After spending four seasons tearing it up at Clarkson, Élizabeth Giguère spent her fifth and final year of eligibility at Minnesota Duluth.
She played alongside offensive firepower Gabbie Hughes and the two tied for most goals scored on the team with 22. Giguère added a team-leading 40 assists to lead the team in points with 62. Nationwide, it was good enough for second in assists and goals.
Giguère is a clutch player, and she proved it throughout the playoff run for the Bulldogs.
In the WCHA Frozen Face-off quarterfinal three game series against the Mankato, the final game went into overtime. Who else but Giguère found the back of the net off a long pass in the open ice to send Duluth to the semifinals.
They’d fall to the Golden Gophers in the WCHA Frozen Face-off semifinals, but be back for revenge later en route to the Frozen Four a week later. Duluth would find it and naturally Giguère was involved in the game-winning goal. She intercepted a pass and found the hot hand in her linemate Hughes who scored to send them to the Frozen Four.
It set up another rematch, but this one was a year in the making, as their Frozen Four semifinal was once against Northeastern. Stop me if you’ve heard this before but Giguère had the assist on their game-winning goal to send them to the National Championship and avenge their loss from the previous season.
In the National Championship game, UMD was down a goal in the third period before Giguère found the back of the net to tie the game.
A clutch player in all the ways when her team needs her.
- 2022 Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalists
- 2021 Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalists
- 2020 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner
- 2019 Patty Kazmaier Top 10 finalists
- 2018 NCAA National Champions
- Career leaders in assists (134), points (233), and points per game (1.70) and second in career goals (99) at Clarkson
What Comes Next
According to TIG’s own Dan Rice on PHFuture Considerations, Giguère has reportedly signed with the PHF’s Boston Pride. It hasn’t been formally announced but Dan is rarely wrong on these. I’ll be interested to see what role she’ll play on the ice as the team is bound to be stacked with top tier veterans. In theory, it should make her transition to pro hockey easier as she’ll be able to get her feet under her and adjust to playing a different paced game and season.
Too High or Too Low?
I think this might be a tad bit too high, if we’re looking at mostly last season’s play. While she had a great season, it wasn’t her best. And while awards aren’t everything, she wasn’t a Top 3 finalist for the Patty Kaz, which is telling to me about how she stacked up compared to other players in their minds (though if I’m being honest I didn’t quite get their voting for the Top 3 as is). I’d have maybe flipped her with number 5’s Aerin Frankel which is more about Frankel’s season than Giguère’s honestly. Nonetheless, a solid showing for Giguère in his final year on our Top 25 Under 25.