MADISON – Shane Ryan, a senior goaltender from Edgewood High School, has been named the first recipient of the Jeff Sauer Award, the Coach Sauer Foundation announced.
The award was presented by University of Wisconsin associate head coach Mark Strobel during Wednesday’s Wisconsin High School Coaches Association dinner.
The annual award was designed to encourage community service among girls and boys high school hockey players in Wisconsin. It is named after Jeff Sauer, the legendary former University of Wisconsin coach and hockey ambassador, who died in February, 2017.
“The Jeff Sauer Award’s goal is to recognize good high school hockey players being great people,” a news release from the Sauer Foundation said.
Ryan completed 230 hours of volunteer service during his high school years. Over the last four years, Ryan worked as an umpire and a groundskeeper at the Madison West Side Little League fields.
Ryan also created a fundraiser to provide scholarships to give to families which couldn’t afford baseball equipment. The program has raised $10,000 for families at the Little League complex.
Ryan has a 4.03 grade-point average and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin.
As a three-year player at Edgewood, Ryan has a 14-9-1 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage. His coach is Pete Rothering.
Ryan was one of four finalists for the award. The others were Russell Albee, a junior goaltender from the Brookfield Stars; Maddie Gibson, a junior forward from the Bay Area Ice Bears; and Baileigh Johnson, a senior forward from the Black River Falls Co-op.
The Jeff Sauer Award is modeled after the Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented annually to a college hockey player, male or female, who contributes to local communities in a true humanitarian spirit.
After retiring from college hockey, Sauer worked extensively with disabled hockey players, He coached the U.S. sled hockey team to a gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in 2014. In his seven years as coach, Team USA won two gold medals at the Sledge Hockey World Championships. Sauer also served as president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.
Madison Ice Arena will display a replica of the Jeff Sauer Award in its lobby to honor Ryan this year, and will do the same with all future winners. Edgewood High School also will receive a plaque to display to commemorate Ryan’s achievements.