Jessie Vetter

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Jessie Vetter
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Born (1985-12-19) December 19, 1985 (age 31)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Former teams
Minnesota Whitecaps
National team  United States
Playing career 2006–present

Jessica Ann "Jessie" Vetter (born December 19, 1985) is an American ice hockey player and a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. She was also a member of the 2008–09 Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey team, which won an NCAA title. She was drafted 20th overall by the Boston Blades in the 2011 CWHL Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Vetter played as a goaltender on the boys' ice hockey team at Monona Grove High School and won three state girls' soccer championships. While in high school, she was a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time all-state pick in soccer.[2]

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

In her four-year NCAA career, Vetter won an NCAA record 91 games (since broken by Hillary Pattenden[3]) during her four-year career and posted a NCAA-record 39 career shutouts.[4] She also held the record for most goalie shutouts in one season with 14 (accomplished in 2008–09),[5] since broken by another Badger goaltender, Ann-Renée Desbiens.

In her senior year at Wisconsin, Vetter went 30–2–5 with a 1.33 GAA, (2nd NCAA) and 0.936 Save percentage, (2nd NCAA). She also finished second in the NCAA in minutes played with 2162:16. She is a 2009 WCHA first team honoree, an all-tournament honoree, and the WCHA Final Face-Off MVP as Wisconsin won the League championship and garnered the top seed going into the NCAA championships.[6]

  • In 2006, she became the first goalie to record a Frozen Four shutout when she notched two.[7]
  • In 2006–07, Vetter and Christine Dufour combined for 15 shutouts. Vetter was voted the top goalie and had a 1.24 goals-against average and a save percentage of .932.[8]
  • Vetter broke the NCAA single-season goals-against average record with a mark of 0.83 in 2006–07. As a result, that made her the first goalie in NCAA history to post a GAA below 1.00.[9] In that same season, Vetter recorded a shutout streak that reached 448 minutes and 32 seconds – the longest not only in NCAA women’s hockey history but also in men’s history.
  • Vetter won 31 games and had 13 shutouts during the 2008–09 season.[10]
  • She was the first ice hockey player to be named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.[11]

International career[edit]

At the 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships, she allowed just a single goal. In addition, Vetter was the starting goaltender when the US won the 2008 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships.[12] Vetter collected a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and fetched for the final tips by former NHL Goalie Mike Richter.[13] In the gold medal game of the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship against Canada, Vetter made 51 saves as the US won its third consecutive gold medal.[14]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010–11, Vetter was an assistant coach for Madison (Wis.) Capitols 19-Under Tier I squad.[15] Her squad played in the USA Hockey National Championships from April 6–10.

Jessie Vetter Award[edit]

The Jessie Vetter Award was introduced in 2010. It is awarded by Wisconsin Prep Hockey ( to the top female ice hockey goaltender in Wisconsin prep school. A list of winners includes:

Year Winner Team
2010 Hillary Drake Central Wisconsin Storm
2011 Hillary Drake[16] Central Wisconsin Storm
2012 Julia Brueggen Viroqua Co-op Blackhawks
2013 Mackenzie Torpy Stoughton Co-op Icebergs
2014 Mackenzie Torpy [17] Stoughton Co-op Icebergs

Awards and honors[edit]

  • WCHA Goalie of the Year (2007)
  • All-WCHA First Team (2007)
  • All-WCHA Academic Team (2007)
  • NCAA Women's Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player (2006, 2009)[18]
  • WCHA Top 10 Players from the 2000s[4]
  • Patty Kazmaier Award[19]
  • Sportswoman of the Year at the Women's Sports Foundation's 30th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner: (Awarded Oct. 14, 2009)[20]
  • 2009 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award) [21]
  • On September 22, 2010, Vetter and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park before the Milwaukee Brewers/Cincinnati Reds game.[22]
  • Most Valuable Player, 2011 4 Nations Cup[23]


  1. ^ Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Video Medals News". Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Mercyhurst Athletics – Pattenden Breaks NCAA Career Wins Record On Wednesday Night". 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Division 1 : Women's Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4][dead link]
  9. ^ Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Goalie Jessie Vetter named top NCAA female hockey player". CBC News. March 21, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Inside the Locker Room: Jayna Hefford leads Team Canada to 6–2 win over US". 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Notable Women’s Hockey Players". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Jessie Vetter – Athlete – 2010 Vancouver Olympics
  14. ^ Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ [5]
  16. ^ "Josie Johnson earns Player of the Year award". Wisconsin Prep Hockey. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  17. ^ "Woodman, Torpy, and Knutson earn WiPH honors". Wisconsin Prep Hockey. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  18. ^ [6] Archived February 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ [7][dead link]
  21. ^ "Annual Awards – Through the Years". USA Hockey. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  22. ^ Jordan Schelling (2010-09-22). "Homegrown Olympians throw out first pitches | A Schelling For Your Thoughts". Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  23. ^ [8] Archived October 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

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