Wisconsin senior center Donovan Raiola and junior left tackle Joe Thomas have been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List; the award is given to the nation's best offensive or defensive lineman.
Raiola is also on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's best center. He started all of UW's games in 2003 and 2004, and was a consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last year. Thomas was named a preseason honorable mention All-American offensive lineman according to Street & Smith. Like Raiola, he was a consensus honorable mention all-Big Ten pick last year.
The list, currently at 123 players, consists of athletes who have earned All-America honors at the end of 2004 or previous seasons, have been named to their all-conference teams (as chosen by the coaches) or have made a preseason honor team. Some additional players will be added early in the season, contingent on performance.
Last season, then-senior UW defensive end Erasmus James was a one of the four finalists for the award.
Three Badgers make Canadian U-22 team
Wisconsin juniors Sara Bauer, Meaghan Mikkelson and Bobbi-Jo Slusar have all been named to the 2005-06 Canadian under-22 national team after surviving a seven-day selection camp. The team will play a three-game exhibition series in Calgary, Alberta against the Canadian Olympic training team Aug. 23, 25 and 26. That Olympic training team includes former Badger defenseman Carla MacLeod.
Bauer, a forward, led the Badgers' in goals, assists and points, with 26, 29 and 55, respectively, in 2004. She was named to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association second team and was named the Badgers' offensive player of the year for the second straight year. She will be an assistant captain in 2005. Bauer will make her debut on the U-22 team; Mikkelson and Slusar each have two years of experience on the U-22 team.
Mikkelson, also a forward, had seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in her sophomore campaign and appeared in 33 of the 38 games. Slusar played in 35 games and collected a goal and nine assists while earning a +32 rating.
Heatley traded to Senators
Former Badger hockey great Dany Heatley has been traded from the Atlanta Thrashers to the Ottawa Senators, according to NHL.com. Heatley was part of a three-player deal that sent former Senators Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries south to Atlanta in exchange for Heatley.
Heatley was the NHL Rookie of the Year in 2001-02, scoring 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists) in 82 games. According to a letter to Thrasher fans from general manager and executive vice president Don Waddell, Heatley told Waddell he wanted to leave the team, citing emotional difficulties related to a 2003 car accident involving Heatley and former teammate Dan Snyder, who died a few days after the accident as a result of injuries he sustained.
Heatley, who suffered injuries in the car accident, played for a portion of the 2003-04 season and suited up for Swiss and Russian teams during the NHL lock-out last year. He also helped Team Canada to a World Cup of Hockey championship and a silver medal in the World Championships last season.