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Senior forward Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) added to his list of laurels when it was announced on Thursday that he is USCHO.com’s National Player of the Year.

The Nashville Predator prospect has already captured the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the InsideCollegeHockey.com’s National Player of the Year laurel, First-Team All-America and WCHA honors and was named NCAA West Regional Most Valuable Player in his senior season alone.

The senior finished fourth on the team with 50 points (28-22=50) on the nation’s third-highest scoring team. However, Geoffrion stepped up when it mattered most. In eight postseason games, he tallied seven goals and 13 points. In them, he notched two game-winning goals, three power-play goals and a first goal.

Nationally, he collected a sixth-best .70 goals-per-game mark and scored on nearly a quarter of his shot attempts. His 28 goals placed him in third nationally at season’s end.

His defense also did not go unnoticed throughout the season. Geoffrion was a prominent presence in the one of the nation’s top power-play killing teams, which finished the year at a respectable 84.9 percent. The senior did all the little things that helped the Badgers succeed. He was the Badgers’ top faceoff artist by winning nearly 60 percent of faceoffs in the season.

As a senior, Geoffrion also led off the ice. As one of the team’s three captains, he was consistently the team’s vocal motivator in and out of the rink. A consumer science major and second-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Geoffrion was the perfect fit for USCHO.com’s National Player of the Year.
 

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The Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League announced today that the team has signed 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner Blake Geoffrion to an Amateur Try-Out Contract (ATO). The former University of Wisconsin star will look to make his Admirals debut tonight when the team travels to Chicago for game two of the West Division Semifinals at 7:30 pm at the All-State Arena.
 

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With the regular seasons over in the NHL and AHL, it’s playoff time for the world of hockey. At both levels, past Badgers are ever-present in the fields of play.

For starters, former Badger forward and Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipient Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) has already notched two goals in three games played for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. After the Nashville Predators’ pick signed an Amateur Try-out Contract on Friday, April 16, the USCHO National Player of the Year skated with the team in its playoff series against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday. In the game, Geoffrion notched two power-play goals in the team’s 6-0 shutout, bringing the Admirals to within one game in the series.

Geoffrion’s fellow senior and the Badgers’ second-highest scorer last season Michael Davies (St. Louis) has also recently signed with an AHL squad. The NHL free agent signed a similar contract to Geoffrion’s, and he has found a temporary home in Bridgeport, Conn., with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Davies has appeared in two postseason games so far as his Bridgeport squad attempts to make a run at the Calder Cup.

Davies’ opponent in the series is the Hershey Bears, which is home to another Badger. Andrew Joudrey has skated in 78 games for the Bears so far this season, and his squad leads the best-of-seven series against Davies’ Sound Tigers, 3-1.

Keeping it in the AHL, former Badger Jamie McBain is making his presence felt in the league. After playing the end of the regular season for the Carolina Hurricanes, the 2009 Hobey Baker top-10 finalist was sent to the Albany River Rats after the ‘Canes failed to make the postseason. So far, the River Rats are the only team to advance to the second round, sweeping the W-B/Scranton Penguins. In game two, McBain notched the game’s game-winning goal in the team’s 3-2 victory.

Antigo, Wis., native and current Manchester Monarch Joe Piskula is one of the key blue liners on his squad, as it holds a 3-0 series lead over the Portland Pirates in the race for the Calder Cup.

Rounding out the AHL-ers is 48-year-old Chris Chelios. After signing with the Atlanta Thrashers at the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the former Badger now skates for the Chicago Wolves. His squad holds a 3-1 best-of-seven series advantage over Geoffrion and the Admirals.

Shifting gears to the NHL, we’ll begin in the Frozen Four city with former Badger Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings. The squad lost Sunday’s game three to Phoenix and now trails, 2-1, in the series. Rafalski has been a prominent force for the Red Wings this year. Holding a team-best plus-23 mark, he has tallied 42 points thus far (8-34=42).

Olympic gold medalist Dany Heatley and silver medalist Joe Pavelski are both skating in the NHL Playoffs for the top-seeded San Jose Sharks. The team is currently at a 2-1 disadvantage against the Colorado Avalanche.

Former Badger net minder and 2006 national champion Brian Elliott has been in between the pipes for the Ottawa Senators since about midway through the regular season. Elliott has played all three games so far, but the Senators are down, 2-1, in the series to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Three Wisconsin natives are also still in the chase for the Stanley Cup. Davis Drewiske (Hudson) and his L.A. Kings squad hold a 2-1 series lead over the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Suter (Madison) and the Nashville Predators sit in a 1-1 series lock with the Chicago Blackhawks. And on that Blackhawk squad is Madison-native and former Badger Adam Burish.

Whew. That does it for the AHL- and NHL-ers in the playoffs. Check out the AHL and NHL Web sites for additional information on some of your favorite past Badgers.

Rafalski and Chelios are the only two current players and former Badgers to hoist the Stanley Cup, and they did it together in the 2007-08 campaign with the Detroit Red Wings.

And with so many Badgers at the next level, it seems likely that the list will only grow.
 

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Team USA women’s hockey silver medalist and Wisconsin senior-to-be Meghan Duggan threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays MLB game at Fenway Park on Monday.

Duggan was joined on the field by eight of her Team USA teammates, including returning UW junior-to-be Hilary Knight and former Badgers Erika Lawler and Jessie Vetter. The athletes wore their Team USA jerseys and their silver medals around their necks.

Duggan also pitched in front of a squad of friends and family, dubbed Team Duggan, before a sellout Patriots Day crowd of 37,609.

The post-Olympic Games tour for Team USA’s women’s hockey team has already included a trip back to The Ellen Show to visit with Ellen DeGeneres. The squad also plans to go to Washington, D.C., to visit the White House and President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Duggan and Knight will return to Madison in 2010 for their senior and junior seasons, respectively, while Team USA head coach Mark Johnson also returns to coach the Badgers for the 2010-11 season.
 

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The Wisconsin women’s hockey team, who finished 18-13-3 overall and 15-12-1 in the WCHA, held its annual end-of-the-year banquet on Friday, April 16. The Badgers looked back on the season, celebrated the senior class and handed out team awards which were voted on by the team.

Five players were rewarded for their efforts during the 2009-10 season which included Brooke Ammerman as offensive player of the year and freshman Stefanie McKeough as the defensive player of the year.

Brianna Decker was named rookie of the year and the Badger Award for the team’s most inspiring player went to Geena Prough. Senior captain Jasmime Giles earned the Jeff Sauer Award for being the most dedicated player. The senior class consisted of Giles, Kyla Sanders, Alannah McCready and Emily Kranz.
 

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Fresh off a NCAA runner-up finish, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team held its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, handing out seven individual awards to the 2010 Frozen Four squad and naming its team captains for the 2010-11 season.

As a team, the Badgers ended the season 28-11-4, which landed them in second in the WCHA. After a third-place finish at the WCHA Final Five, Wisconsin went on to capture the NCAA West Regional, advancing the Cardinal and White to the Frozen Four in Detroit. The Badgers took care of business in the national semifinal game, ousting RIT, 8-1. However, the Badgers’ historic season came to an end after the squad fell in the national championship to the Boston College Eagles.

All three of the Badger tri-captains were recognized for their leadership at the awards banquet. After voting, the team decided that Blake Geoffrion (Brentwood, Tenn.) was most-deserving of the Spike Carlson Most Valuable Player Award. As Wisconsin’s first-ever Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, Geoffrion led the nation in power-play goals and was fourth on the team in scoring. The USCHO.com and InsideCollegeHockey.com Player of the Year and First-Team All-WCHA, Geoffrion now looks to pursue a career in the NHL with the Nashville Predators in his home state of Tennessee.

One of the two remaining tri-captains took home two awards. Junior blue liner Ryan McDonagh (Arden Hills, Minn.) was voted by the team as the recipient of the Fenton Kelsey Jr. Most Competitive Player laurel for the second-straight season. Ending the season with 18 points, McDonagh’s defense is what gets recognized by his teammates. The defenseman ended the year with the team’s second-best plus-minus at plus-23.

His second award was the W Club Community Service Award, given to the Badger who best balances his hockey success with community involvement. McDonagh becomes just the third rear guard to bring home the award.

Rounding out the tri-captains is senior Ben Street (Coquitlam, British Columbia), who took home the Ivan B. Williamson Academic/Athletic Excellence Award. After his fifth season as a Badger, the senior compiled 171 games, 48 goals and 93 points. Street served as a Badger captain for three of his five years in the Cardinal and White. He is also a four-time Academic All-WCHA and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Another team-voted award fell in the lap of senior Michael Davies (St. Louis). The second-leading scorer for the Badgers last season, he took home the Otto Breitenbach Most Improved Player award. After On the season, Davies finished with 52 total points (20-32=52) in his most consistent as a Badger. He recently signed an Amateur Try-out Contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers to continue his hockey career.

The only award that is strictly statistically-based went to sophomore blue liner Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) for his plus-minus rank. The future Anaheim Mighty Duck compiled a plus-25 tally and took home the Dr. Joseph Coyne Most Consistent Player Award. The defenseman also tallied 13 points (6-7=13) on the season.

Finally, senior Aaron Bendickson (Thief River Falls, Minn.) took home the only fan-based award. The forward grabbed the Jim Santulli WHA-TV 7th Man Award, given annually to the best 7th man on the team as voted on by viewers of Wisconsin Public Television tape-delayed broadcasts. Fans cast their votes for the UW men’s hockey player who gives his all on the ice and best represents the Badger trademarks of team spirit and good sportsmanship. Bendickson tallied 22 points (12-10=22) on the year, which were more than his first three years as a Badger combined.

Also of note are Wisconsin’s captains for the 2010-11 campaign. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who served as one of the team’s tri-captains this past season, will hold the duty by himself next season. Joining McDonagh in the leadership corps will be forward Derek Stepan, who will serve as assistant captain. Stepan finished this past season as the Badgers’ leading scorer, and also captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. A second assistant captain is expected to be named at a later time.
 

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Wisconsin defenseman Cody Goloubef has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving up his final year of eligibility.

Goloubef had 14 points and was plus-13 in 42 games as a junior for the Badgers.



He was the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick, No. 37 overall, in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

“Cody comes from a very successful program at Wisconsin and we believe it is the right time for him to begin his professional career,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said in a statement.

Goloubef may be just the first of Wisconsin’s defensemen to turn pro this offseason. Junior Brendan Smith was a first-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers prospect Ryan McDonagh, also a junior, was a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens before having his rights traded.
Smith also went pro yesterday, dont recall hearing anything about McD though...
 

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On Thursday, May 6, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee will hold its annual banquet at 317 on Rice Park, St. Paul, Minn. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet will follow at 7 p.m. The banquet will honor University of Wisconsin forward Blake Geoffrion, the 2010 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, and legendary University of New Hampshire coach, Charlie Holt, the 2010 Hobey Baker Legend of College Hockey.

Blake Geoffrion won the 30th annual Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player while helping his Wisconsin Badgers to the NCAA national championship game. A fan favorite, the always jovial Geoffrion finished the season third in the nation in goal scoring with 28 in 40 games. He led all scorers in the country with 15 power play goals. Geoffrion was second in the WCHA conference in points, was named a First Team WCHA all-star, was the NCAA West Regional MVP, a west All-American and became the first Badger to win the Hobey. He recently signed a pro contract with Nashville and potted two goals in his pro debut with Milwaukee of the AHL. The family bloodlines of Geoffrion are incomparable. His dad Danny, granddad Bernie "Boom Boom" and his great grandpa Howie Morenz all played for the Montreal Canadiens. Boom Boom is credited with popularizing the slapshot and along with Howie, the two won a combined nine Stanley Cups and both had their numbers retired. Geoffrion will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Friday's Twins game vs Baltimore.
 

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Head men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves has announced the signing of Jason Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) to a national letter of intent. Clark will join the Badgers for the fall of 2010.

Clark, a 6-2 and 183-pound forward, comes to Wisconsin from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. An Eden Prairie, Minn., native, Clark skated in 54 games in 2009-10, recording 23 goals and 46 points, as well as a team-high 80 penalty minutes. He also totaled 19 goals and 45 points in 51 games played during 2008-09 for Shattuck.

Slotted 73rd among North American Skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, the left-handed shooting Clark spent his freshman and sophomore years at Eden Prairie High School.

“Jason will be a power forward for us,” said Eaves. “He’s very athletic and is a good skating, puck-skilled forward with a big shot.”
 

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Caring, outgoing and vibrant.

Those are three words to describe Carla Pentimone, a junior walk-on to the Wisconsin women’s hockey team from Chicago, Ill.

While Pentimone wasn’t recruited to Wisconsin, she’s become an invaluable member of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. With an emphasis on caring, Pentimone received the W Club’s Community Service Award the last two years.

Whether the team was lifting, studying or doing pre-game warm-ups, Pentimone always gave 100 percent effort. That effort translated into her willingness and overwhelming dedication to give back.

Her hard work took notice more prominently in the community service realm. Pentimone, who has a 4.0 grade point average, has spent endless hours donating her time to give back to the community.

“Whenever there is an opportunity to volunteer within the Madison community, Carla is always the first one to step up to the plate and ask how she might get involved,” said assistant coach Tracey DeKeyser. “She has a relentless passion and energy for helping those in need.”

Whether she was at wheelchair hockey, reading to kids, or running for a cause, Pentimone always found time to go above and beyond.

“In actuality, there is a lot of time to volunteer,” said Pentimone. “Time that is spent watching TV or doing other things, I choose to volunteer. I think it’s important to rest, but sometimes you have to make time to give back and help others.”
 

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The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team released its 2010-11 regular season schedule on Thursday. The schedule features 22 home games and 11 contests against teams that competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

"We have a balanced schedule for the 2010-11 season," said head coach Mike Eaves. "We are thrilled to be part of the Ice Breaker to start the year. Then we have five home series before finals and five home series after finals. And for one of those rare years, we are at home for the last series of the season."

Significant developments for the 2010-11 Badger hockey season include the addition of the Bemidji State Beavers and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks to the WCHA, thereby expanding the league to 12 teams. Those additions bring with them a change in the way the conference season is scheduled, as well as a format change for the WCHA postseason.

"I think it is going to be an interesting season for our fans with the two new teams in our league," stated Eaves. "We'll have a chance to see Bemidji State in our building and we travel to Nebraska-Omaha, but will introduce the Mavericks to the Wisconsin hockey community in future seasons."
 

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Head coach Mike Eaves has named Gary Shuchuk and Bill Butters assistant coaches for the Wisconsin men's hockey program.

"Our hockey program is ecstatic to bring on board two outstanding people," said Eaves.

In Shuchuk and Butters, Eaves adds two coaches boasting NHL playing experience.

Shuchuk, a former Badger player, returns to Wisconsin from his position as executive director of Madison Ice, Inc., where he oversees the daily operations of Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison.
Butters joins UW's staff with a record of developing collegiate defensemen from 10 years as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. He will serve in a similar capacity at Wisconsin.
It looks like Eaves made some good choices for new coaching. They should be quality coaches who will fill the holes in the coaching staff.
Its also funny to note that Shuchuk runs the ice rink that I skate at all the time, played for the Badgers and will now be an assisstant coach for them. Small world.
 

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Five returning University of Wisconsin women’s hockey players are currently participating in Hockey Canada’s national women’s program summer strength and conditioning camp at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. The camp began on Tuesday and runs through Sunday.

Senior Mallory Deluce (London, Ontario) and juniors Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ontario) and Brittany Haverstock (Hammons Plains, Nova Scotia) join sophomores Stefanie McKeough (Carlsbad Springs, Ontario) and Saige Pacholok (Edmonton, Alberta) in working out at the elite camp.

The camp consists of five days of off-ice fitness training and is considered an important first step in identifying this country’s future women’s hockey stars, including those who could be in the running to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
 

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Two people associated with the Wisconsin men's hockey program were selected Saturday during the second day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Current defenseman John Ramage and future forward Jason Clark heard their names called during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

Ramage, a St. Louis native, was chosen in the fourth round, 103rd overall by the Calgary Flames.
Clark, an Eden Prairie, Minn., native, went to the New York Islanders in the third round of the draft with the 82nd overall pick.
 

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's hockey team officially added Jackie Friesen to its coaching staff, the team announced. The Badgers appointed Friesen as an assistant coach after she served as a short-term assistant during the 2009-10 season.

Friesen returns to the Badgers' bench after assisting interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser last season. DeKeyser, who took over the helm for Mark Johnson while he took a one-year sabbatical to coach the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, also returns as an assistant coach this season.

Friesen brings a wealth of hockey experience to the table for the Badgers. Skating with the Badgers for four seasons from 2001-05, the Regina, Saskatchewan, native accumulated 53 goals and 34 assists in her 136 games for the UW. An assistant captain in her final season, Friesen also earned Academic All-WCHA in 2003 and recorded three hat tricks in her career at Wisconsin.

Friesen also served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Badgers. In 2006, she helped coach the squad to its first national championship.

No stranger to international play, Friesen went on to play professional hockey overseas where she competed in Switzerland for a year before playing for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech Republic. Her team won back-to-back titles in the Elite European League and was two-time Czech League Champions in 2008 and 2009.

While living in Prague, Czech Republic, Friesen also kept busy working at the Riverside International School of Prague along with playing hockey. She worked as a special education needs teacher and taught weekly swim lessons.
 

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