Sunday, April 09, 2006


"Move over, Detroit.

"Madison is now Hockeytown, USA.

"Step aside, Minnesota, North Dakota and all of you other schools that have hogged the NCAA men's hockey championship for the last 15 years.

"The University of Wisconsin is once again No. 1 in the relatively small but madly passionate world of college hockey.

"Slide over, Bob Johnson and Jeff Sauer.

"In his fourth season, Mike Eaves has joined the list of coaching greats who have guided UW to national championships.

"Make room, Gary Shuchuk, Chris Tancill, Mark Osiecki and all of you other standouts from the Badgers' 1990 national championship team.

"There is a new generation of hockey heroes with names like Tom Gilbert, Robbie Earl and Brian Elliott who have taken UW to the top of the mountain and added another golden chapter in the history of one of college hockey's elite programs.

"From start to finish, UW's 2005-06 season was a magic journey. The Badgers were provided with a perfect script, including a path to the NCAA title that never left Wisconsin, and they studied it, memorized it and then never deviated from it by even one line.

"UW's scintillating 2-1 victory over Boston College Saturday night at the Bradley Center - renamed the Kohl Center East for the weekend - gave the school its sixth national championship and so much more.

"It made UW the first school to win both the men's and women's NCAA hockey champions in the same season. Two weeks ago, the UW women won their first title with a 3-0 victory over Minnesota."


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