Huggon selected to All-America First Team

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), a senior goaltender on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, was named to the JOFA All-America Ice Hockey First Team by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday.

This is the 17th award bestowed upon Huggon this season and follows last week's selection as Player of the Year in the inaugural season of Hockey East. She was also named to the Hockey East All-Star First Team, Hockey East All-Tournament Team, the Hockey East Goaltending Champion and recipient of the Hockey East "Three Star" Award. Other league honors included Player of the Month (January), Goaltender of the Month (October, January), Player of the Week (twice) and Defensive Player of the Week (five times). Huggon's other honor this season was a Player of the Week award.

Huggon currently leads the nation in wins (26), shutouts (14) and minutes played (2085:40). She is also second in save percentage (.930) and third in goals-against-average (1.52). This season's totals in shutouts and minutes broke UNH single-season records, as did her 35 games played. Huggon's 26 wins ranks second on the program's single-season superlative list while her GAA and saves (705) both rank third and her save percentage is fourth.

Her statistics were even more impressive in conference-only games. In 15 Hockey East regular-season games, Huggon registered a 13-2-0 record with a 0.89 GAA, .953 save percentage and nine shutouts.

Huggon holds 11 UNH goaltending records, including the three single-season benchmarks she established this season.

It is the fifth time that a UNH skater has been named an All-American. Brandy Fisher was the inaugural recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding women's collegiate ice hockey player, in 1998 and was named an All-American in that same year. Nicki Luongo was feted as an All-American in 1998 and 1999 and Carisa Zaban received such distinction in 2000.

UNH was defeated 1-0 by Providence College in the March 16 league championship game to end the season with a 27-7-2 record. The 27 victories is the second-highest total in the 26-year history of the program.

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