UMD women’s hockey: Hughes passed over for Hockey Humanitarian Award, Betinol made the switch – The Rink Live

DULUTH — Union senior forward Josh Kosack was named a recipient of the 2022 Hockey Humanitarian Award on Friday, beating Minnesota Duluth senior center and mental health attorney Gabbie Hughes for the title of “best citizen in college” hockey”.

Kosack, who was named a finalist for the second year in a row, has raised over $50,000 for a children’s tutoring and enrichment program known as

COCOA house

(Children of Our Community Open to Achievement) in Schenectady, New York. The organization was founded by a Schenectady Union College student and continues to be led by Union students and members of the local community.

As ECAC Student Athlete of the Year, Kosack helped with COCOA House’s annual Christmas toy drive and the development of a second Kozi’s Kids Lounge at the organization’s second location.

Hughes – who was also among the top three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award – along with her family helped found Sophie’s Squad, an organization formed after the suicide of 14-year-old Sophie Wieland last summer. Sophie’s Squad’s mission is to raise awareness of the mental health issues faced by youth, high school and college student athletes and to remove the stigma of seeking mental health help.

Sophie’s team

has held events at youth and youth and high school hockey events throughout the 2021-22 season to raise funds and raise awareness about the mental health of young athletes and even has events at the Amsoil Arena last season during Bulldogs hockey games and Minnesota Wild games held at the Xcel Energy Center.

Hughes, who will return to UMD as a fifth-year senior center in 2022-23, is also active in the UMD Green Bandana Project, a student- and athlete-led campus mental health awareness campaign that also aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health to end health in providing resources to fellow students. Student athletes who are part of the organization tie green bandanas to their bags.

Next to Hughes and Kosack,

other finalists for this year’s Hockey Humanitarian Award

– an all-division, all-gender award in college hockey – includes Saint’s Mary’s University senior goaltender Jordan Keeley, Rensselaer junior defenseman Hannah Price and Massachusetts-Boston junior forward, Jacob Adkins and Andrew Walker.

Betinol enters transfer portal

Kassy Betinol of China in action with Aneta Tejralova of Czech Republic during the 2022 Olympic Games at Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, China February 3, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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After representing China at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, Kassy Betinol will not return to the Bulldogs in 2022-23 for their junior redshirt season. She confirmed to the News Tribune this week that she has put her name on the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Betinol played two seasons at UMD from 2019-2021 before taking time off to compete in the Olympics in 2021-22. She totaled three goals and four assists in 55 career games as a fourth-line forward at UMD but had a breakout season in 2021-22 while playing with the China national team program.

Betinol scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 22 games for the Vanke Rays (the team was made up entirely of Chinese internationals) in Russia’s top women’s professional league before the Olympics. She had one goal at the Olympics, beating former UMD teammate Emma Soderberg in a preliminary round match against Sweden.

A native of Okotoks, Alberta, Betinol was a traditional player for China at the 2022 Games. Her maternal great-grandparents were both Chinese. She has up to three years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

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Minnesota Duluth’s Kassy Betinol (23), shown during her 2019-20 freshman season, takes control of the puck near Minnesota State-Mankato’s Emily Antony (4) during a Minnesota Cup semifinal game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

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