February 28, 2011

Kelly Babstock Named ECAC Hockey Rookie Of The Year

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team has been named the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, as announced by the league on Monday, Feb. 28. Babstock, who is also nominated for the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, is the second Quinnipiac student-athlete to earn ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and the second Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to receive such an accolade.

Babstock currently leads ECAC Hockey in goals (30), assists (28) and points (58), and finished the 2010-11 regular season second overall in league points (30). The freshman currently ranks first among all NCAA Division I freshman skaters in goals, assists and points and is second in points per game (1.61). Her 10 game-winning goals rank second among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey skaters, while she ranks sixth in goals, 12th in assists, and fifth in overall points.

Babstock finished the 2010-11 regular season as the league-leader in overall goals (29), assists (26) and points (55). She also finished first among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey rookie skaters in all three statistical categories, as well as finishing tied for first in the country with nine game-winning goals. The freshman led all ECAC Hockey skaters in conference goals (21) and shots (188), while finishing tied for first with two short-handed goals.

Babstock is a two-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week recipient and a five-time Rookie of the Week award winner. She has also received Quinnipiac University accolades, as she was named Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for the months of November and December.

The freshman forward has also received nationwide attention for her performance throughout the season. On January 17, 2010, Babstock became just the second athlete in school history to receive mention in Sports Illustrated's Weekly publication of its "Faces In The Crowd" section. Just this past week, Babstock was named one of the 26 nominees for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award is given annually to the most outstanding player in Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

The Mississauga native led a Bobcats offense that scored a program-high 98 goals in the regular season. The 31 power play goals, also a program-record, helped the team accumulate a 20.8 power play percentage, which helped the squad rank third among ECAC Hockey teams during the regular season.

Also nominated for the Rookie of the Year award was Brianne Jenner from Cornell and Jackie Raines from Yale.