|Mark Zengerle accepts the 2014 Big Ten Most Outstanding Player award.
July 22, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -– Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) will be gainfully employed come this fall as Wisconsin hockey’s top assist man from the last four seasons has signed a one-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Grand Rapids is the top minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
It ends an illustrious collegiate career for Zengerle, whose 162 career points are the most at UW since head coach Mike Eaves took over the program in 2002. The point total also ranks 24th in Wisconsin history. His 125 assists are the seventh-most in program history.
The senior made the most of his final season in Madison, leading the Badgers and ranking second in the Big Ten with 44 points, while also leading the conference with 33 helpers. The regular season effort earned him first-team All-Big Ten accolades, but Zengerle’s performance in the Big Ten tournament is what will go down as the highlight of his season.
He opened the tournament by assisting on Michael Mersch’s (Park Ridge, Ill.) game-winning goal late in the second period to send UW past Penn State and into the inaugural Big Ten tournament championship against Ohio State. Against the Buckeyes, his two assists helped the Badgers rebound from a pair of two-goal deficits and force overtime, and his goal 7:48 into the extra period gave Wisconsin the tournament title and led to Zengerle being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
He departs Wisconsin leaving a major void to fill, as he had played in over 36 games in each of his four seasons with the team and accumulated more than 23 assists in each year. He had more than 30 assists in three seasons, becoming only the fifth Badger ever to accomplish the feat. He ended his Wisconsin career on a 10-game point streak.