BOSTON – Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel named as the 2021 Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year, an award that annually recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding women’s hockey player, announced Thursday by USA Hockey. It’s named in honor of the late Allen, an avid supporter of women’s hockey during his career.
“A lot of times, goaltenders don’t get singled out for these bigger awards,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs for USA Hockey. “She’s really in great company there with the other recipients and goaltenders receiving those awards.” “I think it’s such an incredible award named after such an incredible person,” Frankel said. “As I learned more about Bob Allen, he’s just truly had such an impact on the women’s game, and there’s just been so many elite players that have come before me.”
In addition to this award, Frankel won the 2021 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which goes to the top women’s college hockey player. She was also named as the Hockey East Player of the Year, WHCA National Goalie of the Year and Hockey East Goaltender of the Year. Frankel was a four-time Hockey East Player of the Week and three-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, two-time Hockey East Goaltender of the Month while also earning national monthly recognitions during the season as a two-time WHCA National Goaltender of the Month in January and February. In addition to the weekly and monthly recognitions, the senior netminder was named to the Hockey East First-Team All-Stars and the All-Tournament Team while being named the Hockey East Championship MVP.
“Aerin winning the Bob Allen Player of the Year Award is the icing on the cake of an amazing year,” said head coach Dave Flint. “I am so incredibly proud of what she has accomplished.”
The Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., native finished her fourth season in between the pipes for the Northeastern Huskies, leading her team to its first-ever national title game. Frankel made 81 saves in three NCAA Tournament games, with 35 in the championship game. She recorded five consecutive shutouts and nine for the season, leading the nation. Her 27 career shutouts broke a school record all while leading the NCAA in goals against average (0.81), save percentage (.965) and goalie winning percentage (.891). Northeastern enjoyed historic success with Frankel as she finished the season 20-2-1 with only 19 goals allowed and 526 total saves and helping the Huskies claim their fourth straight Hockey East championship.
“I think it’s such an incredible award named after such an incredible person,” Frankel said. “As I learned more about Bob Allen, he’s just truly had such an impact on the women’s game, and there’s just been so many elite players that have come before me.”
Frankel has as 78-18-8 overall record with Northeastern in four seasons, never having a GAA higher than 1.92 in a single season. She found more consistency within her game over the course of her college career, ironing out the ebbs and flows throughout what can be a long college season.