Friday, June 26, 2009

Today in Badger Hockey History: Dave Tanabe / Matt Doman


Sophomore hockey players Dave Tanabe and Matt Doman were drafted by the NHL.

Tanabe was taken by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, the 16th pick overall. Doman was selected in the fifth round by the Calgary Flames, the 135th pick overall.


Dave Tanabe, a defenseman from White Bear Lake, MN, played just 1 season with the Badgers (88-99) during which he led Badger defensemen in scoring (10-12-22 in 35 GP). Tanabe went on to play 9 seasons in the NHL. I haven't followed his career, but it looks like his last season was the 2007-08 season. Anyone know what he's doing now?

Matt Doman, a forward from Sartell, MN, played 4 seasons with the Badgers (98-02, 26-39-65, 135 GP). He served as an alternate captain as a junior and senior, was named Most Competitive Player as a senior, and won the W-Club Community Service Award as a senior. Doman went on to play just 1 season in the AHL/ECHL. He's now head coach (I wish I could get a bigger copy of that picture of him as a Badger!) of the the Stillwater Bantam A program.