Feb. 9, 2011
MADISON, Wis. -- UWBadgers.com caught up with senior defenseman Geena Prough (Farmington, Mich.) in this week’s segment of “Badger Breakaway,” where the UW women’s hockey players share some of their favorites on and off the ice.
Prough and the top-ranked Badgers (26-2-2, 20-2-2-2 WCHA) host their final regular-season series of the year at the Kohl Center this weekend. Wisconsin hosts No. 8 North Dakota (17-8-3, 15-7-2-0 WCHA) Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes the series Sunday at 2 p.m.
UWBadgers.com: What has the season been like for you so far?
Prough: It’s been a whirlwind. It’s my senior year, so I take every game like it’s my last. We’ve been really successful, and I’m just taking in each moment.
UWBadgers.com: What does it mean to the team to have clinched the WCHA regular season title?
Prough: I think it’s really exciting. It’s a really tough thing to clinch, so it’s a great accomplishment. Our league games are not easy, so it’s been a really rewarding experience.
UWBadgers.com: How will the team stay focused in the last four regular season games?
Prough: We know that each game still counts, especially toward national rankings. We’re just going to continue to play hard and strive to win each game that we have left.
UWBadgers.com: Did you play any other sports growing up, and how did you choose to focus on hockey?
Prough: I played softball and volleyball and ran track in middle school, and I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school. At a young age, I did whatever my brothers wanted to do, so I followed in their footsteps. I just fell in love with hockey, and I knew that was the sport that would drive me the most.
UWBadgers.com: What’s the thing that you love most about Madison?
Prough: I love the campus, and the atmosphere is great around the town. Nothing beats the summertime when you go to the terrace. That’s one of my favorite things.
UWBadgers.com: What do you think makes the WCHA so special?
Prough: I think the league is really competitive. You can’t take a game off. Each team is really driven and really skilled. You have to take each game one at a time because they all count.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite arena to play in away from home?
Prough: I’d have to say Minnesota’s Ridder Arena. Having the fans there, and the rivalry between us and the Gophers, it really adds to the atmosphere of the game.
UWBadgers.com: What are your plans after graduation?
Prough: I am a history major. I want to teach high school and ultimately coach.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite professional team?
Prough: The Detroit Red Wings. My favorite player is Nicklas Lidström.
UWBadgers.com. What has been your proudest moment in your hockey career so far?
Prough: I’d have to say making the U.S. Under-22 team.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite memory off the ice with the team?
Prough: I’d have to say this year and last year, we go to Coach Johnson’s house in the beginning of the year for a team get-together. It’s really a chance for everyone to get to know each other off the ice. I think we always have fun over there.
UWBadgers.com: Who do you think is the toughest competitor on the team?
Prough: I would say Brianna Decker. She never takes a practice or a shift off.
UWBadgers.com: What is one thing you take with on every road trip?
Prough: My computer.