NCAA Report: The Young Guns are Creating a Competitive Atmosphere in Madison

Sam Stern


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The University of Wisconsin Badgers come into the NCAA season tied with the University of Minnesota Gophers as the youngest team in Division One hockey. The Badgers are bringing in not only one of the best Freshman classes they’ve ever had, but one of the best anyone has ever seen.


Despite being such a young group, expectations are sky-high for the Badgers. The young bucks have already made waves at training camp which prompted Associate Coach Mark Osiecki to acknowledge what a spirited camp it was this Fall.


“The competitive spirit that these guys bring every day, the character in the locker room. We just have to do a good job as a staff to understand what level they’re going to bring every day. You see the competition in practice, so we need to make sure we aren’t dragging it out too long and putting them in a situation that they burn out, or absolutely kill each other” he said with a chuckle. “They go at it hard; it’s actually been fun because they’re a competitive group.”


In addition to their potentially historic recruiting class, the Badgers will also have some heavy-hitters returning to Madison in defenseman K’Andre Miller who, despite missing time due to an injury, had an extremely promising freshman season that saw him record five goals and 17 as