Athlete of the Year nominees: Justin Schultz Junior posted unprecedented season for the men's hockey team from the blue line
Defenseman Justin Schultz
June 13, 2012
As part of its year-end look back, UW Athletics profiles 10 candidates this week leading up to the announcement of the 2011-12 Athlete of the Year awards this Friday. Today, we profile Athlete of the Year candidate Justin Schultz of the men's hockey team.
MADISON, Wis. -- The list of student-athletes up for Wisconsin's 2011-12 Athlete of the Year awards include an impressive group who have accomplished many school firsts. That includes men's hockey defenseman Justin Schultz, who boasts a handful of program firsts that put him among the most accomplished rearguards to ever play for tradition-rich Wisconsin hockey.
The only player in Wisconsin history named a two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award top-10 finalist. The Hobey Baker Award goes to the top player in college hockey each season.
The only defenseman in team history to lead his team in goal scoring (16 in 2011-12). The second defenseman in school history and the fourth at any position to be named a two-time First-Team All-American.
First player in school history and third in WCHA history named a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the year.
Led the nation's defenseman the last two seasons in goals and points. He had 16 goals and 44 points this past season after scoring 18 goals and 47 points in 2010-11.
Reached 40 career goals, which ranks third in UW history and ninth in WCHA history among defensemen.
Tied for eighth among UW defensemen with 113 career points and became the sixth Badger blueliner to eclipse 100 points in less than three seasons. He's the first UW defenseman since the 1994-95 season to pass the 100-point plateau in his career.
Had scoring streaks of 10 and seven games during the season and is believed to be the fourth UW defenseman since the 1976-77 season to string together a double-digit scoring streak.
Was on the ice for 69 of Wisconsin's 105 goals this past season (65.7 percent), 27 of its 33 power-play tallies and 10 of its 17 game-winning goals.
Additional accolades for Schultz included becoming a two-time first-team All-WCHA defenseman, a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, a First-Team All-Collegehockeynews.com and All-USCHO.com defenseman, Spike Carlson Team MVP and Dr. Joseph Coyne Most Consistent award-winner.