Aug. 31, 2014
Every day this week leading up to the induction ceremony, one of the seven members of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2014 will be celebrated. The Hall of Fame induction is Friday, Sept. 5 inside Heritage Hall. Today's honoree is former Wisconsin men's hockey star Steve Reinprecht.
MADISON, Wis. -- Known for his two-way versatility at the center position, Steve Reinprecht was a dominant force for the Badgers in the late 1990s.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native, was the first UW player to post team-leading point totals for three-straight years, which caught national attention during his senior campaign when he was named runner-up for the 2000 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top NCAA hockey player.
In 37 games played in 1999-00, Reinprecht tallied 26 goals and 66 points to lead the nation and earn first-team All-America honors. He was also named WCHA Player of the Year and first-team all-conference that year. Reinprecht was previously awarded second-team recognition from the WCHA in 1998.
He finished his Badger career with 72 goals and 162 points--good for 23rd all-time in Wisconsin history--and was a Spike Carlson Team MVP for three years.
Reinprecht captained Wisconsin as a junior and senior, leading his team to a MacNaughton Cup victory in 2000 as WCHA champions.
From Feb. 10-March 18, 2000, the lefty shot recorded at least one point in 12 consecutive games, notching a total of 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) over that span.
Following his illustrious collegiate career, Reinprecht went undrafted before signing with the Los Angeles Kings as a free agent. He went on to play 11 NHL seasons with five teams, including the Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers.
He reached a hockey player's ultimate goal in 2001, helping the Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup in seven games.
In 663 NHL games played, he netted 140 goals and 382 points, including 20 points in 50 playoff games.
Reinprecht currently skates for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) where he's been for the past two years. In 2013-14, he recorded 27 goals and 43 assists for the Ice Tigers--the second-most points in the league.
He has spent time with the Scorpions de Mulhouse of the Ligue Magnus (2004-05), Adler Mannheim of the DEL (2010-11) and San Antonio Rampage and Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (2011-12).
Reinprecht appeared on the international stage in 2003, winning gold at the IIHF World Championship in Finland with Team Canada.