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Desbiens named USCHO Player of the Year

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MADISON, Wis. – After a record-breaking season in net for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, junior Ann-Renee Desbiens was named the USCHO Player of the Year, the group announced Wednesday.

A Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-three finalist, Desbiens rewrote the NCAA record books this season. She ended the season with a .960 save percentage, a 0.76 goals-against average and 21 shutouts, all NCAA Division I single-season records for both men’s and women’s hockey.

Last fall, Desbiens set an NCAA record with a scoreless streak of 543:33 over a span of 10 games, which included eight shutouts.

Desbiens’ performance in the postseason was spectacular, posting five shutouts in six games for the Cardinal and White while recording a .978 save percentage and a 0.48 goals-against average. She helped UW win the WCHA Final Face-Off while being named the WCHA Final Face-Off Most Outstanding Player.

In 38 games for Wisconsin this season, Desbiens held the Badgers’ opponents to one goal or less in 32 appearances, helping UW set the NCAA record for fewest goals allowed, fewest goals allowed per game, and the lowest goals-against average in a single season.

In her career, Desbiens has 38 shutouts, one away from matching Jessie Vetter’s school record for most blank slates in a career. Desbiens is also five shutouts away from matching Minnesota’s Noora Raty’s NCAA record of 43 shutouts in a career.

A native of La Malbaie, Quebec, Desbiens earned first-team All-America honors this season and was also named the WCHA Player of the Year, becoming only the second goaltender in conference history to win the honor. 

Desbiens is the third Badger to receive USCHO Player of the Year accolades, as Sara Bauer earned the honor in 2006 and 2007, while Brianna Decker took home the award in 2012.

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