Zeches nominated for top player in the country

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – The American Hockey Coaches Association announced Adrian College senior goaltender Brittany Zeches (Westland, Mich.) as one of five finalists for the Laura Hurd Award.

"We are very happy for Brittany," said head women's coach Chad Davis.

"She is very deserving to be a finalist as she was an outstanding performer for us showing much perseverance and character throughout the year."

The Laura Hurd Award is given annually to the best NCAA Division III women's ice hockey player in the country. Originally, it was awarded as the Division III Women's Player of the Year Award prior to 2007, but renamed after the four-time Elmira All-American was involved in a fatal accident.

The recipient of this year's Hurd Award will be announced tonight during the student-athlete banquet at the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship in Superior, Wis.

Only two other goaltenders have won the award since its inception in 2000. Below is a list of this year's five nominees and past winners.

Finalists for the 2012-13 Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women's Ice Hockey College Division Player of the Year

Teal Gove, Senior, Forward, Plattsburgh State (Berwick, Ontario)
2012-13 ECAC West Player of the Year

Tori Charron, Junior, Forward, Norwich University (Tecumseh, Ontario)
2012-13 ECAC East Player of the Year

Geneva Lloyd, Senior, Defense, Amherst College (Calgary, Alberta)
2012-13 NESCAC Player of the Year

Lindsey Hjelm, Senior, Forward, Gustavus Adolphus College (North Oaks, Minnesota)
2012-13 MIAC Player of the Year

Brittany Zeches, Senior, Goalie, Adrian College (Westland, Michigan)
2012-13 NCHA Player of the Year

Previous Winners of the Laura Hurd Award
AHCA Women's Ice Hockey College Player of the Year

2000

Sylvia Ryan

Middlebury

Forward

2001

Michelle Labbe

Middlebury

Forward

2002

Sarah Moe

Gustavus Adolphus

Forward

2003

Angela Kapus

Middlebury

Forward/Defense

2004

Molly Wasserman

Williams

Forward

2005

Laura Hurd

Elmira

Forward

2006

Emily Quizon

Middlebury

Forward

2007

Andrea Peterson

Gustavus Adolphus

Defense

2008

Danielle Blanchard

Plattsburgh

Forward

2009

Kayla Coady

Elmira

Forward

2010

Isabel Iwachiw

Trinity

Goaltender

2011

Sarah Dagg

RIT

Goaltender

2012

Julie Fortier

Norwich

Forward