- Born and raised in St. Catharines, Sara became the first girl in the city’s history to play AAA boys hockey when she made the minor novice team in 1992. She continued playing AA and AAA boys hockey for the for the St. Catharines Minor Hockey Association through major midget, garnering captaincy, Heart and Desire Award, and MVP honours over that time. While at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Sara competed in basketball, volleyball, hickey, soccer, baseball, track and field, and tennis. In 2002, she was named the St. Catharines Female High School Athlete of the Year, St. Francis’ Female Athlete of the Year, and the Rotary Award Medalist, as the student who most exemplified the philosophy, “putting service above self”. Sara earned a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin, a world class Division I school known as the “Ivy of the West”. In her freshman year, Sara led the team in points and was named team Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. She was also named WCHA Rookie of the Year and she was elected to the All-WCHA Rookie Team and All-WCHA Second Team. She again led the team in points in each of her next three seasons, serving as assistant captain her junior and senior years and guiding the team to back-to-back NCAA Frozen Four national championships – the program’s first – in each of those two years. Over her career, she received numerous accolades, including, First Team All- America, USCHO and WCHA Player of the Year, and Frozen Four Most Valuable Player honours.
Most notably, Sara was the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner as the most outstanding player in women’s college hockey; she was a top-three finalist for the award in 2007. When her playing career at Wisconsin finished, she held 17 team records. Sara was part of the Canadian National Team program between 2004 and 2008. She was a member of the Under-22 Team in 2005-2006, helping the team capture the Air Canada Cup in Germany in January 2006. Sara was also the 2006 St. Catharines Athlete of the Year. She graduated with honours from Wisconsin with a degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science), and from Niagara University with a Master of Science in Education degree. In 2012, she launched the Sara Bauer Academy, providing hockey, training, and academic services to athletes across Ontario.
- University of Wisconsin Hockey Team
- Canadian National Team Program – 2004-2008
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
- 2006 Athlete of the Year in St. Catharines
- 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner as the most outstanding player in U.S. women’s college hockey