Former Devil Bruce Driver was inducted into the University of Wisconsin’s Athletics Hall of Fame last night in Madison, Wisconsin.
Driver was inducted along with John Easker (cross country running), Lee Evans (football), Tom Grantham (chairman of the “Crazylegs Classic” race and a “special service” selection), Rick Lawinger (wrestling), Kari Maijala (women’s soccer), Kirk Penney (men’s basketball) and Jeff Sauer (men’s hockey coach).
According to his bio on the Badgers’ website, Driver “is one of just 10 UW men’s hockey players to be a part of two NCAA championship teams.” He was a freshman member of the 1981 national champions and a junior on the 1983 national champs. He was also a team captain on the 1983 team. In 1982, his sophomore season, Driver was named a first-team All-American defenseman. The Badgers also advanced to the NCAA title game that year, as well. Driver was the defense partner of Chris Chelios on the 1983 championship team.
In his college career, the Toronto native scored 31 goals and 94 assists for 125 points to go with 226 penalty minutes in 137 career games. He was taken in the sixth round, 108th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
He would make his NHL debut in the 1983-84 season for the Devils and would go on to play 15 seasons in the league for the Devils and Rangers before retiring in 1998. He won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995 and today serves as the president of the Devils Alumni Association in addition to coaching high school hockey in New Jersey.