MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior forward Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) of the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team was nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award on Monday.
The award is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.
Conger was nominated in recognition of a selfless act that took place this past summer. Through an internship experience in her home state of Vermont, she met a local man, Cameron Ouellette, who was diagnosed with stage five kidney disease.
After learning of the public appeals for a donor, Conger went through the process of learning if she was a match. Balancing academics and working with the kidney transplant team, it was discovered this past spring that she was a match. The harvesting and transplant procedures took place in early June and, to date, both Conger and Ouellette have been recovering well with no ill effects.
Heading into her senior campaign with the women's ice hockey team at Saint Anselm, Conger was prevented from lifting anything more than five pounds for a large portion of the summer. She has since fully recovered from the procedure and headed into this past season with no restrictions.
"Amanda approaches life by making the most of each day that is given," remarked Head Coach Kerstin Matthews in her nomination letter. "She derives motivation from the gifts she has been given and wants to make the most of the life she has, never taking any day or opportunity for granted. Amanda pushes herself and her teammates to reach their full potential, on the ice and in the classroom."
On the ice, Conger has responded from the intense medical procedure to skate in all 19 games in 2019-20, scoring three goals with nine assists for 12 points (3-9=12). For her career, she has played in 103 career contests with 31 goals and 40 assists for 71 points (31-40=71) – she has missed only one game in the last four campaigns.
Finalists for the 2020 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced in February. The 2020 recipient will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 10 as part of the NCAA Men's Frozen Four weekend in Detroit.
Tucker Mullin, a 2013 graduate of Saint Anselm, is the College's only prior nominee. He won the award after his senior season on the Hilltop.