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Chuck Schwartz
12-30-2014, 12:13 PM
UW needs to become a mainstay in the Great Lakes Invitational Tourney. There used to be a conflict Bank 1 Badger Hockey Showdown, but since that is long dead I'd love to see UW get in that tourney every year, especially with the larger n/c slate being in the B6.

You want to play Michigan/Michigan State in non conference too?

And Tech/Northern/Ferris are all on the schedule already.

I'd rather see something with St Cloud or UMD.

Timothy A
12-30-2014, 12:24 PM
I just realized there is hockey this weekend. Tech comes in a little cold going 4-4 in their last 8 after starting out 10-0. UW is enfeugo going 1-1-2 in their last 4 ( must read like UW's PR Dept wrote it). Hopefully Eddie and Adam will be able to play.

A tough stretch of games coming up, the next 6 are against top 10 teams (though we can hope the rodents fall out of the top 10 before we play them).

On the plus side of the ledger only 3 games will not be televised the rest of the year.

Timothy A
12-30-2014, 12:34 PM
You want to play Michigan/Michigan State in non conference too?

And Tech/Northern/Ferris are all on the schedule already.

I'd rather see something with St Cloud or UMD.

I'm a geography geek, Wisconsin HAS to be in the GLI. I can still remember Dean Anderson's awesome performance in the GLI, way back in 1987. Plus, there's so many n/c games, so why not? All those years in the ccha UM and M St played in it as well as in conference, so it's not unheard of. Plus BU and BC do the Bean Pot and play in conference.

I don't ever want to play St. Cloud again (I never did like when they were added to the wcha). UMD would be fine. St. Cloud, Mankato and Bemiji are on my don't ever play again list.

KaMiGo
12-30-2014, 01:09 PM
UW needs to become a mainstay in the Great Lakes Invitational Tourney. There used to be a conflict Bank 1 Badger Hockey Showdown, but since that is long dead I'd love to see UW get in that tourney every year, especially with the larger n/c slate being in the B6.


I don't see it happening. Personally, I'd rather give the players as much time off during the December/January break as possible. Yeah it sucks for us as fans to have have games to watch for a few weeks, but I'd rather try to limit the number of games when the kids (both student-athletes and regular students) have to worry about being on campus when they should be taking some time off to be with their friends and families.

KaMiGo
12-30-2014, 01:43 PM
I just realized there is hockey this weekend. Tech comes in a little cold going 4-4 in their last 8 after starting out 10-0. UW is enfeugo going 1-1-2 in their last 4 ( must read like UW's PR Dept wrote it). Hopefully Eddie and Adam will be able to play.

A tough stretch of games coming up, the next 6 are against top 10 teams (though we can hope the rodents fall out of the top 10 before we play them).

On the plus side of the ledger only 3 games will not be televised the rest of the year.

In the plus column for this weekend, the band is going to be at the games this weekend (at least that is what their twitter handler said when I asked). So that's something, right?

#1collegehockeyfan
12-30-2014, 03:26 PM
So, I just saw an another interesting stat (probably pointless) in the "college hockey demographics" thread. The top five point scorers this year in college hockey from the state of Wisconsin do not play for Wisconsin.

Admittedly, I know nothing about the history of the five players (recruiting, family connections, etc), just thought it was interesting that none play at Wisconsin.

Yes that stat is disturbing.

UWisco
12-30-2014, 05:25 PM
Jake Bunz is a Badger. Can start practicing with the team tomorrow.

dtrumbower
12-30-2014, 05:26 PM
Last game I went to was a few years back against the Souix. Now the kid is at MTU and I'm looking to get 6 tickets to Friday's game. Figured there would be more available and cheaper prices, but doesn't seem to be. Last time people were giving them away. :)

Figured the student section would be fun with some MTU gear on. Though I will be all Badger, I could never cheer for another hockey program.

WiscDC
12-30-2014, 11:49 PM
I just realized there is hockey this weekend. Tech comes in a little cold going 4-4 in their last 8 after starting out 10-0. UW is enfeugo going 1-1-2 in their last 4 ( must read like UW's PR Dept wrote it). Hopefully Eddie and Adam will be able to play.


That was a wonderful way to present the matchup! :)

Wisko McBadgerton
12-31-2014, 09:02 AM
To me, it would make a lot of sense for the Badgers to play in the Florida College Hockey Classic and skip the early season games in Alaska or wherever. It's a much more attractive road trip for the kids and would give Bucky some good exposure in a burgeoning hockey recruiting ground. Believe it or not, I wouldn't be surprised if Florida produces more D-1 level talent in the next 10 years than the state of Wisconsin does. Maybe a lot more. Hockey is really growing here, with a huge number of Canadians, Europeans, and former Coasties pushing growth, not to mention the high number of current and former NHL'ers (and their $$) that make their homes here.

Wisconsin is also connected, the tournament is run by the Everblades organization which is coached by Green Bay native and former Badger Greg Poss. ('85-'89) Heck, Barry might even attend a game as his Naples condo is less that 30 minutes from the arena. Be a nice week this year to attend Badger Hockey on Sunday-Monday in Ft. Myers and then head up to Tampa for the Outback Bowl tomorrow. Bucky could even bring the band!

With the importance of OOC games it would be a good fit. This year struggling Lake St. got by Cornell in a shootout and then surprised Notre Dame to win it and get a little momentum going for themselves.

Plus, and this is really the most important thing: I would gladly host all the pre-game activities for you guys!

mnstate0fhockey
12-31-2014, 02:44 PM
Believe it or not, I wouldn't be surprised if Florida produces more D-1 level talent in the next 10 years than the state of Wisconsin does. Maybe a lot more. Hockey is really growing here, with a huge number of Canadians, Europeans, and former Coasties pushing growth, not to mention the high number of current and former NHL'ers (and their $$) that make their homes here.

It's an interesting topic, and your point isn't ridiculous, that's for sure. When all is said and done though, I don't think we'll see the number of players from Florida surpass the number of players from Wisconsin any time soon.

While both state's have seen the number of players they have produced grow (Florida from 2 players to 17 players and Wisconsin from 27 players to 39 players in the last 10 years), I think that the potential for future growth in Wisconsin is much larger.

Sure, Florida's population is much larger, but the cost to play is much greater. The only option that kids have to play at a remotely high level in Florida is Tier 1. That is spendy, especially in places like Florida where necessary travel is extensive. The infrastructure isn't there for big growth in cheaper options, so I doubt any cheaper, competitive options develop there any time soon.

While I think it is great to see the growth of hockey in non-traditinal markets, I think people often forget the room for growth was extensive and the gains are going to be diminishing because of costs. In my opinion Wisconsin is a market that is just beginning to really tap into the potential that is there. Illinois as well.

Chuck Schwartz
12-31-2014, 04:40 PM
Sounds like Wisconsin should have Wittchow and Rockwood available this weekend. Very, very important guys to get back in the lineup.

WiscDC
12-31-2014, 05:14 PM
Sounds like Wisconsin should have Wittchow and Rockwood available this weekend. Very, very important guys to get back in the lineup.

Very, very good to hear.

oldtyme25
12-31-2014, 05:26 PM
Believe it or not, I wouldn't be surprised if Florida produces more D-1 level talent in the next 10 years than the state of Wisconsin does. Maybe a lot more. Hockey is really growing here, with a huge number of Canadians, Europeans, and former Coasties pushing growth, not to mention the high number of current and former NHL'ers (and their $$) that make their homes here.

And would we have as much success landing the high end talent as we are having in the state of Wisconsin?

Timothy A
01-01-2015, 08:32 AM
Sounds like Wisconsin should have Wittchow and Rockwood available this weekend. Very, very important guys to get back in the lineup.

Excellent. With nobody at the World Jr's and the addition of Bunz, WI will be at full strength to start off the year. I'd like to learn more about Rockwood's situation, I think there's a great 5th Q article waiting to be written.

Biddco
01-01-2015, 08:47 AM
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I found this by accident a couple weeks ago...just wanted to say it's brilliant.


I'll be in Madison this weekend watching Tech. I haven't been there since 2012 and I haven't seen a loss. This might continue!

Wisko McBadgerton
01-01-2015, 06:40 PM
I found this by accident a couple weeks ago...just wanted to say it's brilliant.


I'll be in Madison this weekend watching Tech. I haven't been there since 2012 and I haven't seen a loss. This might continue!

Thanks, I do kind of feel like I

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I hope it doesn't continue, but to this point you've definitely beaten the odds. Tech stands at 17-60-6 all time in Madison.

UCBadger
01-02-2015, 12:40 AM
FYI. Head hockey coach of D-III University of Southern Maine, in his 28th year, has been forced to "retire" after a 1-9 start (http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/31/usm-mens-hockey-coach-jeff-beaney-resigns/) this year.

Biddco
01-02-2015, 08:44 AM
Thanks, I do kind of feel like I

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I hope it doesn't continue, but to this point you've definitely beaten the odds. Tech stands at 17-60-6 all time in Madison.

You did!

While I've never seen a loss I've only been at the KC for one series. UMD tied and won. So it's a really small sample size .

UWisco
01-02-2015, 10:08 AM
Ustaski looks to be a healthy scratch tonight vs Tech per Baggot. Unless he has an injury I am unaware of.