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Two Badgers to join U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

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A pair of former Badgers will join the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December. Jeff Sauer and Brian Rafalski are members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Sauer has spent more than 40 years coaching hockey. He won two national championships as the Wisconsin head coach in 1983 and 1990. He also coached 11 years at Colorado College and has led multiple U.S. squads.

"I'm very honored to be selected. I thank USA Hockey for the honor and I look forward to the induction ceremonies in December."

Rafalski played for Sauer at Wisconsin. The defenseman skated four seasons with the Badgers. He was the 1995 WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. Rafalski went on to a 15-year professional career. He won three Stanley Cups.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be selected to the hall of fame,” Rafalski said. “It is very rewarding for myself. I wasn’t really expecting this, but going forward it is good to see USA Hockey grow - working with the younger players now. Growing up, we watched 1980 and hopefully now we can pass the torch on to the younger generation. You see the success USA Hockey has had over the last 5-10 years and it just continues to grow. It is very exciting.”

The duo of former Badgers will be joined in this year's class by Karyn Bye Dietz and Lou Vairo. The class will be inducted Dec. 4 .

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