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Drewiske honored, will skate for L.A. Kings

Half of Wisconsin's senior class has signed professional hockey contracts as defenseman and Badger captain Davis Drewiske, as well as senior defenseman Josh Engel, have joined the ranks of professional hockey players.

Both Drewiske and Engel were on the 2006 NCAA championship team. Drewiske, who finished second among Badger blue liners with 21 points and who shared the team lead among defensemen with five goals, signed a multi-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He reported to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League for the playoffs.

Drewiske, who is listed as No. 12 on the roster, joins former blue line teammates Jeff Likens and Joe Piskula, both of whom skate for the Monarchs.

A free agent, the Hudson native completed his Badger career with 12 goals and 41 points in 152 career games played. He skated plus-28 for his career after going plus-6 in 2007-08. He also finished his career with two power-play goals, both this past season, as well as one short-handed tally, one game-tying goal and 136 penalty minutes.

Wisconsin men's hockey held its 45th annual awards banquet Friday. The banquet honored the team's seniors and award winners from the 2007-08 season. The team finished the year at 16-17-7 and came within one goal of making the NCAA Frozen Four for the second time in three seasons.

Drewiske was honored twice, including as winner of the Spike Carlson MVP Award, which is voted on by the players. Four of his five goals came in the UW's final nine contests of the season, including two goals in the post-season.

Drewiske was also honored with the W Club Community Service Award. Drewiske took part in team service projects such as visiting the UW Children's Hospital and the 48-hour practice for clean water in Africa. He also played in various charity golf outings for Easter Seals, the Hudson Hockey Association and Fore a Cure for Huntington's Disease. Finally, Drewiske skated with local youth hockey players throughout the year at Madison Ice Arena.

Brother act

The Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL hockey league also made an announcement, that forward Jake Drewiske, brother of Davis, has committed to St. Lawrence University in New York for the 2008-09 season. He obtained a scholarship and becomes the ninth Stampede player to commit to a Division I program.

The Hudson native is in his third season with the Stampede and was a member of the Herd's Anderson Cup (2005-06) and Clark Cup (2006-07) Championship squads. The Stampede captain and spokesman has tallied 17 points, among them eight goals, in 46 games this season and ranks second all-time in franchise history in games played with 153. The team finished second in their league this season.