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Hockey - 02. March 2009.

Tappen to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in Boston

NESN Anchor to Host 12th Annual Award Ceremony on March 21


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kathryn Tappen, who currently serves as New England Sports Network's Boston Bruins studio host and as a "SportsDesk" anchor and reporter, will be the master of ceremonies for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award brunch. Annually presented by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be bestowed upon the 12th recipient at a brunch ceremony at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston on March 21.

Kathryn Tappen

As NESN's Bruins studio host, Tappen anchors the network's Bruins pre-game show, intermission report and post-game show. Prior to NESN, she worked at WJAR-10 in Providence, R.I., where she spent a year-and-a-half covering covering New England sports as the weekend anchor and weekday sports reporter for the NBC affiliate and won an AP award for her sports feature “Swim Meet."

Tappen has received two Emmy nominations for sports feature reporting and has served as a sideline reporter for NBC Universal Sports and hosted a nightly special covering the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Tappen began her career at CSTV (now CBS College Sports) in 2003, where she hosted a variety of programs, including "The One College Sports Show," "At the Buzzer" and "24/7." An Academic All-American while at Rutgers, Tappen was a member of the cross country and track teams and is a former record holder in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Tickets to the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony may be purchased at PattyKaz.com or by calling 719-538-1184. Individual seats are $85, while tables of 10 are available for $800.

: The top-10 finalists for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be announced on Monday (March 2) ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28, following a long struggle with a rare blood disease … To sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit PattyKaz.com.


Northeastern, Wesleyan Head Coaches to Serve Behind Bench With Mark Johnson


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dave Flint, the head women's ice hockey coach at Northeastern University, and Jodi McKenna, the head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan University, were today named as assistant coaches for the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship, set for April 4-12 in Hameenlinna, Finland. The pair will join the University of Wisconsin's Mark Johnson, who was previously named the head coach for Team USA through the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Flint, who is in his first season at Northeastern, is in his second season on the staff of the U.S. Women’s National Program. Last fall, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Select Team at the 2008 Women's Four Nations Cup, where Team USA took home its first championship since 2003. The 2008-09 season also marks the second year of Flint serving as the goaltending consultant for the entire U.S. Women’s National Program. At last year's world championship, he was on hand as the U.S. brought home its second-ever gold medal.

Before being named Northeastern’s head coach prior to the 2008-09 season, Flint spent five years as head coach at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he compiled an 88-15-2 (.848) record. In four seasons as a varsity team under Flint (his first year the program was a club sport), the Hawks won two ECAC East regular season championships and three ECAC Open Tournament championships. Flint was recognized as ECAC East Coach of the Year and a finalist for National Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons from 2006-08.

McKenna is currently in her second season as the head coach at Wesleyan after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University. In her nine seasons with St. Lawrence, she helped the Saints qualify for the NCAA tournament five times, making it to the Frozen Four on each occasion and playing in the title game in 2001.

A 1998 graduate of Brown University, McKenna played four seasons for the Bears, and helped the team team capture an ECAC regular-season or tournament title three times. She has been involved with USA Hockey Player Development Camps and was an assistant coach at USA Hockey's Women's Under-22 Camp last summer and at the USA Hockey Women's Holiday Camp in December.

NOTES: The U.S. Women's National Team will be announced on March 26 during a training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., which runs from March 24-30. Team USA will depart for Finland on March 30 and will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden in Vierumaki on April 2 prior to the April 4 start of the world championship.

U.S. Olympic Women's Team Open Tryouts
Set for Minnesota, Massachusetts
Registration Runs From March 2-April 2 on USAHockey.com


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the dates and sites for the U.S. Olympic Women's Team open tryouts. The tryouts will take place on May 16-17 in Blaine, Minn., at the Schwan Super Rink and in Dedham, Mass., at the Boston Ice Center.

Each site will be limited to the first 100 participants to register at USAHockey.com. The tryouts are open to women born prior to Jan. 1, 1994, and the cost for registration in $30. Participants must be U.S. citizens and registered as USA Hockey players for the 2009-10 season (registration for the 2009-10 USA Hockey season begins May 1).

The tryouts will consist of two days of scrimmages/games and the participants will be evaluated by representatives from the U.S. Women's National Program for a possible invitation to the Women's National Festival in August, where the 23-player roster for the Qwest Tour will be chosen.

NOTES: USA Hockey will provide jerseys to the participants. All other equipment, travel, accomodation and food are the responsibility of the participants.

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