Remembering Andrew Thiel

Wisconsin men's hockey lost a special part of its family Feb. 11

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Despite it being a sellout on Saturday night at the Wisconsin men's hockey game there was at least one empty chair. It was a jersey draped chair that sits in Andrew Thiel's spot near the end of the rink where the Badger hockey team enters the ice. Andrew had been a special Badger buddy since he was five. After battling an inoperable brain tumor since he was 18 months old, Andrew died at the age of 13 at his home in Marshfield Feb. 11. He was laid to rest wearing his Badger hockey jersey and Badger hockey cap, a hockey stick and puck by his side. His loss is mourned by everyone in the Badger hockey program. (Photo by AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Andrew Thiel had a profound impact on the Wisconsin hockey program and also on his hometown Marshfield. For more on Andrew, please read the following articles, from the Marshfield News Herald:

Feb. 13 – Andrew touched many in brief life

Feb. 18 – Hockey-player pals pay teen last respects

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