Nick Macdonald and Jack Macdonald were all over the ice for the Baraboo/Portage boys hockey team this winter. That all-around game led the brothers to be Baraboo/Portage's only representatives on the all-Badger North Conference team.
Nick Macdonald earned a second-team all-conference pick for the second consecutive season. The senior had a team-high 24 points on the year, the most of any defenseman in the Badger North. Macdonald led the Thunderbirds with 18 assists, while adding six goals.
"He was always that calm within the storm of competition," head coach Andy Waldvogel said. "He controlled the defensive end and always had a good first touch when we were breaking the zone."
Nick got in the scoresheet on most nights, but he also helped the T-Birds in other areas.
"One of those guys that was compelled to be better and push others to do the same," Waldvogel said. "Not going to rest until the job gets done. That was the case for our entire senior class."
Jack Macdonald was an honorable mention selection after collecting 23 points. The junior forward scored a team-high 14 goals, including three in the postseason, to lead the Baraboo/Portage attack.
"I think hockey really is a lifestyle for him," Waldvogel said. "It's important for him to be prepared. He showed the younger players what practice should be like. ... He was going to leave everything on the ice."
After back-to-back all-conference seasons, Waldvogel expects Jack to come back better next year.
"He'll challenge himself in the offseason," Waldvogel said. "The only statistic that really matters to Jack is if we win or we lose. And he wants to make sure he's a contributing piece of putting more marks in the win column."
The Macdonald brothers joined senior forward Aaron Brekke as captains on a team that was undergoing change. The T-Birds were disqualified from the 2015-16 postseason and entered this season with a new head coach in Waldvogel.
"They're just special people, hockey aside," Waldvogel said of the captains. "When they're talking, their teammates are listening. ... We wanted to raise the bar of what our expectations were, and they were the driving force in that."
As a whole, the 12-man senior class led the T-Birds to an 11-15-2 record, but they'll leave behind more than that.
"Unfortunately for the seniors, I don't think they'll get to fully enjoy the hard work they put in," Waldvogel said. "We had to redefine what it meant to be a Thunderbird. The younger guys saw that this year and for them it's just going to be how things are going forward. ... I really owe them a thank you."