June 23, 1997

    Baker Named USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College sophomore center Laurie Baker of Concord, Mass., has been named USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year. Baker became the second Lady Friar to earn the award as former PC star Cammi Granato was named Player of the Year in 1996. The USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the outstanding American-born women's ice hockey player and is selected by a committee of America's leading women's ice hockey coaches and administrators.

    In April, Baker competed for the United States Women's National Team, which captured the silver medal at the 1997 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Kitchener, Ontario. She was tied for second on the team in scoring with two goals and four assists in five games.

    Baker, a 1997 First Team ECAC and New England Hockey Writer All-Star selection, finished first in the ECAC in goals (36) and second in points (58). In overall action, Baker scored 43 goals and notched 28 assists in 30 games. Her 43 goals in 1996-97 ranks second on PC's single season goal list.

    In 1996-97, Baker helped guide the Lady Friars to a 20-8-2 mark and a 17-4-1 record in ECAC action. In two seasons at Providence, Baker has registered 119 points (75 goals, 44 assists) in 60 games. Baker, a graduate of Lawrence Academy, is the daughter of David and Sharyn Baker.