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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Next week the dizzying coverage of the NFL draft will remind us that whatever the season, football is the No. 1 professional sport in America. But the NFL is facing a crisis created by the nature of the sport. A torrent of evidence shows that repeated full-speed collisions cause terrible long-term damage to many players' brains, to say nothing of their bones. Even as the NFL acts to protect its human assets, the “Bountygate” scandal surrounding former New Orleans...
04.08.2012 | | Posted at 10:19 PM
By Nicole
The Globe and Mail in Toronto had an interesting article highlighting the increased interest the NHL is showing in women's hockey. The Women's World Championship is currently taking place in Burlington, VT and the women's Frozen Four was less than a month ago and according to the Globe and Mail, NHL reps have been at both. According to the article, the NHL is helping create a strategic plan to hel...
03.18.2012 | | Posted at 03:49 PM
By Nicole
Brianna Decker became Wisconsin's fourth winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award yesterday, joining Sara Bauer, Jessie Vetter and Meghan Duggan. The Patty Kaz is giving to the top women's hockey player in the country and the win is just the topper to a list of awards she's been given this year. Decker was also named a CCM Division I Women's Hockey All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Associatio...
03.18.2012 | | Posted at 03:43 PM
By Nicole
The Badger womens hockey team was dominant in the National Semifinal Friday night as they beat Boston College 6-2 to advance to the National Championship game Sunday at 5 pm. The National Championship game will be available via webcast on NCAA.com. Hilary Knight stepped her game, scoring two goals, as did Britanny Ammerman. The BC Eagles scored within the first minute of the game, making many fans...
03.11.2012 | | Posted at 10:22 PM
By Nicole
The Badger women's hockey team defeated Mercyhurst at home in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night to advance to the Frozen Four in Duluth next weekend. Sadly, just 2,946 fans watched the women win. I'd have killed to be there, but we had a family commitment that we've been signed up for for months. Of course, 2,946 fans saw last night's Wisconsin women's hockey game in Madis...
03.09.2012 | | Posted at 06:10 PM
By Nicole
Junior forward Brianna Decker was named a Patty Kazmaier Award Top 3 Finalist this week. She is joined by Jocelyne Lamoureux of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern University. Decker leads the nation in goals, with 36, while Lamoureux leads in points, points per game and assists. Schelling is a goalie with a .950 save percentage and a 1.42 goals against average. This, obviously, me...
03.01.2012 | | Posted at 01:46 PM
By Nicole
The list of of Patty Kazmaier finalists was narrowed down to 10 today and two Badgers made the list. Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker are both named to the Top 10 list. This is Hilary's third time on the Top 10 list. Despite the fact that her senior year numbers probably aren't as great as we all would have hoped, for me there's no one on this list that compares to Hilary. Over on the discussion b...
02.27.2012 | | Posted at 11:10 PM
By Nicole
It took just 10 days for Blake Geoffrion to get called up from AHL Hamilton to his NHL parent-club Montreal. You'll remember that Blake, when he skates for the Canadiens, will become a fourth-generation Hab. Both great-grandfather Howie Morentz's number 7 and grandfather "Boom Boom" Geoffrion's number 5 are retired by Montreal and new callups usually just get assigned a number by the team, but Bla...
02.21.2012 | | Posted at 04:17 PM
By Nicole
Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Alex Rigsby are on the list of 30 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award - the top player in women's collegiate hockey. It's Knight's 3rd nomination, Decker's 2nd and Rigsby's 1st. With the offensive firepower on the Badgers, I think Rigsby often gets overlooked, but she currently leads the nation with a .950 save percentage and is s2nd with 890 total saves. Her...
02.21.2012 | | Posted at 04:04 PM
By Nicole
I'm not so sure why this came about now, but today the University of Wisconsin announced that the ice surface at the Kohl Center would be named after "Badger" BOb Johnson. They didn't say when it would happen, but the article does mention that 22 former student-athletes donated money for the project - implying that they paid for the right to have this move made - which is weird. It's not that Badg...

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