DURHAM, N.H. - Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) were selected as the leaders of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team for the 2001-02 season, it was announced last weekend at the team banquet.
Kerns, who will captain next year's Wildcat squad, served as co-captain this past season but the senior defenseman redshirted the season due to off-season knee surgeries. She was also the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point-average, at the banquet.
Butt and Fahlenbock, both forwards, were two of seven sophomores on this year's team and were named assistant captains. They were co-recipients of the Unsung Hero award, which is presented to the player - or players, in this case - who provided various intangibles beyond the statistics. Butt also received the UNH Women's Ice Hockey Strength Training Award.
Other announced award winners were: Karyn L. Bye Award (MVP), Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.); Tricia Dunn Award (best defensive forward), Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.); Colleen Coyne Award (best defenseman), Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.); Sue Merz 7th Player Award, Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.); Rookie of the Year, Thomas.
Thornton, a candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in the nation, led the Wildcats in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38). This senior center also led the 'Cats as the team captain. Wilson, a senior forward, served as assistant captain this season. She recorded three points as well as countless back checks and poke checks. Misikowetz, a junior center, ranked second on the team in goals (14), assists (14) and points (28) in her first season as a Wildcat.
Thomas was an ECAC All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team selection. She led all UNH defensemen and rookies in goals (14), assists (13) and points (27). Thomas netted a team-best nine power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
New Hampshire ended the 2000-01 season with a 17-17-0 record.