Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008

Former Badgers tearin' up the NHL

By Nicole
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Last week's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks featured five former Badgers, four of which were members of the 2006 National Championship team.

Joe Pavelski scored a short-handed goal to lead the Sharks over the Badger-heavy Blackhawks featuring Jack Skille, Jacob Dowell and Adam Burish. Burish scored his first NHL goal in his 58th game, while Skille scored his third goal of the season.

Also skating for the Blackhawks is Rene Bourque, who was a Badger from 2000-2004.

Read the full recap of the Blackhawks/Sharks matchup here.

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Both Skille and Dowell have been splitting time between the Blackhawks and their affiliate in Rockford. They were sent down last Friday, but Skille was promptly pulled back up yesterday to join Chicago for their upcoming 17 day road trip.

Good for Skille for heading back up so quick, but here's hoping they send him down again ever so briefly for Rockford's trip to play the Admirals on Feb. 22. If both Dowell and Skille are skating, it should be a fun reunion trip to the Bradley Center, especially since the UW band is scheduled to be at the Ads game that night. You'd better believe the boyfriend and I will be there in full UW regalia. We also plan to play surrogate Phil for the night! ;)

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Here's the full list of Badgers currently skating in the NHL:



Badgers in the NHL
PLAYER POSITION TEAM
Rene Bourque Wing Chicago Blackhawks
Alex Brooks Defense St. Louis Blues
Adam Burish Wing Chicago Blackhawks
Chris Chelios Defense Detroit Red Wings
Jake Dowell
Forward
Chicago Blackhawks
Brian Elliott Goalie Ottawa Senators
Tom Gilbert Defnese Edmonton Oilers
Dany Heatley Wing Ottawa Senators
Sean Hill Defense Minnesota Wild
Matt Hussey Forward Colorado Avalanche
Joe Pavelski Center San Jose Sharks
Brian Rafalski Defense Detroit Red Wings
Steve Reinprecht Center Phoenix Coyotes
Jack SkilleWingChicago Blackhawks
Ryan Suter Defense Nashville Predators
Dave Tanabe Defense Carolina Hurricanes
Brad Winchester Wing Dallas Stars
Andy Wozniewski Defense Toronto Maple Leafs

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