Wisconsin will open its 2008–09 season on Friday, Oct. 10 at Kelley Rink in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and take on 2008 NCAA champion Boston College on a night that could very well see the Eagles raise their national championship banner. The following evening, Wisconsin will travel to Durham, N.H., to face 2008 Hockey East regular-season champion New Hampshire. The meeting will mark the first between the two schools since the 1998 NCAA Tournament and the Badgers' first trip to the Granite State since Jan. 15, 1988.
The Badgers open WCHA play with a two-game series at Denver on Oct. 17-18. The games will serve as a rematch of this past year's first round meeting in the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional at the Kohl Center. The Badgers won that contest 6-2 over the 2008 Broadmoor Trophy champions.
Wisconsin opens its home slate on Oct. 24-25 by playing host to Minnesota, before returning to the road for two games at North Dakota. UND has been a Frozen Four participant in each of the past four years, including last year, during which they knocked the Badgers out of the NCAA tournament to get there.
A weekend at home against Michigan Tech is the final home interruption of five road weekends among the first seven of the season for the Badgers. Road series at Minnesota Duluth (Nov. 14-15) and at St. Cloud State (Nov. 21-22) lead into four consecutive home weekends of hockey.
The home stretch begins with the College Hockey Showcase, featuring Michigan State (Nov. 28) and 2008 NCAA Frozen Four participant and CCHA champion Michigan (Nov. 29). Alaska Anchorage visits on Dec. 5-6 for the last UW hockey weekend before the 20th annual Badger Hockey Showdown on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27-28 at the Kohl Center. The 2008 field will include Harvard, Alabama Huntsville and Lake Superior State. The home set concludes with a Jan. 2-3 series against Northern Michigan.
WCHA play resumes in 2009 at Alaska Anchorage (Jan. 9-10) and at home against defending MacNaughton Cup champion Colorado College (Jan. 16-17). Two bye weeks make up a portion of the season's final seven weeks, including Jan. 23-24 and Feb. 13-14. The remaining contests include Minnesota Duluth (Jan. 30-31), at Minnesota (Feb. 6-7), Denver (Feb. 20-21), at Minnesota State (Feb. 27-28) and against North Dakota (March 6-7).
The postseason begins March 13-15 with the first round of the WCHA playoffs at campus sites, followed by the 2009 WCHA Final Five at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on March 19-21. NCAA regionals run March 27-29 in Bridgeport, Conn. (East), Grand Rapids, Mich. (Midwest), Manchester, N.H. (Northeast) and Minneapolis (West). The 2009 NCAA Frozen Four takes place April 9-11 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin, which reached the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional Final in 2007–08, is expected to return 21 of 26 letterwinners for its 2008–09 season.
2008–09 Wisconsin Men's Hockey Schedule (Dates and times subject to change - Last updated May 6, 2008, all times central)
Friday Oct. 10 at Boston College 6 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 11 at New Hampshire 6 p.m.
Friday Oct. 17 at Denver 8:30 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 17 at Denver 8 p.m.
FRIDAY OCT. 24 MINNESOTA 7 P.M.
SATURDAY OCT. 25 MINNESOTA 7 P.M.
Friday Oct. 31 at North Dakota 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 1 at North Dakota 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NOV. 7 MICHIGAN TECH 7 P.M.
SATURDAY NOV. 8 MICHIGAN TECH 7 P.M.
Friday Nov. 14 at Minnesota Duluth 7 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 15 at Minnesota Duluth 7 p.m.
Friday Nov. 21 at St. Cloud State 7 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 22 at St. Cloud State 7 p.m.
COLLEGE HOCKEY SHOWCASE
FRIDAY NOV. 28 MICHIGAN STATE 7 P.M.
SATURDAY NOV. 29 MICHIGAN 7 P.M.
FRIDAY DEC. 5 ALASKA ANCHORAGE 7 P.M.
SATURDAY DEC. 6 ALASKA ANCHORAGE 7 P.M.
BADGER HOCKEY SHOWDOWN
SATURDAY DEC. 27 LAKE SUPERIOR STATE 7 P.M.
SUNDAY DEC. 28 CONSOLATION/CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 4/7 P.M.
FRIDAY JAN. 2 NORTHERN MICHIGAN 7 P.M.
SATURDAY JAN. 3 NORTHERN MICHIGAN 7 P.M.
Friday Jan. 9 at Alaska Anchorage 10:30 p.m.
Saturday Jan. 10 at Alaska Anchorage 10 p.m.
FRIDAY JAN. 16 COLORADO COLLEGE 7 P.M.
SATURDAY JAN. 17 COLORADO COLLEGE 7 P.M.
FRIDAY JAN. 30 MINNESOTA DULUTH 7 P.M.
SATURDAY JAN. 31 MINNESOTA DULUTH 7 P.M.
Friday Feb. 6 at Minnesota 7 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 7 at Minnesota 7 p.m.
FRIDAY FEB. 20 DENVER 7 P.M.
SATURDAY FEB. 21 DENVER 7 P.M.
Friday Feb. 27 at Minnesota State 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 28 at Minnesota State 7 p.m.
FRIDAY MARCH 6 NORTH DAKOTA 7 P.M.
SATURDAY MARCH 7 NORTH DAKOTA 7 P.M.
Fri.-Sun. March 13-15 WCHA Playoffs (Campus Sites)
Thur.-Sat. March 19-21 WCHA Final Five (St. Paul, Minn.)
Fri.-Sat. March 27-28 NCAA East and Midwest Regionals (Bridgeport, Conn., and Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Sat.-Sun. March 28-29 NCAA Northeast and West Regionals (Manchester, N.H., and Minneapolis)
Thur.-Sat. April 9-11 NCAA Frozen Four (Washington, D.C.)