Former Badger Jake Dowell Recalled By Minnesota Wild

Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The former UW center who helped bring home a national championship in 2006 will be the 20th former Badger to skate in the NHL this season.

The Minnesota Wild announced that they have recalled forward Jake Dowell from the Houston Aeros of the American hockey League.

The 28 year-old Dowell has seven points (four goals, three assists) and 29 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Aeros this season.

The 6-foot, 202-pound native of Eau Claire, Wisc., was signed by the Wild as a free agent July 4, 2012. Dowell is currently signed to a two-year contract, with the first year being two-way, and the second year one-way.

The Wild already have a Wisconsin feel, with former Badgers Ryan Suter, Dany Heatley and Tom Gilbert on the roster. Dowell will be the fourth Badger to skate for Minnesota this season.

Dowell has skated 154 NHL games with Chicago and Dallas, posting 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) and 133 PIM. He received a ring when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

With his recall, Dowell becomes the 20th former Badger to be on an NHL roster this season. That number is tops amongst all NCAA programs, with the next highest being Michigan and Boston College, both with 18 alumni in the NHL.

Dowell played at Wisconsin from 2003-2007, registering 90 points in 159 games for the Badgers. Dowell was also a vital piece on the 2006 Wisconsin national championship team.

Badgers In the NHL

Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Rene Bourque (Injured)
Montreal Canadiens
17
5
5
10
Adam Burish
San Jose Sharks
30
1
1
2
Jake Dowell
Minnesota Wild
-
-
-
-
Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles Kings
20
1
3
4
Jake Gardiner
Toronto Maple Leafs
5
0
1
1
Tom Gilbert
Minnesota Wild
27
3
6
9
Cody Goloubef
Columbus Blue Jackets
10
1
0
1
Dany Heatley
Minnesota Wild
30
8
9
17
Jamie McBain
Carolina Hurricanes
23
1
5
6
Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers
29
2
9
11
Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks
30
7
10
17
Justin Schultz
Edmonton Oilers
30
5
10
15
Jack Skille
Florida Panthers
30
3
8
11
Brendan Smith
Detroit Red Wings
20
0
2
2
Craig Smith
Nashville Predators
30
3
6
9
Derek Stepan
New York Rangers
30
8
12
20
Ben Street
Calgary Flames
2
0
0
0
Ryan Suter
Minnesota Wild
30
2
24
26
Kyle Turris
Ottawa Senators
32
8
13
21


Badgers in the NHL (Goalie)

Player

Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Brian Elliott
St. Louis Blues
11
3.65
.851
0

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