Athlete of the Week: Blugold Women’s Hockey’s Courtney Wittig

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Once she’s finished skating in her last game as a Blugold, senior forward Courtney Wittig will have her name plastered throughout the UW-Eau Claire record books, but there’s work left to do. Wittig is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert reports.

“I would honestly say it’s my teammates. It’s the people I play with on my line,” Wittig said of the Blugolds success this season. “You put the right girls together and good things will happen.”

An 8-2-2 record, 4 goals per game on the offensive side, and it also helps to have one of the best scorers in the WIAC in Wittig.

“She’s one of those players that every coach loves on their roster,” Erik Strand, the Blugolds head coach, said of Wittig. “She’s got great offensive skill, she’s responsible in our D zone, and on top of that, she’s just got a little bit extra that she’s capable of bringing to the ice every single game. We’ve been very fortunate she’s been a Blugold.”

Wittig is averaging almost 1.5 points per game. She’s tallied the 4th most goals in the country this season and looks to continue that pace heading into the thick of the conference season.

“We just take it one game at a time. We play every single game like it’s the championship game. We want to win every game from here on out and see what happens,” Wittig said.

A sophomore transfer in 2016, Wittig will have been a Blugold for three years after her senior season comes to a close, but that won’t keep her name off the record books. She’s already 5th in school history in points scored, 2nd in points per game, and 3rd in goals scored.

“What’s wild about her is her passion to compete. She’s got that X factor where she’s very competitive. Combine that with her skill, she’s just a very talented player,” Strand said. “There’s a lot of things you don’t have to tell her.”

That combination of skill and competitiveness came full circle when Wittig became the 1st ever Division III women’s hockey player drafted in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Draft.

“It’s amazing. It doesn’t feel real – until I guess things go down. I’m just happy I can show DIII girls can play at the same level as DI girls and make it farther than just DIII,” Wittig explained.

The Blugolds have their sights set on a return appearance in the NCAA tournament, but winning the conference is the task at hand.