Feb. 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women's ice hockey seniors Maude Blaid, Kelly Horan and Casey Knajdek will all be honored during a pre-game ceremony on senior day at the Freitas Ice Forum. Face-off is set for 2:00 pm as the Huskies take on No. 4 Boston University.
#81 Maude Blain | Defense | Magog, Que. | Psychology
Blain has been a consistent presence on the blue line over the past four seasons, while being an extremely productive special teams player throughout her career. She has skated in 127 career games, scored 11 goals and dished out 24 assists for 35 career points. This season, Blain has totaled four points with three assists and a goal. As a sophomore, she set a career-high with 14 points on four goals and 10 assists. Against Colgate on October 12 of this season, Blain scored the first penalty shot in Connecticut’s 13-year history. She served as an assistant captain as a junior and was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2010 and 2011.
#21 Kelly Horan | Forward | Methuen, Mass. | Human Development & Family Studies
#5 Casey Knajdek | Defense | Woodbury, Minn. | Allied Health Sciences
Horan has appeared in 133 games and registered 56 points, ranking 12th in program history. Despite standing at just 5-foot-1, she will go down as one of the biggest penalty killers in program history. Horan has scored 21 goals and collected 35 assists. This season she is tied for second with eight assists and has lit the lamp three times for 11 total points. In her first two seasons, Horan posted 18 points in each season, including a career-best 12 assists as a freshman. That season she was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and was named the Hockey East Bauer Rookie of the Week after a two-goal performance against Maine. Following her sophomore season, Horan was named the team’s Unsung Hero and collected the Hockey East Player of the Week award after notching game-winning goals in back-to-back victories over UNH.
Knajdek has been on the ice for 133 career games and totaled 23 points on six goals and 17 points. She has spent her career as a swing player, moving between forward and defense and has fit the definition of a team player; doing whatever was needed to help the team. This year, Knajdek has nine points, including eight assists; good enough for second on the squad. Named to the Hockey East All-Academic team for the 2011-2012 season and was also honored as the team’s Unsung Hero. As a freshman, Knajdek led a 21-win Husky team with a plus-19 on the ice, while also adding seven points.