Jessie Vetter

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Jessie Vetter
Vetter with Team USA in 2011
Born (1985-12-19) December 19, 1985 (age 38)
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Former teams
Minnesota Whitecaps
National team  United States
Playing career 2006–present
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vancouver Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sochi Team
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 China
Gold medal – first place 2009 Finland
Gold medal – first place 2011 Switzerland
Gold medal – first place 2013 Canada
Gold medal – first place 2015 Sweden
Gold medal – first place 2016 Canada
Silver medal – second place 2007 Canada
Silver medal – second place 2012 United States

Jessica Ann "Jessie" Vetter (born December 19, 1985) is an American ice hockey player and a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. She was also a member of the 2008–09 Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey team, which won an NCAA title. She was drafted 20th overall by the Boston Blades in the 2011 CWHL Draft.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Vetter played as a goaltender on the boys' ice hockey team at Monona Grove High School and won three state girls' soccer championships. While in high school, she was a four-time all-conference selection and a three-time all-state pick in soccer.[3]

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

In her four-year NCAA career, Vetter won an NCAA record 91 games (since broken by Hillary Pattenden[4]) during her four-year career and posted an NCAA-record 39 career shutouts.[5] She also held the record for most goalie shutouts in one season with 14 (accomplished in 2008–09),[6] since broken by another Badger goaltender, Ann-Renée Desbiens.

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 honoree, 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.[7]

  • In 2006, she became the first goalie to record a Frozen Four shutout when she notched two.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • 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.[10] 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.[11]
  • She was the first ice hockey player to be named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.[12]

International career[edit]

At the 2009 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships, she allowed just a single goal. In addition, Vetter was the starting goaltender when the US won the 2008 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships.[13] Vetter collected a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and fetched for the final tips by former NHL Goalie Mike Richter.[14] In the gold medal game of the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship against Canada, Vetter made 51 saves as the US won its third consecutive gold medal.[15]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010–11, Vetter was an assistant coach for Madison (Wis.) Capitols 19-Under Tier I squad.[16] Her squad played in the USA Hockey National Championships from April 6–10.

Jessie Vetter Award[edit]

The Jessie Vetter Award was introduced in 2010. It is awarded by Wisconsin Prep Hockey to the top female ice hockey goaltender in Wisconsin prep school. A list of winners includes:

Year Winner Team
2010 Hillary Drake Central Wisconsin Storm
2011 Hillary Drake[17] Central Wisconsin Storm
2012 Julia Brueggen Viroqua Co-op Blackhawks
2013 Mackenzie Torpy Stoughton Co-op Icebergs
2014 Mackenzie Torpy [18] Stoughton Co-op Icebergs
2015 Mackenzie Torpy Stoughton Co-op Icebergs
2016 Erin Connolly Lakeshore Lightning
2017 Ana Holzbach Bay Area Ice Bears
2018 Josie Mathison Black River Falls Tigers
2019 Emma Quimby Hayward Hurricanes
2020 Pistol Cowden Wisconsin Valley Union
2021 Alesha Smith Eau Claire Area Stars
2022 Chloe Lemke Central Wisconsin Storm
2023 Anna Byczek Bay Area Ice Bears

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 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)[19]
  • WCHA Top 10 Players from the 2000s[5]
  • Patty Kazmaier Award[20]
  • Sportswoman of the Year at the Women's Sports Foundation's 30th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner: (Awarded Oct. 14, 2009)[21]
  • 2009 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award) [22]
  • On September 22, 2010, Vetter and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Miller Park before the Milwaukee Brewers/Cincinnati Reds game.[23]
  • Most Valuable Player, 2011 4 Nations Cup[24]


  1. ^ Jessie Vetter - Elite Prospects Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  2. ^ "News - CWHL - Canadian Women's Hockey League". Archived from the original on August 26, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics | Olympic Video Medals News". The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  4. ^ "Mercyhurst Athletics – Pattenden Breaks NCAA Career Wins Record On Wednesday Night". 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Division 1 : Women's Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "USA Hockey". Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ "Jessie Vetter | Athletes | USA Hockey". Archived from the original on August 26, 2009. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  11. ^ "Goalie Jessie Vetter named top NCAA female hockey player". CBC News. March 21, 2009.
  12. ^ "Inside the Locker Room: Jayna Hefford leads Team Canada to 6–2 win over US". 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  13. ^ "Notable Women's Hockey Players". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2010-07-06. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  14. ^ Jessie Vetter – Athlete – 2010 Vancouver Olympics
  15. ^ "New England Hockey Journal: Knight, U.S. Beat Canada for women's world title". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  16. ^ "USA Hockey". Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Josie Johnson earns Player of the Year award". Wisconsin Prep Hockey. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  18. ^ "Woodman, Torpy, and Knutson earn WiPH honors". Wisconsin Prep Hockey. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  19. ^ [4] Archived February 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "USA Hockey". Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  21. ^ [5][dead link]
  22. ^ "Annual Awards – Through the Years". USA Hockey. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  23. ^ Jordan Schelling (2010-09-22). "Homegrown Olympians throw out first pitches | A Schelling For Your Thoughts". Retrieved 2013-12-07.
  24. ^ [6] Archived October 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Patty Kazmaier Award
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