Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey

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Wisconsin Badgers Men's Ice Hockey
Wisconsin Badgers Men's Ice Hockey athletic logo

University University of Wisconsin–Madison
Conference Big Ten
Head coach Mike Eaves
13th year, 255–180–53
Captain(s) Chase Drake, Brad Navin, Joseph LaBate
Arena Kohl Center
Capacity: 15,359
Surface: 200' x 97'
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Colors Cardinal and White

             

Fight song On, Wisconsin!
NCAA Tournament Champions
1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1992, 2006, 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2013, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1977, 1990, 2000
Current uniform
WCHA-Uniform-UW.png

The Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey team is the college ice hockey team that represents the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The team plays at the Kohl Center and is coached by former Badger and NHL player Mike Eaves.[1] The Badgers ice hockey team competes in the Big Ten Conference.

The Badgers have won three WCHA regular season conference titles and eleven conference tournament titles.[2] They have also made 24 appearances in the NCAA men's ice hockey tournament, advancing to the Frozen Four 12 times.[3] The team's six national titles rank fourth best in college hockey history. Their most recent national championship came in 2006 when the Badgers defeated the Boston College Eagles 2–1 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2][3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The modern era of Badger hockey began in 1963 with the decision of athletic director Ivan B. Williamson. The Badgers played home games at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena before moving to the Dane County Coliseum in 1967. The program began as an independent NCAA Division I team and scheduling 8 games against Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams, losing all 8 games. Late in the 1965–66 season, the Badgers finally broke through, beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 5–4 in overtime, their first win over a WCHA opponent. At the end of that season, Coach John Riley retired.

Johnson era[edit]

Jake Gardiner playing for Wisconsin (2010).

In 1966, Wisconsin hired "Badger" Bob Johnson. Under Johnson, Wisconsin was offered WCHA membership for the 1969–70 season. In that same season the Badgers received a bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Badgers won their first national championship at the 1973 Frozen Four.[4] Badger Bob's 1977 team was one of the most successful to date, as the team swept through WCHA tournament and 1977 NCAA Tournament. Behind the efforts of four first team All-Americans, Mike Eaves, Mark Johnson (Bob's son), Craig Norwich and Julian Baretta, the 1977 team won the title with a 6–5 victory in overtime against Michigan.[5]

Despite losing one of their top players, Mark Johnson, to the 1980 American Olympic Team, the Badgers reached the NCAA title game three consecutive times in 1981, 1982, and 1983. Winning the program's third title in 1981 by defeating rival Minnesota in the championship game 6–3.[6] After again reaching the championship game in 1982, where the Badgers lost to North Dakota, the program was dealt a second blow with the departure of Johnson. He would later coach in the NHL and win the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left Wisconsin after 15 seasons with 3 NCAA championships, a record of 367–175–23, and having built the program into an NCAA powerhouse.

Sauer era[edit]

Former Badger assistant coach Jeff Sauer was hired in 1982 to replace "Badger" Bob Johnson as head coach. Sauer won the 1983 NCAA championship in his first season. Wisconsin defeated Harvard 6–2 to earn the program's fourth NCAA title.[7] Under Sauer's leadership, the Badgers qualified for eight consecutive NCAA tournaments from 1988 to 1995, and won the program's 5th NCAA title in 1990, with a 7–3 victory over Colgate. Also, Sauer presided over the team's move from the aging Coliseum to the new, on-campus Kohl Center in 1998. The Badger men have led the nation in college hockey attendance every year since moving to the Kohl Center.[citation needed]

Wisconsin again reached the 1992 NCAA Championship game against Lake Superior State, losing 5–3. The game, which featured some questionable calls by the referee that continually put the Badgers at a two-man disadvantage, irked several players so much that they lashed out beyond Sauer's control, verbally abusing the referees and earning Sauer a one-game NCAA suspension.[citation needed] That game was later vacated by the NCAA for rules violations unrelated to the incidents in the championship game.[8] In the mid-1990s, Badger hockey earned NCAA bids in 1998 and 2000, but generally underachieved compared to the high standards of the 1970s and 1980s. The 1999–2000 team featured a duo of second overall NHL draft pick Dany Heatley and Steven Reinprecht, won the MacNaughton Cup, and earned a No. 1 position in the polls for most of the season, only to be upset by Boston College in the NCAA regionals.[9] Two seasons later, during the 2001–02 season, coach Sauer announced his retirement. Jeff Sauer left Wisconsin with two NCAA titles and a record of 489–306–46 at Wisconsin, and a 655–532–57 overall record as a head coach.

Eaves era[edit]

Badgers gather before a game against Boston University (2010).

Sauer's replacement was Mike Eaves, a former player who was a captain on the 1977 NCAA championship team and still holds the record as Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer.[10] In 2003–04, Eaves brought the Badgers just short of the Frozen Four, falling in overtime to Maine in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The Badgers returned to national prominence by winning the 2006 NCAA championship in Milwaukee with a 2–1 win over Boston College.[11] In 2010, the Badgers returned to the NCAA championship, vying for a seventh NCAA title but lost 5–0 to Boston College at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, in front of a then-record crowd for an indoor ice hockey game of 37,592.[12] In 2011, they missed the WCHA Final-Five and NCAA tournament completely. In 2012, the team missed the NCAA Tournament again. In 2013 they were winners in their last ever appearance in WCHA final 5 before the team joins the newly established Big Ten Hockey conference for the 2013-14 season. In the inaugural season of the Big Ten Hockey conference, the Badgers won the Big Ten Tournament, their second consecutive conference tournament championship.[13]

Championships[edit]

Big Ten Tournament[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
2014 Wisconsin 5–4 Ohio State Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

WCHA Final Five[edit]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
2000 North Dakota 5–3 Wisconsin Saint Paul, MN Target Center
2013 Wisconsin 3–2 Colorado College Saint Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

Frozen Four[edit]

  • Wisconsin appeared in the Frozen Four championships in the following years:
Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
1973 Wisconsin 4–2 Denver Boston, MA Boston Garden
1977 Wisconsin 6–5 OT Michigan Detroit, MI Olympia Stadium
1981 Wisconsin 6–3 Minnesota Duluth, MN DECC
1982 North Dakota 5–2 Wisconsin Providence, RI Providence Civic Center
1983 Wisconsin 6–2 Harvard Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena
1990 Wisconsin 7–3 Colgate Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
1992 Lake Superior State 5–3 Wisconsin Albany, NY Knickerbocker Arena
2006 Wisconsin 2–1 Boston College Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
2010 Boston College 5–0 Wisconsin Detroit, MI Ford Field

Season-by-season results[edit]

Wisconsin re-established hockey as a varsity sport in 1963-64.

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
John Riley (Independent) (1963-64–1965-66)
1963-64 John Riley 8-5-3
1964-65 John Riley 14-9-0
1965-66 John Riley 12-9-0
John Riley: 34-23-3 -


Bob Johnson (Independent) (1966-67–1967-68)
1966-67 Bob Johnson 16-10-0
1967-68 Bob Johnson 21-10-0
Bob Johnson (Independent / Big Ten) (1968-69–1968-69)
1968-69 Bob Johnson 22-10-2 3rd
Bob Johnson (WCHA / Big Ten) (1969-70–1974-75)
1969-70 Bob Johnson 23-11-0 12-10-0 4th / 2nd NCAA Third Place
1970-71 Bob Johnson 20-13-1 13-9-0 3rd / 2nd
1971-72 Bob Johnson 27-10-1 20-8-0 2nd / 1st NCAA Third Place
1972-73 Bob Johnson 29-9-2 18-9-1 3rd / T-1st NCAA Champion
1973-74 Bob Johnson 18-13-5 12-11-5 5th / T-1st
1974-75 Bob Johnson 24-12-2 19-11-2 4th / T-2nd
Bill Rothwell (WCHA / Big Ten) (1975-76–1975-76)
1975-76 Bill Rothwell 12-24-2 11-19-2 7th / 4th
Bill Rothwell: 12-24-2 -
Bob Johnson (WCHA / Big Ten) (1976-77–1980-81)
1976-77 Bob Johnson 37-7-1 26-5-1 1st / 1st NCAA Champion
1977-78 Bob Johnson 28-12-3 21-9-2 2nd / 1st NCAA Fourth Place
1978-79 Bob Johnson 25-13-3 19-11-2 T-3rd / 2nd
1979-80 Bob Johnson 15-20-1 12-18-0 9th / 4th
1980-81 Bob Johnson 27-14-1 17-11-0 2nd / 2nd NCAA Champion
Bob Johnson (WCHA) (1981-82–present)
1981-82 Bob Johnson 35-11-1 18-17-1 2nd NCAA Finalist
Bob Johnson: 367-175-23 -
Jeff Sauer (WCHA) (1982-83–2001-02)
1982-83 Jeff Sauer 33-10-4 15-9-2 3rd NCAA Champion
1983-84 Jeff Sauer 21-17-1 11-14-1 4th
1984-85 Jeff Sauer 25-17-0 20-14-0 3rd
1985-86 Jeff Sauer 27-15-0 23-11-0 3rd
1986-87 Jeff Sauer 23-18-1 17-17-1 T-3rd
1987-88 Jeff Sauer 30-13-2 22-12-1 2nd NCAA Quarterfinalist
1988-89 Jeff Sauer 25-16-5 17-13-5 3rd NCAA Quarterfinalist
1989-90 Jeff Sauer 36-9-1 19-8-1 1st NCAA Champion
1990-91 Jeff Sauer 26-15-3 19-11-2 3rd NCAA First Round
1991-92 Jeff Sauer 27-14-2 19-11-2 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
1992-93 Jeff Sauer 24-15-3 18-11-3 2nd NCAA Quarterfinalist
1993-94 Jeff Sauer 26-15-1 19-12-1 3rd NCAA Quarterfinalist
1994-95 Jeff Sauer 24-15-4 17-11-4 T-2nd NCAA Quarterfinalist
1995-96 Jeff Sauer 17-20-3 14-15-3 6th
1996-97 Jeff Sauer 15-21-2 15-15-2 7th
1997-98 Jeff Sauer 26-14-1 17-10-1 2nd NCAA First Round
1998-99 Jeff Sauer 15-19-4 13-12-3 4th
1999-2000 Jeff Sauer 31-9-1 23-5-0 1st NCAA Quarterfinalist
2000-01 Jeff Sauer 22-15-4 14-10-4 5th NCAA Quarterfinalist
2001-02 Jeff Sauer 16-19-4 12-13-3 5th
Jeff Sauer: 489-306-46 -
Mike Eaves (WCHA) (2002-03–Present)
2002-03 Mike Eaves 13-23-4 7-17-4 8th
2003-04 Mike Eaves 22-13-8 14-7-7 3rd NCAA Quarterfinalist
2004-05 Mike Eaves 23-14-4 16-9-3 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2005-06 Mike Eaves 30-10-3 17-8-3 T-2nd NCAA Champion
2006-07 Mike Eaves 19-18-4 12-13-3 T-6th
2007-08 Mike Eaves 16-17-7 11-12-5 6th NCAA Quarterfinalist
2008-09 Mike Eaves 20-16-4 14-11-3 T-3rd
2009-10 Mike Eaves 28-11-4 17-8-3 2nd NCAA Finalist
2010-11 Mike Eaves 21-16-4 12-13-3 7th
2011-12 Mike Eaves 17-18-2 11-15-2 10th
2012-13 Mike Eaves 22-13-7 13-8-7 4th NCAA First Round
Mike Eaves: 231-169-51 -


Total: 1133-697-125

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Current roster[edit]

As of December 7, 2012.[14]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Minnesota Bell, SpencerSpencer Bell Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-12-31 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN)
5 Wisconsin Drake, ChaseChase Drake Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989-12-21 Mosinee, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL)
7 Minnesota Barnes, TylerTyler Barnes Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990-02-13 Eagan, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
8 Wisconsin Paape, MattMatt Paape Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-09-10 Appleton, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL)
9 New York Zengerle, MarkMark Zengerle Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1989-05-12 Rochester, New York Salmon Arm (BCHL)
12 Wisconsin Meuer, KeeganKeegan Meuer Junior (RS) F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1989-01-08 Madison, Wisconsin Waterloo (USHL)
13 Wisconsin Hartzog, GavinGavin Hartzog Junior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990-06-12 Pewaukee, Wisconsin Bismarck (NAHL)
14 Wisconsin Dahl, JeffersonJefferson Dahl Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989-09-13 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Youngstown (USHL)
15 British Columbia Zulinick, MorganMorgan Zulinick Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-06-29 Kamloops, British Columbia Salmon Arm (BCHL)
16 Minnesota LaBate, JosephJoseph LaBate Sophomore F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-04-16 Eagan, Minnesota Holy Angels (USHS–MN) VAN, 101st overall 2011
17 California Kerdiles, NicNic Kerdiles Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1994-01-11 Irvine, California US NTDP (USHL) ANA, 36th overall 2012
18 Wisconsin Little, SeanSean Little Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991-04-15 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
19 Wisconsin McCabe, JakeJake McCabe Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993-10-12 Eau Claire, Wisconsin US NTDP (USHL) BUF, 44th overall 2012
20 Wisconsin Little, RyanRyan Little (A) Senior (RS) F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988-09-07 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
21 California Woods, BrendanBrendan Woods Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992-06-11 Yorba Linda, California Muskegon (USHL) CAR, 129th overall 2012
22 Minnesota Wittchow, EddieEddie Wittchow Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992-10-31 Burnsville, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) FLA, 154th overall 2011
23 British Columbia Lee, DerekDerek Lee (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1990-03-23 North Vancouver, British Columbia[disambiguation needed] Victoria (BCHL)
24 Minnesota Faust, JoeJoe Faust Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991-11-15 Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington-Jefferson (USHS–MN) NJD, 114th overall 2010
25 Illinois Mersch, MichaelMichael Mersch Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992-10-02 Park Ridge, Illinois US NTDP (USHL) LOS, 110th overall 2011
26 Wisconsin Navin, BradBrad Navin Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-06-05 Waupaca, Wisconsin Waupaca (USHS–WI) BUF, 197th overall 2011
27 Illinois Simonelli, FrankieFrankie Simonelli (A) Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992-10-29 Bensenville, Illinois US NTDP (USHL)
28 Minnesota Schulze, KevinKevin Schulze Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1993-04-23 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
30 Wisconsin Peterson, LandonLandon Peterson Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990-02-12 Oregon, Wisconsin Alaska (NAHL)
31 Illinois Miller, AdamAdam Miller Freshman G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1992-03-13 Long Grove, Illinois New Jersey (EJHL)
33 Saskatchewan Rumpel, JoelJoel Rumpel Sophomore G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-03-14 Swift Current, Saskatchewan Penticton (BCHL)
55 Missouri Ramage, JohnJohn Ramage (C) Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991-02-07 St. Louis, Missouri US NTDP (USHL) CGY, 103rd overall 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Mike Eaves". Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "This is Wisconsin Hockey". Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Wisconsin Badgers Men's Hockey: Year-By-Year". USCHO.com. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "1973 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 27, 2008. 
  5. ^ "1977 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "1981 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "1983 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 23, 2008. 
  8. ^ "1992 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2000 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2009–10 Wisconsin Hockey Fact Book". p. 6. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2006 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Gerstner, Joanne C. (April 10, 2010). "B.C. Wins 4th N.C.A.A. Title, Crushing Wisconsin Before Record Crowd". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ "Badgers are Big Ten Tournament champions". UWBadgers.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2012-13 Roster". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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