Wisconsin's Ann-Renee Desbiens wins Patty Kazmaier Award

David Stluka

Ann-Renee Desbiens, who is hoping to make Canada's Olympic team once she finishes her career with Wisconsin, won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Saturday.

On Saturday, University of Wisconsin goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women's ice hockey player.

Desbiens, whose 55th career shutout in Friday's win propelled the Badgers to Sunday's NCAA championship game, was a top-three finalist for the second consecutive season, ranking first in the country in goals against average, saves, shutouts and wins.

"Coming off last season with a streak of shutouts I've never seen before, Ann-Renee has backed it up this year with another outstanding, record-breaking year," Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said. "She has given us an opportunity to win every night and is one of the key reasons for our success."

Desbiens broke the NCAA shutout record in both women's and men's college hockey in November. Her 0.67 goals against average was more than 0.70 goals better than the next best goaltender in women's college hockey.

She beat out Clarkson forward Cayley Mercer and Minnesota-Duluth forward Lara Stalder to become the first goalie to win the award in eight years.

Kazmaier was an All-Ivy defenseman who led Princeton to three straight Ivy League championships in the 1980s. She died at the age of 28 from a rare blood disease.

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