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Yellowjackets to honor Steve Nelson

UW-Superior men’s soccer coach Joe Mooney, left, presents former UWS athletic direc tor Steve Nelson with an autographed team jersey earlier this fall when Nelson announced his retirement. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Former University of Wisconsin-Superior athletic director and men’s hockey coach Steve Nelson will be honored prior to tonight’s men’s hockey game against the St. Norbert Green Knights.

Nelson, who retired as the UWS Athletic Director this past fall, was hired to coach the Yellowjacket men’s hockey team in 1986 and built the program into a national powerhouse.

From 1992 through his final season in 2000 Nelson guided the Yellowjackets to eight NCAA tournaments in nine years. Seven times the Yellowjackets reached the NCAA Final Four, and three times they played in the national championship game. 

The title of interim athletics director was added in 1996, with the interim tag being dropped a year later.

Nelson held both titles until he resigned in 2000 to become the commissioner of the America West Hockey League. In 2004, Nelson returned to UWS as full-time director of athletics.

UWS vs. St. Norbert

The Yellowjackets and Green Knights will be meeting for the 67th time at 7:05 p.m. today at Wessman Arena.

St. Norbert leads the all-time series 34-21-12 in a series that dates back to the 1990-91 season.

The Green Knights are 21-5-8 against UWS since a 2002 loss in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals at the Cornerstone Community Center.

St. Norbert is also 11-8-9 all-time at Wessman Arena.

The last time they played, the Green Knights defeated the Yellowjackets 4-1 Feb. 2, 2013 in Green Bay.

UWS, which begins the weekend with a 3-2-1 overall record, is led in scoring by the line of Ian Ecklund (3 goals, 7 assists), former Superior Spartan Daniel Litchke (1-7) and Anton Svensson (5-2).

St. Norbert (5-1) is led by Erik Cooper’s three goals and four assists. Michael Hill also has four goals and two assists, and Pijus Rulevicius and Noah Nelson both have three goals and one assist.

The Yellowjackets wrap up the weekend by hosting Marian at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.

Off To Nationals

UWS senior Charles Corbett will compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday in Winneconne, Wis.

Corbett, a senior from Park Falls, qualified for the national meet with a second-place finish at last weekend’s NCAA Central Regional.

Women’s hockey

The Lady Yellowjackets (3-3-2 overall, 0-1-1 WIAC) play at UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Pointers are currently 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the WIAC.

UWS will then host Augsburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Women’s basketball

The Yellowjackets (2-0) will participate in the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Classic this weekend.

UWS opens against UW-La Crosse at 6 p.m. today and will play the host Blugolds at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Yellowjackets then play at St. Benedict at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Toys for Tots

The UWS athletic department will be collecting toys for the Superior Fire Department’s annual Toys for Tots toy drive at all home games Dec. 11 and 12.

Fans are asked to bring new, unopened toys to the game to be given to children in Superior and Douglas County during the holiday season.

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