Jaques advances to AAU James A. Sullivan Award Ballot – Ohio State Buckeyes

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Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State women’s hockey player Sophie Jaques has qualified for the ballot for the AAU’s 92nd Annual James E. Sullivan Award. She was named one of 19 finalists for the award, which is given to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Voting for the AAU Sullivan Award opens October 27 and closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9. Voting is open to the public and people can vote once a day, until the deadline. The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, December 8.

Jaques played a key role in leading the Buckeyes to their first national championship in the 2021-22 season. The Toronto, Ont. The native led the team in points with 59 for a school-high single-season points by a defenseman, tying the program record for points by any Ohio State player in a season. Not only did she record the most points nationally by a defenseman last season, but she scored the second most points recorded in 20 years by a true defenseman in Women’s Hockey Division I .

Even as a defenseman, Jaques was among the most productive players in the country last season. She led the Buckeyes with 38 assists this year and ranked third in the nation in points and fourth in points per game (1.553).

On the other side of the ice, Jaques helped the Buckeyes hold their opponents to just 1.53 goals per game. She finished the year with a national record plus-51 and was on the ice for 94 of Ohio State’s 175 program goals. She also had a team-high 44 blocked shots.

Following his success on the ice, Jaques earned the AHCA First Team All-American distinction. WCHA Final Faceoff MVP and Frozen Four All-Tournament Team member was also named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

This season for the Buckeyes, Jaques is tied for the most points on the team (12) and already leads the team with three power play goals. She posted a plus-7 differential on the ice this year.

Off the ice, Jaques is an accomplished scholar and an active member of the community. Last May, she earned a magna cum laude degree in civil engineering from Ohio State. She received a scholarship from the Ohio State College of Engineering and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in civil engineering while playing her final year of eligibility for the Buckeyes.

Jaques is also an active member of the SHEROs organization, serving the group as Vice President for the past two years. The organization provides a safe space for minority student-athletes to openly discuss and promote diversity in sport. She is also involved with the 2nd & 7 Foundation, which aims to promote literacy in Columbus.

The combination of her competitive, school and community successes earned her a nomination as one of three finalists for the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The Patty Kaz is women’s hockey’s highest honor and Jaques became the first Ohio State’s top three nominee for the award. She also received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sport Scholar of the Year 2022 award, and an honor that recognizes outstanding young minority men and women who have distinguished themselves in academic and athletic pursuits. She is the first recipient of the State Award from Ohio.

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