Piskula’s debut makes him the 18th former Badger to skate in an NHL game this season. Others include Chicago’s Bourque, Edmonton’s Gilbert and Brad Winchester, Chicago’s Adam Burish, Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph and forward Steve Reinprecht, Toronto defenseman Andy Wozniewski, Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Carolina’s David Tanabe, New York Islanders’ Sean Hill, Atlanta’s Scott Mellanby, New Jersey defensemen Brian Rafalski and Alex Brooks, Detroit’s Chris Chelios and Matt Hussey, San Jose’s Joe Pavelski and Nashville’s Ryan Suter. The 18 Badgers in the NHL this season is believed to be the most among all college hockey programs.
Reinprecht on skates was a thing of beauty at Wisconsin. I’m glad to see he’s getting valued elsewhere.