BEFORE: Inside the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. BEFORE: Nicole and Michael Sipinkoski when they first bought the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. AFTER: The kitchen in the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.As if renovating a home isn’t hard enough, the couple also decided to get married and have a baby in the midst of the chaos.Their daughter, Isla, is now eight months old.“I remember saying to the tradies that there was a good chance they’d be driving me to the hospital if they hung around much longer,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.The pair rented down the road before moving in when the project was around 90 per cent finished and Isla was a newborn.“Outside was still a construction site, but (Isla) now sleeps through anything!” Mr Sipinkoski said. AFTER: The view from one of the outdoor terraces after the renovation.Mr Sipinkoski’s father came out of retirement as a builder to help with the project.“That’s why it’s finished so perfectly,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“All the tradies we used have all been artists.”Almost every feature of the house has been replaced with care — including all the original weatherboards.“The more we stripped, the more we found wrong, so we decided at a point in time just to redo everything,” Mr Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The back of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The indoor/outdoor living and dining area of the house after the renovation.The end result is a meticulously designed, planned and executed family home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms over two levels.No expense has been spared on fixtures and finishes, including imported French oak parquetry flooring, a raked feature ceiling, 26 sqm of Calacutta stone benchtops, 2 Pac coated joinery and designer pendant lights.Fully-concealable sliding doors lead out to the back deck from the main living area, which overlooks the landscaped backyard, in-ground swimming pool and lawn space. Designed for entertaining, the outdoor kitchen is equipped with a built-in six-burner stainless steel barbecue. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBEFORE: The view from the original sun room in the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. BEFORE: Inside the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The couple has completed half a dozen renovations in Victoria and Queensland and have both worked in the property and construction industry for more than 12 years.Mr Sipinkoski is a construction manager for Hutchinson Builders, while his wife is involved in marketing, styling and designing high-end property developments.They took on their first project together just six months into their relationship and haven’t stopped. From concept, design and construction to interiors and timeless finishes, it’s a shared passion. “This is our life,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“Even when we’re on holiday we’re thinking about (renovating),” Mrs Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The bathroom/laundry in the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba. AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the house after the renovation.As with any renovation, they encountered challenges, such as underpinning the original house — much of which was inaccessible by machine so had to be done by hand.The project took longer than expected because the couple were prepared to wait for the right tradespeople to deliver the standard of work they wanted.“We are perfectionists,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“For us, quality is always something that we prioritise.“We finish each project as if we’re going to live in it.” AFTER: Inside the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The house they have renovated, which was deemed to be one of the worst in the entire suburb at the time, has been completely transformed.Only the second house built in the street in 1906, traditional aspects of the character-listed home have been preserved.“We really wanted to hero the old house,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“That’s why we picked timeless finishes like the herringbone parquetry,” Mrs Sipinkoski said. BEFORE: The front of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, before it was renovated. AFTER: The back of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.The main kitchen features SMEG appliances, an 84-bottle wine rack and a wine fridge. On this level is also a study, storeroom, powder room and a Spanish, nickel-fronted gas fireplace.Downstairs are the home’s five bedrooms, with the master featuring an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and private courtyard.The Sipinkoskis are now moving to the Gold Coast to start their next project, so it is time to sell.“When you renovate so many times, you get to a point where you say; ‘I’m never doing this again’ — but we are!,” Mrs Sipinkoski said.“It’s probably been the hardest one we’ve ever done, but it’s been a real joy to see it come to fruition.”The property is being offered to the market by Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba via a tender process closing March 28.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 18 monthsTotal spend: $1.4m Nicole and Michael Sipinkoski at the house they have renovated and are now selling in Bulimba.MICHAEL and Nicole Sipinkoski were sitting at the kitchen table of their Melbourne home having breakfast when they bought their latest passion project ‘sight unseen’ in an entirely different state.Mr Sipinkoski’s father had attended nearly 50 auctions in Brisbane on the couple’s behalf before bidding on a rundown Queenslander in Bulimba.“We’d just finished a similar project in Richmond and were looking to move back to Brisbane, so my Dad was the one going to all these auctions,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“He was sick of it. He said; ‘This is your last weekend!’“We had registered to bid a minute before an auction started for a home in Greenslopes, but at the last minute Dad said ‘No, I think the Bulimba one is better.” AFTER: The front of the house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, after the renovation.That was in early 2016.The couple celebrated their purchase of 12 Wordsworth Street with a two month trip to Europe.“We came back on July 30 and started work on the house the next day,” Mr Sipinkoski said.“I spent the whole two months sketching on a pad.“I had a design team ready to go and we had plans in for development approval while we were in Europe.” BEFORE: The gutted kitchen in the original house at 12 Wordsworth St, Bulimba.
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of PSA MarineMarine services provider PSA Marine has ordered a dual-fuel LNG harbour tug and is eyeing a similar ordered for January 2018. The company, a unit of PSA International, that operates over 60 tugs, said in a statement that the two dual-fuel LNG vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2019.Under the LNG bunkering pilot programme, PSA Marine will receive a grant of up to S$2 million for each vessel from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The decision to add the two dual-fuel LNG tugs to its fleet is a step towards supporting MPA’s drive towards a sustainable maritime transport system.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has recently injected another S$12 million ($8.91m) to boost liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in the Port of Singapore.Half of this sum has been set aside to co-fund the building of new LNG bunker vessels (LBVs) to facilitate the development of ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.The remaining half will be used to top up MPA’s existing co-funding programme to support the building of LNG-fuelled vessels.
Telegraph 25 June 2012Changing the law to allow same-sex marriage would undermine a “sacred institution” recognized since “time immemorial”, according to the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. In his only public statement on the subject he warned that any attempt to exempt religious groups from performing homosexual weddings would be likely to be challenged at the European Court of Human Rights. Lord Sacks, who is preparing to retire next year, has consistently declined to be drawn into the debate about the Government’s plans to allow same-sex couples to have civil weddings. A clutch of traditional rabbis have spoken against the Government’s plans while liberal branches of Judaism in Britain have given their support. But now a formal submission to the Government’s consultation process from the London Beth Din – the Chief Rabbi’s court, which adjudicates on legal matters – has reiterated traditional orthodox teaching that homosexuality is against Jewish law. “Marriage by definition in Jewish (Biblical) Law, is the union of a male and female,” it asserts. “While Judaism teaches respect for others and condemns all types of discrimination, we oppose a change in the definition of marriage that includes same-sex relationships.” It continues: “Our understanding of marriage from time immemorial has been that of a union between a man and a woman. “Any attempt to redefine this sacred institution would be to undermine the concept of marriage.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9352603/Chief-Rabbi-voices-opposition-to-gay-marriage.html
On November 21, 2019, our dear Mom, Thelma Bedel, passed from this world into the loving hands of our Heavenly Father. She was born in Decatur County on May 26, 1929 to Bernard and Mary (Berkemeier) Oesterling. She attended grade school In St. Maurice and high school in Kingston. She married the love of her life, Johnnie Bedel, on June 10, 1950 and, then they moved to Greensburg, IN. Thelma was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg and a 60+ year member of St. Lawrence Ladies Auxiliary. Mom enjoyed crochet, embroidery and sewing. We will all remember her roast beef, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and tomatoes as the best ever set upon a table. Our mom enjoyed the outdoors, walking trails in state parks and especially the gorgeous sunsets out the back window. She was an avid Larry Bird and Pacers fan. Mom loved to play Bunco, Bingo and spending time with family and friends. She spent her life selflessly taking care of others. In her first job she was a nanny. Mom also worked outside the home as a seamstress in the dress factory and enjoyed working in the high school cafeteria. Later she raised all five of us to become successful adults. Recently she was a tireless caretaker for John in his final years. Thelma leaves behind two sons, Victor (Jackie), Fountaintown, Vernon (Mary), Muncie. In addition, Thelma has three daughters, Margie (Jack) Williams, Rose (Paul) Remmler, Wyoming Michigan, Annette (Tom) Faust, Greensburg. Her grandchildren are Cary Fuller, Erin Mayes, Matt Bedel, Paul Bedel, Michelle Williams Burt, Gabe Williams, Mark Remmler, Steven Remmler, Ryan Bottorff, Chris Bottorff, Jamie Bottorff. She has eight great-grandchildren. Thelma also leaves behind Lou Bedel, brother-in law and several nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John Bedel, parents Bernard and Mary Oesterling, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and Ben Bedel, a beloved grandson. Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. The family will also receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg following the Mass. The family wishes to thank Mom’s caregivers at Decatur County Memorial Hospital and Morning Breeze Retirement Community. Thanks to everyone for your kindness, understanding and prayers. Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
In the end, Rob Vickers, Alex Tait and Jean Socino all picked up two tries apiece for the Falcons, with an Andy Davies score, a penalty try and six conversions from Tom Catterick completing the scoring for the visitors as Newcastle earned themselves one of the best runners-up spots. Newport finished top of Pool Three and secured a home quarter-final after beating Top 14 side Stade Francais 30-19 at Rodney Parade. James Thomas’ try plus 17 points from the boot of Tom Prydie (five penalties and a conversion) gave the Dragons a 22-7 half-time lead, and the hosts added a second try from Thomas Rhys Thomas and a late penalty form Rhys Jones in the second half. Stade Francais actually outscored their hosts three tries to two, Krisnan Inu, Zurabi Zhvania and Remi Bonfils the men on the scoresheet, but Prydie’s efforts in the first half – when he slotted over six out of seven shots – proved decisive. In Pool One, f lanker Ofisa Treviranus scored a hat-trick of tries as London Irish downed Rovigo 34-6 to claim top spot ahead of Cardiff Blues. Both Irish and Cardiff saw their berths in the last eight secured courtesy of Edinburgh’s win over Bordeaux on Friday night but were still battling for first place heading into Saturday’s final round of fixtures. Irish and Cardiff each picked up comfortable wins, but it was the Exiles who came out on top after comfortably seeing off group whipping boys Rovigo. Somoa international Treviranus led the way with a try treble, while wingers James Short and Topsy Ojo also crossed as Irish – who thrashed Rovigo 70-14 in round one – picked up a bonus-point win at the Stadio Mario Battaglini. After suffering back-to-back defeats to Stade Francais and Newport Gwent Dragons in their previous two Pool Three matches, Newcastle needed a bonus-point victory at the Cluj Arena to guarantee themselves qualification. And the Aviva Premiership side had the extra point sewn up by half-time as they ran in four of their eight tries in the first period. Press Association Newcastle Falcons claimed their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup after thrashing Bucharest Wolves 52-10 in Romania. The remainder of Irish’s nine points came from Shane Geraghty (three conversions and a penalty) with Rovigo responding with two penalties from full-back Stefan Basson. The bonus point proved crucial in the end as Irish only narrowly edged out Cardiff for first place, with both clubs finishing level on 24 points after t he Welsh outfit recorded a 28-3 bonus-point win over Grenoble in testing conditions in France. After Lloyd Williams’ try gave them a 7-3 half-time lead, Cardiff eased clear in the second half though a brace of penalty tries before Josh Navidi crossed for their fourth try two minutes from the end. All four tries were converted with Gareth Anscombe successfully notching three efforts before replacement Gareth Davies slotted over from Navidi’s score as Cardiff ensured they avoided a showdown with top seeds Gloucester in the knock-out stages. Grenoble’s solitary score came from James Hart’s first-half penalty. Already-qualified Exeter Chiefs will head into the quarter-finals as second seeds – and a clash with Newcastle – after rounding off their group campaign with a 45-3 drubbing of Bayonne. Exeter only led 11-0 at the break through England international Jack Nowell’s unconverted try and a brace of penalties, but the Chiefs ran amok in the second half with five more tries as they made it eight home wins in a row in the Challenge Cup. Matt Jess, David Ewers, Carl Rimmer, Kai Horstmann and Dean Mumm all crossed the line after the interval, with the rest of Exeter’s points coming from three Gareth Steenson conversions and a trio of Henry Slade penalties. Martin Bustos Moyano notched Bayonne’s points from a 46th-minute penalty. Connacht, meanwhile, sealed the eighth and last quarter-final berth after overcoming a nine-point half-time deficit to beat La Rochelle 30-20 and earn second spot behind Exeter in Pool Two. Connacht looked in serious trouble as they trailed 20-11 at the break at Stade Marcel Deflandre but they rallied to set up a showdown with Gloucester in the next round. Tries from Kieran Marmion, Eoin McKeon, Niyi Adeolokun and Matt Healy earned the Irish side their bonus point, with Jack Carty slotting over two conversions and two penalties. Albain Meron’s score, plus a penalty try and 10 points from Jean-Pascal Barraque had put La Rochelle in charge.
Surprise leaders Leicester do not face Manchester City until Tuesday, but Wenger is not concerned about starting 2016 in pole position. “I said before the game, whether we are one point behind or one point in front it is not too important,” he said. “It is the quality of our performance that counts and we were not good enough to win the game (against Southampton). “We have just to look at that. On the other side, we can’t dwell too much because in 48 hours we play again. “We are disappointed and frustrated, but there’s only one way to respond in 48 hours.” Wenger rejected former England manager Glenn Hoddle’s belief that the players choked due to the pressure brought by potentially going top, so too the necessity to dip into the transfer market next month. The Gunners boss downplayed speculation linking Arsenal to Basle’s Mohamed Elneny and was keen to underline the quality waiting that will be at his disposal after injury. “That’s always the question you get,” Wenger said. “We have many players who are injured and will come back soon. “Buy, buy, buy, buy is always the solution that people see. “I think it’s true that we couldn’t score, but we conceded goals (against Southampton) and we have enough defenders.” There is little time for Arsenal to wallow, though, as the hectic festive period means they take on another south-coast side on Monday. Bournemouth will look to ratchet up the pressure, but Wenger is confident of a positive response at the Emirates Stadium. “I believe what I say to my players is between my players and myself,” he said after the 4-0 hammering at St Mary’s. “These players have fantastic spirit and they can show that in 48 hours. “We are in a job where we have to respond. We want to respond from disappointments. “Unfortunately, there’s no possible career without disappointment. Nobody, not even the best players in the world, can have that. “It’s down to how you respond and I trust my players to respond in a very strong way on Monday.” Wenger certainly will not be taking Bournemouth lightly and praised the promoted side ahead of a match which could see the Gunners belatedly reach the Premier League summit. Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will numb the pain of the Boxing Day shellacking at Southampton within 48 hours. Press Association The trip to St Mary’s seemingly offered the Frenchman’s side a great chance to go top of the Barclays Premier League, but a poor display saw them return to north London reeling from a shock 4-0 defeat. Shane Long’s brace complemented an exceptional Cuco Martina half-volley and Jose Fonte’s header as Saints ended a six-match winless run in some style.
Current UW junior Hilary Knight is one of seven Wisconsin Badgers on the US. Olympic National team.[/media-credit]Every four years countries across the globe call upon their most talented athletes to assemble their national representatives in several sports to take on the top competition the rest of the world can offer in the Olympic Games.For the diehard fans of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, however, Team USA may have captured imaginations in gathering a sort of “Badger Dream Team” as seven current and former UW skaters have made the final roster for this year’s Winter Games in Vancouver — all led by Wisconsin’s sabbatical head coach Mark Johnson.As Olympic teams gather players from far and wide, familiarity among the players and coaches oftentimes becomes a legitimate concern — but not for the US since exactly one-third of the roster consists of Badgers.Forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight, who have a combined three years of college eligibility remaining, have taken a year off from the Badgers to participate in this year’s Games. They join UW alumni Molly Engstrom, Erika Lawler, Jessie Vetter, Kerry Weiland and Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej in the run for gold.While most of them have played with each other in college, every one of them have received at least one year of tutelage under Johnson at Wisconsin.“It’s awesome, especially having Coach Johnson,” Lawler said. “I think it really helps a lot because you know what he’s looking for and what his coaching style is.”“And, you know, Meghan Duggan is one of my best friends,” she continued. “Any of those (Wisconsin) girls I can go to with just about anything and without them this experience would have been a lot harder and definitely not as much fun for me.”Although the U.S. National squad can benefit from team familiarity, Olympic experience is shorthanded. Of the 21 members of the team, only six have seen the world stage before — including Engstrom.The grand stage is not necessarily uncharted territory for some of these rookies, however.Duggan, Knight, Lawler, Vetter and Zaugg-Siergiej were a part of three NCAA championships under Johnson at Wisconsin. Vetter, meanwhile, took home the top individual trophy in women’s hockey last year, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.Five other finalists for last year’s award, including Knight and Lawler, have made their way onto the team as well. Nevertheless, Johnson knows the veterans will have to offer insight to the younger players.“I think all our veteran players, you look at Angela (Ruggiero), you look at Jenny (Potter), this is going to be their fourth Olympics and we’re going to rely on those players and their experience to help our younger ones,” Johnson said. “Molly (Engstrom) is no different. She’s been there, she understands it.”In preparation for the competition they will face in Vancouver, Team USA toured all over the country to test their mettle against some of the best college programs as well as various all-star teams.The US made it through those games unscathed, winning by an average of 7.14 goals. However, in a six-game series against neighboring Canada, the US lost all six by an average of 2.1 goals.Canada enters the 2010 Olympics as the No. 1 seed, while Team USA comes in at No. 2. The Americans open play against China on Feb. 14 and are not scheduled to play Canada in the group stages of the tournament, but many expect to meet them in order to fight for the gold.Knight — who has blazed a trail through defenses during the tour, leading the team in goals, 13, and assists, 17 — knows what to make of winless meetings with their northerly neighbor.“As a team I think we’re where we’re supposed to be,” Knight said. “I mean, it goes back to ‘oh, well you guys haven’t played that well versus Canada,’ but to be honest we’re not trained for the exhibition games.“We’ve made it clear that we’re trained for February. It’s a long journey but at the same time we have to take different things from our games versus Canada.”Johnson and his crew understand the exhibition matchups against Canada are only worth a measurement toward intangibles — the score is not what is to be concentrated upon.In a short tournament, Johnson says, there are no guarantees.The leading scorer for the famous “Miracle on Ice” Olympic team that won gold, Johnson illustrated this idea by comparing his own Olympic playing experiences with the stage that is being set for his women’s team.“I know a lot of people are talking about Canada-U.S.,” Johnson said. “But I lived a situation 30 years ago that everybody thought the Russians were going to win the gold medal back in 1980 and unfortunately (for the Soviet Union) funny things happened.”
Dear readers,Syracuse heads into the 2016 season without five of its top six scorers from last season. Coming off an NCAA tournament quarterfinal loss to Johns Hopkins, the Orange turns to old and new faces to fill the offensive voids. Fifty-goal-scorer Dylan Donahue strives to orchestrate the offense while staying out of the spotlight. Jordan Evans, donning the symbolic No. 22, hopes to finally meet the expectations that accompany the number. Midfielder Derek DeJoe, whose shot can reach 111 miles per hour, wants to be known for more than just a laser. Also read about women’s players Riley Donahue and Allie Murray, who will be integral on an SU team picked atop the ACC. Enjoy our stories and thank you for reading!Matt Schneidman, Sports Editor Comments
Coming off victories against two top-10 ranked teams (Michigan State and Minnesota) earlier in the week, the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team was looking forward to a painless match against a mediocre Illinois Fighting Illini squad.Instead of cruising to an expected victory, the No. l6 Badgers (17-5, 6-4 Big Ten) fell to the unranked Illini (9-11, 5-5 Big Ten) in four sets (22-25, 26-28, 25-10, 22-25) Sunday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin Field House.In the midst of a tough stretch, perhaps the squad let this one slip under the radar.UW struggled to contain Illinois junior outside hitter Liz McMahon, who towers over the net at a height of 6-feet-6n. She led players on both sides of the court with 20 kills and 21.5 points on the afternoon. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jocelynn Birks also gave the Badgers defense trouble, adding 15 kills.“As a team we beat ourselves, I don’t think it was so much Illinois who did anything spectacular,” junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman said. “We didn’t execute what we planned on doing.”The sets the Badgers lost were highly contested, only losing the sets by either two or three points. However, the Badgers dominated the third set with a 25-10 statement, and the tide seemed to be turning. Regardless, the Badgers were not able to continue the momentum into the fourth set that resulted in a loss and a disappointing afternoon for the team.“In game three it felt like it was a collective effort,” junior outside hitter Deme Morales, who led the Badgers with 17 kills, said. “Not to say that the other sets weren’t, but you could feel it during the third one.”In his post-game press conference, head coach Kelly Sheffield said he was concerned about a lack of attendance and support by the home fans. UW Field House announced an attendance of 3,657, but almost half of the crowd were those who made the trek to Madison from Champaign sporting orange to support the Fighting Illini.“Hopefully at some point we win enough where we get more students at our home match than what our visiting team does,” a frustrated Sheffield said. “We are looking forward to that day. It is disappointing to see more students cheering for the opposing team than our own.”The ringleaders of this coalition of Illini fans were a group of Illinois students called the “Spike Squad.” They are an official division of the Illinois’ student section organization called “Illini Pride,” and “Spike Squad” is specifically dedicated to the women’s volleyball team. They posed as Badger fans prior to first-serve, wearing red shirts over their orange ones, and then proceeded to go crazy after they revealed their true identities.The rowdy fans occupied the first four rows of the south side bleachers, just feet away from where the Badgers served in the first and third sets. Before each serve, the group would attempt to distract the server through a series of organized chants.The Badgers had four of their nine service errors come in the first set, possibly because of the unexpected distraction the group created. During the impressive third set, UW committed no service errors, an indication that they were able to adapt to a somewhat hostile environment at home court.“What you don’t expect is that in your own building there are more people willing to make that drive than to get out of bed and walk across campus,” Sheffield said. “This is a pretty good team we’ve got here, we just took out two top-ten teams, and we certainly could have used the students today.”The first year coach insists that Wisconsin’s faithful school spirit is one of the things that attracted him to Madison, and wonders why the students are reluctant to embrace his team. He says that the team is trying to make connections on campus by visiting residence halls, as well as bonding with the greater Madison community by visiting State Street and the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.“Hopefully at some point we get to a point where we travel like that,” Sheffield said. “But that will take time.”The Badgers have not been in the NCAA tournament since 2007, a year in which they set a Big Ten record for attendance. Since then, they have not had a winning record at home. The Badgers have already matched last season’s win total only halfway through this one and are in the process of rectifying an abysmal 5-15 Big Ten showing last year.
Wisconsin men’s hockey is not what it once was. It seems so long ago that they were one of the NCAA’s powerhouse programs.But what feels like an eternity of unsuccessful play hasn’t actually been much time at all in the grand scheme of things.Some short time ago — in fact, one only has to look as far back as the 2013-14 season — Wisconsin hockey was a national powerhouse.The Badgers finished that year as inaugural Big Ten champions, No. 7 in both the USCHO and USA Today polls and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament.But in the almost two seasons since, not much has happened until very recently. Two young bright spots have emerged for the Badgers in freshman forward Luke Kunin and starting goaltender Matt Jurusik.Both Jurusik and Kunin were added to the NHL Central Scouting’s lists of top, undrafted prospects only days ago. Kunin was named the No. 16 North American skater and Jurusik the No. 15 North American goaltender.Yet what is most interesting is that each player is part of an extreme minority on the lists. Jurusik is the only NCAA goaltending prospect on the list of North American goaltenders. Kunin is one of only two NCAA prospects in the top 20 North American skaters, and one of nine on the entire list comprising 200 skaters.The small figures represent a growing, ever-present realization that perhaps careers in the NCAA do not lead to success. Most of the NHL’s biggest stars are products of Canadian major junior leagues.Maybe young, promising NCAA players need to jump ship early. Surely they will hit a wall once they reach the next level, whether it be the AHL or NHL, but they need to see what is needed to elevate their game and continue their success. This is a wall their counterparts in the CHL leagues have already faced due to the competitive nature of their league.This contributes even further to the debate that the NCAA cannot provide the same level of competition that the Canadian major junior leagues can, which is evidenced by the departure of UW prospect Luke Opilka for the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL this past summer.Regardless, for Jurusik and Kunin, the allure of the next level is certainly there.Jurusik only has to look as far as NHL All-Stars and UW greats Mike Richter and Curtis Joseph, who each spent only one season with the Badgers before electing to go pro. Richter would win a Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers, a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics and make the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame despite a career cut-short by concussions. For Joseph, he would be remembered as a fan favorite for his 19-year playing career and three all-star appearances.For Kunin, even NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios and All-Stars Dany Heatley, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Joe Pavelski all left UW early to pursue their professional careers.Despite the obvious, that most of these players left NCAA hockey and Wisconsin early, such a basic observation lacks the depth of what is truly at play. While the NCAA may not match competition in the CHL and AHL, it is a necessary step in a player’s development.Ryan McDonagh took three years to hone his game before he left for the New York Rangers, but like Joseph, Chelios, Heatley, Stepan and Pavelski, he and his Badgers team made some noise in NCAA postseason play during his playing years.For Jurusik and Kunin to be taken seriously as prospects, they must elevate this Wisconsin team back to the levels its fans and the athletic department expect of it — the levels at which McDonagh, Chelios, etc. brought this program to that have allowed them to succeed.In fact, with the diminishing level that collegiate hockey continues to find itself at, it seems an almost necessary objective for an NCAA prospect to be invited to an NHL training camp and be given consideration for a roster spot.It is no small achievement for either Jurusik or Kunin to have been named to such a prestigious list of potential draft picks, but for now, each has to focus on the present — that present being the Wisconsin Badgers.Regardless of the arguments countless scouts and coaches make against playing NCAA hockey over the CHL, or the longevity of amateur careers, Jurusik and Kunin have each made their choices to come play at UW. Now they must continue to grow, and in order to prove their true worth and secure future considerations just as the great UW players before them, they need to be successful at their current level.That means bringing the Badgers back to the Frozen Four, making progress on a two-year rebuilding disaster for UW hockey, attaining a winning record and possibly even earning conference accolades themselves.In order for these two young players be taken as serious candidates for future NHL roster spots, they need to overachieve here at UW.