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Jackee Snikeris Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year

Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

First Yale Player to Win Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the first Yale player to earn that award. She adds this accomplishment to the other honors she has already received this season, including first team All-ECAC Hockey and first team All-Ivy League, while also awaiting word later in the week about the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award for which she is one of three finalists. She is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women's college hockey.

Snikeris posted some of the most remarkable numbers of her stellar career this past season, highlighted by her .941 save percentage that currently has her ranked seventh in the country. That figure set the school record in that category, and gives her four of the top eight single-season save percentage marks in Yale history. Her 1.98 goals-against average this season ranks third, trailing only her own 1.67 mark from 2008-09 and the 1.978 mark posted by June Mendoza '80 in 1978-79. Snikeris has four of the top seven single-season goals-against averages in Yale history.

In 16 conference games this season, Snikeris posted a .940 save percentage, second only to Cornell's Amanda Mazzotta. Snikeris had a 1.91 goals-against average in ECAC Hockey games.

Snikeris had three shutouts this season, all in ECAC Hockey games. She extended her school career record in that category to 16 -- four more than any other player. She also finished her career with a save percentage of .931, breaking the school record in that category (.915, Sarah Love '06) by 16 points. She had a career goals-against average of 2.12, breaking the school record in that category (2.61, Shivon Zilis '08) by nearly half a goal. Her 2,092 career saves place her fifth on Yale's all-time list.

Snikeris played her best down the stretch, as Yale vied for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot despite missing two key defensemen due to season-ending injuries. She had three shutouts in her final seven games, stopping 202 out of 211 shots in that span for a .957 save percentage and a 1.27 goals-against average. She made 32 or more saves four times in those seven games. Her season was also highlighted by a career-best 49-save effort Jan. 3 against Boston College.

Snikeris accomplished it all while playing through an injury, suffered in the third game of the year, that cost her seven games.

Snikeris is a history of science, history of medicine major in Branford College. She will earn her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season. She will be published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology for research work she did this past summer at Stamford Hospital.

 In addition to her work on the ice and in the classroom this year, Snikeris has also been active in the community. She and her Yale teammates will soon lead their third annual bone marrow donor testing drive, an event they became involved in because of teammate Mandi Schwartz' battle with cancer. Snikeris and her teammates have been involved in multiple activities to raise funds and awareness for Mandi's cause, including the "White Out for Mandi" that brought a record crowd of 1,066 out to a game at Ingalls Rink earlier this year. They have also "adopted" a nine-year-old Yale-New Haven Hospital patient, Giana, who is recovering from surgery for a brain tumor. Among other community service initiatives, Snikeris also participates in Yale's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and had volunteered at a local hospice. She is a graduate of Yale Athletics' Kiphuth Leadership Academy, designed to help Yale student-athletes become world-class leaders.

The ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year is determined by a vote of the league's 12 coaches.

ECAC Hockey Goaltenders of the Year
1999-2000 Ali Brewer, Brown
2000-2001 Erika Silva, Northeastern
2001-2002 Rachel Barrie, St. Lawrence
2002-2003 Rachel Barrie, St. Lawrence
2003-2004 Rachel Barrie, St. Lawrence
2004-2005 Cami Cote, Vermont
2005-2006 Kira Hurley, Clarkson
2006-2007 Carli Clemis, Dartmouth
2007-2008 Christina Kessler, Harvard
2008-2009 Kimberly Sass, Colgate
2009-2010 Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac
2010-2011 Jackee Snikeris, Yale


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity