February 24, 2011

Jackee Snikeris a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year

Record-Setting Senior Goalie Has 3.59 GPA

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been named one of three finalists for ECAC Hockey's Student-Athlete of the Year Award, the league announced on Thursday. Snikeris, who is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women's college hockey, enjoyed a record-setting career in net for the Bulldogs, and her accomplishments off the ice are just as impressive.

Snikeris is a pre-med History of Science, History of Medicine major who has a 3.59 cumulative GPA and will receive her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season. In addition to working at a nearby hospital and having some of her work there published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology, she has also volunteered at a local hospice for the past two years and taught skating to local middle schoolers. She has been a part of team-wide initiatives to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors to help save the lives of patients in need, inspired by her teammate Mandi Schwartz' battle with cancer. She has taken part in Yale's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and helped teach sports skills to local children. She has also been a part of a program that pairs local brain tumor patients with Yale sports teams.

On the ice, Snikeris re-wrote the Yale record book many times over. She holds the school's career records for save percentage (.931), goals-against average (2.12) and shutouts (16). She also holds the single-season Yale records for save percentage (.941, 2010-11) and goals-against average (1.67, 2008-09) and is tied for the shutout record (five, 2008-09). She has earned first team All-Ivy League and team MVP honors twice. She was selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Star team and made 10 saves in one period of an exhibition game vs. Team USA.

Snikeris has extensive experience with USA Hockey as well. She attended USA Hockey Under-22 Select Team tryouts in the spring of 2008, and has been selected for USA Hockey's Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp, featuring Olympians and the top goaltending prospects in the country, three times. She was a five-time USA Hockey player development camp pick. This past August, she served as a volunteer instructor at USA Hockey's U14 Development Camp.

Off the ice, Snikeris has excelled in the classroom while taking a pre-med course load. She has also graduated from the Yale Athletics Department's Kiphuth Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop Yale student-athletes to be world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life. 

Prior to coming to Yale Snikeris graduated cum laude from the Taft School, where she was a two-time captain of the ice hockey team and won the school's Patsy K. Odden Award for leadership and sportsmanship. She also played for the Connecticut Polar Bears.

Snikeris intends to enter medical school in 2012.

This is the fourth time in the award's five-year history that Yale has had a finalist for ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year. Kelsey Johnson '07 was a finalist for the inaugural award in 2007, and Danielle Kozlowski '09 was a finalist in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.

The winner of the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award will be announced on Mar. 4.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity