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Badgers bludgeon demons, BC to win crown

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves and his seniors have come along way in four years. A program that was once inches from ruin is now the reigning national champion, writes David Albright.

Updated: April 9, 2006, 2:58 AM ET
By David Albright | ESPN.com

MILWAUKEE -- Just four years ago, the Wisconsin hockey program appeared to be in ruins -- or at least well on its way.

Mike Eaves, who won a national championship as a Badger in 1977, was brought back to coach Wisconsin in 2002, but his first year behind the bench didn't produce the desired results.

Instead, the Badgers stumbled to a 13-23-4 record, the storied program's lowest win total since 1976.

And that was the highlight.

The lowlights included players physically confronting ...

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