July 22, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Members of the Wisconsin men's hockey team received their 2013 WCHA Champions rings last week, which now serve as lifelong reminders of the Badgers' memorable run through the second half of the 2013-13 season.
"It's something that you'll have forever," senior forward Michael Mersch said. "You'll be able to put it in your office and show your family and your kids someday."
Had fans not witnessed Wisconsin pull it off, last season's turnaround would seem to be something only Hollywood could have imagined. After a 1-7-2 start, the Badgers caught fire and went 21-5-5 the rest of the way, including a 3-2 win over Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five Championship game that granted the team an NCAA tournament berth.
Wisconsin's turnaround is commemorated on the ring. Engraved on the underneath side are two records: 1-7-2 and 22-13-7 -- the Badgers' final season mark.
"It's pretty cool to see where we came from and what we really did achieve," junior defenseman Jake McCabe said. "We never quit. We persevered. Winning the league title makes for a pretty special season and it's great to have like that to carry with us for the rest of our lives."
While the WCHA title ring is nice, the Badgers have already begun to set their sights on a much loftier goal for next season.
"Obviously a national championship ring is definitely the goal and I think it's a very reachable goal," McCabe said. "We have the team to do it, we have the leadership for it and we have the staff to do it too. So, October can't come soon enough."