Wisconsin connections reach U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame together
Former Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer and one of his old players, Brian Rafalski, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
USA Hockey announced Wednesday the class for this year that also includes two-time Olympian Karyn Bye Dietz and longtime coach Lou Vairo.
Sauer coached the Badgers for 20 seasons, winning NCAA championships in 1983 and 1990. He coached Colorado College for 11 years.
Rafalski played 11 seasons in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cup titles with New Jersey and another with his hometown team Detroit. His 515 career points are the 10th-most among American defensemen in league history. Rafalski also played for the U.S. in three Olympics.
Bye Dietz grew up and still lives in western Wisconsin.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is in Eveleth, Minnesota.