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Simply The Best: BC Women's Hockey's Alex Carpenter Wins 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award

Award given to the best player in women's college hockey

Arthur Bailin, BC Heights

At Boston College, we already knew that Alex Carpenter was the best player in America. Now, it's official.

Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, BC's Alex Carpenter was awarded the 2015 Patty Kaz award. The award is given to the top player in all of women's college hockey.

Carpenter went Scorched Earth on women's hockey this season. She was a virtual lock for the award since about a third of the way through the season, leading wire-to-wire in just about every offensive category you can think of.

Here were her mind-boggling numbers entering the Frozen Four:

Goals: 37 (2nd place: 32)
Assists: 44 (2nd place: 40)
Points: 81 (2nd place: 71)
Goals per game: 1.03 (2nd place: 0.90)
Assists per game: 1.22 (2nd place: 1.16)
Points per game: 2.25 (2nd place: 1.97)
Game-winning goals: 9 (2nd place: 8)

And she's coming back next year!

Beyond the numbers, Carpenter has a well-earned reputation as a leader, not just at BC but internationally. She wears the "A" on her jersey as alternate captain for the Eagles (as a junior), but is also captain of the US National Team and was one of the top players for the US Olympic team, centering the top line and leading the Americans in scoring.

It's the first Patty Kazmaier award for Boston College, and it couldn't possibly go to a more deserving candidate both on and off the ice.

Congratulations to Alex Carpenter, and here's to another one next year!