While many Badger fans count the days until football season starts, a taste of hockey came to the Kohl Center in the middle of August. Adam Burish, the Madison native who helped Wisconsin’s men’s hockey team win the 2006 national championship, came home with an even more impressive piece of hardware Wednesday: The Stanley Cup.
Burish won the Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, claiming the trophy after Patrick Kane’s overtime goal in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Each player from the championship team is given a day with the Cup, and Burish spent the first part of his signing autographs in Madison as hockey fans waited in long lines for a few moments up close and personal with the prized trophy.
Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves, who coached Burish on the 2006 title team, said having the Cup in Madison was a great way to build interest in the game ahead of the upcoming season.
“It brings hockey to the forefront right now in August, and I think that will permeate through the whole community,” Eaves said. “It just kind of compounds and produces more interest in the game, especially for young people.”
Burish’s time with the Cup began when it arrived from Roseau, Minn., where Blackhawk forward Dustin Byfuglien spent some time with the trophy in his hometown. From there, Burish took the Cup to the Eagle’s Nest in Verona, Wis., a rink he said was very important to him.
It is great to see former Badgers honoring where they came from. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!