Wisconsin All-American senior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens won the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Saturday.
The Patty Kaz, awarded to the nation’s top collegiate women’s hockey player, is rarely awarded to a goaltender. Desbiens is just the third netminder to be honored in the award’s 21-year history.
A Patty Kaz top-three finalist last year, Desbiens is in the midst of one of the all-time greatest seasons by a women’s hockey goaltender. Going into Sunday’s national championship game against Clarkson, she is 29-1-4, with a .965 save percentage and 0.67 goals against average. She has allowed just 23 goals in 34 games in 2016-17.
In her four years at Wisconsin, Desbiens has amassed a number of NCAA records, including breaking the career shutout record in November, and she’s on pace to break her own season goals against average record this year.
Desbiens is the fifth Badger to win the award, joining Brianna Decker (2012), Meghan Duggan (2011), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Sara Bauer (2007).
Top-seeded Wisconsin (33-2-4) takes on second-seed Clarkson (31-4-5) on Sunday in the national title game. The puck drops at 2 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.