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Athletic Republic: Former UW Badger Jessie Vetter named director of hockey for Athletic Republic

Vetter, a Cottage Grove native who recently helped the USA Women’s hockey team to a Silver Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will continue her involvement in the hockey world by training youth thru professional hockey players at Athletic Republic. She will be right at home in her role as Director of Hockey which will entail training hockey players to perform better on the ice and reduce their risk of injury. Vetter will also be looking for more ways for Athletic Republic to be involved in the hockey community through camps, tournaments, leagues, and fundraising events in order to raise the level of play in the area and help keep hockey in Wisconsin strong.

What has Jessie been doing recently?

“Since the Olympics I have been very busy. I have had the opportunity to visit schools, talk to different groups in the business industry, attend camps, participate in many golf fundraisers and share my experiences about the Olympics. Wisconsin is my home and it has been so much fun having an opportunity to share my story with so many different people and also thank them for supporting my team throughout the Olympics.” - Vetter

Why Athletic Republic?

“During my playing days I had an opportunity to train at Athletic Republic (formerly Acceleration Madison) when it was down near campus. It gave my team an opportunity to gain speed, strength, quickness off the ice and also gave us an opportunity to bond as a team away from the rink. My team had a great time and we definitely became better athletes and hockey players. It’s a great fit and something I’ve always wanted to do.” - Vetter

What is Athletic Republic?

Athletic Republic is the largest performance training network in the US with over 160 facilities helping build speed, power, and agility for youth thru professional athletes of all sports. Athletic Republic Madison has been operating for 12 years (formerly Acceleration Madison) and is the premier training facility for athletes. They offer patented training equipment and proprietary training protocols where athletes who engage in a full program can expect to see these average results: 20 % greater leg strength, 33% improvement in quickness, 2”- 4” increase in vertical power, 50% improvement in rate of recovery, 2 tenths of a second off 40 yard dash time, 200% increase in EMG (electrical signal to muscles) in the skating musculature and reduced risk of ACL injuries through injury prehab. It is located inside The MAC Sport Center in Verona where 4500 square feet of training space, 4 basketball courts, and turf are used to give the athlete the best experience possible.

Athletic Republic Hockey Treadmill

Athletic Republic is the place to build speed and power as a hockey player as it is the only place to find the patented Hockey Treadmill. The hockey treadmill allows athletes to skate in a controlled environment where they learn proper skating mechanics while skating at inclines up to 32 degrees and speeds up to 17 miles per hour. The synthetic ice like surface allows for athletes to train in their hockey skates and train faster and higher than on the ice. The hockey treadmill is used by several college teams including Brown University, Michigan Tech, University of Minnesota, and Stanford to name a few that have one in their strength and conditioning facilities.

Why Jessie Vetter?

“Jessie is the perfect choice for Athletic Republic and for our Hockey Director position. She has great experience to draw from, knowledge and familiarity of the hockey community here, and is a hard working and passionate individual. Her passion for hockey will help Athletic Republic provide better training and opportunities for hockey players in the area which is exactly what we want. We are excited to have Jessie join our team and we look forward to where Athletic Republic hockey training will go.” – Chad Gunnelson – Owner/CEO – Athletic Republic

More about Jessie Vetter: Home: Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Birthday: Dec. 19, 1985



2010 Olympic Winter Games


2008 and 2009 World champion

Three-time NCAA Champion (2006, 2007, 2009)

2008 NCAA Runner-Up

2009 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner (given to NCAA's best women's hockey player)

2009 Sports women of the year, womens sports foundation

Two-time NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player (2006, 2009)

Three-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship (gold-2008-09, silver-2007). Earned the championship in net in both 2008 and 2009. Earned a spot on the media all-star team in 2009

Two-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup (1st-2008, 2nd-2007). Earned the championship in net in 2008, stopping all six shots she faced during the shootout

Member of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team for the 2006 Under-22 Series with Canada

Four-time USA Hockey Women's National Festival participant (2006-09)

Four-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp attendee (2000-03).


Awarded USA Hockey's Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award in 2009 ... Named the Monona Grove (Wis.) High School varsity team's most valuable player in her sophomore through senior seasons ... Earned honorable mention all-state honors and was a finalist for Miss Hockey Wisconsin in her senior year ... Led Team Wisconsin to the Chicago Showcase Championship in 2002 and 2004 ... Also competed in soccer, in which she helped her team to three state championships and was a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-state selection as a goalkeeper ... Has three brothers, Jake, Joey and Jonnie ... Daughter of Tom and JoAnn Vetter.


Green Bay Packers fan

Started at goal for three years on the boys hockey team at Monona Grove High School

U.S. Olympic Team coach Mark Johnson first spotted Jessie Vetter while watching his son play in a Little League baseball all-star game. Vetter was the opposing shortstop and hit a home run

An all-around athlete, she can hit a golf ball 220 to 240 yards and threw a football around before every game at the University of Wisconsin


Played four years at the University of Wisconsin of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association ... Set a UW and NCAA record with 39 career shutouts, a .941 save percentage and 91 total wins ... Played in four consecutive national title games and led the Badgers to three NCAA National Championships (2006-07, 2009) ... Two-time All-America selection (First Team-2008-09). As a Senior (2008-09): Captured the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ... Led the Badgers to the NCAA title ... Set an NCAA record with 14 shutouts, including in the national championship game ... All-WCHA First Team honoree ... Named MVP of the WCHA Final Faceoff and Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament ... Named Wisconsin's Female Athlete of the Year ... All-WCHA Academic Team selection. As a Junior (2007-08): All-WCHA First Team honoree ... WCHA goaltending champion ... Second in the nation with 10 shutouts ... Led the Badgers to the NCAA title game ... All-WCHA Academic Team selection. As a Sophomore (2006-07): Led the Badgers to their second straight NCAA championship, allowing just one total goal in the Frozen Four ... Earned a spot on the NCAA Women's Frozen Four All-Tournament Team ... Owned a national-best 0.83 GAA and 10 shutouts ... Was in net for all 127 minutes of the NCAA regional quadruple-overtime game that sent the team to the Frozen Four ... Earned All-WCHA First Team honors ... All-WCHA Academic Team selection. As a Redshirt Freshman (2005-06): Was the first freshman and first goalie ever to be named the NCAA Women's Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player ... Became first goalie to record a shutout in the Frozen Four (had two) ... Was in net for the NCAA regional double- overtime game that earned the team a Frozen Four berth ... Set single-season school records for GAA (0.78) and save percentage (.962) ... Ended the year with a 200:43 shutout streak.


Jessie Vetter

Director of Hockey

Athletic Republic


608.206.3224 mobile

608.845.3288 office

Chad Gunnelson

Owner/CEO Athletic REpublic


608.845.3278 work

608.845.3279 fax

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