Rob "Ringo" Andringa is one of the all time great Wisconsin hockey players. He played in a team record 179 games from 1987 to 1991 and was part of a national title in 1990.
"His love and passion for our program, there is nobody that you could say has that same fabric," said Tony Granato, the current head mens hockey coach at Wisconsin. "Head to toe he's a Badger hockey player and representative."
Andringa has always been around the game. More recently, he joined the broadcast booth. His commentary has been heard on the Big Ten Network and the WIAA state tournament broadcasts. All while battling colon cancer that he was diagnosed with in December of 2017.
On May 1st, 2020 Rob's son Jack posted online that his dad will discontinue chemotherapy and begin at-home hospice as recommended by Rob's doctor.
Word got out to show support for Ringo, people are encouraged to take a picture with the Ringo Bucky in front of State Street Brats in Madison. Many have participated, creating a trending hashtag of Ringo Strong on social media.
"The rallying group has decided as a supportive group that let's be Ringo Strong," said Granato. "Let's show him how much support he has."