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Eddie Wittchow happy to see Tommy Novak is okay and playing

Matt Christians/SBN College Hockey

Minnesota's Tommy Novak is perhaps surprisingly playing in Saturday's North Star College Cup semifinal a week after being knocked unconscious on the ice from an on-ice hit.

The player who delivered that hit, Wisconsin senior defenseman Eddie Wittchow, is one person happy to see him back. Wittchow said as much in a class-act response.

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Wittchow received a game disqualification for the hit (see here) and an extra two extra suspension by the Big Ten for the hit, his second such on a Minnesota player in a year. He is eligible to return to play for the Badgers February 13th against Michigan.

Novak, a 2015 3rd round pick of the Nashville Predators, has 16 points (2G-14A) in 23 games this season.