Big Ten Medal of Honor: Anne Schleper, Minnesota Women's Hockey

Minnesota women's hockey player Anne Schleper

Anne Schleper
Minnesota Women’s Hockey

Anne Schleper finished her career as one of the most outstanding defensemen in Gopher women’s hockey history. Schleper ranks second on Minnesota’s all-time list for top scorers among defensemen with 114 career points, and is second in career assists by a defenseman with 82 and third in career goals with 32. She is the school record holder for career games played with 158, never missing a game during her collegiate career.
In 2010, Schleper was a first-team All-America honoree, and was a Patty Kazmaier Award nominee. She helped the Gophers to WCHA regular-season titles in 2009 and 2010, and earned WCHA Final Face-Off All-Tournament honors in 2010. Schleper also led Minnesota to the WCHA tournament championship in 2012 and again earned WCHA Final Face-Off All-Tournament acclaim. As a senior, she led Minnesota to the NCAA Championship.
Schleper is a four-time All-WCHA honoree, earning second-team acclaim as a freshman and first-team honors in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She is the only defenseman in Gopher history to earn all-conference honors four times. She was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2009, and was the 2010 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

Schleper has been a part of the USA Hockey system since being selected to the Under-18 Team in 2007-08. She most recently helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF Women’s Hockey World Championship in April.
The three-time Academic All-WCHA and Academic All-Big Ten honoree served as an assistant captain in 2011-12. A business and marketing major, Schleper will graduate this summer.  Throughout her Gopher career, Schleper has been heavily involved in community service, volunteering for dozens of organizations, including HopeKids, Toys for Tots, DinoMights, and several area schools.