Elmira's Hurd to be Inducted in ECAC Hall of Fame

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Courtesy of Travis Larner, Elmira College

DANBURY, Conn. -- 
Former Elmira College women's ice hockey star Laura Hurd '05 will be honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as the first-ever Soaring Eagle to be inducted in the ECAC Hall of Fame, as announced by the organization last Friday.

Hurd, and the entire induction Class of 2017, will be enshrined on Friday, April 28, at the third annual ECAC Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury, Connecticut.

Arguably the greatest to ever play NCAA Division III women's ice hockey, Hurd helped turn a first-year program into a national powerhouse while donning the Purple and Gold during Elmira's first varsity seasons from 2001-05. During her time, she established a multitude of program and national records, most of which still stand 12 years after her graduation.

As a freshman in EC's inaugural season, Hurd solidified her legacy as the most prolific scorer of all time with 77 points and 40 goals, figures that still stand as the highest single-season totals in Division III history – no other player has amassed more than 68 points in a season. Her record-setting performance led the Soaring Eagles to their first NCAA Division III National Championship, as EC went 26-1-1 that year with one-goal wins over Plattsburgh State (4-3, 2OT) for the ECAC West Conference Championship and over Manhattanville College (2-1) to hoist the NCAA trophy. Hurd tallied one of her many game-winning goals in the third period to guide the Soaring Eagles past the Valiants in front of 1,100 fans at the Murray Athletic Center.

Fueled by Hurd's tenacity, scoring prowess, and will to win, the Soaring Eagles repeated as both conference and national champions the following season, once again earning victories against Plattsburgh State and Manhattanville. As a sophomore, she tallied 33 goals, second-most in program history behind her rookie total.

Hurd was a four-time All-American, four-time ECAC West All-Conference First Team honoree, two-time ECAC West Player of the Year, and at the conclusion of her senior campaign in 2004-05, she was recognized as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) National Player of the Year. Following an automobile accident that claimed her life on June 23, 2006, at the age of 24, that award – the highest honor annually given to a Division III women's ice hockey player – would be renamed the Laura Hurd Award in her memory.

To this day, the Kingston, Ontario, native remains atop the national leaderboards for career points (237), points per game (2.15), assists (117), assists per game (1.06), and she's tied for first in goals scored (110). She's the only player in Elmira's history to accumulate over 200 points and 100 goals in a career, and is one of just two Soaring Eagles to dish out over 100 assists.

Established in 2015, the ECAC Hall of Fame recognizes former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, teams, officials, and support staff for outstanding achievements, service, dedication, commitment, and contributions to ECAC. The ECAC Hall of Fame selection committee, comprised of representatives from a variety of different ECAC constituency groups, meets annually to determine the year's induction class.

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