MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Golden Gophers women's hockey captain Taylor Heise is not going to sneak up on opponents. Her reputation for putting the puck in the net means teams try and account for her every moment she's on the ice.
Sadly for them, even that doesn't work.
For the second-consecutive season, Heise has been named the WCHA Forward of the Year after leading the conference in both goals and points. Her 29 goals (matching a career high) and 62 total points have also made the Lake City native a candidate for WCHA Player of the Year, an honor that will be announced Thursday, March 2.
Heise, a 5th-year senior, is also a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team. She is the first Gopher to record back-to-back 60-point seasons since Hannah Brandt and Dani Camernesi, who have become mainstays in the U.S. Women's Olympic program. Heise herself was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team that won silver in the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.
In 2022 Heise was awarded the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top female college hockey player in America, the only Gopher to win the award besides Krissy Wendell and Amanda Kessel.
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