Here’s wishing a belated happy holidays to all of our faithful USCHO readers. This week’s edition is more of what I’ve crunched rather than what I think.

For the past couple of seasons, I’ve ranked the holiday tournaments by combined winning percentage of the teams involved. I can’t exactly remember why — probably because, when I was covering Wisconsin for my newspaper job, I wanted to see how the Badger Hockey Showdown stacked up against the other fields. It always seemed like the Showdown was falling off in terms of the quality of the invited teams, and I wanted some way to quantify that.

So here it is, the 21st and last season of the Showdown, and look which tournament is topping the rankings:

1. Badger Hockey Showdown, 38-19-6 (.651)

2. Wells Fargo Denver Cup, 38-22-10 (.614)

3. Florida College Classic, 31-21-7 (.585)

4. Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup, 32-20-6 (.515)

5. Toyota UConn Classic, 26-27-10 (.492)

6. Shillelagh Tournament, 27-30-13 (.479)

7. Great Lakes Invitational, 33-38-3 (.466)

8. Ledyard National Bank Classic, 23-31-6 (.433)

9. Dodge Holiday Classic, 21-41-9 (.359)

At least the Showdown is going out in style. It started at Milwaukee’s Bradley Center in 1989 as something of a novelty, and it had an incredible first five years. But interest waned, and the tournament moved to Wisconsin’s campus in 2003.

Now, with expectations of games between Big Ten teams on the rise, the Badgers have some scheduling flexibility down the road.

It was probably time for it to go, but speaking as someone who’s been at 20 of the 21 Showdowns, it’ll be a little odd not having it around next year.

  • Sshablak

    Austin Smith leads the nation with 15 goals, four shorties, second in scoring, one point behind the leaders. Five goals over the weekend, what you have to do to get mentioned ???

    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry, no way he isn’t INCH’s National Player of the Week.

    • Mea culpa. Noticed, but it fell to the back of my notes by the time I was writing.

    • FD8

      Oh but it’s SOOOOOOO interesting to hear about how much we suck. -_-

  • Yes, I heard about Smith with leading 15 goals. Great achievement !!

  • ColSkate65

    How could anyone overlook a player who leads the nation in goals (and SHGs) and had five goals – including a hat trick – over the two games last weekend. Defies logic!