Wisconsin nose guard Warren Herring told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects to return for the Big Ten opener, Oct. 4 vs. Northwestern. Herring suffered a knee injury (MCL) in the Aug. 30 season-opener vs. LSU and later had surgery Sept. 3.
"I want to be back next week," Herring, wearing a brace on his right knee, said with a hearty laugh after practice Wednesday. "I want to play every game from here on out.
"But it will be a couple weeks. I'm definitely not going to let it go past the Big Ten (opener). As of right now, I'll probably be there for the Big Ten opener."
Also from the Journal Sentinel: a handy recruit tracker, updating the latest on UW commits Mohamed Barry, Austin Kafentzis, Jon Dietzen, Nate Howard and more.
Bob Suter tributes have been flying in from across the hockey community, and the Wisconsin State Journal's Andy Baggot has yet another wonderful one. An excerpt:
My enduring memory of Bob Suter is this: A few years back, my now-13-year-old was meeting friends at Capitol Ice to take part in the public skate. It was her first time in such a setting, and it's quite possible that I wore a look of concern as she pulled away and made her way through the crowd to join her pals. Out of the throng, Bob appeared and measured the moment perfectly.
"Don't worry," he assured me above the din. "I'll make sure she's OK."
I drove home certain that Jordan was in very good hands.
If you didn't know Bob Suter and his backstory it's highly unlikely you'd meet him and guess that his athletic resume is so distinctive or that his family's hockey legacy is so rich.
His gold medal from 1980 is routinely shared, not sequestered in a safe deposit box.
His way of capitalizing on his "Miracle on Ice" fame was not to give motivational speeches or hawk memorabilia, but to sell bait and hockey equipment out of a modest store in his hometown.
More college hockey: Minnesota's Amanda Kessel (a Madison native) will miss the 2014-15 season while recovering from a concussion.
Over at Fox Sports Wisconsin, there's a great feature on Marcus Trotter, who's been everywhere for Wisconsin's defense through two games. FSW also has its weekly Freshman Watch here; we linked to it and discussed it right here.