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Former Green Bay Gambler has happy homecoming in Wildcats win over Badgers at the Resch Center

October 13, 2012 - Matt Wellens

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — As the host team this weekend at the Resch Center against Wisconsin, the Northern Michigan University hockey team had use of the home team’s locker room, that of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.

And when former Gambler Reed Seckel returned to his old dressing room, the organization made sure its 2008-09 team MVP felt right at home.

“I think it’s great for a guy like him,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said. “We get into the locker room, he’s in his old stall. ... He’s got his Gambler name tag on the wall. His dad’s name is carved in the wall back there where they had beers when they were here. It’s got to feel great for him. We’re so proud of him — the student he’s developed into and the player. I’m so happy he can come back and do that.”

On Friday, in his first game back at the Resch Center since hoisting the USHL’s Clark Cup in 2010, Seckel did what he had done 34 other times in Green Bay — scored a goal.

Seckel scored 18 seconds into the third period to tie the game at 1-1, with freshman Cohen Adair adding the game winner midway through the period for a 2-1 victory.

LINK: Wildcats rally past Badgers in third period.

AUDIO/VIDEO: NMU Hockey Report

Only 3,176 fans came out to see Seckel’s return to Titletown — the Gamblers have contributed five regular season Anderson Cup titles and four Clark Cup playoff titles to that nickname — compared to the 8,487 who came out in 2010 for a decisive Game 5 against Fargo.

Still, Seckel cracked the same smile he did earlier in the week when asked to share his thoughts on Green Bay, the Gamblers and the Resch Center.

“It was super nice,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Seckel was one of five former Gamblers on the Resch Center ice on Friday. The other four — Chase Drake (2007-08), Jefferson Dahl (2008), Ryan Little (2005-08) and Sean Little (2008-10) — wore red and white.

The Wildcats and Badgers are both staying at the same hotel down the street from the Resch Center, so the former Badgers all got a chance to catch up upon their arrival on Thursday.

Seckel even had a chance earlier in the week to Skype with Sean Little, who hoisted the Clark Cup with Seckel in 2010.

“It was nice talking to those guys about the year and how the summer was. We talked about memories,” Seckel said.

“It’s a great town, great fans. Everything about this place is great. It feels good to be back and I couldn’t ask for anything better.



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Northern Michigan University sophomore forward Reed Seckel tried to pass the puck past Wisconsin defenseman Frankie Simonelli during the third period on Friday at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wis. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)