The Wisconsin men's hockey team will be in Eau Claire on Saturday, October 5th for their first official practice of the season. The Badgers will hold their Red-White intra-squad scrimmage at Hobbs Ice Center. Coach Mike Eaves team is ranked third in the NCAA pre-season national rankings.
The Badgers feature two former Eau Claire Memorial products, Jefferson Dahl and Jake McCabe. Dahl is a senior forward and an assistant captain for UW and played for the Old Abes 2008 state championship team. McCabe is a junior defenseman who was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NHL draft by Buffalo, and the younger brother of Andrew, a captain of UW-Eau Claire's national championship team last year. Blugolds coach Matt Loen says it's a thrill to have the Badgers coming to town,"Coach Eaves called me and offered to come and do a Red & White intra-squad scrimmage and of course we wanted that badly so we can get a sneak peek of the Badgers and obviously he coached here too. And Jake and Jefferson will be back in their hometown, it will be a great experience for them and for the fans to come out and see what the Badgers are all about this year."
About 700 tickets are still available for Saturday's scrimmage at Hobbs Ice Center. Fans can purchase tickets at the UW-Eau Claire Service Center in the Davies Center or call (715) 836-3727. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There will be an autograph session for fans following the scrimmage.