Three Friar Greats Named to Women's Hockey East Tenth Anniversary Team

Kelli Halcisak '04

Feb. 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three former Providence College women's ice hockey standouts have been named to the Hockey East Tenth Anniversary Team, a group of 12 athletes who distinguished themselves during the league's first decade.

The Friar honorees are defenseman Kelli Halcisak '04 (Grosse Ile, Mich.), Karen Thatcher '06 (Franklin, Mass.) and Rush Zimmerman '05 (Grosse Point, Mich.).

In addition, another Friar All-American, Kristin Gigliotti '07 (Saquoit, N.Y.) was named an Honorable Mention.

Halcisak (PC `04) is one of the all-time greats to wear a PC jersey. She joined Sara DeCosta as the only Friars to twice earn All-American status, recognized on the Second Team in 2003 and the First Team in 2004. A part of two Hockey East championship teams (and one ECAC title), the Michigan native was a two-time All-Hockey East selection. She was twice honored as the Hockey East Tournament MVP. In 136 games, she accounted for 56 goals and 103 assists for 159 points and is 12th on the Friars' all-time scoring list. Halcisak was also recognized as a 2004 All-Academic honoree.

Thatcher (PC `06) is one of the most decorated athletes to ever wear the Friar uniform. In 2005, the Massachusetts native was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year and a Second-Team All-American. The forward was on the ice for two Hockey East Tournament victories. She was a two-time, First-Team Hockey East All-Star, and was named to the All-Tournament Team in 2004. In 132 career games, she compiled 65 goals and 102 assists for 167 points, good for 10th on the Friars' all-time scoring list. She landed on the Hockey East All-Academic team every year. Thatcher went on to help Team USA claim silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is now the Friars' assistant coach.



Zimmerman (PC `05) was a key figure in all three Friar Hockey East Tournament championships (in addition to one ECAC title as a freshman.) She was a three-time Hockey East All-Star, a two-time Hockey East Tournament All-Star, and the 2005 Tournament MVP. In 135 games, the Michigan native totaled 73 goals and 88 assists for 161 points. She stands 11th on the Friars' all-time scoring list.

A member of two title teams, Gigliotti was recognized in 2006 as a Second-Team All-American, the fifth All-American in program history. The New York native was a two-time Hockey East First-Team All-Star, as well as a two-time All-Tournament selection. Excelling on both ends of the ice, she registered 40 goals and 63 assists for 103 points in her career. She was a three-time All-Academic honoree.

The honorees will be recognized with the rest of the Tenth Anniversary team this weekend during the Tenth Annual Women's Hockey East championship weekend, taking place at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, Mass. The current Friars will play Northeastern in a semifinal on Saturday, March 3 with the puck dropping at 12:30.

Boston University faces Boston College in the other semifinal at 3:30.

Both semifinal games will be broadcast live on the internet by Pack Network at Games will be sold on an individual basis for $8.95.

The winners of Saturday's contests will advance to Sunday's Hockey East Championship Game, also at the HYCC. Game-time for the Championship will be 1 p.m.

Tickets for the 10th annual WHEA Championship are $8 for general admission, and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can also be ordered via mail order at Tickets are also on sale in advance at the HYCC box office or will be available via walk up sale on game days.

- Go Friars -

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