CHRIS "CAESAR" THIESING
5'8" 160 FORWARD
EAU CLAIRE MEMORIAL (1984-87 )
Chris "Caesar" Thiesing, one of three brothers (Scott and Tim) to play for Memorial in the '80's, was an electrifying skater with a knack for scoring clutch goals. With all due respect to Andy Akervik, Seth Soley, Dennis Fox, and all of the other great scorers the Abes have had, Caesar probably had more big goals than any of them. Here's the evidence:
Thiesing had the game-winning goal in the Abes' first win ever over Madison Memorial (at the final horn!) He scored five game-winning goals in eight games against Eau Claire North, two of them in overtime. In one of the Abes' two losses to the Huskies, his overtime shot at a game-winner missed by inches. In the first 24 years of the series against Superior, Memorial won only twice ...in 1985 and 1987. In the first win, Thiesing had the game-winner. In the second one, he had three goals and an assist in a 5-2 win. Ironically, it was Superior that ended Memorial's season both years...2-1 and 7-6. He beat Eddie Roethke and Menomonie three times in four games, including twice ending their season in the WIAA playoffs (1985 and 1986).
In his sophomore and junior seasons, Chris scored the game-winner in all four of Memorial's WIAA triumphs. In his senior year, he scored a hat trick in a 14-2 win over Altoona and was the decoy, drawing two defensemen to him in the opening seconds of overtime, allowing Tim Harvey to get open for the game-winner in a 3-2 win over Chippewa Falls.
Thiesing closed out his career 4th on the all-time scoring list and 3rd in goals. He is still in the top ten in career scoring and one of only six Old Abes to light the lamp over 50 times. He was voted 2nd Team All-Big Rivers Conference as a sophomore, and 1st team All-BRC as a junior and senior. In 1985-86, he was the Big Rivers Conference Co-Player of the Year and the All-Northwest Player of the Year.
Chris Thiesing weaves his way through the Menomonie defense on January 23rd, 1986. Thiesing scored the only goal of the game.
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