Jeff Sauer admits he was not initially ecstatic over the prospect of coaching the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “They came to me and asked if I’d be interested. I wasn’t real excited about getting back into coaching again. I liked the administrative side of things,” he says. Sauer, 71, coached Division I hockey at Colorado College (1971-1982) and Wisconsin (1982-2002). He won two national championships in Madison, and his 655 career wins are seventh most on the all-time list. Sauer had nothing left to prove in coaching, but taking on the sled team gave him new energy. “I was on
Four years ago, Ryan Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player as the United States men’s hockey team won the silver medal. This weekend, the US will be playing for the bronze and “home” will have their collective eyes on the ice in Sochi. Home is always on Miller’s mind. A proud product of Michigan State, Miller is never bashful about sharing his Spartan pride. Miller is also aware of the needs of many in the community back home in East Lansing, Mich. As the starting goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, he has used his platform as a professional athlete to help those
Did you enjoy the exciting hockey action at the Olympics this weekend? We recently shared the great work being done off the ice by Joe Pavelski and Amanda Kessel, two Big Ten alumni helping their teams go for gold in Sochi. DYK: 1,707 stuffed animals have been collected from @OhioState_MHKY #TeddyBearToss the last 3 yrs combined. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/xglPU3TIBA — Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) February 12, 2014 The 46th annual University of Minnesota apparel design fashion show, ALIGN, took place on Saturday. Check out some of the highlights on the program’s website and Facebook page! Scientists at Michigan and Purdue may have cracked
Herb Brooks hasn’t been with us for ten years. But in truth, he’s more with us today than ever before. Brooks played hockey at the University of Minnesota, and later led them to three national championships as their head coach. After his third championship in 1979, Brooks was called upon to coach a group of college players in the 1980 Winter Olympics, where the US authored the “Miracle On Ice.” Unfortunately, Brooks lost his life in a car accident in August 2003 at age 66. Through it all, Brooks was constantly looking to enhance skill development, while simultaneously trying to
In Sochi, University of Wisconsin alum and San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski probably won’t garner the same level of attention that USA teammates Patrick Kane and Ryan Miller might. But in his hometown of Plover, Wisc., Pavelski is a bona fide superstar. The small Wisconsin town has declared today – Friday, Feb. 7 – to be “Joe Pavelski Day,” with special events being held at local schools and a sign proclaiming the town Pavelski’s birthplace will be erected. Pavelski is a prominent figure in the communities he has lived and worked in. After spending his college years at Wisconsin
Five members of the USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team from the University of Minnesota donated 60 sets of hockey equipment to youth hockey associations. A new center at Penn State received a major grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study – and solve – water pollution. The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team shaved their heads in solidarity with a new teammate – who’s nine years old. Last week, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo celebrated a birthday. Happy Birthday to Coach Tom Izzo. No chance he sees this, he has no twitter account? Cake & ice cream time!
It would be easy to judge a book by its cover. But when it comes to 2014 US Olympic hockey player Amanda Kessel, the true story lies in all the pages in between. To see the Madison, Wisc., native on ice is to see one the best and brightest players women’s hockey has ever seen. Last year, as a junior at the University of Minnesota, Kessel compiled a dumbfounding (and nation leading) 46 goals and 101 points while leading the Golden Gophers to an unbeaten 41-0 record en route to the Women’s Frozen Four Championship. For her efforts, she was