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  • Air Force schedule firms up

    Fri, July 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012With only Air Force and Sacred Heart yet to release its schedule, the Falcons ’2014-15 hockey slate is almost completely known based off other school announcements.

    Here are 33 confirmed Falcon games, not including the exhibition, out of a possible 36 (two extra available with the Alaska nonconference exemption) as of July 25. Or course, schedules are subject to change and Air Force does not have to play the extra games over 34 because of the Alaska exemption.,

    The Atlantic Hockey Association program may announce its schedule next week.

    (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11 MERCYHURST

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Nov. 28-29 at Canisius

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 23-24, at American International

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Feb. 13-14, AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL

    Feb. 20-21 at Niagara

    Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS

    March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs

    March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals

    March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.

  • Weekend reading: Marble’s pads, Helmets study, NCAA rules changes

    Thu, July 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Marble goalie padsTyler Marble tweeted a picture of his new pads for next season.

    The NY Times reports that hockey helmets may undergo a radical change in design soon to combat concussions.

    Here is a look at the NCAA rules tweaks for the upcoming season.

    The Ralph Englestad Arena is making a bid to host the 2016 U18 boys world ice hockey championships.

  • AFA opens season against Mercyhurst

    Wed, July 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Mercyhurst announced its 2014-15 schedule recently, and the Lakers will be the season and home-opening opponents for Air Force on Oct. 10-11.

    The Atlantic Hockey Association program will announce its schedule later this month and when it takes on American International College and Sacred Heart. Here are 29 confirmed Falcon games, not including the exhibition, out of a possible 36 (two extra with the Alaska nonconference exemption) as of July 23.

    (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 10-11 MERCYHURST

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Nov. 28-29 at Canisius

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Feb. 20-21 at Niagara

    Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS

    March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs

    March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals

    March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.

     

  • Midweek reading: North Dakota coach; Miami’s hopes; Omaha-Pens pipeline; Robert Morris contract

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNDMay obitThe first North Dakota coach to win a national championship (1958)  passed away over the weekend. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Brian Coleman’s return from injury and a defense-first mentality sparked Miami’s postseason run the league title game and (almost) the NCAAs. The RedHawks are hopeful they can carry that momentum over into next season.

    Nebraska-Omaha and the Penguins organization have a number of connections.

    Former Air Force assistant Derek Schooley received a long-term contract extension at Robert Morris.

  • Prosser signs with St. Louis Blues

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Prosser wildThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that former Colorado College defenseman Nate Prosser has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues organization.

    The free agent, 28, played 126 games (21 points, 18 assists) over five partial seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

  • Brian Connelly signs with Swedish team

    Sun, July 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    connelly action rockfordFormer Tigers defenseman Brian Connelly signed a one-year contract with Leksand of the top Sweden league last week.

    He has spent the past five full seasons in the American Hockey League (369 games, 221 points, 186 assists) but did not reach the NHL after leaving CC following his junior season.

  • Dineen heads to Denmark league

    Fri, July 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Dineen celebrationFormer Tigers captain Nick Dineen recently signed a one-year contract to play for Sonderjysk Elitesport of Denmark’s Elite League. Terms were not disclosed.

    The team plays it home games in Vojens, a small town of 7,655 in the southernmost part of Jutland.

    The hockey arena seats 5,000. It is the only pro team in Denmark to play on an NHL-sized ice sheet.

  • Wild, former Tiger Prosser parting ways

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    nprosser-wild-johnulan-apThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that former Colorado College defenseman and unrestricted free agent Nate Prosser will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Wild.

    He played for his home state’s team for the past four-plus seasons. He recorded 21 points in 126 NHL games.

    The Elk River, Minn. native  also played 96 games (31 points) in the American Hockey League during that span.

  • Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    visp_logo_1314_210x160RapuzziSwiss B League member EHC Visp announced it signed former Tigers captain William Rapuzzi , 24, for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    The forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent the past season with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads after four years at Colorado College.

    In 71 games with the Steelheads, Rapuzzi recorded 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) and was named ECHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

    The Lions placed fifth out of 10 teams in the second-tier Swiss league. Visp is located in southcentral Switzerland.

  • Toby Petersen named as new AHL Springfield Falcons assistant coach

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    petersen_white250Former Colorado College hockey player Toby Petersen was hired as an assistant coach by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Petersen, 35, retired last month as a player after a 14-year career that culminated with the AHL championship with the Texas Stars, where new Vancouver assistant Doug Lidster worked as an assistant.

    Petersen played 550 games in the AHL with Texas, the Iowa Stars, the Edmonton Road Runners and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, totaling 374 points (226 assists) He competed in two all-star games (2001, 2008) and made the league’s all-rookie team in 2001.

    In addition, Petersen skated in 398 games in the National Hockey League with Dallas, Edmonton and Pittsburgh for 81 points (48 assists).

    The Minneapolis native represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, tallying 2-1-3 in seven tournament appearances. He was also a member of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships in both 1997 (silver) and 1998.

    Selected by Pittsburgh out of Colorado College in the ninth round, 244th overall, at the 1998 NHL Draft, Petersen registered 128 points (69 assists) in 138 NCAA games from 1996-2000. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and helped the Tigers reach the Frozen Four as a freshman in 1997.