For the 12th time in the history of the Badgers hockey program, they are going to the Frozen Four. The Badgers earned the trip to college hockey’s biggest stage on a 5-3 win against league rival St. Cloud State in a game played in St. Paul, MN.
It is a time to celebrate Wisconsin. The win last night reaffirms the Badger hockey tradition. At one time when football and basketball were in the bottom of the Big Ten in the 1970’s and 80’s, hockey was the big sport. The team has been to 24 NCAA tournaments, 36 players have been All-Americans, won 14 WCHA regular and post-season titles, 19 players became Olympians, 64 have played in the NHL, and if successful in Detroit two weeks from now, seven NCAA titles. Still, the Badgers are the only school in the history of the NCAA to win men’s and women’s hockey titles in the same year in 2006.
The Badgers will face the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) on April 8th at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN 2.
I sure hope Scott Walker gets in the spirit and does a nice friendly wager with NY GOP Governor candidate Rick Lazio and the GOP Governors candidates in the other states of teams in the Frozen Four. This will be determined on who will the games between Yale and Boston College and Michigan and Miami (OH) today to round out the Frozen Four bracket.