MACwood Squares is our summer reading series on the best athletes in Mid-American Conference sports history. This week features Bowling Green. Looking for your MAC school? Consult our schedule for other teams and please submit your nominees as well.
No, hockey isn't a MAC sport, but it is a Bowling Green sport. And a historic one, too. (1984, anyone?) So it's incomplete to discuss Falcons sports without mentioning their men on the ice, who've had so many great players, including some who went onto the NHL.
Kevin Bieksa (2000-04) — Probably the second-best player on his team next to Sigalet, but he scored the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks to get them to the Stanley Cup Finals last night, so for that, let's throw him on here.
Rob Blake (1987-90) — 1990 Hobey Baker finalist, 2000 Stanley Cup winner with Colorado, 2002 Olympic gold medalist with Canada, 6-time All-Star, and if you're looking for any more accolades, well, then you're just not very easy to please.
Nelson Emerson (1986-90) — Three-time Hobey Baker finalist, all-time BGSU points leader (220), well-traveled NHL veteran, including three relocated teams (Jets/Whalers/Thrashers). Wonder if anybody's ever done that before.
George McPhee (1978-82) — 1982 Hobey Baker winner, then went onto an NHL playing career and currently resides as the Washington Capitals general manager.
Ken Morrow (1975-79) — Member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team and also won four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders. Seems like a lot of trophies.
Jordan Sigalet (2001-05) — 2005 Hobey Baker finalist and a career 91.5 save percentage. He was probably the best BGSU icer from the 2000s. I graduated with him and he'll always be one of my favorite athletes from that time period, because of the way he continued to play at a high level despite knowing he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Who are your nominees for Bowling Green's MACwood Squares? Comment below, tweet us at @HustleBelt or submit a FanPost making your case. The final nine will be revealed Friday.
Best BGSU hockey player ever:
Ken Morrow (22 votes)
George McPhee (30 votes)
Nelson Emerson (8 votes)
Rob Blake (53 votes)
Brian Holzinger (2 votes)
Kevin Bieksa (7 votes)
Jordan Sigalet (5 votes)
Someone else (mention in comments) (14 votes)
141 total votes