Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), who helped the University of Wisconsin women’s ice hockey team to a 28-win season in 2019-20 and also made her U.S. Women’s National Team debut, has been named the 2020 Bob Allen Women’s Player of the Year it was announced today by USA Hockey.
The award, named in honor of the late Bob Allen, who was an ardent supporter of women’s hockey throughout his career, is presented annually by USA Hockey to an American-born women’s ice hockey player for outstanding accomplishments in a season.
Roque played for Team USA this past December in the first two games of the Rivalry Series against Canada and helped the U.S. to a pair of victories. In the opening game, her third-period goal gave the U.S. a 3-1 advantage on the way to a 4-1 triumph in Hartford, Connecticut. Three days later in Moncton, New Brunswick, she staked Team USA to a 1-0 advantage just 2:43 into the game in a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Roque was set to compete in her first-ever IIHF Women’s World Championship in April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled.
A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in marketing, Roque’s four-year career with the University of Wisconsin women’s ice hockey team culminated this season with a career-best 26 goals and 58 assists in helping UW to a 28-5-3 mark and Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title. An alternate captain for the Badgers, Roque was a top-three finalist for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and also earned honors as the USCHO Division I Women’s Player of the Year, WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Offensive Player of the Year. The First-Team All-American finished seventh in the nation in with 58 points, while her 26 goals ranked fourth in the NCAA and 32 assists was seventh. Roque also had the second-best faceoff percentage in the country with .656, while her 523 faceoff wins led the nation.