Harvard's Chu awarded women's hockey top prize

Julie Chu of Harvard has been awarded the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by the USA Hockey Foundation to the top Division I player in women's hockey.

The senior forward led the nation in scoring, averaging 2.20 points per game. She was one of ten finalsts for the award in 2005.

"This award is not about me," Chu said. "It's so much bigger
than me. It's about my team."

The three-time All-American and two-time U.S. Olympian scored 66 points and led the Crimson to a 23-8-2 record and a fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance this year, and her 284 career points rank her as the all-time leader in NCAA Division I history.

"In my 13 years coaching at Harvard, no one has distinguished themselves more than Julie," Harvard coach Katey Stone said. "Her commitment to her teammates, coaches and school far exceeds that of any of her predecessors."

Chu received the award at a brunch ceremony at the Hilton Lake Placid Resort in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the Women's Frozen Four is being held. She was chosen from a group of three finalists that consisted of freshman Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst College and Sara Bauer of Wisconsin, the 2006 recipient.

Chu, who said she hopes to play in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, is the fifth Harvard player to receive the award.

The award is named in memory of Patty Kazmaier, who helped lead Princeton to three Ivy League championships during the 1980s. She died in 1990 at age 28 of a rare blood disease.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.