Blowers Racing

Spearheading Sports Quality

Wisconsin women’s hockey team adds a 2022 Olympian via transfer | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey

Wisconsin women’s hockey team adds a 2022 Olympian via transfer | Wisconsin Badgers Hockey

Three years after an elite-level women’s hockey player transferred to the University of Wisconsin from a Boston school looking to chase a national title, it’s happening again.

U.S. Olympian Jesse Compher will play her final season of collegiate eligibility with the Badgers starting in the fall, UW announced Tuesday.

Just as Daryl Watts stepped into a key role in the offense in 2019 after moving from Boston College, Compher is expected to be a vital part of UW’s attack after four seasons at Boston University and an Olympic year.

How Madison landed a major international women's hockey tournament for June

“I’m excited to get on campus with all my new teammates and join a winning culture while also having the chance to pursue my master’s,” Compher said in a statement released by UW.

Compher, who turns 23 in July, scored three goals in seven games at the Beijing Olympics with the U.S., which lost to Canada in the gold medal game. She played on the fourth line and moved to center after former UW player Brianna Decker broke her left leg and was lost for the tournament in the first game.

People are also reading…

Compher, a Northbrook, Illinois, native, was a standout center at Boston University, winning more than 60% of her faceoffs over her final two seasons. She had a breakout sophomore season in 2018-19, scoring 61 points and going plus-38 in 37 games en route to being named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, a second-team All-American and a first-team Hockey East pick.

She had 127 points in 109 games in four years with the Terriers.

Wisconsin's Daryl Watts named a women's hockey All-American for the 4th time

The Badgers lost two of their top three centers — fifth-year seniors Brette Pettet and Delaney Drake — after last season, which ended with a NCAA quarterfinal loss at Northeastern. Forwards Watts, Caitlin Schneider and Maddie Posick also finished their fifth seasons, and UW signed four forwards to replace them.

UW also is scheduled to get back on the team forwards Britta Curl and Lacey Eden next season. They missed the 2021-22 college season while trying out for the U.S. Olympic team. Neither initially was picked; Curl was going to be added after Decker’s injury but she tested positive for COVID-19 during processing for the trip to Beijing.

Northeastern ends Wisconsin's hopes of 3rd straight NCAA women's hockey title

The Huskies thought they frustrated the Badgers’ offense in a victory that kept UW from its eighth straight Frozen Four.

Season high for blocked shots key in Wisconsin getting past Clarkson in NCAA tournament opener

The Badgers blocked 25 shots and got 30 saves from Kennedy Blair to advance to a regional final against Northeastern.

Ohio State brings an end to Wisconsin's run of winning WCHA semifinals

Liz Schepers and Gabby Rosenthal scored second-period goals for the Buckeyes after Sophie Shirley put the Badgers in front.

Career-best 5 points from Casey O'Brien sends Wisconsin women's hockey into WCHA Final Faceoff

O’Brien scored the first of her two goals 66 seconds into the game as the Badgers women’s hockey team completed a sweep of Bemidji State.

Brette Pettet's third-period goal gives Wisconsin lead in WCHA playoff series

The Wisconsin women’s hockey team had to rally to start the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in a positive way.

Short-handed Wisconsin women's hockey team gets swept at Ohio State, finishes 3rd in WCHA

Goalie Kennedy Blair missed the game and forward Sarah Wozniewicz left early as injuries continued to pile up for the Badgers.

Wisconsin suffers worst loss in nearly 6 years as No. 2 Ohio State scores 5 in first 2 periods

The Badgers looked undisciplined on the defensive side of the ice at times and fell into third place in the WCHA with one game to play.

Senior day belongs to Wisconsin's seniors, and Delaney Drake plays a starring role

Drake, Daryl Watts and Grace Bowlby all had multiple points in their last regular-season home game with the Badgers women’s hockey team.

How the Wisconsin top line outmaneuvered Minnesota State, helping Daryl Watts climb the scoring chart

Watts and linemate Casey O’Brien both scored twice but the Badgers had to climb out of an early hole again.

Why Daryl Watts says 'tides are changing' after a Wisconsin women's hockey rebound victory

Watts scored three times as the Badgers salvaged a split of a series against Minnesota Duluth.

Wisconsin women's hockey can't solve Minnesota Duluth goalie in shutout loss

Jojo Chobak made 45 saves in cranking up the level of scoring frustration a little more for UW.

Back in 1st: Daryl Watts scores twice as Wisconsin women's hockey ends road trip with victory at St. Thomas

The Badgers took over first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, going percentage points ahead of Minnesota and Ohio State.

How Makenna Webster helped the Wisconsin women's hockey team end its longest win drought since 2012

The Badgers moved into a tie with Ohio State for second place in the WCHA with a victory at St. Cloud State.

Wisconsin women's hockey team rallies for tie at St. Cloud State despite 55-shot barrage

Emma Polusny makes 54 saves for St. Cloud State, which halts a 29-game losing streak to the Badgers with the tie.

Wisconsin swept for 1st time in nearly 4 years as Minnesota answers early goals

The Gophers took 11 of 12 points in the four-game regular-season series against the Badgers.

Minnesota hands top-ranked Wisconsin another loss with late goal

The Gophers secured the advantage in the regular-season series between the border rivals for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Wisconsin scores 15 in charity women's hockey exhibition victory against UW-Eau Claire

The game matched the Badgers, ranked No. 1 in Division I, and the Blugolds, No. 4 in Division III.

Scoring depth, penalty kill help Wisconsin women's hockey finish series with tie against Quinnipiac

The top-ranked Badgers went 4-for-4 in killing penalties, including one in overtime against the fourth-ranked Bobcats.

How Casey O'Brien recognized an opportunity to spark Wisconsin's victory against Quinnipiac

O’Brien scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal in the third period for the top-ranked Badgers against the fourth-ranked Bobcats.

Wisconsin women's hockey finishes 2021 with sweep of Bemidji State behind 4 points from Daryl Watts

The Badgers swept a series in Bemidji for the first time since Feb. 3-4, 2017.

Wisconsin's most productive 1st period of season, 2 goals from Daryl Watts drive victory at Bemidji State

The Badgers hadn’t scored more than two goals in a first period this season but scored four times to take control of the series opener against the Beavers.

Wisconsin women's hockey looks for lessons after tie, shootout loss to Minnesota

Close but not enough was the theme for the Badgers during a series in which they never led.

Momentum disappears in a flash as No. 1 Wisconsin's unbeaten streak ends against Minnesota

The Badgers lost for the first time this season and had a 22-game unbeaten streak that dated to last season extinguished.

Wisconsin women's hockey team completes sweep of St. Thomas with 65-shot barrage

Brette Pettet, Makenna Webster, Sophie Shirley and Casey O’Brien all were credited with a goal and an assist for the top-ranked Badgers.

Scoring droughts end in Wisconsin women's hockey team's rout of St. Thomas

Maddi Wheeler scored twice and recorded her first four-point game for the Badgers in their first game against the Tommies.

Daryl Watts moves to 6th in all-time NCAA women's hockey scoring with hat trick in Badgers' rout of Bemidji State

Held scoreless on 56 shots a day earlier, the Badgers broke out with eight goals on Sunday.

Badgers women's hockey team held to tie by Bemidji State despite 56-shot barrage

Hannah Hogenson made 56 saves for Bemidji State, the most ever by a Badgers women’s hockey opponent in a shutout. But Wisconsin managed to pick up the extra point in the shootout.

Makenna Webster's natural hat trick seals Badgers' sweep of Minnesota State, 18th straight win

The Badgers women’s hockey team earns a series sweep, thanks in part to Webster scoring three times in a 6:26 stretch of the third period.

Daryl Watts scores tiebreaking goal as Badgers down Minnesota State, improve to 11-0

UW outshot the Mavericks 18-3 in the third period to assume control and then guide the game to the finish.

Nicole LaMantia finds room for first overtime goal as No. 1 Badgers down No. 2 Ohio State

LaMantia recorded her first two-goal performance in 108 career games for the Badgers.

No. 1 Badgers women's hockey team overcomes No. 2 Ohio State with second-period goals

Casey O’Brien’s redirection late in the second period gave UW the lead for good in a 3-1 victory against No. 2 Ohio State at LaBahn Arena.

Daryl Watts sets up Casey O'Brien for OT goal as Badgers rally from slow start

“We could have given up real easily down 2-0,” coach Mark Johnson said after the Badgers improved to 8-0 this season.

Solid defense, Makenna Webster power-play goals send Badgers women's hockey team to 7-0

The Badgers blanked Minnesota Duluth behind 24 saves from Kennedy Blair in their first top-10 challenge of the season.

Daryl Watts records 5 points as Badgers women's hockey team improves to 6-0

Watts scored twice and assisted on three other goals as UW completed a sweep of St. Cloud State with a 6-1 victory at LaBahn Arena.

Badgers get emotional in honoring 2021 NCAA women's hockey championship team before they shut out St. Cloud State

Daryl Watts became only the ninth NCAA women’s hockey player to reach 250 points in the victory.

Top line comes up big again as Badgers women's hockey team completes sweep at Merrimack

Makenna Webster, Casey O’Brien and Daryl Watts all scored in the Badgers women hockey team’s shutout victory.

Badgers blank Merrimack behind 2 more goals from Casey O'Brien

O’Brien raised her season goal total to eight in just three games.

Casey O'Brien's 4 goals launch Badgers to sweep of Lindenwood

Fifteen of 18 Wisconsin skaters recorded at least a point as the Badgers defeated the Lions for the 19th straight time.

Badgers rout Lindenwood in highest-scoring season opener since 2011

Sophomores Maddi Wheeler and Casey O’Brien both scored twice for the top-ranked Badgers.