This Thursday from the Minnesota Duluth sports information office on senior winger Emmanuelle Blais appearing in Sports Illustrated:
Emmanuelle Blais did anything but blend into the rest of the NCAA Division I women’s hockey world this season, and that has landed her an honor with one of the biggest sports magazine’s in the country.
Sports Illustrated named Blais one of its “Faces In The Crowd” this week, in its April 19 issue on stands now with pro golfer Phil Mickelson on the cover. The magazine took notice of the senior forward from LaSalle, Quebec, after Blais skated off with the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player award on March 21. The 2009-10 RBK First Team All-American scored three goals and added an assist in the 2010 Frozen Four, including the Bulldogs’ first goal in their 3-2 triple-overtime championship-game win against Cornell in Minneapolis en route to leading UMD to it’s fifth NCAA title.
Blais definitely saved her best hockey for last as the dynamic winger averaged 1.59 points per game this past winter, the fifth highest total in the country, while netting an NCAA-high 32 goals and a personal-high 65 points. Besides being a Top-10 Patty Kazamier Award Finalist, Blais also was named to the All-WCHA first team and the WCHA Final Face-off tournament MVP. She leaves UMD with 145 career points 73 career goals and 72 assists — all good for eighth place on the respective UMD all-time charts.