Nathan Ziemski

Induction Year: 2012

Nathan Ziemski

The backbone of the Yellowjacket men's hockey team that won the national championship in 2002, Nathan Ziemski enters the UW-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the most decorated athletes in the university's history.

After transferring from Cortland State University in New York, Ziemski became the starting goaltender for the Yellowjackets in 2000 and proceeded to rewrite the men's hockey record book.

In his first year, Ziemski tied the school record for games played by a goaltender in a single season (33) and set the record for wins in a season (28) as the Yellowjackets won a school record (30 games) and finished third in the nation. At the end of the year he was named to the All-NCHA and All-WIAC first teams as well as being named an AHCA Second Team All-American.

The following year Ziemski's play led the Yellowjackets to the school's second national championship. Following a 16-save shutout of Plattsburgh State University in the national semifinals, Ziemski played arguably his best game as a Yellowjacket in the championship.Against the strong Norwich University team, Ziemski shut the door, stopping 26 of 28 shots as the Yellowjackets prevailed in overtime.

His senior season in 2002-'03 was another banner year. Ziemski racked up his third 20-win season, and the AHCA named him a First Team All-American.

For his career, Ziemski was named all-conference and All-American twice (2001, 2003) and was a three-time NCHA All-Academic pick (2001, 2002, 2003). He capped his career by being named the Max Sparger WIAC Men's Hockey Scholar-Athlete in 2003.

Ziemski still holds the school record for career wins (70) and career assists (6) among goaltenders, while ranking second in games played (90), goals against average (2.26), save percentage (.911) and shutouts (12).