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Varsity - May 15, 2014

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66 // VARSITY May 15, 2014 INSIDE MEN'S HOCKEY BY PAUL CAPOBIANCO @BADGERMHOCKEY Old rivals, big challenges lie ahead in 2014-15 Nine home series and exhibition on the docket I t is an exciting time for the Badger men's hockey team. With 10 newcomers cur- rently in the fold for next sea- son and just 15 skaters return- ing, new stars will be born. Those stars will emerge against a tough schedule that includes 20 Big Ten games, with four each against 2014 NCAA runner-up and Big Ten regular-season champion Minnesota, Michigan, Mich- gan State, Ohio State and Penn State. Many other familiar names dot the non-conference sched- ule with six former WCHA rivals on the slate. North Dakota, which ended UW's 2013–14 campaign, and Mich- igan Tech visit the Kohl Center. On the road, the Badgers will take on Denver, Colorado Col- lege, Alaska Anchorage and Northern Michigan, with the NMU series taking place at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Wildcats departed the WCHA in the early 1990s. Add in 2014 WCHA regular- season champion Ferris State, tradition- al power Boston University, as well as Alaska in its home state, and you've got yourself a gauntlet of tough teams and a steep learning curve for a young, but tal- ented team. Season tickets go on sale May 23. CH-CH-CH-CHANGES ● Three returning Badgers will wear new jersey numbers when the team returns to the ice in 2014–15, with Grant Besse going from 21 to 12, Jedd Soleway changing from 22 to 24 and Morgan Zulinick moving from 15 to 9. SCHEDULE COMING UP Kendall Hockey Classic Oct. 10 vs. Alaska Oct. 11 at Alaska Anchorage Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. Oct. 17 vs. Northern Michigan Oct. 18 vs. Northern Michigan Nov. 7 North Dakota Nov. 8 North Dakota Nov. 21 at Colorado College Nov. 22 at Denver Nov. 28 Ferris State Nov. 29 Ferris State Dec. 12 U.S. Under-18 Team (Exh) Jan. 2 Michigan Tech Jan. 3 Michigan Tech Jan. 9 Boston University Jan. 10 Boston University *Big Ten schedule not yet released, but UW will play Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State at the Kohl Center UW will look for new leaders in 2014-15 with just 15 retuners.

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