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Verona's Kepler to Join Badgers

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After playing three seasons at Ohio State, Verona's Claudia Kepler will return to Wisconsin to play for the Badgers in 2016.The Wisconsin women’s hockey team announced Friday.

The Verona native is required to sit out the 2016-17 season due to conference rules before suiting up for Wisconsin during the 2017-18 season.

During her time at Ohio State Kepler led the Buckeyes in goals for three consecutive seasons and was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 7, 2014. In addition, she picked up a pair of WCHA Rookie of the Week (Nov. 6, 2013; Jan. 29, 2014) honors during her freshman year at OSU.

Last season, Kepler tallied 14 goals and 11 assists for a team-leading 25 points. Kepler tied for the team’s lead with three power-play goals and notched four multi-point games, including a career-high four-point game against Minnesota State.

During her sophomore year in 2014-15, Kepler scored 12 goals and chipped in 11 assists, while she collected 13 goals and six assists her freshman season.

Kepler played for the Madison Capitols prior to attending OSU and attended USA Hockey Player Development camps each year from 2009 to 2012.

The Badgers open their 2016-17 slate on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. with a road contest at St. Cloud State.

(The University of Wisconsin Athletic's Department contributed to this report.)

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