The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team has seven non-league series squared away for 2013-14, drawing opponents from three conferences as well as the independent ranks.
The schedule coincides with UW making its debut in the Big Ten Conference, where it will play home-and-home series with Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State for a total of 20 games.
To fill out the rest of the 34-game schedule, the Badgers have contracts to play home series with Alaska-Anchorage, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Colorado College of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and NCAA independent Alabama-Huntsville.
UW also will play single games at Boston College and Boston University of the Hockey East Association and a series at Miami of Ohio of the NCHC.
The Big Ten portion of the schedule hasn't been finalized. It's expected most of the non-conference series will be staged during the first half of the season.
+/- The process of putting ice down at new LaBahn Arena began Friday. Equipment for the UW men's and women's teams will start being delivered to the new facility starting Monday, but players and coaches won't take up residence until Oct. 1.
+/- It's too early to read anything into captains' practices and relatively brief teaching sessions led by UW coach Mike Eaves, but freshman Nic Kerdiles has been penciled into the left wing spot on the top line with junior center Mark Zengerle and junior right winger Tyler Barnes.
Speaking of rookies, defensemen Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze have been paired with senior captain John Ramage and junior Joe Faust, respectively.
+/- Red Line Report, an independent international scouting service, weighed in recently on two UW recruits.
On center/left winger Seamus Malone at the Select 16s: "Individually skilled and is a feisty competitor, but he's still very immature in his approach to the game. Selfish and relies too much on playing 1-on-1. Has great hands and can toe-drag the puck around defenders and score. Plays hard and with a temper.''
On defenseman Peter Tischke at the Select 15s: "Man-strong defender is tough and physical. Character player will block shots and do whatever it takes to help his team win. Pretty mobile with a strong stride. Not an offensive guy, but he has a deceptively good stick and made good decisions with the puck.''