Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bert DeHate to be inducted into Badgers HOF

Thanks to nubeetle for pointing this out to me!

Bert DeHate will be inducted into the Wisconsin Badgers Hall of Fame 8/31/2007 5:00 pm at Camp Randall.

Bert DeHate was a center for the Badgers from 1966-1970 (95 GP 108 G 80 A 188 Pts) . He was co-captain for the '68'-69 season, his last full season with the Badgers. (His eligibility ran out midway through the '69-'70 season.) And as far as I can tell, he was the Badgers first real star.

His 108 goals put him 2nd in career goals behind Mark Johnson (who had 125 goals in 125 games), and his 47 goals in 31 games during the ’67-’68 season put him 2nd in single season goals, again behind Mark Johnson (who had 48 goals in 42 games). Oh, and his 77 points that year won him the national scoring title. He scored 5 goals against Ohio University on 2/24/67, and that’s still a record for most goals in one game. (Mike Meeker and Mark Johnson have tied this record.) In that same game he had 8 points, which ties him (with Tom French and Ron Leszczynki) for most points in one game. He also holds single season and career records for hat tricks, with 7 and 15 (11 3-goal games, 3 4-goal games, 1 5-goal game).

His senior year was the first season that the Badgers made an NCAA post-season appearance, but DeHate never got a chance to play in the tourney because his eligibility ran out after midway through the year. Too bad, because it sounds like he was one of the players that helped put Badger Hockey on the map. I wish I had some stories about him, but I couldn’t find much beyond the stats and records.