Men's hockey signs three

Two Madison natives to join team in 2005

Forward Jack Skille, defenseman Garrett Suter and goaltender Shane Connelly have all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Wisconsin men's hockey team next fall, head coach Mike Eaves announced Wednesday.

Skille comes to Wisconsin from the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he is on the U-18 team roster. A Madison native, the 6-1, 200 pound forward has a team-high 14 assists and 25 points. He also shares the team lead with 11 goals. He won a gold medal in the Four Nations Cup with the U-18 team, leading all players with seven points and two game-winning goals in four games. He also competed with the U-18 team at the World U-18 Championships in Belarus last April, winning a silver medal.

"Jack will provide us the presence of a power forward," Eaves said. "He's an excellent skater, with good physical presence and a good skill set."

Garrett Suter, another Madison native, is the fifth member of his family to suit up for Wisconsin, following father Bob, brother Ryan and uncles Gary and John. He is currently playing for the U.S. Hockey League's Green Bay Gamblers, where he leads the defensemen in assists (5) and points (6) through 17 games.

"Garrett comes from a long line of Badger greats," Eaves said. "He will bring a great intensity and an ability with the puck to our blue line."

Connelly will join the Badgers after playing for the USHL's Chicago Steel, where he currently has a 2.99 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. During the 2004 season, he ranked fifth with a .917 save percentage in the regular season and a .952 save percentage during the playoffs. He also played for the U.S. U-17 Select Team, winning a gold medal at the 2003 Five Nations Tournament.

"Shane's strengths in goal are his skating ability, his quickness and his understanding of the position," Eaves said.

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