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Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey
Wisconsin Badgers men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
ConferenceBig Ten
Head coachTony Granato
3rd season, 34–34–5 (.500)
Captain(s)Cameron Hughes
Alternate captain(s)Jake Linhart
Ryan Wagner
Seamus Malone
Trent Frederic
ArenaKohl Center
Capacity: 15,359
Surface: 200' x 97'
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
         
Fight songOn, Wisconsin!
NCAA Tournament championships
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, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 2008, 2010 2013 2014
Conference Tournament championships
1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2013, 2014
Conference regular season championships
1977, 1990, 2000
Current uniform
B1G-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 Tony Granato. 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]

Pond hockey had been played on Lake Mendota in Madison since the late 1800s. The University of Wisconsin formed an informal hockey program in the 1910s. The 1921 season saw the development of intercollegiate hockey at Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.[4][5] Michigan and Wisconsin scheduled four games to be played on consecutive weekends from February 18 to 26, 1921.[6]

Modern era[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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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 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.[10] 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 led the nation in college hockey attendance every year from moving to the Kohl Center through the 2011 season.[11]

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. Assistant Coach Bill Zito received a two-game suspension, while players Blaine Moore and Jason Zent each received a one-game suspension.[12] That game was later vacated by the NCAA for rules violations unrelated to the incidents in the championship game.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18] The 2014–15 season was the worst season in team history. They finished the season with a record of 4–26–5, setting school records for fewest wins and most losses in a season. Eaves was fired on March 18, 2016 after finishing the 2015–16 season with an 8–19–8 record.[19]

Granato era[edit]

Athletic director Barry Alvarez hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Tony Granato to replace Eaves in late March 2016.[20] Also hired were Tony's younger brother Don Granato, coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program's under-17 team, and Mark Osiecki, associate head coach of the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and former assistant coach at Wisconsin for six years in the 2000s.[21] Tony Granato signed a five-year contract worth $2.75 million while Osiecki and his brother signed three-year deals worth a total of $660,000 a piece.[22] The hires were seen as getting UW Men's Ice Hockey back on track, and was noticed by media, such as the Wisconsin State Journal, when they said "Alvarez answered the critics who think UW no longer cares about men’s hockey in the best way he could" during the press conference introducing all three coaches Alvarez stated "I’m very confident that we’ve taken the right steps today in re-establishing the dominance of our hockey program"[21] All three coaches are Wisconsin alums; Tony Granato played from 1983 to 1987 where he was an All-American, Don Granato played from 1987 to 1991, and Osiecki played from 1987 to 1990.[20] After all three coaches were hired the phrase "Dream Team" came to be used when referring to UW's new coaching staff, it was first used by Barry Alvarez when he said "It was more than I could dream for to get all three of those guys. To me, it's the Dream Team."[20][23][24]

In Granato's first season, he led the team back to respectability with a 20-15-1 overall record and a 12-8 conference record, good enough for second place. On March 18, they lost the conference championship game to Penn State 2-1 in double overtime.[25]

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 Minneapolis, 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

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of January 10, 2019.[26]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Michigan Jack Berry Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-18 Holly, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
2 Manitoba Wyatt Kalynuk Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-04-14 Virden, Manitoba Bloomington (USHL) PHI, 196th overall 2017
5 Illinois Tyler Inamoto Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-05-06 Barrington, Illinois USNTDP (USHL) FLA, 133rd overall 2017
6 Illinois Peter Tischke (C) Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1996-01-03 Hinsdale, Illinois Chicago (USHL)
7 Wisconsin Jake Bunz Senior D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995-04-05 Middleton, Wisconsin Chicago (USHL)
9 Sweden Linus Weissbach Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1998-04-19 Gothenburg, Sweden Tri-City (USHL) BUF, 192nd overall 2017
11 Wisconsin Jack Gorniak Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1999-09-15 West Salem, Wisconsin West Salem (USHS–WI) MTL, 123rd overall 2018
12 Wisconsin Mick Messner Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 1999-04-20 Madison, Wisconsin Madison (USHL)
13 Minnesota Roman Ahcan Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 161 lb (73 kg) 1999-03-24 Savage, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL)
14 Finland Jesper Peltonen Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1998-06-08 Helsinki, Finland Omaha (USHL)
15 Minnesota Matthew Freytag Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-15 Wayzata, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)
16 Wisconsin Tarek Baker Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-22 Verona, Wisconsin Sioux City (USHL)
17 California Will Johnson Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1996-07-07 Santa Barbara, California Madison (USHL)
18 Illinois Seamus Malone (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-05-06 Naperville, Illinois Dubuque (USHL)
19 Minnesota K'Andre Miller Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 2000-01-21 Minnetonka, Minnesota USNTDP (USHL) NYR, 22nd overall 2018
20 Minnesota Josh Ess Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1999-04-03 Lakeville, Minnesota Lakeville South (USHS–MN) CHI, 215th overall 2017
21 Wisconsin Ty Emberson Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2000-05-24 Eau Claire, Wisconsin USNTDP (USHL) ARI, 73rd overall 2018
22 Minnesota Max Zimmer Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-10-29 Medina, Minnesota Chicago (USHL) CAR, 104th overall 2016
23 Illinois Jason Dhooghe Sophomore F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-03-15 Aurora, Illinois Green Bay (USHL)
24 Illinois Sean Dhooghe Sophomore F 5' 3" (1.6 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1999-03-09 Aurora, Illinois USNTDP (USHL)
25 Illinois Dominick Mersch Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1998-12-16 Park Ridge, Illinois Lincoln (USHL)
27 Wisconsin Ty Pelton-Byce Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-04-14 Madison, Wisconsin Harvard (ECAC)
28 Wisconsin Jarod Zirbel Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-11-27 Green Bay, Wisconsin Madison (USHL)
29 Wisconsin Brock Caufield Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1999-03-09 Mosinee, Wisconsin Green Bay (USHL)
32 Finland Daniel Lebedeff Freshman G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 1999-05-23 Helsinki, Finland Janesville (NAHL)
35 Sweden Johan Blomquist Junior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995-09-17 Stockholm, Sweden Connecticut (USPHL)

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) (1981–82–1981–82)
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) (2002–03–2012–13)
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 T-4th NCAA First Round
Mike Eaves (Big Ten) (2013–14–2015–16)
2013–14 Mike Eaves 24–11–2 13–6–1 2nd NCAA First Round
2014–15 Mike Eaves 4–26–5 2–15–3 6th
2015–16 Mike Eaves 8–19–8 3–13–4 6th
Mike Eaves: 267–225–66 -


Tony Granato (Big Ten) (2016-17–present)
2016–17 Tony Granato 20–15–1 12–8–0 2nd
2017–18 Tony Granato 14–19–4 8–13–3 6th
Tony Granato: 34–34–5 -


Total: 1203–787–145

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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