Goalie Jessie McPherson of Chatham made history Wednesday as the first Vermont Catamount to be named Hockey East’s rookie of the year.
“This is a fantastic honour for Jessie and our program,” head coach Jim Plumer said in a statement. “Even though it was a short season, Jessie made a tremendous impact for us and I am so grateful that my fellow coaches in Hockey East recognized her for her outstanding play.
“As I have said before, Jessie’s competitive nature shows every day in practice and she brings that same demeanour to the way she plays in games. She is in the history books as our first winner of this award and I can’t wait to see what Jessie accomplishes during the rest of her career at UVM.”
McPherson started seven of 11 games this season for the University of Vermont. She posted a 1.57 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and 4-3-0 record.
Her three shutouts were second-most in the NCAA among rookie netminders. She was also second among rookies in save percentage and fourth in GAA.
She won two Hockey East weekly awards and made the Hockey East all-rookie team. She’s also on the watch list for the inaugural Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Year Award from the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association.
McPherson joined Vermont after playing for the Cambridge Rivulettes in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. She won a silver medal with Canada at the 2020 under-18 women’s world championship.