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Jessie Vetter
Position Goaltender
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
169 lb (77 kg)
WCHA Team Wisconsin
Born (1985-12-19)December 19, 1985,
Cottage Grove, WI
Pro Career 2005 – present

Jessie Vetter (born December 19, 1985) is a member of the 2009–10 USA Hockey national women's team. She was also a member of the 2008–09 Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey team, which won an NCAA title.

Playing career

Vetter played as a goalkeeper on the boys team at Monona Grove High School and won three state soccer championships. While in high school, she was a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time all-state pick in soccer. [1]

Wisconsin Badgers

Vetter being awarded the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Award

In her four year NCAA career, Vetter won an NCAA record 91 games during her four-year career and posted a NCAA-record 39 career shutouts. [2]

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 honouree, 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.[3]

  • In 2006, she became the first goalie to record a Frozen Four shutout when she notched two.[4]
  • 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. [5]
  • 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. [6] 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.[7]
  • She was the first ice hockey player to be named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.[8]

Vetter showing a more casual side during a photo shoot for Golf Fitness Magazine

International career

At the 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships, she allowed just a single goal. In addition, Vetter was the starting goalkeeper when the US won the 2008 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships.[9] Vetter was hoping to win a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and fetched for the final tips by former NHL Goalie Mike Richter.[10] Jessie Vetter made 51 saves in the championship-winning effort as the U.S. Women’s National Team won its third consecutive world title with a 3-2 overtime victory against Canada at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship at Hallenstadion.[11]

Prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds baseball contest, Vetter and teammate Jinelle Zaugg participate in the ceremonial first pitch.

Awards and honors

Oct 13, 2009: Jessie Vetter onstage as she was named the Sportswoman of the Year. The Women's Sports Foundation's 30th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

  • 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)[12]
  • WCHA Top 10 Players from the 2000's[13]
  • WCHA 2007-08 Goaltending Champion[14]
  • Patty Kazmaier Award[15]
  • Sportswoman of the Year at the Women's Sports Foundation's 30th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner: (Awarded Oct. 14, 2009)[16]
  • 2009 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award) [17]


She participated in various festivities commemorating the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ontario. Said festivities included attendance at Rideau Hall for the NHL Hockey is for Everyone event, interviews at the Sirius XM Stage (along with a fan question and answer period) at the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair[18], the Energizer Night Skate at the Ottawa Rink of Dreams (relocated from the Rideau Canal) [19],, and attended the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, January 28.