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Minnesota, Wisconsin's Best Rekindle Rivalry Friday

Gophers, Badgers greats to play in Hockey Day Minnesota alumni game

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

The longstanding Minnesota-Wisconsin men's hockey rivalry will add a new -- and old -- layer at Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 this weekend.

In addition to the Golden Gophers and Badgers' second Hockey Day clash in three years, alumni from each storied program will don their respective colors again for an exhibition contest Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stillwater's Lowell Park, the site of this year's outdoor high school games. Minnesota's alumni roster includes the likes of national champions Nick Angell, Keith Ballard, Chris Harrington, Matt Koalska, Jordan Leopold, Pat O'Leary, John Pohl, Troy Riddle and Erik Wendell, while title holders Adam Burish and Davis Drewiske are among the former Wisconsin players scheduled to participate.

The longstanding Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle men's hockey rivalry will add a new -- and old -- layer at Hockey Day Minnesota 2017 this weekend.

In addition to the Golden Gophers and Badgers' second Hockey Day clash in three years, alumni from each storied program will don their respective colors again for an exhibition contest Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stillwater's Lowell Park, the site of this year's outdoor high school games. Minnesota's alumni roster includes the likes of national champions Nick Angell, Keith Ballard, Chris Harrington, Matt Koalska, Jordan Leopold, Pat O'Leary, John Pohl, Troy Riddle and Erik Wendell, while title holders Adam Burish and Davis Drewiske are among the former Wisconsin players scheduled to participate.

"It's going to be really cool," said Pohl, who played on Minnesota's 2002 national championship team. "Selfishly, for me, it's just going to be great to spend a night with my college buddies.

"Now, when you throw on top of it the fact that it's Gophers vs. Badgers, possibly toward the end it could get more competitive than an alumni game probably should get. That's definitely a possibility."

It's a rivalry built on the backs of legendary coaches Herb Brooks and Bob Johnson, dating back to the 1970s. Together, Minnesota and Wisconsin have combined for 11 national crowns. According to the Gophers' sports information department, they lead the all-time series 164-90-23.

Full alumni game rosters, including years letters were earned, are listed below (subject to change):

Minnesota

  • Mike Anderson, F, 1982-86
  • Nick Angell, D, 1999-2002
  • Keith Ballard, D 2002-04
  • Reggie Berg C, 1995-99
  • Scott Bjugstad, C, 1980-83
  • Jay Cates, C, 1986-88
  • Joe Dziedzic, W, 199-94
  • Bobby Dustin, W, 1993-96
  • Ben Hankinson, RW, 1988-91
  • Chris Harrington, D, 2003-06
  • Danny Hendrickson, W, 1993-97
  • Matt Koalska, C, 2001-04
  • Bill Kohn, D, 1997-99
  • Ryan Kraft, W, 1994-98
  • Jordan Leopold, D, 1999-2002
  • Tony Lucia, W, 2007-10
  • Chris McAlpine, D, 1991-94
  • Justin McHugh, W, 1991-95
  • Eric Means, D, 1989-94
  • Jeff Moen, G, 1993-96
  • Tom Newman, G, 1990-93
  • Pat O'Leary, W, 1999-2002
  • Lance Pitlick, D, 1987-90
  • John Pohl, C, 1999-2002
  • Troy Riddle, W, 2001-04
  • Nico Sacchetti, C, 2009
  • Erik Wendell, W, 1999-2002
  • Erik Westrum, C, 1998-2001

Coaches:

  • Mark Bahr, University of Minnesota Director of Hockey Operations
  • Jim Boo, former Gophers and Minnesota North Stars defenseman
  • Bill Butters, former Gophers, North Stars and St. Paul Fighting Saints defenseman
  • Lou Nanne, former Gophers defenseman and former North Stars defenseman, coach and general manager

Wisconsin

  • Rob Andringa, D, 1987-91
  • Mark Baranczyk, G, 1999-2002
  • Joe Bianchi, C, 1994-98
  • Dan Bjornlie, W, 1996-2000
  • Dan Boeser D 2000-04
  • Adam Burish, F, 2002-06
  • Ted Carlson, D, N/A
  • Jeff Dessner, D, 1997-2001
  • Mike Doers, W, 1991-94
  • Matt Doman, W, 1998-2002
  • Davis Drewiske, D, 2004-08
  • Kelly Fairchild, C, 1991-94
  • John Funk, W, 2002-05
  • Jeff Henderson, G, 2005-09
  • Sean Hill, D, 1988-91
  • Dustin Kuk, W, 1996-2000
  • Woody Levin, F, N/A
  • T.R. Moreau, W, 1996-99
  • Matt Murray, C/W, 1998-2002
  • Dan Plante, W, 1990-93
  • Paul Ranheim, W, 1984-88
  • Jay Reimers, D, N/A
  • Barry Richter, D/W, 1989-93
  • Tom Sagissor, W, 1986-90
  • Jamie Spencer, C, 1991-95
  • Mike Strobel, W, 1991-96
  • David Tanabe, D, 1998-99

Coach:

  • Jeff Sauer, former Badgers head coach
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