According to deputy athletic director Sean Frazier, the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is putting together a formal bid to host the women's NCAA Frozen Four in March of 2014.
The national semifinals and championship games would be played at the Kohl Center. The new LaBahn Arena, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012, will help facilitate practices and other events for the schools involved.
It remains to be seen if the NCAA will choose to stage the Frozen Four at a western site after doing so in 2012 (Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn.) and 2013 (Ridder Arena in Minneapolis).
No school outside the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has won a NCAA title since the Frozen Four was introduced in 2001. Duluth owns five championships, UW has four and Minnesota two.
Other items of interest regarding the Badgers:
+/- UW men's coach Mike Eaves made some changes to his lines in practice this week as his club prepares to host defending MacNaughton Cup champion North Dakota in a WCHA series at the Kohl Center.
Most notably, freshman winger Joseph LaBate was moved up to the top unit with sophomore center Mark Zengerle and sophomore right winger Tyler Barnes.
The other lines had sophomore left winger Michael Mersch with junior center Derek Lee and freshman right winger Matt Paape; freshman left winger Brad Navin with sophomore center Jefferson Dahl and sophomore right winger Gavin Hartzog; junior left winger Ryan Little with freshman center Brendan Woods and sophomore right winger Keegan Meuer.
The last two combinations were subsequently thrown out of whack Tuesday when Dahl left practice with an apparent injury to his left shoulder and didn't return. More will be known about his status Wednesday.
+/- The latest issue of Red Line Report, an independent international scouting service, had three players with UW ties ranked among its top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Freshman defenseman Jake McCabe was 56th (second round), winger and 2012-13 recruit Nic Kerdiles was 57th (third round) and defenseman and 2013-14 recruit Tim Davison was 139th (fifth round).
Verona defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, a 2012-13 recruit for North Dakota, is ranked 20th (first round).