Grunwald’s injury forces Wisconsin to add Breon as walk-on goaltender

Wisconsin announced on Monday that goaltender Ryan Breon has been added to the roster as a walk-on.

“Gabe Grunwald had surgery and is going to be out the rest of the season, so we had to look for another goaltender,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said in a news release. “[Badgers director of hockey operations] John Hamre actually did a lot of leg work. He went online and we looked at club sports, we looked at intramurals and found a couple of young men who had played high school hockey.

“We interviewed a couple young men. We looked at their class schedules. Then there’s about a nine-step process we have to go through. He’s played high school hockey in Minnesota, so he has played at a pretty good level. We’ll get our first look at him here as we add him to our roster. He’ll be a third goalie for practice.”

An Orono, Minn., native, Breon is currently a junior at UW and is studying finance and economics with an emphasis in mathematics in the School of Business. He played three seasons of varsity hockey at Orono High School and was the starting goaltender for the Spartans in his final two seasons. During his senior year in 2012-13, Breon compiled a 12-7-1 record with a .901 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA.

Breon is also involved in several organizations on campus. He is currently the promotional manager at WSUM, UW’s student radio station, and has held the position for the last year. He has also hosted a music show at WSUM for the last two years, beginning in January 2014.