• Tuesday reading

    Tue, May 31, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Hope you all had a good Memorial Day weekend. Though I doubt Tuesday was as good for you as it was the people of Manitoba.

    The Jets are back with the NHL’s announcement of the Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg Tuesday morning. And yes, some in Atlants do care. Also, former Tigers Bill and Lee Sweatt will have a new home next season whether they get called up by the Canucks or not.

    Here’s my favorite tweet so far about this: GlobeKPDKevin Paul Dupont “Saskatoon. How long must we wait?”

    I think we know the answer.

    Denver announced its alternate captains which includes a fifth-year senior, Omaha’s Dustin Jackson, who had said his goodbyes at the annual awards banquet and apparently changed his mind. He missed the 2009-10 season with a broken leg and the 2010-11 alternate captain missed 12 games this past campaign with mono. The others are Drew Shore, John Lee and Paul Phillips. The captain will be chosen this fall from among those four candidates.

    In what I mistakenly had assumed was a done deal, former Tiger Guy Gadowsky took over the Penn State club hockey team. It certainly makes sense and gives the current players a year-long tryout for the varsity program so Gadowsky and his staff can figure out where those guys fit in their system.

  • Updated weekend reading

    Fri, May 27, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Former Tiger Joey Crabb may be on his way out of Toronto according to this blogger.

    The AHL championship series gets underway Friday night between Houston (Kris Fredheim, Nate Prosser, Chad Rau) and Binghamton (David Hale).

    The Gophers may have three brothers playing for them in 2012-13.

    For the first time in 12 years, a former Badger will not playing in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Wayne State, a few years after  killing its men’s program, announced that it will discontinue women’s hockey. Here’s more on the announcement.

  • Thursday reading: Stoykewych feature

    Thu, May 26, 2011 by admin with 3 comments

    CC incoming freshman defenseman Peter Stoykewych, an Atlanta draft pick, is excited about the possible Thrashers move to Manitoba, his home province.

    Nebraska-Omaha is bringing in eight freshmen this fall to replace six graduating seniors.

    SCSU is getting a close look from a high school defenseman. Here is St. Cloud’s 2011-12 schedule.

    The Islanders have a short time to sign two college players, including North Dakota’s Jason Gregoire, who talked to the Grand Forks Herald as well.

    Here’s more commentary about Wisconsin’s policy against playing North Dakota in nonconference games.

    Former Tiger Nate Prosser is an example of the Wild trying to develop their homegrown players.

    The NCAA released its Academic Progress rating report for the 2009-10 and the graduation rate for CC went up a tick. College hockey in general does well and the penalty-free Tigers are no exception: 2004-05, 994;  2005-06,  985;  2006-07, 986; 2007-08, 983;  2008-09, 983;  2009-10, 988

    The Gophers new captain hopes the team will bond this summer.

    While this will likely have no effect on CC, this may be of interest to some fans. The junior college hockey ranks have grown to 11 teams with the recent announcement that Williston (N.D.) State College will start a men’s program to begin play starting this 2011-12 season.  The team will play mostly Junior B teams from Montana and Saskatchewan since six of the U.S. teams are back East.

    The nearest potential NJCAA rivals are in Hibbing, Minn. and Bottineau, N.D., where current King Dustin Penner got his collegiate start.  He had 36 points (22 goals) in 38 games before signing with Maine, which lost to Denver in the 2004 title game.

    There also appears to be some non-NJCAA schools that have club teams as well. Regardless, a few more college scholarships for hockey players is a good thing.

    Speaking of scholarships, the Atlantic Hockey Association reportedly voted down a proposal to increase its scholarships from 12 to 15. The NCAA allows 18. With a 7-5 vote (eight required to pass), there is clearly a desire for more scholarships.

    How would this affect CC? Not directly. But it could mean some AHA teams may be looking to move on to the CCHA, which would be happy to add some upstate New York squads, if things shake out as bad as some predict. Of course, a shakeup in the AHA ranks would affect Air Force.

  • DU, the Evil Empire of the North, rises in lacrosse; is this good news for CC fans?

    Thu, May 26, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/

  • Wednesday reading

    Wed, May 25, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Former Tiger Chad Rau recorded an assist in Houston’s Game 7 win over Hamilton, sending the Aeros, which include Nate Prosser and Kris Fredheim, on to the Calder Cup Finals in the AHL. The link includes the schedule against Binghamton, which has injured Colorado Springs defenseman David Hale (North Dakota) listed on its roster.

    New Hampshire loses its top defenseman to the pros.

    College Hockey News suggests Notre Dame may be headed to Hockey East after the Big Ten starts play. There’s been a lot of buzz about this of late and it does make sense when you consider how Notre Dame views itself on the national landscape. Whether Hockey East teams want to fly out to South Bend instead of busing to league foes is a stumbling block.

    Former Mankato goalie lands at Lake Superior State.

  • Leaverton leaves Tigers

    Tue, May 24, 2011 by admin with 1 comment

    Declining minutes and three incoming freshmen defensemen was all the writing on the wall Colorado College blue liner Doug Leaverton, left, needed to know he would have little chance to play this upcoming season for the Tigers.

    That’s why he has left the school and hopes to transfer to another hockey program.

    “The way the (2010-11) season ended was a sign. I didn’t play the last four weeks,” he said. “I decided I need to pursue my career elsewhere. I’ve made some good friends and have gotten close with some of the guys in my class. It has been tough to leave but I have to do what’s right for my future.”

    Leaverton filed the release and transfer paperwork with CC earlier this month and is off the roster. He said he has been in touch with Ohio State and Penn State about joining their programs. Under NCAA rules, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman from Painesville, Ohio will be unable to play this upcoming season but would be eligible to be a fifth-year senior.

    “It’s unfortunate,” senior captain Nick Dineen said. “He was well liked by the team. I will miss him as will the rest of the team.”

    Leaverton, who signed after 2009 No. 21 overall draft pick John Moore chose not to come to CC, is confident he can succeed in the new Big Ten league. He scored on his first shot as a Tiger in the 2009-10 season opener against Northeastern and finished with six points (five assists) in 48 games, including 18 in 2010-11.

  • Tuesday reading

    Tue, May 24, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Former Tiger Richard Petiot is the subject of this exit interview video by the OKC Barons, the AHL affiliate for the Edmonton Oilers. It sounds like the free agent hopes to be back with the Barons.

    Gazette columnist David Ramsey weighs in on what Jaden Schwartz’s return could mean for the 2011-2 Tigers.

    Here’s more on the Big Ten playoff format and that Wisconsin will not play nonleague games against North Dakota because of its nickname policy.

    Duluth assistant Brett Larson has left for a USHL job. Sad news about an OHL goalie. Michigan named its captains.

  • Jaden Schwartz returns; is a special season on the horizon?

    Tue, May 24, 2011 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com/

  • In the pros: Heroes welcome for Swanson and Aces

    Mon, May 23, 2011 by admin with no comments

    Anchorage Daily News writer Woody Doyle describes the teamwork showed for the winning goal and the welcome home for the Alaska Aces, which includes former Tiger Brian Swanson.

  • Lucia’s son eyeing CC?

    Mon, May 23, 2011 by admin with 5 comments

    Mario Lucia, son of Minnesota coach Don Lucia, is said to be considering Notre Dame and Colorado College according to this NHL draft preview.

    He is rated as the seventh best and top college-eligible left wing available. Here’s the writeup and a link to the full story:

    7. Mario Lucia, Wayzata (HIGH-MN): The son of University of Minnesota men’s head coach Don Lucia offers an incredible release, smarts and knack for putting the puck in the net. The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder is able to protect the puck and, according to Wayzata coach Carl Davis, is a major threat out of the corners. He’s expected to be the first scholastic player drafted and will likely join the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League next season. He’s yet to decide which college he’ll attend, although Notre Dame and Colorado College appear to be the frontrunners.

    “When Mario Lucia has the puck on his stick, he makes everyone else better,” Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee told NHL.com. “When he’s got the puck inside the blue line, he’s a threat to score or set up a picturesque play … he’s that dangerous.”