In a vote of assistant coaches at the nation's 36 NCAA Division I ice hockey programs, University of Minnesota freshman forward Sarah Potomak has been named the 2015-2016 National Rookie of the Year in women's ice hockey. Potomak, a native of Aldergrove, British Columbia, is just the third recipient of this award which was established in 2014 by the Women's Hockey Commissioners Association.
Potomak had a productive year for a Gopher team that brings a 33-4-1 record into Friday's National Collegiate Championship semifinal game against the University of Wisconsin in Durham, NH. Minnesota is seeded #3 in this year's NCAA event and advanced with a 6-2 quarterfinal round win over Princeton last week.
Potomak is fourth in team scoring with 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points overall. Her 38 assists are tops on the team and fourth best in the nation. She had a season-high seven-point game (2-5-7) on November 27 in a win at Minnesota State.
The ballot for this award is made up of the conference Rookie of the Year selections. Each program playing NCAA Division I women's ice hockey receives a ballot, with assistant coaches at each school submitting one ballot per school. Each school was asked to vote for three players in order (first, second, third). The runner-up for this year's award was Boston College's freshman forward Makenna Newkirk.
The Women's National Rookie of the Year was established in 2014 by the Women's Hockey Commissioners Association. The 2014 winner was Dani Cameranesi of Minnesota and last year's recipient was Annie Pankowski of Wisconsin. A similar award, the Tim Taylor National Rookie of the Year Award, is presented by the men's commissioners.