Kessel led the Gophers to their second consecutive national title.
June 21, 2013
Through Tuesday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced next week.
Amanda Kessel - Minnesota - Women's Ice Hockey
Kessel averaged 2.66 points per game, guiding the Gophers to an undefeated 41-0-0 season en route to their second consecutive national championship. The junior, who led the country in scoring, became just the fourth player in NCAA history to score 100 points in a season (46 goals, 55 assists). She is the 24th player to surpass 200 career points and only the ninth to do so in three seasons. Kessel won the 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, was named USA Hockey's Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year, USCHO Co-Player of the Year, WCHA Player of the Year and first-team All-American. Click HERE for more information on Amanda.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling
Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer
Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field
Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving
Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling
Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey
Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving
Joanna Sampson, Michigan women's gymnastics
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State football
Caroline Powers, Michigan State women's golf
Tony Nelson, Minnesota wrestling