NITTANY LION CAREER 2013-14: Played in 35 games, posting three goals, an assist, four points and 57 blocks...Opened collegiate career with goals in back-to-back games at Vermont (10/4, 10/5), including a power-play tally in the opener...Earned CHA Rookie of the Week honor (10/7) for two-goal weekend at Vermont and a plus-two rating...Tallied third goal of the year against New Hampshire (10/26) on the power play...Notched an assist in a game against Lindenwood (2/9)...Blocked a season-high six shots against Syracuse (11/10).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played for the Nichols School since 2009 and the Buffalo Bisons club team since 2010...With Nichols, helped lead the team to the 2009-10 and 2011-12 North American Prep Hockey Association league titles, while also leading the 2011-12 and 2012-13 squads to Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association titles...Served as team captain in 2011-12 and 2012-13...Invited to two USA Hockey Developmental camps in 2009 and 2011...Guided the Bisons to the New York state championships in 2010 as 14U, 2011 as 19U and 2012 as 16U...The 2011-12 16U squad earned runner-up honors at the national tournament...Helped lead the Bisons to the NYSAHA title in 2013 and earned a trip to the USA Hockey Tier I 19U Tournament...Helped lead the Bisons out of pool play in the tournament to finish in the quarterfinals.
Kelly Cecelia Seward was born June 7, 1995 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Mark and Jacqueline Seward...Has two older siblings, Meghan and David, who plays for the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
QUOTING SEWARD ON PENN STATE
"After visiting many college campuses, I feel that Penn State is a great school to attend. Even though it is a huge campus, it has a small-school feel. It is the perfect fit for me."
QUOTING BRANDWENE ON SEWARD
"I am very impressed with Kelly's consistency and well-rounded game. She possesses great height, strength, foot speed, on-ice vision and puck distribution skills, complemented by a terrific point shot. She'll be a defensive force for us."