The Tigers player chose senior Nate Prosser as the third alternate captain of the 2009-10 team on Monday, joining captain Mike Testwuide and alternates Bill Sweatt and Andreas Vlassopoulos as senior leaders.
The rough draft of the 2010-11 through 2014-15 WCHA schedules are circulating among the league’s coaches with the new 12-team alignment prompting some minor changes.
“It’s pretty close to being finished,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. The full 28 games remain with 14 leagueCChome games. In CC’s case, all four Denver games and the single Air Force game will remain, Owens said.
CC may only travel to Anchorage once very two years under the new plan even though the games won’t count against the 34-game maximum.
“I’m pretty happy with it,” Owens said.
The sticky points so far deal with balancing ticket revenue and natural rivalries. In the state of Minnesota, the gate from when the Gophers come to town is considerable (usually a sellout) so schools are anxious to keep those dates.
Look here for more details as they become available.
Former CC standout goalie Richard Bachman, 23, was assigned to the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, the Dallas Stats announced Wednesday. Bachman spent time in the Dallas and Texas Stars (AHL) training camps. Bachman was a two-year starter in net for CC before leaving the program this offseason.
Joey Crabb was sent from Atlanta’s training camp to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves earlier this week.
Minneosta-Duluth released its own season preview recently. Click here for the story.
The coaches and media agree that the Michigan Wolverines should win the CCHA. Click here for the story.
From the NHL …
NEW YORK (September 30, 2009) – NHL Network™ U.S. drops the puck on the live 2009-10 NHL® regular-season schedule Friday, Oct. 2, when captain Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup® Champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise a new banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before opening the season against the New York Rangers. The action continues the next day, Saturday, Oct. 3, as NHL Network U.S. presents a quadruple-header of live games. In all, NHL Network U.S. will televise 77 live games this season, all in HD, with live game action spread over multiple days a week throughout the regular season.
NHL Network’s flagship show, “NHL On The Fly” will begin one hour earlier this season, 8 p.m. ET. Appearing nightly throughout the season starting Oct. 1, the program features up-to-the minute hockey information, live look-ins, extended highlights, overtime shootouts, real-time scores, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and news conferences. Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin, along with NHL standouts Kevin Weekes and Pat Flatley, join the roster, which includes hosts Dan Pollard and Brian Duff and expert analysis from a variety of NHL veterans, including former GM Craig Button, Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy, Gary Green, Dave Reid and more.
The schedule of live games in the U.S. focuses on games Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights. Starting April 1, NHL Network rolls out a new feature – the April Playoff Push. Eight games in 11 days highlight the final days of the regular-season as teams jockey for playoff position. Six “flex” games will guarantee viewers get the key matchups with playoff implications. Local blackouts will apply to all live games and game replays.
For the second year in a row, NHL Network U.S. will feature acclaimed programming from CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada” every Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m., ET. Fans in the U.S. will continue to see the 30-minute pre-game show “Hockey Tonight,” followed by an early game from the “HNIC” doubleheader including popular segments “Coach’s Corner” with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean and “The Hotstove.” On nights when the late “HNIC” game is not televised live on NHL Network U.S., the game, along with “After Hours,” will be telecast on the network Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., ET, on tape-delay. The “HNIC” games not televised live on NHL Network U.S. will be available on NHL® Center Ice® and NHL GameCenter Live,™ the NHL’s digital subscription programming packages.
Highlights of the NHL Network U.S. schedule this season include:
- Friday, Oct. 2 –Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins raise a new banner to the Mellon Arena rafters before opening the season against Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET.
- Saturday, Oct. 3 – On a day when all 30 NHL teams are in action, viewers will be treated to an opening weekend quadruple-header. NHL Network presents coverage of Compuware/NHL Premiere™ featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers from Helsinki, Finland, at Noon, ET, followed by the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues from Stockholm, Sweden, at 3 p.m., ET. The action continues that night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Washington to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals at 7 p.m., ET, followed by the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Calgary Flames at 10 p.m., ET.
- Thursday, Oct. 22 – The Boston Bruins featuring Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas travel to Philadelphia to face Jeff Carter, Chris Pronger and the Flyers in a preview of the 2010 Bridgestone / NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.
- Wednesday, Nov. 11 – 2009 First-overall selection John Tavares and the New York Islanders travel to Washington to face 2004 No. 1 overall Ovechkin and the Caps at 7 p.m., ET.
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 – A clash of two of the NHL’s top netminders as Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks travel East to face Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. ET.
- Thursday, Jan. 14 – The top two teams in their respective conferences last season, the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks, face-off for the only time in the 2009-10 season in San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET.
- Thursday, Jan. 21 — Titans clash when the Crosby, Malkin and the Penguins host Ovechkin, Mike Green and the Capitals for the first of two games between these rivals televised this season on NHL Network U.S.
- Saturday, Jan. 30 – NHL Network once again brings U.S. viewers comprehensive coverage of CBC’s “Hockey Day In Canada,” including all three NHL match-ups.
- Wednesday, Feb 3. – Detroit and Anaheim renew their rivalry at 10 p.m., ET, when the defending Western Conference champions with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk visit Ryan Getzlaf and the Ducks.
- Sunday, Mar. 7 – Former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu welcomes his former team to Anaheim for his first NHL game against Montreal at 8 p.m., ET.
- Thursday, April 1 – NHL Network U.S. starts the playoff push with the first of six “Flex” games.
NHL Network is nominated for a 2009 Gemini Award in the Best Sports Analysis or Commentary Program, Series or Segment category for the “Brodeur: A Winner Above All” tribute program to New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
About The NHL
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NHL NETWORK U.S. 2009-10 LIVE NHL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE
Day Date Away Home Time (ET) Fri. Oct. 2 NY Rangers Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 3 Chicago Florida Noon Sat. Oct. 3 St. Louis Detroit 3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 3 Toronto Washington 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 3 Calgary Edmonton 10 p.m. Wed. Oct. 7 Phoenix Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 8 Chicago Detroit 7:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 10 Pittsburgh Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Oct. 14 Pittsburgh Carolina 7 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 15 San Jose Washington 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 17 NY Rangers Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Oct. 21 Vancouver Chicago 8:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 22 Boston Philadelphia 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 24 NY Rangers Montreal 7 p.m. Wed. Oct. 28 Los Angeles San Jose 10:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 29 Washington Atlanta 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 31 Toronto Montreal 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 4 San Jose Columbus 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 5 Nashville Anaheim 10 p.m. Sat. Nov. 7 Detroit Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 11 NY Islanders Washington 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 12 New Jersey Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 14 Calgary Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Nov. 18 Dallas Detroit 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 20 Philadelphia San Jose 10 p.m. Sat. Nov. 21 Washington Toronto 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 28 Washington Montreal 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 2 Vancouver New Jersey 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 3 Anaheim Dallas 8:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 4 Boston Montreal 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 5 Toronto Boston 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 9 St. Louis Detroit 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 10 Pittsburgh Montreal 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 16 St. Louis Chicago 8:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 17 Anaheim San Jose 10:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 18 Boston Chicago 8:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 19 Boston Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 23 Chicago Detroit 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 6 St. Louis San Jose 10:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 7 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 9 Pittsburgh Toronto 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 14 Boston San Jose 10:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 16 Ottawa Montreal 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 21 Washington Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 23 NY Rangers Montreal 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 27 Anaheim Washington 7 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 28 Atlanta Philadelphia 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 30 Montreal Ottawa 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 30 Vancouver Toronto 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 30 Edmonton Calgary 10 p.m. Wed. Feb. 3 Detroit Anaheim 10 p.m. Sat. Feb. 6 Ottawa Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Feb. 10 NY Islanders Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 11 San Jose Detroit 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 13 Philadelphia Montreal 7 p.m. Wed. Mar. 3 Vancouver Detroit 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 4 Tampa Bay Washington 7 p.m. Sat. Mar. 6 Toronto Ottawa 7 p.m. Sun. Mar. 7 Montreal Anaheim 8 p.m. Wed. Mar. 10 Carolina Washington 7 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 11 Minnesota Detroit 7:30 p.m. Sat. Mar. 13 Edmonton Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Mar. 17 Chicago Anaheim 10 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 18 Pittsburgh Boston 7 p.m. Sat. Mar. 20 Montreal Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Mar. 24 Pittsburgh Washington 7 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 25 Dallas San Jose 10:30 p.m. Sat. Mar. 27 NY Rangers Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Mar. 31 Carolina Montreal 7 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 1 TBD TBD TBD Fri. Apr. 2 TBD TBD TBD Sat. Apr. 3 Boston Toronto 7 p.m. Wed. Apr. 7 TBD TBD TBD Thurs. Apr. 8 TBD TBD TBD Fri. Apr. 9 TBD TBD TBD Sat. Apr. 10 Toronto Montreal 7 p.m. Sun. Apr. 11 TBD TBD TBD
All dates and times subject to change
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Zach Parise and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist and the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 in the preseason finale for both teams Tuesday night.
Brian Rolston and Brendan Shanahan also scored and Martin Brodeur had 19 saves as New Jersey finished the preseason 4-0-1 to start coach Jacques Lemaire’s second stint with the team.
Jack Hillen and Mark Streit scored goals for the Islanders (2-5-1) in a game that featured five fights, including three with New York forward Joel Rechlicz. Dwayne Roloson made 16 saves for the Isles.
Both teams will open the regular season on Saturday night at home. The Devils will play the Philadelphia Flyers and the Islanders will face the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
After giving up power-play goals to fall behind 1-0 and 2-1, the Devils scored twice in the final six minutes of the second period to take a 3-2 lead.
Rolston made a great play on the game-tying goal. He played the puck off the side boards, skated around defenseman Radek Martinek and beat Roloson with a shot between the pads for a power-play goal.
Zajac made two plays to give New Jersey the lead with 2:01 left in the period. He kept a clearing pass in the Islanders’ zone, fed the puck to Parise along the goal line and then took a return pass and beat Roloson.
Shanahan put the game away with about 8 minutes to play by one-timing a pass from Nicklas Bergfors.
Hillen gave New York its first lead 62 seconds into the second period with a shot from the left circle that Brodeur appeared not to see.
Parise tied the game 1-all four minutes later, stuffing the rebound of Jamie Langenbrunner’s shot under Roloson.
Streit, who led the Islanders with 10 power-play goals last season, connected on a two-man advantage at 10:18.
From The Associated Press …
Coaches in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association have picked Denver to win the league title.
The Pioneers received eight of the 10 first-place votes in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald preseason coaches poll.
Defending league champion North Dakota received the other two first-place votes and is projected to finish second, followed by Wisconsin, Minnesota and St. Cloud State.
The bottom five, in order, are Minnesota Duluth; Minnesota State, Mankato; Colorado College; Alaska Anchorage; and Michigan Tech.
Here’s the full poll from the Grand Forks Herald …
1. Denver (8) 80
2. UND (2) 70
3. Wisconsin 61
4. Minnesota 58
5. St. Cloud State 55
6. Minn.-Duluth 37
7. MSU-Mankato 34
8. Colorado College 26
9. Alaska-Anchorage 20
10. Michigan Tech 9
Player of the year: Ryan Lasch, SCSU (3); Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota (3); Chay Genoway, UND (2); Rhett Rakhshani, Denver (1); Patrick Wiercioch, Denver (1)
Rookie of the year: Mike Lee, SCSU (5); Nick Leddy, Minnesota (2); Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth (2); Matt Donovan, Denver (1)
Compiled by the Wisconsin State Journal …
CC was picked to finish seventh in the WCHA by the media that covers the league, it was announced Tuesday morning.
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Denver (23) 248
2. North Dakota (1) 205
3. Wisconsin 190
4. Minnesota (1) 186
5. St. Cloud State 152
6. Minnesota-Duluth 118
7. Colorado College 101
8. Minnesota State 88
9. Alaska Anchorage 57
10. Michigan Tech 30c
Player of the year: Jordan Schroeder, so., F, Minnesota
Rookie of the year: Mike Lee, G, St. Cloud State
All-WCHA first team:
Forward: Jordan Schroeder, so., Minnesota
Forward: Ryan Lasch, sr., St. Cloud State
Forward: (tie) Justin Fontaine, jr., Minnesota-Duluth; Rhett Rakhshani, sr., Denver
Defenseman: Patrick Wiercioch, so., Denver
Defenseman: Chay Genoway, sr., North Dakota
Goaltender: Marc Cheverie, jr., Denver
Voting panel: Kevin Allenspach, St. Cloud Times; Roman Augustoviz, Star Tribune; Andy Baggot, Wisconsin State Journal; Mike Chambers, Denver Post; Bruce Ciskie, UMD radio/Fanhouse.com; Chris Dilks, Western College Hockey Blog; Shane Frederick, Mankato Free Press; John Gilbert, WCHA.com; Kurt Haider, UAA radio; Dirk Hembroff, MTU radio; Tim Hennessey, UND radio; Ken Landau, CC radio; Don Lyons, SCSU radio; Todd D. Milewski, USCHO.com; Dan Myers, collegehockeynews.com; Jess Myers, insidecollegehockey.com/USA Hockey Magazine; Joe Paisley, Colorado Springs Gazette; Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune; Brian Posick, UW radio; Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald; Wally Shaver, Minnesota radio; Theresa Spisak, USCHO.com; Jay Stickney, Denver radio; Mike Sullivan, MSU radio; Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News.
Here’s my ballot:
*** 2009-10 WCHA MEDIA POLL ***
Your name: Joe Paisley
Your affiliation: Colorado Springs Gazette
2. North Dakota
5. St. Cloud State
7. Colorado College
10. Michigan Tech
Player of the year: Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota
Rookie of the year: Dylan Olsen, Duluth
All-WCHA first team:
Forward: Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota
Forward: Ryan Lasch, St. Cloud State
Forward: Justin Fontaine, Duluth
Defenseman: Chay Genoway, North Dakota
Defenseman: Patrick Wiercoch, Denver
Goaltender: Marc Cheverie, Denver
From USA Hockey …
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After securing its third NCAA Division I National Championship in four years, the University of Wisconsin begins the 2009-10 season atop the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll. The Badgers grabbed the preseason No. 1 ranking after collecting 190 points and all 19 first-place votes.
Last year’s national runner-up Mercyhurst College ranks second with 162 points, with the University of Minnesota (153) and the University of Minnesota Duluth (126) holding the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. The University of New Hampshire (113) rounds out the top five.
Along with seven non-conference matchups on Friday (Oct. 2), the Hockey East Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association begin conference play when the University of Maine visits Providence College and No. 1 Wisconsin hosts the University of North Dakota.
NOTES: During the 2008-09 season, the University of Wisconsin held the No. 1 ranking for 16 USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Polls … ECAC Hockey, the HEA and WCHA each have three teams ranked in the top 10. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked … A total of 14 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 13th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women’s College Hockey Poll – #1 (Preseason)
(first-place votes in parentheses)RankSchool2008-09
2008-09 Record 1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)134-2-5 2 Mercyhurst College, 162231-6-0 3 University of Minnesota, 153332-5-3 4 University of Minnesota Duluth, 126426-9-4 5 University of New Hampshire, 113524-6-5 6 Boston College, 83622-9-5 7 St. Lawrence University, 82724-11-3 8 Harvard University, 42919-10-3 9 Dartmouth College, 41820-10-4 10 Boston University, 331018-11-7
Others receiving votes: Clarkson University, 9; Princeton University, 6; Cornell University, 3; Providence College, 2.