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Varsity - July 11, 2013

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? HEADER HERE Description M BY MIKE LUCAS • UWBADGERS.COM aybe it would be less painful if Barry Richter could forget what happened 20 years ago. Not that he has to be reminded but … On March 27, 1993, he was the captain of a Wisconsin hockey team that got eliminated in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, one step away from the Frozen Four at Milwaukee's Bradley Center. On Nov. 2, 1993, he was traded before ever putting on the sweater of the National Hockey League team (Hartford) that took him in the second round (32nd pick overall) of the 1988 entry draft. That's a lot to digest for a young athlete but he handled everything in stride, befitting of someone who got the most out of his college and professional hockey careers. Surely, there's plenty to remember about '93. Not only was Richter, a skilled puck-moving defenseman, recognized as a first-team All-American, but he graduated from the UW School of Business with a degree in marketing. In 1993, he also joined the U.S. National Team, which paved the way for Richter to play in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway; a oncein-a-lifetime experience. If anything, Richter would like to forget one game in 1992; a game that was never played according to the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which voided the UW's participation in the tourney. Lake Superior State rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and beat the Badgers, 5-3, in the NCAA championship game in Albany, N.Y. Twenty one years later and Richter still hasn't watched the replay. "That really stung,'' he said, "and it actually still stings today how that all went down.'' There was the good (a Jason Zent hat trick), the bad (ECAC referee Tim McConaghy, who helped Lake State to four 5-on-3 power plays) and the ugly (some unruly UW players and their grad assistant). The NCAA came down hard on Wisconsin for its lack of discipline during and after the game. "As a player, we felt the game was taken out of our hands,'' said Richter, who was voicing what many others felt about the uneven officiating. "Other people had a more objective viewpoint. "But they felt that we were wronged a little bit, too. For some of us it would have been our second national championship in three seasons. I know it

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