October 23, 2014

Hockey Badgers open practice in Eau Claire tomorrow

The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team holds its first official practice this

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Saturday at Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire.  The event is a fundraiser for the UW-Eau Claire hockey team, which won the NCAA Division III National Championship last season.

The event also marks a homecoming for UW assistant captains Jefferson Dahl and Jake McCabe, both of whom grew up in Eau Claire.

The Badgers will practice for about 30-minutes, then clean the ice and hold their annual Cardinal and White scrimmage.

AUDIO: Mike Eaves on heading to Eau Claire to open the practice season :20

AUDIO: Defenseman Jake McCabe says team strength is the depth :17

The Badgers have been selected in a preseason poll of Big Ten coaches to win the inaugural Big Ten Hockey Conference.

Mike Eaves Badgers open the season a week from today (Friday, Oct. 11) against Northern Michigan at the Kohl Center.