Report: Bruckler expects to return to Wisconsin

The Philadelphia Flyers drafted the Badgers' star netminder three years ago

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The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting in its Thursday editions that Wisconsin goaltender Bernd Bruckler is planning on returning for his senior season.


"I'm definitely planning on being back," Bruckler told the newspaper.


Bruckler, a 2001 draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, came into his own in the 2003-04 season, finishing with a .924 save percentage and a 2.09 goals against average, both school records. He finished 19-10-8, providing the backbone for the Badgers return to prominence this season. Bruckler was also recently named an All-American.


In the spring issue of Badger Nation Magazine, Philadelphia assistant general manager Paul Holmgren expressed the Flyers' expectation that Bruckler would again skate for the Badgers in 2004-05.


"We have followed Bernd closely since he was drafted in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft," Holmgren said in March. "He has gotten better each season at Wisconsin and his team is having a good year, in part due to Bernd's play. At this time, we do not have plans to take him out of school early. We are happy with his progress and consider him a good prospect."


"I've gotten feedback, and obviously they're happy with the situation I'm in," Bruckler told the State Journal. "For me, having a chance to come back here and play another year at Wisconsin, they really look at it as one of the premier programs in the country."

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