POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Clarkson Women’s Hockey Team opens their ECAC schedule in two weeks, as they travel to Hamilton to meet the Colgate Lady Red Raiders.
And for the best player in the history of the program, it will be her final chance to add a 3rd ECAC championship to a long list of accomplishments over her 4 seasons with the Lady Golden Knights.
She was the best player in women’s college hockey last year, winning the Patty Kazmaier Award. And if you look at the numbers, Elizabeth Giguere is the best women’s player to ever put on a Clarkson uniform.
Entering her senior season, Giguere is primed to rewrite the record books at Clarkson.
”Yeah, yeah, that’s always a good thing whenever you can bring a player of Giguere’s talent level back. Obviously, she’s a big part of our team and our program so we’re excited to obviously have her back as well,” said Clarkson Women’s Hockey Coach Matt Desrosiers.
Last year, Giguere led the NCAA in scoring with 37 goals in 37 games, tied for 2nd in the nation in points with 66, tied for 1st in the nation with game winning goals with 10, was named ECAC Player of the Year and for a 2nd straight year was a 1st team All-American.
While Giguere says those accolades are nice, she adds that’s in the past and this is a new season not only for her, but the team.
”I had a good year last year, but this year is completely different and I know that I’m gonna have to work probably 10 times harder this year to have a good year with my team, and I’m just excited to see what’s out there. And like, we don’t know who’s gonna be there this year, and who’s gonna play, and who’s not gonna play, so we’ll see when we get there, but I’m just excited to start,” said Giguere.
As a freshman, Giguere helped the Lady Golden Knights win their 3rd national title and broke the freshman scoring record with 27 goals and 71 points, a sign of things to come.
As a sophomore, Giguere would score 26 goals and dish out 47 assists and last season scored 37 goals and added 29 assists.
When Giguere wraps up her career this season, she will hold almost every scoring record in the history of Clarkson Women’s Hockey.
”The past 3 years have been amazing. I mean, I came here as a freshman without any expectations of myself, I just came in here to have fun and get a degree and play hockey for an amazing team and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 years and I think that every year I just learned more and more about this school, this little town and just the people that I see every day and I’m just having a blast and am glad to be here this year for my senior year,” said Giguere.
While Giguere has had many memorable moments and accomplishments with the Lady Golden Knights, she says one in particular stands out and is her most memorable moment.
”Yeah, National Championship freshman year. Oh, I don’t think anything can beat that. I mean, I’ve had pretty good years, but I think that the National Championship my freshman year was probably the best moment of my life,” said Giguere.
Elizabeth Giguere is a team player in every sense of the word.
Friday night in Hamilton, the Clarkson Men’s Hockey Team opened ECAC play with a 4-1 win over the Colgate Red Raiders.
Jack Jacome led the Golden Knights with a goal and 2 assists in the victory.
With the win, Clarkson improves to 6-3 overall, 1-0 in ECAC play.
The Golden Knights are back in action Sunday afternoon as they host Colgate with the puck set to drop at 4 PM.
The St. Lawrence Men’s hockey team is back in action Sunday afternoon, as they travel to Hamden, Connecticut to face off against Quinnipiac.
The Skating Saints opened their season and ECAC play on New Years Eve at Appleton Arena, skating to a 2 all overtime tie with Quinnipiac.
It was a showing Saints head coach Brent Brekke was pleased with, considering they were facing a team that had already played 8 games heading into their contest with St. Lawrence.
”Yeah, first and foremost it’s nice to be playing. I mean for the boys to go through a long, long, stretch of having some games canceled and pushed back, and right now we’d probably be about 8-9 games into our season as well. And so it’s been a challenge, but I was excited for the guys to get out there and get a chance to compete, and show what they can do, so it was great to see that. Excited with some of the stuff we did see. We see lots to work on,” said Brekke.
Hall of Fame football player Floyd Little has died.
Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse University, where he wore No. 44 like Jim Brown and Ernie Davis before him, before starring for the Denver Broncos from 1967 to 1975.
He played nine seasons in Denver, where he earned the nickname “The Franchise” because his signing was credited with keeping the team from relocating.
Floyd Little was 78 years old.