Melissa Samoskevich from Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn.) has been selected as the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year.
The selection was made by David Darby of the Detroit Free Press with assistance from state hockey coaches associations and the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Name: Melissa Samoskevich
School: Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault, Minn.)
Highlights: She scored 56 goals and 38 assists in 50 games as a senior after tallying 26 goals and 31 assists in 40 games as a junior.
She also scored six goals and two assists in five games for the gold-medal winning U.S. Under-18 team at the Women’s World Championship this year.
Samoskevich played defense until moving to forward as a sophomore and has been used on defense in international competition. She has been a longtime participant with USA Hockey in the Under-18 series.
Her hometown is Sandy Hook, Conn., and her desire to be near her family and support her hometown led to her decision to sign with Quinnipiac in her home state rather than a Midwest power.