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  • Bidwill signs with ECHL Colorado

    Mon, July 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    colorado-college-arthur-bidwillThe Colorado Eagles announced Monday that they have re-signed Arthur Bidwill for the 2014-15 season.  Bidwill, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman recorded three goals and 14 assists in 67 games with the Eagles last season. He would also go on to add one assist in six post-season contests.

    “Arthur Bidwill has made such huge strides in his overall play since he first arrived as a rookie two years ago,” said head coach and general manager Chris Stewart.  “I know that he can still become an even better player on the ice and I believe that he will be a great asset for us this season.”

    The Fontana, Wisc. native posted 25 points and registered a plus-minus rating of plus-10 in 69 games with the Eagles during his rookie season in 2012-13. That performance would earn him a spot in the Rockford Ice Hogs AHL training camp to begin the 2013-14 campaign, before eventually spending the remainder of the season in Colorado.

    “It’s a great organization, so coming back was an easy decision,” said Bidwill. ”I think all of us who were here last year have a sour taste about how last season ended. We’re excited to come back this year and see it all the way through to a championship this time.”

    Bidwill concluded a four-year career at Colorado College prior to joining the Eagles in 2012. During his time with the Tigers he registered 37 penalty minutes and three assists in 51 games. 

  • Tigers in Europe: Guentzel, Rau, Salcido

    Sat, July 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    brian_salcido_jyp-3xAfter playing last season with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL and JYP in Finland, former Tigers defenseman Brian Salcido will play for Saipa (Finland) next season.

    Former Tigers defenseman Gabe Guentzel, who played in northern Italy last season, moved on to Asplöven of the Swedish Tier II league (Allsvenskon) in northern Sweden. linzThe city of 4,856 is adjacent to Tornio, Finland (22,535 population).

    Forward Chad Rau is headed to to Austria to play for the Linz (Liwest) Black Wings after several seasons in the AHL and nine games in the NHL (Wild).

  • 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.