Hockey, Men's - 1998-99

Induction Year: 2011

NCAA Runners-Up

Overall Record: 22-8-3

NCHA Record: 9-6-1

WIAC Record: 5-3-0


Head Coach: Steve Nelson

Assistant Coaches: Dan Stauber, Dean Reed, Mark Wick  

Team members: Keith Bartholomaus, Tom Pink, Dave Harbinson, Randy Currie, Milan Tomaska, Bruce Leonard, Chad Matushak, Sheldon Friske, Todd Drouin, Chris Chelios, Ryan Sarazin, Cameron Donohue, Mark Meier, Chris Bell, Matt LaValley, Nate Cockerham, Tim Walsh, Jay Stewart, Ivan Prokic, Steve Wiggins, Kris Biosselle, Scott Wagner, Randy Barker, Kris Wilson, Jeff Glowa, Kevin Paschal, Eric Pitoscia, Brian Grycan, Mike Kaehler, Clint Johnson 

The 1998-'99 Yellowjacket men's hockey team was a typical Yellowjacket hockey team in the 1990s. Not necessarily having the success some would want in the regular season, the team did the same as others before it -- it started playing its best hockey as the end of the season neared, and rode the wave of momentum into the NCAA tournament.  

Despite a fifth-place finish in the highly competitive NCHA, the Yellowjackets found themselves sweeping a home playoff series over UW-Stout before bowing out of the NCHA playoffs in the semifinals at St. Norbert, losing in a mini-game.

On NCAA selection day, the Yellowjackets got a call, giving them new life and an NCAA berth. After a series win on home ice over St. Thomas, the Yellowjackets headed to Northfield, Vermont, as the only west region entrant in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championships.  

The Yellowjackets dispatched host Norwich University in the semifinals, thanks to a hat trick by senior Steve Wiggins. In the final, the team fell to four-time defending champion Middlebury, settling for second place in the nation, the third Yellowjacket team to be the national runner-up.  

Still, the experience was crucial in paving the way for national glory, as the seniors on the 2002 National Champions were freshmen on this team.