April 26, 2010

Kallie Flor Named Women's Ice Hockey Most Valuable Player At Annual Awards Banquet

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior forward and team captain Kallie Flor (Farmington, Minn.) was named the Quinnipiac University Women's Ice Hockey Most Valuable Player at the team's annual end-of-the-year banquet Saturday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. Junior defender Kelsey Britton (Ashland, Mass.) received the Coaches Award on the evening, while sophomore defenseman Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) was given the Top Defensive Player award. Also honored was freshman Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), who was named the team's Rookie of the Year.

Heralded as one of the top leaders in the women's ice hockey program history, Flor's leadership on and off the ice earn her the prestigious MVP award. The senior captain posted the best statistics in her four years at Quinnipiac in the 2009-10 season, finishing the year with a team-high of 14 goals in addition to eight assists for a combined 22 points. Flor's offensive surge kicked up in the second half of the season, leading the team to three consecutive victories against nationally-ranked teams in January. In the sweep of No. 10 ranked Syracuse on Jan. 15-16, Flor scored back-to-back, game-winning goals, including the first overtime game winner for Quinnipiac since Nov. 29, 2006. Flor's leadership guided the Bobcats to their most successful season in program history, where they posted seven consecutive weeks of recognition in the national polls and hosted their first postseason game series at the TD Bank.

Britton earns this season's Coaches Award for her positive leadership in the Bobcats' off-ice endeavors. In addition to her constant support and hard work during the season, the junior has also stepped into a leadership position in the off-season training sessions, most specifically during the spring training this season. During the 2009-10 season, Britton suited up in three games for Quinnipiac, posting a +1 in her time on ice. She also served as the team's game-breaker representative, logging the coverage from each game and breaking it down for individual and team video sessions.

Much of the Bobcats' success this season correlates with the goaltending efforts of Vigilanti. The freshman stepped into the starting position right away and started 36 of the Bobcats' 37 games in 2009-10, logging over 2,200 minutes between the pipes. Vigilanti was a constant force in net for Quinnipiac all season long, finishing the season ranked first nationally in goals against average (1.24) and save percentage (.950). Her 901 saves on the year also ranked her first amongst all goaltenders in ECAC Hockey. Her stellar rookie season earned a multitude of postseason awards, as she was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender and Rookie of the Year and landed on the All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie squad. In addition to the conference recognition, Vigilanti was also named to the New England Division I All-Star Team.

Recognized as a diverse and versatile player, Elkins earns the team's Top Defensive Player award. The sophomore started 35 games on the blue line this season for the Bobcats, serving as a positive leader on and off the ice for the team. Her contributions shone through on the offensive end as well, as she recorded nine points in her sophomore season. Elkins notched her first career goal against Brown on Feb. 20 when the Bobcats upended the Bears, 8-1, at the TD Bank Sports Center. The sophomore also saw her career-high for points in a game in the 4-1 victory against Wayne State on Jan. 23 when she assisted on three Bobcat goals.

All-Time Program Award Winners

Year Most Valuable Player Rookie of the Year Coaches' Award Best Defensive Player

2001-02 Mel Courtemanche Caitlin Peters Mel Courtemanche
2002-03 Mel Courtemanche Cara Constantine Candace Boyles
2003-04 Vicky Graham Erin Sweet Sarah Campbell
2004-05 Caitlin Peters Gillian Gallagher Karrah Stephen
& Natashia Pellatt
2005-06 Vicky Graham Kathryn Dallimore Karrah Stephen
2006-07 Jennifer MacLean Ashley Jaffray Karrah Stephen
2007-08 Elyse Cole Trudy Reyns
2008-09 Janine Duffy Chelsea Illchuk Jennifer Skelley Trudy Reyns
2009-10 Kallie Flor Victoria Vigilanti Kelsey Britton Jordan Elkins