Danielle Kozlowski Honored as Finalist for ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award

Danielle Kozlowski Honored as Finalist for ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award

March 8, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior forward Danielle Kozlowski (Melrose, Mass.) was honored as a finalist for ECAC Hockey's Student-Athlete of the Year Award at the league's annual banquet Friday night. A two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection, Kozlowski is an anthropology major and is also extensively involved in community service. She is the second Bulldog to earn finalist status, making Yale the only school to have two finalists in the two years the award has been in existence.

Dartmouth's Carli Clemis was named the winner of the award, while Princeton's Micol Martinelli was the other finalist.

Kozlowski has been a leader on the ice, in the classroom and in the community throughout her time at Yale. She will earn her second ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection this year and has been a stalwart in the Bulldog lineup since her freshman season. She had played in 79 straight games until being sidelined by illness for six games earlier this year.

An anthropology major, Kozlowski has compiled a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average and is taking courses such as Origin of Complex Society in West Africa, The Aztecs of Mexico, Southeast Asia since 1900 and more. She recently completed a research project on the Indus Valley archaic states known from India and Pakistan. Her work there, which has been described as graduate-school level in its caliber, led her to form a unique set of hypotheses that the major rivers of the Indus valley region formed an internal network of trade links that probably articulated with the long-distance maritime trade routes that the Indus people had organized.

On the ice, Kozlowski is a key part of Yale's special teams units, which currently rank second in ECAC Hockey in combined efficiency (177 for 323, 54.8 percent). Noted for her shot-blocking ability and selected by her teammates as the toughest player on the team in a mid-season survey, she also contributed three goals and four assists. Her nine career goals include one of the most significant tallies in school history -- the game-winning goal in Yale's 1-0 win at Dartmouth in 2005-06 that snapped a 41-game losing streak against the Big Green.

Kozlowski's contributions off the ice are numerous. She spent her 2007 spring break in New Orleans assisting with relief work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. For one week, she and her group gutted water-soaked buildings and houses in the Tulane-Gravier neighborhood with the organization Phoenix of New Orleans. This spring break she is returning to New Orleans, this time as the leader of a group that will focus on rebuilding as opposed to gutting. She will be working with Rebuilding Together New Orleans.

In addition to her work in New Orleans, Kozlowski mentors students at Timothy Dwight School each week. She is also on the food and beverage committee for Yale's annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Kozlowski is a member of Yale's Thomas W. Ford '42 Student-Athlete Community Outreach Committee and takes part in Yale's Thomas W. Ford '42 Community Outreach Program, which includes "Skate with the Players" events, Youth Days, and an annual toy drive for underprivileged children.

A multiple-sport star in high school, Kozlowski also played softball for Yale in her freshman year, helping fill the team's need in the outfield due to a small roster. She earned that team's Coach's Cup for her contributions that year.

Kozlowski, whose brother Mike is a senior forward at MIT, graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols. She was inducted into the Cum Laude Society and won the school's Nichols Prize for academic & athletic success. She captained the field hockey, ice hockey and softball teams and was twice selected team MVP in hockey.

While in high school Kozlowski worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and coached at various hockey camps. She also tutored and coached as part of the Books, Basketball and Neighbors program.

The three finalists for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award were selected by a committee made up of athletic department and university administrators. Each of ECAC Hockey's 12 schools was asked to nominate a top scholar-athlete who met the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.500 on a 4.00 scale through the fall term; participation in a minimum of 50 percent of the team's contests (33 percent of team's minutes for goaltenders); and demonstrated leadership on and off the ice (e.g., character, contributions to the community, participation/involvement in institutional groups/committees, etc.).

Last year, in the inaugural year of the award, Kelsey Johnson '07 was a finalist and the award went to Colgate's Tara French.

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