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Megan Keller is a defender from Farmington Hills, Michigan, playing for Boston College. Before going to BC, Keller played for her high school team at North Farmington High School and played club hockey for Honeybaked. With Honeybacked, Keller won a U16 Tier I National Championship and finished third in back-to-back years at U19 Nationals. She also played for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championships, where she earned a silver medal.
As a freshman at BC, Keller recorded 24 points in 37 games. She also had a plus-38 rating. Defensively, she helped BC to a 1.20 goals-against average, good for fourth in the country. At the end of the year she was voted to the Hockey East All-Star First Team and the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Additionally, she earned the BC Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement and was named BC’s Outstanding Scholar-Athlete. Keller excelled in the classroom as well, as she was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Internationally, she was named to Team USA for the 2015 IIHF World Championships where won a gold medal she scored a goal in the gold-medal game against Canada.
Keller built off an impressive freshman year with an even better season her sophomore year. Her 52 points in 41 games set a program record for single-season points by a defender. Additionally, she was the first defender in program history to reach 50 points as she broke Emily Pfalzer’s, a member of the Buffalo Beauts, defender points record by 10 points. Keller also led the nation in plus-minus rating with a plus-62 rating, and led all defenders in the nation in points and points per game with 1.27 points per game. Among all players in the NCAA, she finished ninth in points and 22nd in points per game as well as second in power-play points and power-play assists with 20 and 16 respectively. Defensively, she blocked a team-high 36 shots and helped BC to a 1.24 goals-against average, good for third in the nation. At the end of the season, Keller picked up numerous accolades, including ACHA All-America First Team performer, Patty Kazmaier Award Top 10 finalist, All-USCHO First Team, Hockey East All-Star First Team, Hockey East Best Defensemen, and All-New England Team. Keller was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team for her four points in three postseason games.
Keller was also recognized by BC for her academic accomplishments as she earned the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement. She also was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll. With Team USA, Keller played in the 2016 IIHF World Championships where she won a second consecutive gold medal. She also played for the US Under-22 Team in a three-game series against Canada in August.
As a junior, Keller continued to excel. She led all defenders in the country in scoring with 39 points in 35 games. She also had 29 assists, which also led defenders in the country and placed her 11th among all skaters in the country. She blocked 55 shots and helped BC to a goals-against average of 1.54, good for third in the country. For the second year in a row, Keller racked up many awards at the end of the season. These awards include the AHCA All-America First Team, the Patty Kazmaier Award Top 10, the All-USCHO First Team, the New England Most Valuable Player, the All-New England Team, the Hockey East All-Star First Team, and the Hockey East Best Defenseman. She was also the first-ever defender to earn the Cammi Granato Award, given to the Hockey East Player of the Year. In the postseason she racked up 7 points in four games and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team
Internationally, she won her third consecutive gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championships, where she helped the team record three shutouts in five games. She played for the U-22 Select Team against Canada in the August series for the second year in a row as well.
Last year, Keller took the year off from school to represent Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. She recorded two assists while playing in all five games en route to a gold medal. Keller was a crucial member of the team as she was second among all members of the team in time on ice during the tournament. She also had a plus-five rating, which was tied with Emily Pfalzer, her defense partner, for the best rating on the team.
Keller returned to BC this year fully cemented as one of the top defenders in the world. She already entered the season as the program leader in defenseman scoring with 115 and defensemen assists with 89. She is tied for third in defenseman goals with 26 and is just ten back of the record. Additionally, she is fifth in career assists among all BC skaters and just 23 points away from getting to the top ten in points among all skaters. Keller will also graduate from BC at the end of this year with a degree in communications.
T.T. Cianfrano (F), Clarkson University
Olivia Zafuto (D), Colgate University
Lauren Bailey (G), Robert Morris University
Christina Putigna (F), Providence College