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Framingham's Savard: College hockey's humanitarian

Posted by Martin Finucane April 6, 2007 04:03 PM

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Yale women's hockey senior captain Kristin Savard of Framingham is the 2007 winner of the Hockey Humanitarian Award.

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Her stellar hockey playing career at Yale University is now over, but Framingham's Kristin Savard is now being recognized for her extraordinary efforts off the ice.

The Eli senior captain has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which honors college's hockey finest citizen, male or female. The award will be presented tonight at a ceremony in St. Louis during the Skills Challenge of the men's NCAA Division 1 Frozen Four. ESPNU will present a feature on Savard at 8:30 p.m.

The 22-year-old Savard founded “Teaming Up”, Yale’s effort to raise awareness for improving maternal health in the developing world – a project she hopes to expand to other schools and teams.

“Kristin Savard is an extraordinary student-athlete,” said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. “I am confident that, long after she graduates this spring, she will continue to do her part to make the world a better place.”

Savar was named as one of five Hockey Humanitarian finalists in January, joining Ohio State’s Jody Heywood, Wisconsin’s Andrew Joudrey, RPI’s Kirk MacDonald and Clarkson’s Lindsay Williams.

A political science major, Savard is a three-time ECAC All-Academic selection. She has been a part of a renaissance on the ice for the Bulldogs, who won more games in her four seasons (54) than any other four-year period in school history.

Savard finished her career fourth all-time at Yale in assists (54), tied for fifth in points (93) and eighth in goals (39).

“For everything that hockey has given me, I can not give back enough,” Savard said. “For the opportunity to be at Yale, for the friends I have made and the lessons I have learned, I can not give back enough. But I will do what I can."

-- Craig Larson

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