Badger Sports Roundup, Aug. 3

Sauer headed to Wisconsin Hockey Hall; men's hockey announces attendance record; Hamilton's Olympic chances slip

Sauer to enter Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame

Jeff Sauer, a former Wisconsin men's hockey coach, will enter the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in recognition of the contributions he made to hockey as a player, coach and advocate for the sport.

Sauer, a Fort Atkinson, Wis., native, played college hockey at Colorado College and took an assistant coaching position at Wisconsin from 1966 to 1971 before accepting a head coaching offer at Colorado College. He later returned to Wisconsin, where he coached from 1982-2002. He had 489 wins and two national championships at Wisconsin, along with three Frozen Four appearances, 12 NCAA Tournaments and two Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships.

Men's hockey sets new NCAA record

The Wisconsin men's hockey team set a new NCAA record, drawing a total of 269,123 fans to the Kohl Center in the 2003-04 season, the University announced Monday. The record breaks the record of 267,375 fans, previously set by Wisconsin in 1998-99. It also marks the 30th time in the program's history that Wisconsin has led all other schools in season attendance. The Badgers averaged 11,701 fans in 23 games, including three WCHA playoff games against Alaska-Anchorage in March.

Hamilton may not compete in Olympics

Former Wisconsin distance star Suzy Favor Hamilton will likely not be competing in the Olympics, after Carrie Tollefson earned an Olympic "B" standard time of 4:06.3 in the 1,500 meter race Saturday.

Tollefson won the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials July 18 but had not achieved an Olympic "B" standard time in the event in the past 18 months. Hamilton did not participate in the 1,500 finals due to a sore hamstring but had previously earned an Olympic "A" standard time in 2003. According to Olympic rules, the United States must take the top finisher who earns a "B" standard time before Aug. 9 if no one who has an "A" standard time finished in the top three in the Olympic Trials. Tollefson can now go to the Olympics because she earned a "B" time before Aug. 9.

Hamilton could go to the Olympics if Tollefson earns an "A" standard time before Aug. 9.

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