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Varsity - April 3, 2014

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58 // VARSITY April 3, 2014 Seniors leave a legacy Back-to-back conference tourney titles a rarity A mong the many en- tertaining ways the NCAA used the score- board during the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional showed meaningful quotes from great names in history, including one from Jesse Owens that ap- plies greatly to how the season ended for the Wisconsin men's hockey team. The scoreboard read, "Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust." The full quote reads, "Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of com- petition. Awards become cor- roded, friends gather no dust." Wisconsin's nine-member senior class didn't end their careers with the trophy they wanted, but through four years of living, eating, practicing and playing together, they forged great friendships, which is what the seniors and the rest of the team will eventually find solace in. The group can point to win- ning the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA champs in Wiscon- sin's final season in the league and to capturing the inaugural Big Ten tournament trophy as tangible evidence of what all the blood, sweat and tears amounted to. Only three other times in school history have the Bad- gers captured consecutive conference tournament titles and only in 1982 and 1983 were they full tournament crowns. The 1972 and 1973 titles, and the 1977 and 1978 championships both included at least one title of the WCHA regional variety. SENIORS BY THE NUMBERS ‚óŹ The nine-member senior class played in 1,177 games, scoring 210 goals, 359 assists and 569 points. They fin- ished plus-167, with all nine in the plus. They won 84 games, averaged 3.62 points per game over 157 con- tests and saw five of the seniors skate in at least 150 of those. Three finished with over 100 career points. SCHEDULE (24-11-2, 13-6-1-0) NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL March 28 vs. North Dakota L, 5-2 COMING UP Oct. 10-11 Kendall Hockey Classic Anchorage, Alaska (Alaska, Alaska Anchorage, Maine) INSIDE MEN'S HOCKEY BY PAUL CAPOBIANCO @BADGERMHOCKEY

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