Over the course of two weeks, UW Athletics will look back on the Badgers' biggest accomplishments during the 2011-12 season. The first week (June 18-22) highlights the top five individual achievements, with team accomplishments highlighted June 25-29.
In just three years, Justin Schultz has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, cementing his spot among the best defensemen ever to play hockey for Wisconsin.
Atop the list of "firsts" for the junior is becoming the first player in UW history to be named a two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist. The Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the top player in collegiate hockey.
The West Kelowna, British Columbia, native is the only defenseman in team history to lead his team in goals, scoring 16 in 2011-12. Schultz also not only led his team, but he also ranked No. 1 nationally among defenseman in goals and points in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
He was recognized by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, becoming the school's first and conference's third player to be named a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.
Schultz also led the Badgers this season with 110 shots, a plus-11 rating (on a team that scored three more goals than its opponents), and one game-tying goal. He shared the team lead with seven power-play tallies and two game-winning scores.
A 2008 second-round NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks (43rd overall), he has totaled 40 goals, 73 assists and 113 points, including 21 power-play goals and five game-winning scores, in his career. Schultz has also collected 28 multi-point games across three years with the Badgers.