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The Badger Hockey Showdown is the annual holiday tournament hosted by the University of Wisconsin, usually taking place on the weekend between Christmas and New Years. While the Showdown lacks the history of the Great Lakes Invitational and the RPI Invitational, it still began with some prestige. When it began in 1989, it was one of the few holiday tournaments around. Since that time, the number of tournaments has exploded, and as a corollary, the quality of the teams participating has dropped. Still, the Showdown offers a great chance to see great non-conference action.

The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI hosted the first 14 Showdowns, offering hockey fans a chance to see a few games in a bigger arena, as well as opening Badger hockey up to fans and the large alumni base in the Milwaukee area. The first years were very popular, featuring strong fields of national powers and a very strong Badger hockey program. Unfortunately, with the slow decline of UW hockey in the middle and late 1990s, the concurrent expansion of other holiday tournaments resulted in smaller crowds. Perhaps as yet another indicator of UW hockey's low spot came in 2003, as Bank One announced that it was not renewing its contract as the lead sponsor of the event. The UW Athletic Department decided to save the tournament and make up for the loss of sponsor revenue by hosting the tournament in Madison, WI at the Kohl Center, UW's home rink. The move saved UW a great deal of money since the University owns and controls the arena, yet a certain degree of mystique from a neutral site and a new city was lost.

The winner of the tournament has traditionally been awarded the Pettit Cup, named after Lloyd Pettit and Jane Bradley Pettit, hockey enthusiasts and philanthropists from Milwaukee. Wisconsin has hoisted the Pettit Cup eight times in the 16 showdowns, while the only other multiple winners include Boston University, Ferris State, and New Hampshire, each winning the Pettit Cup twice.

Results Edit

1989-90

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 28: Boston College 3, Minnesota-Dultuh 2; Wisconsin 9, Notre Dame 3

Dec. 29: Minnesota-Duluth 9, Notre Dame 1; Wisconsin 6, Boston College 3

1990-91

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 28: North Dakota 8, Bowling Green 2; Wisconsin 3, St. Lawrence 0

Dec. 29: St. Lawrence 6, Bowling Green 3; Wisconsin 3, North Dakota 2

1991-92

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 27: Wisconsin 6, Yale 1; Maine 4, Toronto 1

Dec. 28: Yale 9, Toronto 2; Wisconsin 3, Maine 2

1992-93

Champion: Boston University

Dec. 28: Wisconsin 10, Boston College 3; Boston University 4, Miami 3

Dec. 29: Miami 6, Boston College 3; Boston University 6, Wisconsin 3

1993-94

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 28: Wisconsin 8, Alaska-Fairbanks 5; Northern Michigan 5, Providence 4

Dec. 29: Providence 6, Alaska-Fairbanks 3; Wisconsin 3, Northern Michigan 2

1994-95

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 28: Lake Superior 5, Northeastern 4; Wisconsin 4, Bowling Green 3 (ot)

Dec. 29: Bowling Green 7, Northeastern 4; Wisconsin 6, Lake Superior 4

1995-96

Champion: Boston University

Dec. 28: Boston University 10, Princeton 2; Notre Dame 3, Wisconsin 2

Dec. 29: Wisconsin 8, Princeton 3; Boston University 7, Notre Dame 3

1996-97

Champion: New Hampshire

Dec. 27: Colorado College 6, Vermont 0; New Hampshire 9, Wisconsin 7

Dec. 28: Vermont 5, Wisconsin 2; New Hampshire 4, Colorado College 3

1997-98

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 27: Northern Michigan 3, Boston College 2; Wisconsin 6, Harvard 3

Dec. 28: Boston College 6, Harvard 6 (ot); Wisconsin 4, Northern Michigan 3

1998-99

Champion: Bowling Green

Dec. 27: Bowling Green 3, Cornell 2 (ot); Yale 4, Wisconsin 2

Dec. 28: Cornell 3, Wisconsin 2 (ot); Bowling Green 4, Yale 1

1999-00

Champion: North Dakota

Dec. 28: North Dakota 5, Miami 2; Wisconsin 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4

Dec. 29: Nebraska-Omaha 4, Miami 3; North Dakota 3, Wisconsin 2 (ot)

2000-01

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 29: Boston University 4, North Dakota 3; Wisconsin 6, Princeton 3

Dec. 30: North Dakota 5, Princeton 4; Wisconsin 3, Boston University 2

2001-02

Champion: New Hampshire

Dec. 27: New Hampshire 6, Colorado College 2; Brown 2, Wisconsin 1

Dec. 28: Colorado College 3, Wisconsin 3 (ot, Wisconsin wins shootout 2-1); New Hampshire 11, Brown 3

2002-03

Champion: Wisconsin

Dec. 29: Northern Michigan 3, Harvard 2; Wisconsin 2, Colgate 1

Dec. 30: Harvard 8, Colgate 1; Wisconsin 3, Northern Michigan 1

2003-04

Champion: Ferris State

Dec. 27: Ferris State 7, UMass-Lowell 4; Wisconsin 8, Union 1

Dec. 28: Massachusetts-Lowell 5, Union 3; Ferris State 3, Wisconsin 1

2004-05

Champion: Ferris State

Dec. 31: Ferris State 4, Clarkson 1; Yale 1, Wisconsin 1 (ot, Wisconsin wins shootout 3-2)

Jan. 1: Clarkson 8, Yale 1; Ferris State 5, Wisconsin 3

2005-06

Tournament Field: Wisconsin, Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Wayne State

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