Three Gopher Women’s Hockey players were honored at the NCAA Awards banquet Thursday night before the NCAA Frozen Four begins on Friday. Senior defenseman Lee Stecklein and junior center Kelly Pannek were both named CCM First Team All-Americans. Meanwhile sophomore Anna Barlow was named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award.
Stecklein was named an All-American for the third time in her career. This is the first time she has been named to the first team however. Stecklein was named to the second team the past two seasons. Stecklein enters the last weekend of her collegiate career fourth in scoring among NCAA defensemen with 0.69 points per game. She ranks seventh among all-time Minnesota defensemen with 93 career points.
Pannek was named an All-American for the first time in her career. She will recieve the honor of being added to the Ridder Arena mural over the summer. Pannek comes into the NCAA Frozen Four as the nation's scoring leader with 61 points, 1.61 points per game, 42 assists, and 1.11 assists per game. This season, Pannek became the 32nd Gopher all-time to reach 100 career points.
Barlow was awarded the NCAA Elite 90 Award. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Barlow is studying Biology, Society, and Environment in the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts and has a gpa of 3.92. She has played in five games this season for the Gophers.
The Gophers will take on Clarkson at 8:00 PM Friday in the NCAA Frozen Four in St. Charles, Missouri.