(Courtesy of UWBadgers.com)

MADISON -- Former Badger hockey player and Hobey Baker award-winner Blake Geoffrion and some of his closest hockey friends will scrimmage for a cause on Friday, June 27. The Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic will raise money to benefit the UW Health Burn Center. Tickets for the Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic go on sale Friday, May 23.

Those scheduled to play in the Hockey Classic include former Badger greats like Geoffrion, Adam Burish, Tom Gilbert, Derek Stepan, Justin Schultz, Jack Skille, Craig Smith, Brian Elliott, Ryan McDonagh, Brendan Smith and Patrick Johnson, among others.

"Hockey players are a tight-knit group, so I wasn't surprised that so many volunteered to play in the game. We're always willing to help each other out," said Geoffrion. "The fact that their participation will raise money for the Burn Center is icing on the cake."

The UW Health Burn Center, one of only 64 verified burn centers in the U.S., has seven beds. One third of the admissions are children 17 and younger.

"It's an honor to get support from hockey players," said Dr. Lee Faucher, burn surgeon and director of the Burn Center. "The support allows us to achieve our goals: research to improve the care of patients with burn injuries, and team education."

Scientists at the UW Health Burn Center are committed to developing new skin substitutes and polymers to treat injuries more rapidly and exploring how guided imagery and virtual reality can help burn survivors cope with pain and depression.

Badger men's hockey coach
Mike Eaves said the hockey program's relationship with the Burn Center began when he and an assistant coach visited patients in the unit.

"I think the response by the former Badgers has been tremendous in terms of their availability and willingness to play in this game," said Eaves. "That speaks to the great memories they have of Madison and their generosity by giving back to the community."

"The community support has been amazing," said Geoffrion. "None of this would be possible without the support of UW Athletics Director Barry Alvarez, the entire Athletics Department and the University."

The exhibition game featuring former Badger men's hockey players will be played June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at LaBahn Arena. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors (ages 2-18 & 55+) and all proceeds benefit the UW Health Burn Center.   
If you become a 2014-15 Wisconsin men's hockey season ticket holder and purchase Hockey Classic tickets, you are then eligible to receive exclusive access to a free post-game meet and greet with the players. Space is very limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual season ticket holder accounts will have a limit of four invitations to the meet and greet.  

season tickets and Hockey Classic tickets are available starting Friday at the UW Athletic Ticket Office or at UWBadgers.com.

Please contact the Athletic Ticket Office with any questions at 1.800 GO BADGERS, 608.262.1440 or visit