USCHO honors Bruckler, Klubertanz

UW netminder named preseason third-team All-American

U.S. College Hockey Online honored Wisconsin senior goal tender Bernd Bruckler and freshman defenseman Kyle Klubertanz in its preseason awards Sunday.

Bruckler was named third-team preseason All-USCHO, while Klubertanz was named to the All-USCHO rookie team.

A team assistant captain, Bruckler set school records last season with a 15-game unbeaten streak, 2.09 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and four shutouts. Among his many honors earned was NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player, first-team All-WCHA, HCA/CSTV national player of the month for February and four WCHA player of the week honors.

Klubertanz comes to Wisconsin from the Green Bay Gamblers, where he ranked sixth among United States Hockey League defensemen with 27 points in 57 games played last year. He also led his team with 26 assists in 60 games in 2002-03, a year in which he skated in the 2003 U-18 IIHF World Championships for the Unites States. A Sun Prairie, Wis., native, Klubertanz was chosen in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by Anaheim with the 74th overall pick.

Bruckler, Klubertanz and the Badgers make their first public appearance this Thursday, Oct. 7 with the Red-White Scrimmage at the Kohl Center. The game starts at 4 p.m. The season officially begins Friday, Oct. 15 when Atlantic Hockey's Mercyhurst, the league's preseason pick to win the league title, visits the Kohl Center. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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