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One of the most exciting players to ever wear the Wisconsin hockey sweater, Robbie Earl gave Badgers fans much to cheer about during his three seasons in the cardinal and white.
The 2006 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player, he helped the Badgers capture the school's sixth national title in men's hockey with an unforgettable 2005-06 season. His goal in the NCAA championship game against Boston College that tied the game at 1-1, after he appeared to be injured earlier in the play, will live in Badger lore. So will his Kohl Center hat trick on Feb. 6, 2004, the first for the Badgers in the building, that helped the Badgers come back from a 3-0 deficit against North Dakota for a 4-3 overtime victory.
He finished his Badger career with 58 goals and 121 points in 125 career games after leading the team twice in goals. A second-team All-WCHA forward in 2005 and a member of the 2004 WCHA All-Rookie Team, Earl went on to make his NHL debut on Feb. 2, 2008.
A Los Angeles native, Earl was drafted in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was recently traded to the Minnesota Wild organization and currently plays for Houston of the AHL.