State this heading into the big 10 playoffs tomorrow at penn state... the badger men's hockey team is tied for fifth in the conference... with a 5-5-and-4 record.
Not necessarily a season that inspires excitement.
But dannika lewis introduces us to a man with infectuous enthusiasm that doesn't end with hockey.
That's new at ten... and only on news 3 now.
Nats you know the saying... it's better to have loved and lost... than to have never loved at all.
1605 you know, losing's not fun, but it's inevitable.
The badger faithful know that well.
0536 it takes an extraordinary act for me to not be at a hockey game.
When it's hockey season, i plan everything - friday and saturday nights - around hockey games.
In a sea of 17- thousand... getting singled out requires proven loyalty... 0941 come on!
This is badger hockey!
44 the kind of consistency you'll find in section 126.
You've got to support the guys.
Don't abandon them.
1027 jeff barrette guesses he's spent the last 15 years worth of winter weekends at the kohl center.
You lose track when you love a team this much.
0754 the thrill of being there when something special happens... the moment that you know you're on top of the heap, that it's your team that just won, the feeling is just great, just fantastic.
That and beating minnesota.
0713 as much as you'd think a center ice santa clause would stand out on his own... you might know jeff... not by how he looks... but how he cheers.
0852 i said okay, fine.
I said, i'll see if i can get the crowd charged up.
So i started going like that... nats - hey hey hey then they started putting me on during the game, and the students were the ones that picked up on it first, and they started doing it, and then after that, it just kind of snowballed from there.
0916 nats - hey hey hey 0818 it was all by accident, seriously.
15 years... fastened to his season seats... like the pins that weigh down his signature cap.
1037 that was another accident (laughs)... 2618 i'll do it as long as i can.
I'm not a young man anymore, as you can tell by the color of my beard a retired fleet services repairman for the city... 1645 thirty-three years, five months, and eight days.
47 jeff spends the warmer months revving up his harley.
People ask, why do you ride a motorcycle?
It's real easy.
I can't afford an airplane.
2511 nats - explaining and/or making an urn when a biking buddy lost his battle to cancer... jeff searched long and hard for something he would love.
Nats - explaining and/or making an urn when he couldn't find an urn that made the cut... he made one himself.
20 i think it really portrays what a biker's all about.
I mean, it's a real motorcycle cylinder, and the ones we use right now they've been used, so as my partner says, they've breathed fire.
47 ever since he decided to remember his friend this way... jeff's been securing platnum nuts and bolts to cylinders... and creating custom pieces for a "riders last rest".
He worked hard to patent the concept... and sells them to families who've lost a harley enthusiast.
3143 i don't know how long i'll do it though because like i said, i'm not a young man anymore.
But we'll see.
We'll see what happens.
49 those decades as a mechanic help... 1738 i actually got that from my father... and along with inherited dexterity... jeff never lost his dad's wit... even after losing him.
19 i said, you know, when your number comes up on that board, there's nothing you can do about it.
He looked at me and said, yeah, but you don't have to go looking for the guy with the chalk.
53 nats - jeff cheering sometimes... simple things catch on... mistakes turn into a legacy... nats and hey hey hey... nats sometimes you lose... but the love is what lasts.
1626 everything in life, you win and you lose, it's just how you handle it.
32 in madison, dannika lewis... news 3 now.
Strangely enough... jeff doesn't even skate.
He says there wasn't a good place to learn growing up in mineral point.
If you want to learn more about the urns... just search for "riders last rest" on facebook...