Former Wisconsin hockey coach Jeff Sauer dies

After spending six seasons as an assistant coach with the Tigers and the University of Wisconsin, he served as head coach at his alma mater from 1971-82. Wisconsin won two NCAA titles with Sauer as the head coach.Sauer played at Colorado College, graduating in 1965, before embarking on a lengthy head coaching career.Sauer thought he was done with coaching after he left the UW, but he told that the challenge to coach the sled hockey team rejuvenated him.Sauer, the WCHA Coach of the Year in 1972 and 1975, was inducted into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014, and the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.Jeff Sauer, the hockey coach whose career spanned decades, including nearly 20 years at UW-Madison, died Thursday at the age of 73.We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff Sauer.Sauer’s 489 victories are the most for a UW coach in any sport. He was about caring for people and sharing. He also was associated with the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.He most recently coached the U.S. National Sled Hockey team, who won gold in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.”He was just a great person and anyone that has had the pleasure of knowing him, playing for him or that was touched by what he gave us was just so lucky to have him as a coach and friend”.