Ice hockey has been a varsity sport at UW–Madison since 1921–22 — but not consistently. In its early days, the UW didn’t have an indoor skating rink, and hockey players suffered the whims of nature and Lake Mendota ice. The sport was dropped after the 1934–35 season and spent nearly three decades on hiatus, returning in 1963. After the arrival of Bob Johnson in 1966, the Badger men’s team became a perennial contender. It won national championships in 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, and 2006. The women’s ice hockey program began in 1999, and that squad has won four national championships: 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011. Both teams currently play at the Kohl Center.
The art for the Badger Pride Wall was created for WAA by Madison illustrator Nate Koehler.