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All-Star Coaching Staff Aligned for Fourth Annual All-Stater Hockey Clinic

Six well-known Wisconsin hockey players and coaches have agreed to be clinicians for the Fourth Annual All-Stater Hockey Clinic held each year in conjunction with the WIAA State Hockey Championships at the Coliseum in Madison.

This year’s clinic will feature Jessie Vetter, Alex Rigsby and Scott McConnel as they join Steve Hanrahan, Vic Levine and Jeff Sauer instructing at the event.

Vetter was a goalkeeper for the 2010 and 2014 United States Olympic Teams.  Winning a silver medal in each of these Olympics.  At the 2009 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, she allowed just a single goal.  In addition, Vetter was the starting goaltender when the US won the 2008 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships.  In her four-year NCAA career, she lead the 2008-09 Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team to the NCAA title.  She was drafted 20th overall by the Boston Blades in the 2011 CWHL Draft.

Alex Rigsby became the first woman ever to be drafted in the USHL when she was selected in the 16th round, 199th overall by the Chicago Steel.  She won gold medals in the 2009 IIHF Under 18 Women’s World Championship and the 2013 &2015 IIHF World Women’s Championships.  She also lead the 2010-11 Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team to the NCAA title.

Scott McConnell played collegiately for the University of Denver from 2002-04.  Prior to this he played for the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL.  Since 2005, Scott has coached in the USHL, becoming the Head Coach and General Manager of the Chicago Steel in 2010-2015.

Steve Hanrahan served 27 years as the Head Coach for Sun Prairie High School hockey team.  During his tenure the Cardinals had only four losing seasons and acquired a record of 362-231-27.   In 1997 he lead Sun Prairie to their only WIAA State Hockey Championship.

Vic Levine guided the Madison Memorial High School boys hockey team for 29 years, compiling a 512-144-20 record and winning six WIAA State Championships. He is the only Wisconsin high school hockey coach, and one of only six high school coaches in the nation, to have more than 500 career wins. He took Memorial to state in 22 of his 29 years and also five teams finished as runners-up. He is the only Wisconsin coach to be awarded the John Mariucci Award by the American College Hockey Coaches Association.

Jeff Sauer was the head hockey coach at the UW-Madison from 1982 to 2002 and Colorado College from 1971 to 1982.  While at Wisconsin, he led the Badgers to two NCAA men’s hockey championships.  He is currently the special assistant to the commissioner of the WCHA.

The clinic for players in grades 4-8 will be held on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Coliseum on the Alliant Energy Center’s campus.  On-line registration for the event can be found by clicking on:

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The cost for the clinic, admission to the 2016 WIAA State Hockey Championships, a snack ticket (Hot Dog, Popcorn, and Soda), along with Classroom Instruction, Strength Training, and Ice Time is only $25.00/participant.

NFHS Releases 2015-16 Hockey Rule Changes

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In an effort to minimize risk of injury in high school ice hockey, the penalty structure has been revised to provide options for more stringent penalties when situations warrant.

The reformatting of penalty changes and revisions to four other rules were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee at its April 27-28 meeting in Indianapolis. All 2015-16 ice hockey rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Four Advance to Boys Hockey Semifinals

The first day of the State Boys Hockey Tournament advanced for teams to the semifinals Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Wausau West scored three goals during a three minute span in the second period to fuel a 4-3 win over Appleton East Co-op in the nightcap of the quarterfinals Thursday evening. The Warriors outshot United 33-22 on the game.

A goal frenzy in the first period gave Madison Memorial a 4-1 lead en route to a 4-3 win in the third semifinal. Eau Claire Memorial scored early in the third period to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Old Abes added another goal with under a minute to play to make things interesting, but the Spartan were able to hang on in the final 40 seconds of the game.

In the second afternoon quarterfinal, Grant Hanson scored a Superior goal at 4:38 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and Beau Reder added an empty-net goal with under a minute to play to give the Spartans a 4-2 victory over Janesville Parker/Craig to advance to the State semifinals.

Cedarburg comes back from an early deficit to win the first State quarterfinal of the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament, 3-2, over Reedsburg Co-op. The game-winning goal was scored by James Furey at 3:17 of the third period. Dylan Brown scored a pair of goals for Reedsburg to lead the offensive attack.

Reedsburg will play Superior in one semifinal, starting at 5 p.m. Madison Memorial will duel Wausau West in the second semifinal at approximately 7:15 p.m. The girls semifinals begin action Friday with Onalaska Co-op versus University School Co-op at 11 a.m. followed by Hayward Co-op against D.C. Everest Co-op at approximately 1:15 p.m.


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