A Quebecer and an Ontarian are among the finalists for NCAA top women's hockey award

Clarkson's Elizabeth Giguere (7) holds up the team's trophy after Clarkson defeated Colgate 2-1 in overtime in the NCAA college women's hockey Frozen Four championship game in Minneapolis on March 18, 2018. Elizabeth Giguere of Quebec City and Abby Roque of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., were among the three finalists announced Tuesday for the top individual award in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey. Giguere, a Clarkson forward, and Wisconsin forward Roque join Northeastern forward Alina Mueller in the running for this year's Patty Kazmaier Award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Stacy Bengs

Elizabeth Giguere of Quebec City and Abby Roque of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., were among the three finalists announced Tuesday for the top individual award in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey.

The 3⃣finalists have been announced for the #PattyKaz!
1 - Elizabeth Giguere, @CUknights
2 - Alina Mueller, @GoNUwhockey
3 - Abby Roque, @BadgerWHockey

Full info: https://t.co/MJqYRYyJsa pic.twitter.com/yjH1UrvH6P

— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) March 3, 2020

Giguere, a Clarkson forward, and Wisconsin forward Roque join Northeastern forward Alina Mueller in the running for this year's Patty Kazmaier Award.

The Best of the Best! @EliGiguere11 of @CUknights @ecachockey @NCAAIceHockey @ClarksonUniv #GiggyjazforPattyKazhttps://t.co/DLE3hkrEHl

— ClarksonAthletics (@ClarksonUSports) March 3, 2020

The winner will be named March 21 during the women's Frozen Four championship in Cambridge, Mass.

The award is named in honour of the late Patty Kazmaier, who played for Princeton from 1981 to 1986. She died at age 28 of a blood disease.

Canadians have earned the honour nine times in its 22-year history including each of the last three years.

Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens of La Malbaie, Que., Toronto's Daryl Watts out of Boston College and Clarkson's Loren Gabel of Kitchener, Ont., were winners from 2017 to 2019 respectively.

Giguere, a junior, led the NCAA in goals scored with 36 and was second in points with 65 for an average of 1.81 points per game.

Roque's 25 goals and 32 assists ranked the senior fourth in goals and seventh in assists.

No. 1️⃣8️⃣ on the ice.
Top 3️⃣ in the nation!

Congrats to #Badgers @abby_roque on being named a top-3️⃣ finalist for this year's Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award!#RoqueTheKaz || #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/SB1WUc4zgX

— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerWHockey) March 3, 2020

Switzerland's Mueller tied with Roque in goals scored and averaged 1.67 points per game.

The three finalists were chosen by a 13-person selection committee that included coaches, media and representatives from USA Hockey.

Previous Canadian winners of the Kazmaier also include Clarkson's Jamie Lee Rattray of Kanata, Ont. (2014), Mercyhurst's Vicki Bendus of Wasaga Beach, Ont., (2010); Harvard's Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., (2008); Wisconsin's Sara Bauer of St. Catharines, Ont., (2006); and Harvard's Jennifer Botterill of Winnipeg (2001, 2003).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2020.