterKendall CoyneBrianna DeckerJillian DempseyBrianne JennerJocelyne Lamoureux
2012Brianna DeckerFlorence SchellingJocelyne LamoureuxBailey BramLaura FortinoMonique LamoureuxRebecca JohnstonAmanda KesselHilary KnightNatalie Spooner
2011Meghan DugganKelli StackMeghan AgostaVicki BendusLaura FortinoHaley IrwinRebecca JohnstonHilary KnightNoora RatyMolly Schaus
2010Vicki BendusNoora RatyKelly PatonJesse ScanzanoBailey BramEmily WestAnne SchleperFelicia NelsonEmmanuelle BlaisSarah Parsons
2009Jessie VetterMeghan AgostaSarah VaillancourtRebecca JohnstonHilary KnightMonique LamoureuxErika LawlerGigi MarvinMolly SchausJenn Wakefield
2008Sarah VaillancourtKim MartinMeghan AgostaMelissa BoalTessa BonhommeCaitlin CahowSam FaberMartine GarlandSabrina HarbecGigi Marvin
2007Julie ChuSara BauerMeghan AgostaGillian AppsTessa BonhommeMartine GarlandSabrina HarbecNoemie MarinMeaghan MikkelsonSarah Vaillancourt
2006Sara BauerSabrina HarbecRiitta SchaublinJana HarriganNicole HekleNoemie MarinJessica MoffatKim PearceBobbi-Jo SlusarKaren Thatcher
2005Krissy WendellNatalie DarwitzCaroline OuelletteJulie ChuDesi ClarkNicole CorrieroMolly EngstromCarla MacLeodCherie PiperRebecca Russell
2004Angela RuggieroChanda GunnJenny PotterGretchen AndersonNicole CorrieroNatalie DarwitzKelli HalcisakCaroline OuelletteShari VogtKrissy Wendell
2003Jennifer BotterillJenny PotterAngela RuggieroNatalie DarwitzChanda GunnCarly HaggardKelli HalicisakAndrea KilbourneMaria RoothKrissy Wendell
2002Brooke WhitneyRonda CurtinCarly HaggardJeni CrearyChanda GunnEmma LaaksonenKira MisikowetzTania PinelliMaria RoothLaura Slominski
2001Jennifer BotterillTammy ShewchukCourtney KennedyMeghan HunterAndrea KilbourneNadine MuzerallMaria RoothErika SilvaJessica TabbMichelle Thornton
2000Ali BrewerSara DeCostaTara MounseyCarisa Zaban*Jennifer BotterillWinny BrodtMaria RoothAngela RuggieroJenny SchmidgallHilary Witt
1999A.J. MleczkoAli BrewerNicki LuongoAli CoughlinHilary WittTara MounseyAngela RuggieroSara DeCostaCarisa ZabanTammy Shewchuk
1998Brandy FisherLaurie BelliveauSarah HoodStephanie AcresAli CoughlinJanna DewarCourtney KennedyNadine MuzerallMeaghan SittlerJessica Tabb Hilary Witt*