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  • Midweek reading: Denver finalizes incoming class; New Canisius arena; Alaska-Anchorage assistant, the other Illinois program start-up; Nebraska-Omaha tickets

    Tue, July 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoDenver coach Jim Montgomery announced the addition of three incoming freshmen to the Pioneers for the 2013-14 season: Nick Neville (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Emil Romig (Vienna Austria) and Greg Ogard (Wilmette, Ill.).

    The trio joins Evan Cowley (Arvada), Evan Janssen (Green Bay, Wis.), Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Brad Hawkinson (Aurora), Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Matt van Voorhis (Edina, Minn.) as the nine members of the Pioneers’ 2013-14 incoming class.

    Atlantic Hockey Association playoff champion Canisius got a significant boost when it was announced on Tuesday that the Golden Griffins will compete and practice in the newly-constructed $172 million HARBORcenter, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    Canisius has played every regular-season home game since the 2009-10 season at Buffalo State Sports Arena as the school does not have an on-campus rink.

    The facility which will be connected to the Buffalo Sabres’ First Niagara Center, and will have two NHL-size rinks, with one holding 1,800 seats for Canisius hockey. The Griffs will have their own 1,300-square foot  locker room in addition to separate athletic training areas and access to the building’s  high-performance training facility.

    Former New Hampshire captain Josh Ciocco joined the Alaska-Anchorage staff as the Seawolves’ new assistant coach. He served as an assistant coach at Milton (Mass.) Academy, while scouting amateur events for U.S. Hockey Report. He also worked as a  TV color analyst work for Hockey East games.

    The news that Aurora University will start a Division III program was not what most had in mind when a rumor about a new D1 program at Illinois (Big Ten) circulated for about 90 minutes Saturday night. That rumor ended up being connected to new jerseys. Ain’t Twitter great?

    Single game tickets for the Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha games Feb. 28-March 1, 2014 will go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. Mountain. They may be purchased online at OmahasTeam.com and Ticketmaster.com.

  • Monday reading: Cody Lampl signing; Old Ralph demolition; SCSU video interview, Penn State arena nears completion

    Mon, July 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Lampl with SteelheadsFormer Tigers defenseman Cody Lampl will play for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye this 2013-14 season.

    Lampl appeared in 64 games with Toledo this past season, setting career highs in goals (6), points (14), and penalty minutes (127). The native of Ketchum, Idaho, also set a new Walleye record by finishing the season as a plus 20.

    “We saw firsthand last season the high competition level that Cody plays with,” coach Nick Vitucci said. “He is a proven defenseman that is strong in all facets of the game.”

    Lampl has appeared in 216 professional games between ECHL teams Las Vegas, Idaho, Utah and, plus two games in the American Hockey League with Abbotsford and Grand Rapids. In those games, the 27 year old has racked up 322 penalty minutes and 58 points (8g, 50a).

    Prior to his professional career, Lampl spent four seasons at Colorado College. In 86 games during his four year college career with the Tigers, he collected 75 penalty minutes and 20 points (6g, 14a).

    The old Ralph Engelstad Arena will be demolished starting Monday in Grand Forks. The first game played there was a 5-4 win for the Sioux over Colorado College in 1972. Here is a longer piece on the rink’s history.

    The St. Cloud State captain was interviewed by a Minneapolis TV station.

    Penn State rinkThe Centre Daily Times (Pa.) did a large article on the new Pegula Ice Arena, pictured  at left.

    The Penn State hockey fan blogger added more details in a blog post. Shout out to TYT for the heads up.

    “When you show people plans, it’s nowhere near as effective as showing the real thing,” former Tiger player and Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky told the Centre Daily Times. “The recruits that we have, have been able to come in have been extremely impressed.”

  • Weekend reading: WCHA schedule, Mike Corbett, Three Rivers Classic, Hall of Fame

    Thu, July 25, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The WCHA announced its 2013-14 composite schedule

    Former Air Force assistant Mike Corbett, now leading Alabama-Huntsville, had this to say: “I couldn’t be more excited about the direction of the Alabama Huntsville hockey program and the upcoming season, as we prepare for our first season in the historic WCHA. With a full slate of games against top-notch competition, we will have to be at the top of our game for an entire six months. There is a buzz around this city regarding the bright future of Charger hockey and we can’t wait to hit the ice in October.”

    Corbett goes into further detail about establishing a hockey identity at UAH in this USCHO interview.

    The field for this season’s Three Rivers Classic has cleared up.  Perennial national power Boston College (Hockey East) will play Bowling Green (WCHA) at 4:35 ET on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, followed by Penn State (Big 10) against host Robert Morris of the Atlantic Hockey Association in the 7:35 nightcap. The third-place and championships games follow the same schedule on Dec. 28. This Penn State fan blog looks into this in greater detail.
    There are plenty of college connections in this year’s U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class.
  • In the pros: 2005 Hobey Baker award winner Marty Sertich heads to Germany

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    setich image 2Former Tiger and 2005 Hobey Baker Award winner Marty Sertich, 30, signed a one-year deal with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Ice Hockey League.

    “Marty is a player with great hands, a good understanding of the game and he will set the tone on the power play,” general manager Karsten Mende said in a Google translate press release.

    Sertich signed a three-year contract with the Olten Power Mice  of the Swiss National League in 2010 and spent some of this offseason training in Colorado Springs.

    The Roseville, Minn. native recorded 79 points (57 assists) in 63 games last season.

  • Midweek reading: CC forward brother commit; future Ice Breaker sites

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    According to the Hockey Commitments Twitter feed, Trey Bradley (Cleveland Barons Major Midget) committed to Colorado College for 2015-2016. He is the younger brother of Tigers sophomore Cody Bradley and son of NHLer Brian Bradley.

    He was selected in the ninth round of the recent USHL Draft by Youngstown.

    Cleveland won the Mid-Am District title with a 4-3 overtime victory over Culver (Ind.) Military Academy after Bradley scored the winning goal 24 seconds into the 10-minute overtime period. He recorded 40 points (32 assists) in 37 regular-season games, second best for the Barons, which compete in the Tier I Elite League against the Colorado Rampage of northern Colorado Springs.

    College Hockey Inc. announced that Notre Dame and Portland, Maine will host the Ice Breaker season-opening tournaments in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 tournament will feature Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and Rensselaer in addition to host Notre Dame. The 2015 field is to be announced.

  • In the pros: Boivin signs with Salzburg in Austrian league

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Boivin2011-12Former Tigers defenseman Mike Boivin, 22, signed to play for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Hockey League, which also includes teams in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Slovakia.

    “I want to show that I am willing to work hard,” he said via Google translate. He left for Austria on Sunday.

    Coach Don Jackson is pleased with the commitment of the Canadian: “Boivin is a very good skater, can (move) the puck and plays offensive hockey. He has great talent and fits into the system. He will help the quality of the team to continue to increase. “

    Former CC goalie Matt Zaba plays for Vienna in the league’s other division. Boivin will play with former St. Cloud State standout Garrett Roe.

  • CC commit Fredrik Olofsson makes Team Sweden for Hlinka tournament

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC_Puck_2012Colorado College commit Fredrik Olofsson will compete for his native Sweden at the annual Ivan Hlinka  tournament in the Czech Republic, aka the World U18 Cup, Aug. 5-10.

    He was interviewed by the Green Bay Press Gazette, where his older brother, CC incoming freshman defenseman Gustav played and where Fredrik, a forward, is headed this fall. Here is an excerpt from that article:

    Gustav tallied 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) as a leader on the Gamblers’ defensive corps and was selected in the second round of last month’s NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild.

    “If watching the draft doesn’t get you 10 times more motivated to one day be there as well, then there’s something wrong,” said Fredrik Olofsson, who is committed to Colorado College, where Gustav will be an incoming freshman.

    “It’s definitely what is getting me through the summer right now and the workouts and all of that, because that’s the ultimate goal we’re all trying to reach.”

    Fredrik played the previous two seasons with the Colorado Thunderbirds, recording 188 points in 133 games. However, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder knows he’ll have to pick up his game like his older brother did for his first full season in the USHL.

    “There’s always going to be competition and pressure being the younger brother,” Olofsson said. “I kind of like the pressure because when people expect big things, I tend to rise to the occasion.

    “Me and Goose as close as we are, we compete in almost everything, so I really want to have a good year so I can brag about it to him if I do better than him or something like that.”

  • Monday reading: SCSU boosters, North Dakota games in Canada; Pairwise tweaks

    Mon, July 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SCSU coach Bob MotzkoThe Center Ice Club, the booster club for SCSU hockey, is disbanding and merging with the university’s athletic booster club after 27 years.

    North Dakota will play two exhibition games against the University of British Columbia in January 2014. It is a smart move for both UND recruiting in the area and to show off the NCHC.

    Here is an update on all things North Dakota hockey.

    The RIT coach wants fairer ratings for smaller schools and the non-traditional hockey powers when the NCAA reviews the Pairwise rankings, etc

  • Weekend reading: Denver signee, NCHC TV deal reaction, Torf, Washington expansion?

    Fri, July 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    BC vs AFACorpus Christi IceRays forward Emil Romig signed to play this fall for Denver.

    “It’s a great feeling and I am very excited about the opportunity to play for coach (Jim) Montgomery and his coaching staff. His accomplishments both as a player and coach are tremendous and I know I will learn a lot and continue to grow as a player and person over the next four years” said Romig, a 5-foot-9, 176-pound forward. “I’ll just try to come in and play a good reliable two-way game.  I like to play gritty and will try to use my speed to make plays and get to quality shooting areas to use my shot and to help create chances for my line mates.”

    The Austria native skated this past season with the IceRays racking up 54 points during the regular season in 54 games played.  He notched 19 goals while adding 37 assists to the total. 

    Not everyone is enamored with the new national TV deal for the NCHC. Here is a look at how it affects North Dakota fans’ TV options.

    Air Force goalie Jason Torf, pictured, will backstop Team USA for the Maccabiah Games in Israel this Saturday through next weekend.

    This blog post  by Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports editor suggests the recent interest in an NHL franchise shows that there may be enough interest in a University of Washington hockey team.

  • In the pros: Bidwill back for another year with Colorado Eagles

    Wed, July 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    colorado-college-arthur-bidwillFormer Colorado College defensemen Arthur Bidwill signed on for another season with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, the team announced Wednesday.

    The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman recorded 25 points (20 assists) in 69 games, finishing at a plus-10 for the Eagles last season as his ice time steadily increased. He added three assists in six playoff games.

    “I had an incredible opportunity to play for a terrific staff, a great group of guys and in front of unbelievable fans,” Bidwill said. “It really made it a very easy decision to return.”

    The Fontana, Wisc.native registered 37 penalty minutes and three assists in 51 games in four years at CC.  After graduation, he played in four playoff games with the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans in 2012.

    “Arthur Bidwill was arguably our most improved player of last season,” coach and general manager Chris Stewart said.  “He was steady, reliable and I felt that he was always up to the task, no matter the situation on the ice. This should be a big year in his development.”