Oct. 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- With a nod to Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey championship, as well as the hometown of current Badger assistant captains in senior forward Jefferson Dahl and junior defenseman Jake McCabe, the third-ranked Wisconsin Badgers open their first official day of practice for the 2013-14 season with their Red-White scrimmage in Eau Claire, Wis.
Skating at Hobbs Ice Center on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., the Badgers will start with 30 minutes of practice, then follow with two officiated 20-minute periods. An autograph session with the men's hockey team will follow.
The 2013-14 Wisconsin men's hockey season marks the first year of Big Ten hockey. UW enters the season after a four-month surge that culminated in the program's 12th and final WCHA playoff championship.
Pre-sale tickets were available for $15, however tickets will cost $20 at the door. A total of 1,500 tickets are available. All proceeds will benefit the UW-Eau Claire men's hockey program.
Pre-sale tickets were available through the UW-Eau Claire Service Center in Davies Center, over the phone at 715-836-3727 or online at http://www.uwec.edu/Servicecenter/tickets/index.htm.
Other UW connections to the Eau Claire area include head coach Mike Eaves, who spent one season as head coach at UW-Eau Claire, and Nate LaPoint, UW's equipment manager who grew up and played hockey in the city. Former Badger forward and NHLer Jake Dowell also hails from the city.