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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 coachMike Eaves
11th year, 209–156–44
Captain(s)Frankie Simonelli
ArenaKohl Center
Capacity: 15,237
Surface: 200' x 97'
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
ColorsCardinal and White

             

Fight songOn, 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
 
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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 coachMike Eaves
11th year, 209–156–44
Captain(s)Frankie Simonelli
ArenaKohl Center
Capacity: 15,237
Surface: 200' x 97'
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
ColorsCardinal and White

             

Fight songOn, 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.

Championships[edit]

Big Ten Tournament[edit]

YearChampionScoreRunner-upCityArena
2014Wisconsin5–4Ohio StateSaint Paul, MNXcel Energy Center

WCHA Final Five[edit]

YearChampionScoreRunner-upCityArena
2000North Dakota5–3WisconsinSaint Paul, MNTarget Center
2013Wisconsin3–2Colorado CollegeSaint Paul, MNXcel Energy Center

Frozen Four[edit]

YearChampionScoreRunner-upCityArena
1973Wisconsin4–2DenverBoston, MABoston Garden
1977Wisconsin6–5 OTMichiganDetroit, MIOlympia Stadium
1981Wisconsin6–3MinnesotaDuluth, MNDECC
1982North Dakota5–2WisconsinProvidence, RIProvidence Civic Center
1983Wisconsin6–2HarvardGrand Forks, NDRalph Engelstad Arena
1990Wisconsin7–3ColgateDetroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
1992Lake Superior State5–3WisconsinAlbany, NYKnickerbocker Arena
2006Wisconsin2–1Boston CollegeMilwaukee, WIBradley Center
2010Boston College5–0WisconsinDetroit, MIFord Field

Season-by-season results[edit]

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

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
John Riley (Independent) (1963-64–1965-66)
1963-64John Riley8-5-3
1964-65John Riley14-9-0
1965-66John Riley12-9-0
John Riley:34-23-3-


Bob Johnson (Independent) (1966-67–1967-68)
1966-67Bob Johnson16-10-0
1967-68Bob Johnson21-10-0
Bob Johnson (Independent / Big Ten) (1968-69–1968-69)
1968-69Bob Johnson22-10-23rd
Bob Johnson (WCHA / Big Ten) (1969-70–1974-75)
1969-70Bob Johnson23-11-012-10-04th / 2ndNCAA Third Place
1970-71Bob Johnson20-13-113-9-03rd / 2nd
1971-72Bob Johnson27-10-120-8-02nd / 1stNCAA Third Place
1972-73Bob Johnson29-9-218-9-13rd / T-1stNCAA Champion
1973-74Bob Johnson18-13-512-11-55th / T-1st
1974-75Bob Johnson24-12-219-11-24th / T-2nd
Bill Rothwell (WCHA / Big Ten) (1975-76–1975-76)
1975-76Bill Rothwell12-24-211-19-27th / 4th
Bill Rothwell:12-24-2-
Bob Johnson (WCHA / Big Ten) (1976-77–1980-81)
1976-77Bob Johnson37-7-126-5-11st / 1stNCAA Champion
1977-78Bob Johnson28-12-321-9-22nd / 1stNCAA Fourth Place
1978-79Bob Johnson25-13-319-11-2T-3rd / 2nd
1979-80Bob Johnson15-20-112-18-09th / 4th
1980-81Bob Johnson27-14-117-11-02nd / 2ndNCAA Champion
Bob Johnson (WCHA) (1981-82–present)
1981-82Bob Johnson35-11-118-17-12ndNCAA Finalist
Bob Johnson:367-175-23-
Jeff Sauer (WCHA) (1982-83–2001-02)
1982-83Jeff Sauer33-10-415-9-23rdNCAA Champion
1983-84Jeff Sauer21-17-111-14-14th
1984-85Jeff Sauer25-17-020-14-03rd
1985-86Jeff Sauer27-15-023-11-03rd
1986-87Jeff Sauer23-18-117-17-1T-3rd
1987-88Jeff Sauer30-13-222-12-12ndNCAA Quarterfinalist
1988-89Jeff Sauer25-16-517-13-53rdNCAA Quarterfinalist
1989-90Jeff Sauer36-9-119-8-11stNCAA Champion
1990-91Jeff Sauer26-15-319-11-23rdNCAA First Round
1991-92Jeff Sauer27-14-219-11-22ndNCAA Frozen Four
1992-93Jeff Sauer24-15-318-11-32ndNCAA Quarterfinalist
1993-94Jeff Sauer26-15-119-12-13rdNCAA Quarterfinalist
1994-95Jeff Sauer24-15-417-11-4T-2ndNCAA Quarterfinalist
1995-96Jeff Sauer17-20-314-15-36th
1996-97Jeff Sauer15-21-215-15-27th
1997-98Jeff Sauer26-14-117-10-12ndNCAA First Round
1998-99Jeff Sauer15-19-413-12-34th
1999-2000Jeff Sauer31-9-123-5-01stNCAA Quarterfinalist
2000-01Jeff Sauer22-15-414-10-45thNCAA Quarterfinalist
2001-02Jeff Sauer16-19-412-13-35th
Jeff Sauer:489-306-46-
Mike Eaves (WCHA) (2002-03–Present)
2002-03Mike Eaves13-23-47-17-48th
2003-04Mike Eaves22-13-814-7-73rdNCAA Quarterfinalist
2004-05Mike Eaves23-14-416-9-3T-3rdNCAA First Round
2005-06Mike Eaves30-10-317-8-3T-2ndNCAA Champion
2006-07Mike Eaves19-18-412-13-3T-6th
2007-08Mike Eaves16-17-711-12-56thNCAA Quarterfinalist
2008-09Mike Eaves20-16-414-11-3T-3rd
2009-10Mike Eaves28-11-417-8-32ndNCAA Finalist
2010-11Mike Eaves21-16-412-13-37th
2011-12Mike Eaves17-18-211-15-210th
2012-13Mike Eaves22-13-713-8-74thNCAA 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.[13]

#S/P/CPlayerClassPosHeightWeightDoBHometownPrevious teamNHL rights
2MinnesotaBell, SpencerSpencer BellFreshmanF6' 2" (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg)1993-12-31Maple Grove, MinnesotaMaple Grove (USHS–MN)
5WisconsinDrake, ChaseChase DrakeJuniorD6' 1" (1.85 m)185 lb (84 kg)1989-12-21Mosinee, WisconsinSioux City (USHL)
7MinnesotaBarnes, TylerTyler BarnesJuniorF6' 1" (1.85 m)190 lb (86 kg)1990-02-13Eagan, MinnesotaWaterloo (USHL)
8WisconsinPaape, MattMatt PaapeSophomoreF5' 9" (1.75 m)185 lb (84 kg)1991-09-10Appleton, WisconsinSioux City (USHL)
9New YorkZengerle, MarkMark ZengerleJuniorF5' 11" (1.8 m)180 lb (82 kg)1989-05-12Rochester, New YorkSalmon Arm (BCHL)
12WisconsinMeuer, KeeganKeegan MeuerJunior (RS)F5' 10" (1.78 m)180 lb (82 kg)1989-01-08Madison, WisconsinWaterloo (USHL)
13WisconsinHartzog, GavinGavin HartzogJuniorD6' 3" (1.91 m)215 lb (98 kg)1990-06-12Pewaukee, WisconsinBismarck (NAHL)
14WisconsinDahl, JeffersonJefferson DahlJuniorF5' 9" (1.75 m)175 lb (79 kg)1989-09-13Eau Claire, WisconsinYoungstown (USHL)
15British ColumbiaZulinick, MorganMorgan ZulinickFreshmanF5' 11" (1.8 m)185 lb (84 kg)1994-06-29Kamloops, British ColumbiaSalmon Arm (BCHL)
16MinnesotaLaBate, JosephJoseph LaBateSophomoreF6' 4" (1.93 m)200 lb (91 kg)1993-04-16Eagan, MinnesotaHoly Angels (USHS–MN)VAN, 101st overall 2011
17CaliforniaKerdiles, NicNic KerdilesFreshmanF6' 2" (1.88 m)196 lb (89 kg)1994-01-11Irvine, CaliforniaUS NTDP (USHL)ANA, 36th overall 2012
18WisconsinLittle, SeanSean LittleJuniorF5' 11" (1.8 m)180 lb (82 kg)1991-04-15Fond du Lac, WisconsinGreen Bay (USHL)
19WisconsinMcCabe, JakeJake McCabeSophomoreD6' 1" (1.85 m)205 lb (93 kg)1993-10-12Eau Claire, WisconsinUS NTDP (USHL)BUF, 44th overall 2012
20WisconsinLittle, RyanRyan Little (A)Senior (RS)F5' 11" (1.8 m)185 lb (84 kg)1988-09-07Fond du Lac, WisconsinGreen Bay (USHL)
21CaliforniaWoods, BrendanBrendan WoodsSophomoreF6' 3" (1.91 m)215 lb (98 kg)1992-06-11Yorba Linda, CaliforniaMuskegon (USHL)CAR, 129th overall 2012
22MinnesotaWittchow, EddieEddie WittchowFreshmanD6' 4" (1.93 m)205 lb (93 kg)1992-10-31Burnsville, MinnesotaWaterloo (USHL)FLA, 154th overall 2011
23British ColumbiaLee, DerekDerek Lee (A)SeniorF5' 10" (1.78 m)175 lb (79 kg)1990-03-23North Vancouver, British Columbia[disambiguation needed]Victoria (BCHL)
24MinnesotaFaust, JoeJoe FaustJuniorD5' 11" (1.8 m)205 lb (93 kg)1991-11-15Bloomington, MinnesotaBloomington-Jefferson (USHS–MN)NJD, 114th overall 2010
25IllinoisMersch, MichaelMichael MerschJuniorF6' 1" (1.85 m)215 lb (98 kg)1992-10-02Park Ridge, IllinoisUS NTDP (USHL)LOS, 110th overall 2011
26WisconsinNavin, BradBrad NavinSophomoreF6' 3" (1.91 m)200 lb (91 kg)1992-06-05Waupaca, WisconsinWaupaca (USHS–WI)BUF, 197th overall 2011
27IllinoisSimonelli, FrankieFrankie Simonelli (A)JuniorD5' 11" (1.8 m)200 lb (91 kg)1992-10-29Bensenville, IllinoisUS NTDP (USHL)
28MinnesotaSchulze, KevinKevin SchulzeFreshmanD5' 10" (1.78 m)165 lb (75 kg)1993-04-23White Bear Lake, MinnesotaOmaha (USHL)
30WisconsinPeterson, LandonLandon PetersonSophomoreG6' 1" (1.85 m)185 lb (84 kg)1990-02-12Oregon, WisconsinAlaska (NAHL)
31IllinoisMiller, AdamAdam MillerFreshmanG5' 10" (1.78 m)170 lb (77 kg)1992-03-13Long Grove, IllinoisNew Jersey (EJHL)
33SaskatchewanRumpel, JoelJoel RumpelSophomoreG6' 3" (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)1991-03-14Swift Current, SaskatchewanPenticton (BCHL)
55MissouriRamage, JohnJohn Ramage (C)SeniorD6' 1" (1.85 m)205 lb (93 kg)1991-02-07St. Louis, MissouriUS 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. ^ "2012-13 Roster". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 

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