With the new staff on board and settled in, Wisconsin hockey head coach Tony Granato and his staff continue to reel in commits.
Playing with each other since grade school, Aurora (III.) Oswego East Jason and Sean Dhooghe have always had the dream of playing in college together, a dream that became a reality when the committed to the Badgers program Thursday.
“It feels great, to be able to play with my brother again is awesome,” Jason told BadgerNation. “He is a great guy and great player. He plays for the U.S. National Development Team, so I think that speaks for itself. I'm currently with the Green Bay Gamblers, and I love it here, but I'd much rather be at Wisconsin with my brother. I can't wait to get there and finally team up with him again."
Jason – a 19-year-old forward – registered seven goals and seven assists in 53 games with the Gamblers, while Sean – a 17-year-old center – had 30 goals and 14 assists through various levels of Team USA last year. Sean was once committed to Ohio State.
“My first reaction (when they offered) was how could I pass this up?” Jason said. “With the new coaching staff and the Wisconsin hockey past, my brother and I knew it would be right for us.”
Taking their official visit to the program last weekend, Jason said the town and interaction with the staff confirmed their initial impressions.
"My visit was awesome,” Jason said. “I got to go with my whole family, and both me and Sean loved it. The town is such a nice college town with a great feel to it. I can't wait to get on campus and room there. Once we saw it in real life, we knew it was the place for us. The academics are top notch, another reason why we committed, because that is very important.”
“Coach Granato is one of the best in the business,” he added. “His assistants are top notch as well, and we both felt it was the best place for both of us. We both connected real nice with the coaching staff and I can tell they will develop us into the players we want to be."