MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The American Hockey Coaches Association have announced the finalists for the 2020 Laura Hurd Award (National Women's Player of the Year) and the 2020 National Women's Coach of the Year. Both New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Player of the Year Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) of Norwich University and NEHC Coach of the Year, Castleton University Head Coach Mike Venezia, have been tabbed finalists in their respective categories. The winners for both awards will be announced on Thursday, March 26.
Conway became the first three-time Player of the Year recipient in the 19-year history of the league. She led all of NCAA Division III at the close of regular season play with 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points in 25 games played.
After the completion of four additional postseason contests she pushed her point per game average over 2 (2.0345) to cap an incredible senior campaign. She added another seven goals and six assists during postseason play to bring her point total to 59 in 29 games.
She also set Norwich's record for career goals scored with 116. Conway has 116 goals and 72 assists for 188 points in 111 career games. Her 116 goals rank third all-time in NCAA Division III history and her point total ties for 4th all-time.
Seven players who have distinguished themselves on the ice in 2019-20 have been named finalists for the 2020 Laura Hurd Award, given annually to the best NCAA Division III women's ice hockey player in the country. Conway is the only repeat finalist from the 2019 slate of nominees. To see the full list of finalists for the 2020 Laura Hurd Award, please click here.
Sponsored by the American Hockey Coaches Association, the Hurd Award honors the memory of former Elmira College standout Laura Hurd. A 2005 graduate of Elmira, and a four-time All-American, Hurd died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation. She was the recipient of the AHCA Player of the Year Award in 2005.
Slotted to finish third in the NEHC Preseason Poll, Venezia led the Spartans to a 10-4-2 conference record and earned the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament. The Spartans earned 10 or more conference wins for the first time since the 2015-16 season and Venezia is the first coach to earn back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since the 2014-15 and the 2015-16 seasons.
Nine coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2019-20 have been named finalists for the CCM/AHCA NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award. To be considered a finalist this season, one must either be named Coach of the Year at the conference level or be ranked in the Top Four of the Pairwise Rankings at season's end. The CCM AHCA Coach of the Year Awards are sponsored by CCM HOCKEY and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).