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Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Wisconsin

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Wisconsin.

Morgan Shields (2004, women's volleyball)
A 2004 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shields was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Shield, who was a setter, ranks first in Wisconsin history in assists per set (12.82) and fourth in total assists (4,076). She is also tied for third in service aces per set (0.35). Shields was tabbed a third-team All-American in 2002 and an Academic All-District pick in 2003. The Watertown, Wis., native was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, Shields played professionally in Sweden and Portugal. In 2004, she played and served as the head coach with Katrineholms VK and in 2005, she competed with Club Academio VC.

Kirk Penney (2003, men's basketball)
Penney, who received Wisconsin's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, was the first Badger to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors (2002-03) since 1951-52. In 2002, Penney helped Wisconsin clinch a share of its first Big Ten title in 55 years, and he was just the fifth Badger to earn unanimous first-team honors since 1948. He currently ranks second at Wisconsin in career three-point field goals made (217) and attempted (561), ninth in points (1,454) and 10th in field goals made (503). The Auckland, New Zealand, native also ranks first in school history in total NCAA Tournament games (11). A four-year letterwinner, Penney earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2002 and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 2003. Penney played two seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

Erin Byrd (2003, women's volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, Erin Byrd was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, leading Wisconsin in digs each season she competed. She helped lead her team to a pair of Big Ten Championships (2001-02) and four NCAA Tournament berths. She is one of just five Badgers to record more than 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in her career. The outside hitter was a second-team AVCA All-American (2002), a two-time All-Big Ten selection (2001-02), a Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick (1999) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2000-02). The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native tops the Badger record book in consecutive matches played (133) and is fourth in digs (1,397), fifth in digs per set (3.02) and eighth in service aces (120). Following her collegiate career, Byrd played professionally for six years before earning a master's degree in business administration from Wisconsin.

Mike Kelley (2001, men's basketball)
Mike Kelley, the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native was an integral part of the Badgers' 2000 Final Four Team, earning All-Region honors during the tournament that season. He still holds Wisconsin's all-time record in career steals with 275, a mark that also ranks third in the Big Ten career record books. Kelley was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, collecting the honor in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Katie Voigt (1998, women's basketball)
Katie Voigt, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, led Wisconsin to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 96, 98) during her career. She was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. The education and mathematics major was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 1996. Voigt ranks among the Badgers' career leaders in numerous categories, including: first in free throw percentage (.831), second in three-point field goals (234), seventh in assists (373) and three-point field goal percentage (.358), and eighth in points (1,576). Following her collegiate career, she played professionally overseas before returning to the U.S., where she joined Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

John Byce (1990, men's ice hockey)
John Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This included a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 en route to their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season before moving into the corporate real estate business.

Tim Hacker (1986, cross country)
Hacker led the Badgers to NCAA cross country titles in 1982 and 1985, winning the individual title in the latter year. He extended his running career long enough to win a U.S. cross country title at age 35 in 1997. Hacker became a senior scientist in Wisconsin's School of Medicine and director of the school's Cardiovascular Physiology Core Laboratory.

Cathy Branta and John Easker (1985, men's and women's track & field)
Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. The couple is married and operates a dairy farm outside of Wausau, Wis.

Ann French (1982, badminton)
The lone badminton player to be honored, Wisconsin's Ann French won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982. As a freshman, French was honored with the Broderick Award, given annually to the "outstanding collegiate competitor in badminton." In 1980-81 and 1981-82, French and teammate Claire Allison won the AIAW national doubles title. The Elmhurst, Ill., native was also a four-time All-American.

Mike Eaves (1978, men's ice hockey)
Mike Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the NHL before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006. Eaves talked about what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him at the inaugural Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament this year, which his Badgers won. [insert video from Weber]

Douglas R. McFadyen (1970, men's ice hockey)
Douglas R. McFadyen, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1970, captained Wisconsin to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth at the conclusion of the 1969-70 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native skated in 98 games for the Badgers, tallying 82 points on 15 goals and 67 assists from the blue line. A three-time letterwinner, McFadyen led the team's defensemen in points in 1967-68 (35 points) and 1969-70 (16 points).

Pat Richter (1963, football)
A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, Pat Richter earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963. He was a consensus All-American in 1962, leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game. Also that season, he was an Academic All-American and was part of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 1995. He played for the Washington Redskins from 1963-70 after being selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. Richter later assumed the role of director of athletics at Wisconsin, serving from 1989-2004. His name appears on the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year trophy.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 90

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Michigan State's Robert Jasson (1958, Hockey)
Jasson, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1958, tallied 34 points from the blue line between 1955-56 and 1957-58. Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the 1956-57 campaign, Jasson helped lead the Spartans to their first winning record in program history in 1957-58. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jasson was a two-year captain for Michigan State, wearing the "C" in 1956-57 and 1957-58. He was just the second two-year captain in program history.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Michigan State announced that Kristen Henn from the field hockey team and Greg Wolfe of the ice hockey team have been named Michigan State's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the full release, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 87

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Wisconsin's Erik Raygor (1998, men's ice hockey)
During his four years as a forward at Wisconsin, Erik Raygor made quite the impression on the ice and in the community. A three-year letter winner from 1994-1998, Raygor recorded 86 points in 130 games for the Badgers. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1998, the same year that he earned the Hockey Humanitarian Award, given annually to the college hockey player who best exemplifies personal character and commitment to studies.

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Final

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A total of three players from Big Ten schools will skate for the National Hockey League's ultimate prize when the Stanley Cup Final opens on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. New York Rangers teammates Carl Hagelin (Michigan), Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) and Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) will face the Los Angeles Kings with each player looking to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in their career.

Hagelin, McDonagh and Stepan each have made significant impacts to help the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final. McDonagh and Stepan are tied for the team points lead with 13 apiece while Hagelin is tied for the team lead in goals with six. McDonagh has logged more ice time than any New York skater, averaging more than 25 minutes per game.

In all, 35 players from Big Ten schools have won the Stanley Cup a total of 49 times. With 12 different players whose names have been inscribed on the Stanley Cup, Wisconsin leads all schools across the nation. Minnesota is fourth with eight different players that have won the Cup, followed by Michigan and Michigan State in a tie for fifth place with seven different NHL champions. Wisconsin holds the national lead with a total of 17 Stanley Cup wins among its alums while Michigan is tied for third with 13 total NHL crowns.

Wisconsin's last player to win the Stanley Cup was Davis Drewiske, who did so with Los Angeles in 2012. Michigan is aiming for its first NHL champion since 2010, when former Wolverine John Madden and former Badger Adam Burish helped lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the title. Michigan State and Minnesota boasts the most recent players with their names on the Stanley Cup, with former Spartan Duncan Keith and former Gopher Nick Leddy teaming up on Chicago's 2013 championship-winning squad.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 75

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Wisconsin's John Byce (1990, Hockey)
Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This includes a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 to claim their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season. He returned to the Wisconsin School of Business and earned his MBA in Real Estate and Corporate Land Economics in 2001, and is now in the corporate real estate business.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Ohio State

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Ohio State.

Aaron Craft (2014, basketball)
Craft will leave Ohio State as one of the most successful student-athletes of all-time in men's basketball. The Findlay, Ohio, native completed a decorated career with 119 wins, an average of nearly 30 victories per year. He led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournaments, three "Sweet 16s," two "Elite Eights" and the 2012 Final Four. Individually, Craft is the all-time steals leader in Ohio State and Big Ten history with 337. Craft was equally, if not more accomplished, in the classroom. A three-time academic All-American, Ohio State's first three-time honoree and just the fourth in Big Ten history, Craft also was named the academic All-American of the year in Division I Men's Basketball, twice, one of just three to be so honored all-time. At the 2014 Final Four in Dallas, Craft was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year and is a 2014 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American.

Allison Elber (2014, rowing)
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Elber is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. A team captain, Elber set program history as part of the first women's team at Ohio State to win an NCAA Championship. As a member of the first varsity eight, Elber won a bronze medal at the 2013 NCAA Championships and a gold medal at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, earning CRCA First Team All-Central Region, Pocock First Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Elber was a member of the 2013 and 2011 Big Ten Championship winning teams, guiding the Buckeyes to their third and fourth conference titles, respectively.  A psychology major, Elber will be attending graduate school at the University of Denver to study sport and performance psychology.

Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray was a two-time national champion and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. She was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, N.C.

Gina Pietras (1997, synchronized swimming)
A synchronized swimming standout at Ohio State, Gina Pietras won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1997. She was a three-time U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Champion, a three-time U.S. Collegiate All-American and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She was named the U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1997 and was a letterwinner in each of her four years.

Katie Smith (1996, basketball)
Smith finished her Ohio State career as the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer and won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996. She was Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior and led the conference in scoring in 1995 and 1996. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, Smith guided Ohio State to the 1993 NCAA final as a freshman, scoring 28 points in the game. She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection before beginning her professional basketball career. Smith recently completed her 15-year WNBA career as one of the league's all-time leading scorers, a seven-time All-Star, a two-time champion and was named one of the top-15 players in WNBA history.

Cheryl Perozek (1991, basketball)
Ohio State's all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage, Cheryl Perozek earned the Big Ten Medal Honor in 1991. She led the Buckeyes to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big Ten title in 1989. Perozek was a four-time Ohio State scholar-athlete and three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in 1991 and ranks 10th on the Buckeyes' career assist list (341). She was tabbed Ohio State's team MVP in her senior season.

Mike Lanese (1986, football)
Lanese was a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from Oxford with a degree in English and political science. He became a Surface Warfare Officer on the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett. He eventually started an advertising marketing technology company.

John Frank (1984, football)
Winner of the 1984 Medal of Honor, Frank set school records for receptions and yards by a tight end during his career. Finishing with 121 receptions and 1,481 yards, he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning the distinction as a junior in 1982 and a senior in 1983, and was named team MVP his final season. Frank's success extended beyond the field as he was named an Academic All-Big
Ten selection and an Academic All-American his junior and senior seasons and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. After two Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers, Frank returned to Ohio State and received his doctorate in June, 1992.

David Hoyles (1973, hockey)
Hoyles, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1973, tallied 131 points (64 goals, 67 assists) in 115 career games at Ohio State. The Tupperville, Ontario native led the Buckeyes with 19 goals as a freshman during the 1969-70 season, a mark which still ranks among the top 10 in freshman scoring in school history. Hoyles served as a captain of the 1971-72 squad, which posted a 24-5-0 overall record. Forty years after concluding his career, Hoyles still ranks 29th in points in school history.

Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball)
Lucas, who received the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963, was the leading scorer and rebounder on Ohio State's 1960 NCAA Championship team. He was a two-time National Player of the Year, three-time first-team consensus All-American and three-time Big Ten MVP. During his college career, the Buckeyes posted a 78-6 record and won three Big Ten titles. Lucas led the nation in field goal shooting for three consecutive years and still holds Ohio State's career records in field goal percentage (.624), free throws made (438) and rebounds (1,411). The Middletown, Ohio, native was also the youngest player on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympics. During his 11 seasons in the NBA, Lucas was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Lucas was the first men's basketball player to have his number retired at Ohio State.

Harry Steel (1924, football and wrestling)
Steel became the first Buckeye athlete to win an Olympic medal. He took gold as a heavyweight wrestler at the 1924 Paris Olympics, the same year he won the Big Ten Championship and captained the Ohio State squad. He was a part of the 1923 Buckeye team that won its first Big Ten Championship and was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1980.

Seventeen Big Ten student-athletes earned first-team Capital One Academic All-District honors, as announced on Thursday. The honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-District award recipients can be found below.

Men's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
David Taylor, PSU - wrestling

District 5
Mike Wilner, ILL - gymnastics
Eric Ress, IND - swimming & diving
Connor Jaeger, MICH- swimming & diving
Greg Wolfe, MSU - ice hockey
Michael Newburger, OSU - gymnastics
Jamie Bissett, PUR - swimming & diving

District 6
Nick Caldwell, WIS - swimming & diving

District 7
Eric Schryver, NEB - gymnastics

Women's At-Large Academic All-District
District 2
Laura Gebhart, PSU - field hockey
Gabrielle Shishkoff, PSU - swimming & diving

District 5
Shae Fournier, IND - water polo
Brooklynn Snodgrass, IND - swimming & diving
Courtney Beidler, MICH - swimming & diving

District 6

Kimberly Dinh, WIS - golf
Elizabeth Schoenfeldt, WIS - rowing

District 7
Emily Wong, NEB - gymnastics

For the complete list of honorees, click here for men's and here for women's.

NHL Update - Stanley Cup Playoffs - Second Round

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A total of 19 players from Big Ten schools have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which opens on Thursday. Representing five Big Ten schools, the players can be found on seven of the eight teams still fighting to hoist the Stanley Cup.

A full list of players can be found below.

Michigan (3)
Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim)
Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers)
Max Pacioretty (Montreal)

Michigan State (4)
Duncan Keith (Chicago)
Torey Krug (Boston)
Corey Potter (Boston)
Mike Weaver (Montreal)

Minnesota (5)
Keith Ballard (Minnesota)
Erik Haula (Minnesota)
Nick Leddy (Chicago)
Paul Martin (Pittsburgh)
Thomas Vanek (Montreal)

Ohio State (1)
Matt Bartkowski (Boston)

Wisconsin (6)
Rene Bourque (Montreal)
Jake Dowell (Minnesota)
Dany Heatley (Minnesota)
Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers)
Derek Stepan (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 48

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Michigan State's Danton Cole (1989, hockey)
Cole, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1989, tallied 163 points (69 goals, 94 assists) in 180 career games for the Spartans. As a freshman in 1985-86, Cole registered 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) as Michigan State won its second NCAA title. After posting a career-high 62 points (29 goals, 33 assists) as a senior, the Lansing, Mich., native launched a National Hockey League career that included more than 300 games. He is currently the head coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team.