Sept. 19, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has elected three seniors and a junior to the captain and assistant captain positions for the 2013-14 season. Senior Alex Rigsby will lead the team as captain, and fellow seniors Madison Packer and Kelly Jaminski will serve as assistant captains during their final year with the Badgers. The third assistant captain will be junior Blayre Turnbull.
Rigsby, an assistant captain for the Badgers last year, will be the first goaltender to serve as team captain in the program’s 14-year history. She holds the UW record for career saves at 2,530 and ranks second in both career wins (83) and career shutouts (23).
A native of Delafield, Wis., Rigsby has the UW record for most saves during a season, stopping 1,044 shots in 2011-12. That achievement also made her the only goaltender in school history to record more than 1,000 saves in one season.
Last year, Rigsby played and started in all 35 games, recording 856 total saves and 52 goals against. She held a 23-10-2 season record with seven shutouts. She also competed for Team USA in the 2012 Four Nations Cup, earning a shutout against Finland and claiming a gold medal with the team.
Rigsby’s accumulated college and international hockey experience is what UW head coach Mark Johnson said will make her a strong leader.
“With Alex being our captain, she brings a wealth of experience to the table not only with her time here at UW but internationally with the opportunities she has with USA Hockey,” Johnson said. “I think with everything combined and with her being a senior she will do a great job leading the group.”
Packer, a forward, earned 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists during the 35 games she played with the Badgers last year. She scored three game-winning goals and ended the season with a +21 plus/minus rating.
Defenseman Jaminski ended with a +6 plus/minus rating last year after recording two goals and seven assists during her 35 appearances on the ice.
Fellow forward Turnbull also played in 35 games last year, recording three goals and five assists to achieve eight points on the season.
The Badgers, who were recently ranked seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Preseason Poll, will begin the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game against Team Japan on Monday, Sept. 23 at LaBahn Arena. Admission is free.