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Sault native named Women’s Hockey Player of the Year

AP file photo United States’ Abby Roque plays against Canada during the second period of a women’s hockey game in Hartford, Conn., Dec. 14, 2019.

MADISON, Wis. — Abby Roque, a senior center for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, has been named the Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year by USA Hockey.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie who played on the boys hockey team with the Blue Devils, helped Wisconsin win the NCAA championship in 2019. Their 2020 season ended in March due to the cornavirus pandemic.

Roque had 26 goals and 58 points for the Badgers this season.

She is the fifth UW player to win the award. She was the only American among three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s NCAA Division One.

Roque was also a first-team All-America selection and was the WCHA player of the year and the offensive player of the year. She plans to play in the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association.

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