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Ohio Stateโ€™s Sophie Jaques wins Patty Kazmaier Award for best player in womenโ€™s hockey

Ohio State womenโ€™s ice hockey defenseman, Sophie Jacques, was named the winner of the Patty Kasmaier Award, handed out annually to the best womenโ€™s ice hockey player.

Jacques is of course known for her stifling defense but has been a force on the offensive end as well, often jumping up in the play to provide an advantage on the attack for the nationโ€™s No. 1 team. She has tallied 24 goals and 48 points on the year, the best in the country for a defenseman.

The Toronto native beat out the other finalists, Alina Mueller of Northeastern and Danielle Serdachny of Colgate. She is the first-ever winner of the award for Ohio State and is now trying to polish off some individual notoriety with a national championship on Monday night.

โ€œI am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award,โ€ Jaques said in a statement. โ€œI am grateful to be a recipient of an award named after the incredible athlete, scholar, and human being, Patty Kazmaier. While this is an individual award, I have been supported by a whole team of people throughout this season and my career at Ohio State, and I owe this all to my coaches and teammates over the last five years. Receiving this award is something I never even could have imagined was possible.โ€

Head coach Nadine Muzerall has got to witness Jacquesโ€™ continue her improvement during her years in the scarlet and gray.

โ€œI am overwhelmed with happiness for her and all the hard work she has put in over the years,โ€ Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. โ€œSeeing her develop as a player and as a human, I am just so glad that it is nationally recognized that she is the best player in the country. I think this demonstrates how coming to Ohio State can help young women develop and its hopefully just the start of what we can do here as Buckeyes.โ€

This is a massive achievement for an Ohio State athlete and one that should be celebrated probably more than it will be. Congratulations are more than in order and well deserved.

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