Ohio State Women’s Hockey player Emma Maltais named Top 10 finalist for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Emma Maltais

Currently leads the Buckeyes with eight assists

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second year in a row, Ohio State’s Emma Maltais has been named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist. Maltais is the seventh Buckeye in program history to be named a finalist.

An award of the USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award was established in 1998 and is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. The selection criteria include outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Three finalists for the 2021 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be announced on March 18, with the winner being revealed on March 27.

Maltais is one of the most prolific scorers in program history. Earlier this year, she recorded her 100th career assist, becoming just the second player in program history to reach that milestone. She’s currently the WCHA’s active leader in career points with 153 on 53 goals and 100 assists. A second-team All-American in 2020, she ranks No. 4 on Ohio State’s all-time list in career points, No. 2 in assists and No. 8 in goals scored.

This season, Maltais’ biggest statistical weekend came Jan. 29-30 when she had a hand in five of Ohio State’s seven goals in a split against No. 2 Minnesota. She finished the weekend with one goal and four assists and was named the WCHA’s Forward of the Week. Maltais currently leads Ohio State in assists with eight and her 11 points is tied for second.

In addition to her statistics, Maltais’ play has helped the Buckeyes to an 11-5-0 overall record and a No. 2 national ranking, the highest in program history. She’s been part of two teams that have achieved notable success: the 2018 squad that made it all the way to the Frozen Four and the 2020 team that won the first-ever WCHA Final Faceoff title.

Off the ice, Maltais is an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a member of the WCHA All-Academic team. She will graduate with her degree in health sciences.



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