DULUTH, MN - MARCH 18: Alex Rigsby #33 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a glove save against the Minnesota Gophers during the third period of the championship game of the 2012 NCAA Women's Frozen Four at Amsoil Arena on March 18, 2012 in Duluth, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Badgers 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Greatest Wisconsin Badgers of All-Time: No. 49 Alex Rigsby

(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 isn’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, Women’s Hockey

DULUTH, MN - MARCH 18: Alex Rigsby #33 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts as the puck shot by Sarah Erickson #4 of the Minnesota Gophers gets past her during the second period of the championship game of the 2012 NCAA Women's Frozen Four at Amsoil Arena on March 18, 2012 in Duluth, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Badgers 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

DULUTH, MN - MARCH 18: Alex Rigsby #33 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts as the puck shot by Sarah Erickson #4 of the Minnesota Gophers gets past her during the second period of the championship game of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four at Amsoil Arena on March 18, 2012 in Duluth, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Badgers 4-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Hockey being successful at the University of Wisconsin is no surprise, it’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 men’s side of things, Alex Rigsby was one name that changed the game for Badgers Women’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 Rigsby’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

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com

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