April 21, 2014

Badgers/LSU kick time set

Wisconsin’s August 30th football season opener against LSU will kickoff atMotionW_2Color 8pm and be televised by ESPN.  The announcement was made yesterday.

Gary Andersen’s Badgers finished 9-4 and ranked 21st in the USA Today poll and 22nd in the Associated Press poll.

LSU finished 10-3 and ranked 14th in both national polls last season.

The two schools have only met twice previously, both LSU victories.  The Tigers beat the Badgers 38-28 in Madison in 1971, and 27-7 the following year in Baton Rouge.

Three former Badgers named to U.S. National Team

Following the completion of the NHL’s regular season, USA Hockey

Jake McCabe

Jake McCabe

announced the first 15 players of the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

Among the first 15 players are three former Wisconsin Badgers, including 2014 CCM American Hockey Coaches Association First-Team All-American defenseman Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, WI) who after completing his season at Wisconsin, played the last seven games of the NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres.  McCabe will be joined by Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Jake Gardiner (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Nashville Predators’ forward Craig Smith (Madison, WI).

At least one Wisconsin alumni has skated in every world championship dating back to 1978.

Badger celebration is sold out

Tickets to the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s postseason celebration onMotionW_2Color Thursday are sold out.

The annual event allows Badgers fans to re-live the highlights of the season and commemorate the careers of the UW senior class.  Video of the entire program, including interviews with Wisconsin players and Bo Ryan will be posted on UWBadgers.com on Friday.

Doors for the event will open at 5pm with the program starting at 6:30pm.

A Big Ten Network analyst will serve as a guest emcee.

McCabe, Mersch tabbed All-Americans

Wisconsin Badger hockey stars Jake McCabe (Eau Claire, Wi.) and Michael Mersch (Park Ridge, Ill.) were tabbed as All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday.

McCabe, who left the Badgers after the season ended to join the Buffalo Sabres, led the way by being named first team All-American.  McCabe led Badger defensemen with eight goals and 25 points in 36 games played during the 2013-14 campaign.  That total was good for second among Big Ten defenseman in all games.

Mersch is a second-team All-American, finishing his second season with a Big Ten-leading 22 goals in all games.  He also finished with 35 points in 37 games played, which ranked third on the team.

Mersch and McCabe become the 38th and 39th players in program history to be named All-Americans.

Former Badger Osiecki to coach in World Juniors

Former Wisconsin Badger player and coach Mark Osiecki, was named

Mark Osiecki

Mark Osiecki

the coach of Team USA in the 2015 World Junior Championships.

Osiecki was a top defender on Wisconsin’s 1990 NCAA Championship team.  He also served as an assistant coach under Mike Eaves at Wisconsin when the Badgers won the 2006 National title.  His stay in Madison also included the trip to the NCAA Title game in 2006.

Osiecki is currently an assistant coach in the AHL with Rockford.

The World Juniors run Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.

Osiecki’s staff will include former Badger teammate Don Granato and former Badgers assistant Kevin Patrick.  Granato is currently with the National Team Development Program while Patrick is an assistant at Vermont.