David Makowski No Stranger To Green Bay

(left) DU's David Makowski is a pop culture sensation

From: Green Bay Press Gazette
by Rich Palzewic

For all that former Green Bay Gamblers player David Makowski did for the organization — helped them win two Anderson Cups and a Clark Cup — it's probably not what he's best known for.

He'll be remembered most for something he did on Feb. 19 while playing for the University of Denver.

With his team playing short-handed against Michigan Tech, Makowski fired a 190-foot wrist shot from behind his net that found its way past Tech goalie Kevin Genoe. The play even made the "Not Top Ten" list on ESPN's "SportsCenter."

"We were in our zone," Makowski said. "Drew Shore won the faceoff back to me and I was just trying to flip it out and got it over everyone's heads. It took kind of a wild bounce, and in that rink it's so hard to see the puck sometimes when it gets high and gets lost in those crimson-color seats. The goalie might have lost sight of it and I was pretty lucky."

Makowski returns to the Resch Center with his Denver teammates this weekend for the NCAA Division I Midwest Hockey Regional where they will face off against Western Michigan at 4 p.m. today in the second of two semifinal games. The championship game will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

"I think there will be quite a few North Dakota and Western Michigan fans, so it might almost be like playing an away game," Makowski said.

Makowski is one of eight Denver players to score at least 25 points this season. The freshman defenseman from Wildwood, Mo., has six goals and 22 assists.

"The (Green Bay) coaching staff is unbelievable at developing players, so the adjustment period wasn't too bad for me," Makowski said. "It took a couple games to get used to the different style — obviously the players are bigger, stronger and faster — but for the most part it wasn't too bad."

In 122 career games with the Gamblers, Makowski registered 88 points and had an amazing +53 plus/minus rating.

"The Gamblers organization is unbelievable from top to bottom," Makowski said. "The coaching, the fans and the game-day staff were great.

"I'm just really excited to be back."

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