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Madison- For the start of the 1963-64 school year, then-Director of Athletics Ivan B. Williamson called on head coach John Riley to bring intercollegiate ice hockey back to the
“The history of Wisconsin men’s hockey is one of the strengths of the program and the entire Wisconsin athletic department and we want to take a look back at all that has been accomplished, while at the same time look forward to the coming season and the future,” said Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez. “From the facilities, with the
In addition to the logo, which will be featured prominently on
The 2012-13 season marks the 50th anniversary of Badger hockey, and also marks the 40th anniversary of the program’s first NCAA title in 1973, and the 30th year since UW’s fourth NCAA title in 1983. Nights honoring those NCAA championship teams will make up part of the schedule. The department will honor the 1973 team on Friday, Jan. 25 when the Badgers skate against Alaska Anchorage, while recognition comes for the 1983 squad on Friday, Feb. 8 when
Throughout the season, men’s hockey will also recognize honorary captains during all 19 regular-season home games with names and a schedule to come. The honorary captain will make the ceremonial first puck drop each night.
On Friday, Nov. 2, the ice at the
“I was here in the 1970s as a student-athlete when Bob Johnson was the coach and have been here for the last decade as a coach myself, and it has been a great journey,” said Eaves. “We carry the torch forward for everyone who has been involved throughout the last 50 years and the entire history of the program, and we want to use this season as a chance to recognize some of those people and the tradition they created.”
Look for information on other ways the program will celebrate its 50th year in the modern era as the season progresses.
Men’s hockey opens the season with an exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 6 against the U.S. Under-18 Team beginning 8 p.m. at the
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