The Chippewa Steel enter this week's NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn. eager to build off an unbeaten opening weekend of the season.
First-year forward Jack Brown has settled in with the Chippewa Steel, emerging as another scoring option in his first season in the North American Hockey League.
Noah Grannan has signed to join the team next season. He committed in 2018 when he was 15 and before he ended up with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and now Sioux Falls of the United States Hockey League.
Already high expectations for the talent-heavy Wolverines jumped last weekend after they thrashed Arizona State in two games.
The Badgers return 18 players from the team that was 28-5-3 and second in the national rankings when last season ended.
The women's hockey season, originally scheduled to begin in late September, has been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic as leagues and schools work through how to begin play safely.
Granato said he couldn't confirm how many members of the Badgers men's hockey team had tested positive for COVID-19 but said there was a "spike, just like what's going on in our community."
Coach Tony Granato said there's good reason for his team to take a patient approach to both the start of practice and the wait for a clear direction on when the season will begin amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entities like the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, which runs what's considered to be a winter sport that starts in September, are heavily invested in the decisions for fall by the Big Ten while casting a wary glance at the calendar.
Sources said Brad Traviolia, who oversaw men's hockey as part of his responsibilities with the Big Ten since 2015, departed at the end of April.
Former UW players Presley Norby and Maddie Rowe were selected on the second day of the National Women's Hockey League draft by the Minnesota Whitecaps on Wednesday.
The Badgers were one of around 15 teams to contact goalie Robbie Beydoun after he entered the NCAA transfer portal in the days following the end of the season.
Former Badgers captain Claudia Kepler of Verona has found that quarantine is a great time for reflection on the unique journey her Chinese pro hockey team faced this season.
Rais Francis has been chasing his hockey dreams throughout his life. The Nottingham, Great Britain native's latest stop in his multi-country tour is as an enforcer for the Chippewa Steel.
Vorlicky, Noah Grannan and defenseman Anthony Kehrer were given "C" ratings that indicate the player is a candidate to be chosen in the fourth through sixth rounds.
Newton, 18, joined former University School teammates Ethan Mann, a forward, and defenseman Casey Roepke as Badgers recruits.
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Holloway was one of 26 players assigned an A grade that translates to being a first-round candidate.
A new Big Ten commissioner enters at a time when men's hockey league members have made behind-the-scenes calls for a more hockey-specific presence in a leadership role.
The second North American Hockey League season for the Chippewa Steel will open on Friday, Sept. 13 with a road game at rival Janesville at 7:05 p.m.
Liam Malmquist, who committed to the Badgers last week, led the Upper Midwest High School Elite League with 23 assists and 32 points in 21 games last fall.