Gary Shuchuk, a former Badger star, returns to the University of Wisconsin as a third-year assistant coach.
Shuchuk arrived from his position as executive director of Madison Ice, Inc., where he oversaw the daily operations of Madison Ice Arena and Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison.
He brings a wide range of coaching experience in the state of Wisconsin. From 2008 to 2010, he served as coach for Team Wisconsin U16 and helped select and develop that and the U18 team. As coach of the U16 team, he guided the squad to back-to-back Tier I National Championship tournaments.
In 2008, Shuchuk took part as a coach in USA Hockey's Select 17 Player Development Camp. He has seen time volunteering as a coach for Madison West, Memorial and Edgewood high schools and been involved with the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League, including leading the selection of players for the Madison Elite U16 team that was Tier II National Championship runner up in 2010.
A 1990 First-Team All-American and the 1990 WCHA Player of the Year, Shuchuk was the leading scorer for Wisconsin's 1990 NCAA championship team and an assistant captain for the squad. The team also captured the 1990 WCHA regular-season and playoff titles. He was awarded the University of Wisconsin Male Athlete of the year award as well.
Shuchuk set Wisconsin's single-season goal-scoring record for seniors with 41 that year, while his 80 points that season are second on UW's all-time list for seniors, trailing only Mike Eaves' 89 points. Shuchuk collected 85 goals and 176 points in 177 career games for Wisconsin from 1986-90.
The Edmonton, Alberta, native arrived in Madison from the AJHL, where he played his junior hockey for the St. Albert Saints. He was league rookie of the year and team MVP during his two years with the Saints.
Following his Badger career, Shuchuk played parts of five seasons in the NHL between 1990 and 1996, including part of one season with the Detroit Red Wings and four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. His stint with the Kings included the team's 1993 run to the Stanley Cup Finals. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, Shuchuk scored the game-winning goal for the Kings in double overtime of game five of the 1993 Smythe Division finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
He spent time in the AHL, winning the Calder Cup with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992 and earning team MVP honors in 2004 with the Springfield Falcons, while also serving as one of the team's assistant coaches. During his professional playing career, Shuchuk co-captained three different teams, including the Orlando Solar Bears and the Houston Aeros of the IHL and the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings.
Shuchuk also spent time playing professionally in the German Elite League, as well as in Austria and Switzerland. In the 2002-03 season while playing in the German Elite League, Shuchuk helped Krefeld Penguins capture their first DEL Championship.
Shuchuk and his wife, Michelle, were married in the summer of 1992. The couple resides in Madison with their son, Alex, and their two daughters, Mikaila and Katarina.