DULUTH, Minn. – Danielle Serdachny of Colgate Women’s Ice Hockey was named a runner-up for The 2023 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award presented by The USA Hockey Foundation.
Serdachny tallied 25 goals and 46 assists for a career-high 71 points, leading the nation in points per game with an average of 1.78. She also ranked first in game-winning goals with six, goals per game with 0.62, and second in the nation in assists per game with 1.15.
The Edmonton, Alberta native has potted 60 goals and 118 assists for a program-high 178 points. Serdachny was recently named to Canada’s world championship team for this upcoming summer, making her the first active player in program history to crack the roster.
Serdachny is the first player in program history to crack the top-three for The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Olympic goal medalist Jessie Eldridge ’19 is the only Raider besides Serdachny to be named to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award watch list, cracking the final-10 in her senior season.
The senior forward is the co-founder and mentor to the Rising Raiders youth mentorship program for girls hockey players in the state of NY aged 7-14 (Reached a maximum of 50 participants in the inaugural year). In the community, Serdachny is the organizer for Colgate’s Inclusive learn to skate program for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Away from the rink, she spends her time as a recess buddy for Hamilton’s elementary school, kindergarten class reading partner, teaches one-on-one free youth skating lessons, skate with the Raiders community event participant, community leaf raking, and complimentary holiday gift-wrapping.
Serdachny broke multiple records, en route to being named ECAC Hockey Player, and Forward of the Year for the second time in her career, as she won both awards in 2021. She was also named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team for the second time in her career. Serdachny was awarded the inaugural Wayne Dean Sportsmanship Award winner, an honor given to an ECAC Hockey student-athlete (men’s or women’s) who demonstrates the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship; displays the utmost respect for student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and officials, as well as the game/sport; and encourages all individuals to demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical conduct inside and outside of the competition setting.
“We cannot overstate how proud we are of Danielle for her exceptional year on and off the ice at Colgate. Her unwavering dedication to her team, her community, and her sport is truly remarkable, and her impact will be felt for years to come. We are grateful for the example she sets and the inspiration she provides, and we know that this is only the beginning of a bright future for Danielle” said Head Coach Greg Fargo.
About the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey player. Selection criteria include outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness, and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
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