Badger junior netminder Brian Elliott is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to college hockey's top player. The 2006 Hobey Hat Trick was announced by the awards committee and includes Denver junior defenseman Matt Carle and Boston College senior forward Chris Collins. The winner of the award will be announced April 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the night before the NCAA championship game.
Elliott leads the nation in winning percentage (25-5-3 for .803), goals-against average (1.55) and save percentage (.938). He is tied for the lead with eight shutouts. All of those categories, with the exception of winning percentage, would be school records.
Elliott, who was named the NCAA Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player, has not allowed a goal in the past 252 minutes and 15 seconds, setting a school and Western Collegiate Hockey Association record. He has a 13-1-1 record against ranked opponents and has a 1.19 GAA, .955 save percentage and five shutouts against those opponents. He was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week five times, Badger Hockey Showdown MVP and national player of the week in November.
Academics and community service are also considered in determining the Hobey Baker winner. Elliott is a two-time WCHA All-Academic team member and a 2005 Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He visits the UW Children's Hospital during the season.
All-Big Ten academic honorees named
Thirty-two UW athletes earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the winter season. All students were letterwinners in at least their second year at their schools and maintained a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average.
Rebecca Johansson, Andrea Wiesner and Amanda Witte of the women's swimming and diving team were also recognized as three of 10 Big Ten athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
Other honorees include:
Men's swimming and diving: Nick Bennett, Tommy Gregory, Michael Hamm, Brett Koerten, Taylor Mathis, Tom Molzahn, Dan Rowlands and Mike Swanson.
Women's swimming and diving: Emily Carpenter, Laura Davidson, Jenny Gelden, Sarah Hernandez, Katie Imhoff-Smith, Rebecca Johansson, Susan Johnson, Gwen Jorgensen, Liz Klanderman, Amalia Sarnecki, Anna Trinidad, Jackie Vavrek, Christine Wanezek, Andrea Wiesner, Jenny Will and Amanda Witte.
Wrestling: Lee Kraemer, Zach Menne and Michael Metzger.
Men's soccer adds a 2006-07 recruit
Scott Smith, a defensive midfielder and three-time captain at Mount Horeb High School, will join the Wisconsin men's soccer team this fall. He had 147 points (57 goals and 33 assists) during his high school career, 102 of which came in his senior year (41 goals, 20 assists). Smith is a two-time all-conference first-team selection as well as a two-time team MVP. He earned all-state second-team honors after leading his team to a regional championship and the sectional finals.
Austin and May join Badger Fund staff
Kristi Austin, a former UW women's basketball player, and Austin May have been named development directors with the Badger Fund. Both will work on securing private support for facility projects and endowments.