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The University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics department recognized both the athletic and academic achievements of its student-athletes at the annual Golden Goldys/Scholar Athlete banquet, on Monday, May 1 at TCF Bank Stadium.

2016-17 Gopher Women's Hockey senior captain Lee Stecklein brought home two major awards at the event, being named as the female 2017 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient for the U. of M., and also the Female Outstanding Student-Athlete Achievement Award winner.

Lee Stecklein
Lee Stecklein awarded Big Ten Medal of Honor
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The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." The Outstanding Student-Athlete Achievement Award is given in honor of the student-athlete's success both in the classroom and in their sport.

GWH team honored for commitment to academic excellence

The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey and Softball teams were named as this year's winners of the Gladys Brooks Commitment to Academic Excellence Award. A program-record 17 members of the women's hockey team were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team, and 9 players were named WCHA Scholar-Athletes.

More on the Golden Goldy awards, including the full list of winners, can be found on