Friday, July 23, 2010

Badger Hockey Roster Set

Near as University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves can tell, his roster for next season is set.
In addition to the signings Thursday of two freshmen — defenseman Joe Faust and winger Gavin Hartzog — junior winger Jordy Murray has told Eaves he intends to return.
Murray, the top returning goal-scorer for the Badgers with 12, had weighed the possibility of leaving school to play professionally in Europe. His older brother, Brady, took a similar career path in 2005 after two seasons at North Dakota.
"I don't foresee anyone else leaving (early)," Eaves said.
Faust and Hartzog are byproducts of a volatile offseason that saw four underclassmen leave UW for the NHL teams that own their rights: sophomore center Derek Stepan (New York Rangers) and junior defensemen Cody Goloubef (Columbus), Ryan McDonagh (Rangers) and Brendan Smith (Detroit).
Faust was added after McDonagh signed, but not before he backed out of an oral commitment to attend Princeton. Faust, listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, was a standout the past two years at Bloomington (Minn.) Jefferson High School and was a fourth-round NHL draft pick of New Jersey in June.
Hartzog, from Pewaukee, was added after Stepan's somewhat surprising decision to turn pro. Hartzog, listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds, played last season with Fargo (N.D.) of the U.S. Hockey League and Bismarck (N.D.) of the North American Hockey League.
Faust (uniform No. 24) and Hartzog (No. 13) are part of a 10-member freshman class that includes center Tyler Barnes (No. 7), winger Jason Clark (No. 29), center Jefferson Dahl (No. 14), defenseman Chas Drake (No. 5), winger Sean Little (No. 18), winger Mike Mersch (No. 25), defenseman Frankie Simonelli (No. 27) and center Mark Zengerle (No. 9).
Lets hope Bucky can return to the Frozen Four. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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