(Over the course of the summer we will be unveiling the 50 Greatest Badgers of All-Time every Monday - Friday)
Yes, believe it or not…the history of Wisconsin Badgers athletics isnâ€™t just football, basketball and hockey. Sure, those sports make the most money and help the rest of the athletic department exist…but on the field, the court, the ice or the water none of that matters.
Winning and making your team legendary certainly matters most. Luckily for us, many programs have had very successful eras to draw from. So, let us continue to look at the players, coaches and administrators that make those eras successful.
No. 49 - Alex Rigsby, Womenâ€™s Hockey
Hockey being successful at the University of Wisconsin is no surprise, itâ€™s one of the things the university is known for. One of the positions the Badgers have been most known for is goaltender, and while most of that tradition has been on the menâ€™s side of things, Alex Rigsby was one name that changed the game for Badgers Womenâ€™s Hockey.
The list of honors is just insane:
- Leads the Badgers in career saves (3,126), career wins (100), games played (133) and minutes played (7881:09)
- 2nd in career save percentage (.941) and shutouts (30)
- ACHA 1st team All-American (2014), ACHA 2nd team All-American (2013)
- All-USCHO 1st team (2014)
- WCHA Goaltending Champion (2012)
- All-WCHA 1st team (2014), All-WCHA 2nd team (2012, 2013), All-Rookie team (2011)
After the graduation of Jessie Vetter, Rigsby helped define the Badgers in one of the most important transition periods in the Mark Johnson era at UW. Her leadership at the back helped Wisconsin to the 2011 national championship, making 15 saves in the national championship game alone.
Wisconsin would also get back to the national championship game in Rigsbyâ€™s sophomore season, losing to bitter rival Minnesota in the national title game though.
Just how good was Rigsby before she came to the University of Wisconsin? She was a member of boys teams all throughout her youth, including being a member of the Milwaukee Admirals midget program and eventually drafted by the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League (the top junior league in America).
Previous Greatest Badgers:
No. 50 - Randy Jablonic