Three Wildcats named captains of 2005-06 squad
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey program honored eight student-athletes and paid tribute to the Class of 2005 at the team's annual banquet, which was held earlier this month. In addition, an announcement was made that Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.), Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) will serve as tri-captains of the 2005-06 Wildcat squad.
Senior captain Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) was the recipient of both the Karyn Bye Award (Team MVP) and Fan Favorite Award. Jones, co-recipient of the Hockey East Player of the Year award, led New Hampshire in goals (23) and finished No. 20 in the nation in that statistic (0.66 gpg). She also led the team in both game-winning goals (five) and power-play goals (seven), and ranked second in points (42) and fourth in assists (19).
All three of next year's captains were bestowed awards. Garland, a sophomore defenseman who incurred a season-ending injury in the fourth game of the season, received the Academic Award for Excellence in recognition of the student-athlete with the highest grade-point-average.
Hansen was named the Unsung Hero. The junior forward ranked 19th in the nation in assists (0.83 per game) and was second on the team in that statistic with 29. In addition, Hansen ranked third in points with 38 as she also scored nine goals. She scored two game-winning goals and recorded an assist on two others.
Sophomore forward Hekle was the recipient of the Tricia Dunn Award as the team's best defensive forward. Hekle, who had a team-best +22 rating, was instrumental in the success of UNH's penalty-kill unit, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation most of the season and finished third. Hekle, the Hockey East Scoring Champion, also led the Wildcats in both assists (33) and points (52) to rank 10th (0.94) and 16th (1.49), respectively.
Becky Peters (Dover, N.H.), a junior transfer from Northeastern University, was honored as the best defenseman with the Colleen Coyne Award. In her first year with the team, Peters was the leader of a defensive unit that included just one other skater with collegiate experience. She logged innumerable minutes as a key player on both special teams units and ranked second overall -- first among blueliners -- in plus/minus at +21.