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  • In the pros: Andy Canzanello still a Tiger; Colin Stuart, Chris Hartsburg return home

    Sat, August 31, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    14.10.2011 Straubing - IserlohnThis is the latest installment catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    Most European training camps are well underway.

    Former Tiger Andy Canzanello, pictured trying to deflect a teammate’s shot, is entering his seventh season with the Straubing Tigers in Germany. He tallied 14 points (10 assists) in 30 games last season.

    Colin Stuart returned from overseas to sign with the American Hockey League’s Utica (N.Y.) Comets for a one-year deal. His stats were 21 points (12 assists) in 45 games for the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany in 2012-13.

    Chris Hartsburg was hired this offseason to be an assistant coach for the Erie Otters of the Canadian major junior Ontario Hockey League.

  • Weekend reading: CC captain’s practice, Thorimbert, Providence, Nebraska Omaha, Fairbanks, Mankato, Robert Morris, AHA

    Fri, August 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    thorimbertSeptember is almost here and the first CC captain’s practice will be next week.

    Senior goalie Josh Thorimbert was interviewed by his hometown newspaper after they stumbled across him training this offseason in a Saskatoon park.

    This Providence standout will be taking on the Tigers in World Arena Jan. 17-18, 2014.

    Wild draft pick Avery Peterson, who everyone wearing red and white assuming was going to Wisconsin ended up committing to Nebraska-Omaha.

    Alaska-Fairbanks lost an up-and-comer to the Edmonton Oil Kings if the WHL.

    Major renovations are underway in Mankato. The two Robert Morris assistants were promoted to associate coaches.  Minnesota named its captains.

    The Atlantic Hockey Association named its executive committee.

    From the press release: Chairing the Executive Committee will the Bob Beretta, Executive Athletic Director at Army.  Joining Beretta  are Richard Bedard, Director of Athletics at American International College; Aaron Kemp, Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Mercyhurst University and Dr. Craig Coleman, Director of Athletics at Robert Morris University and Robert DeFelice, Director of Athletics at Bentley University, who will serve as the Executive Committee’s treasurer

  • In the pros: Mark Cullen teammates with Mike Boivin; Testwuide, Dimmen sign with same South Korean team

    Fri, August 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cullen_RedBullFormer Tiger 2001-02 captain Mark Cullen is entering his second season with EC Salzburg in Austria, where he will be teammates with 2013 CC graduate Mike Boivin.

    Testwuide MUGThe forward recorded 24 points (16 assists) in 31 games after trade from a KHL team last season. He played six games for the Florida Panthers during the 2011-12 season before heading overseas.

    Former 2009-10 CC captain Mike Testwuide signed a two-year deal with a two-year option  to play for the Asian League’s Anya Halla, a team located in the Anyang suburb of Seoul, South Korea.  Former Tiger Alex Kim led that team to the 2010 league title.

    Testwuide recorded five points in 28 games in the AHL due to injury last season. He played defense for Team USA in an Australia-New Zealand exhibition series earlier this summer.

    He will be joined in Anyang by former Pikes Peak Miners teammate Jeff Dimmen of Colorado Springs, who also signed a two-year deal. Dimmen, a former Maine standout defenseman, played two years in the AHL. Both arrived in Anyang on Aug. 5 judging from an article via Google translate.

  • In the pros: Brian Salcido enters KHL; Jimmy Kilpatrick in Italy

    Thu, August 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Brian_Salcido_2012_2This is the third  of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    Former Tiger defenseman Brian Salcido has left after three years with the Finland A league’s SaiPa and signed with Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The transfer from SaiPa was confirmed on May 13.

    Khabarovsk is located in eastern Siberia northeast of China and west of the Kamchatka peninsula.

    Jimmy Kilpatrick has signed with Neumarkt of the Italy  league. He played last season in Germany for the Hannover Indians, recording 28 points (18 assists) in 33 games.

    His new team will open league play against Ritten Sport (Gabe Guentzel‘s new team) on Aug. 31.

    Here is an interview piece written by the team and translated from German to English by Google:

    The new hope in the storm of wild geese has a name: Jimmy Kilpatrick. The 28-year-old center from the U.S. changes from the Hannover Indians into the lowlands. We have conducted an interview with Kilpatrick in advance and asked him about his transfer to HC Neumarkt Riwega.

    Can you tell us briefly your impressions from last season in Hanover?

    Hanover is a great city and the Indians have really loyal fans. The hockey in the Bundesliga is a very good level. The whole season for us was a roller-coaster ride, we finally have missed the playoffs.

    kilpatrick logoWhat prompted you to move to Neumarkt?

    I’ve heard good about the HC Neumarkt only. I have been told of a small village with great enthusiasm Hockey, a new stadium and a very well-run club. I love the mountains and already looking forward to my first trip to Italy.

    kilpatrick_portraitWhat do you know about the Italian Ice Hockey?

    Honestly, I do not know really what to expect. The fact that Neumarkt take part in the INL, will certainly raise the level and simultaneously provide viewers with spectacular hockey.

    With what objectives you start into the new adventure?

    I have only one goal: to celebrate with the team as many victories as possible. Of course I would love to play the playoffs, especially happen in this championship phase everything and everyone can beat anyone. Personally, I will continue to develop on the ice and at the same time absorb everything new. Starting from contact with the fans, new acquaintances and a foreign culture for me.

  • Meet some Tigers at Thursday’s Sky Sox game

    Wed, August 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Four Colorado College hockey players will be on hand to reach out to Sky Sox fans at Thursday’s home finale. Captain Eamonn McDermott is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

    The game starts at 6:35 p.m. at Security Service Field.

  • In the pros: Two Tigers head to Great Britain

    Wed, August 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    ElfringThis is the second of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their former favorites are playing professional hockey overseas. Most European training camps are already underway.

    Former Tiger defenseman Calvin Elfring, the last of the 1995-96 NCAA runner-up squad still playing professionally, has signed with the Belfast Giants as he expected when last we talked in April.

    He hoped to take advantage of the league’s master degree program, which pays for school at a nearby university, as he approaches retirement.

    “I didn’t expect I would be 37 and still playing,” he said. “I just never wanted to give it up. I still love coming to the rink.”

    He played 12 seasons in Germany, mostly with the Straubing Tigers where he recorded 17 points (13 assists) in 42 games as captain last season.

    He joins former CC forward Brian McMillin who signed with England’s Coventry Blaze earlier this summer.

    Past Tigers in the Elite Ice Hockey League are Noah Clarke (Belfast) last season and Alex Kim in 2011-12.

  • In the pros: Peter Sejna entering second season with Rapperswil-Jona

    Tue, August 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Peter_SejnaRapperswil-Jona_Lakers_logoThis is the first of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    Most European training camps are already underway.

    Former Tiger and 2003 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Peter Sejna is entering his second season playing for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Switzerland National League A (top league).

    He recorded 34 points (20 goals) in 47 regular season games last season.

    The left wing, listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, also tallied six points (four goals) in 12 games to help the club, founded in 1945, avoid relegation to the Swiss B league.

    The Slovakian enters his seventh pro campaign in Switzerland after splitting time between the AHL Peoria Rivermen (39 games) and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues (21 games) during the 2006-7 season.


  • Steady progress continues at NCHC league office

    Tue, August 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Fenton MUGThe National Collegiate Hockey Conference league office continues to settle in under new commissioner Josh Fenton, who attended an informal press conference announcing the Colorado College-KRDO radio broadcast contract Monday afternoon.

    The league continues to look for a media/public relations director, adjusting the job requirements after the changes in leadership after former USOC head Jim Scherr left to help run the 2015 European Games.

    The original job description emphasized marketing and revenue generation, areas Fenton said he feels the commissioner should take the lead. He emphasized a team-approach to those duties along with the usual press releases, including weekly league honors, etc.

    “We’re looking at developing a job description that is complementary of skill sets of people already in the office and then finding the gaps that need to be filled,” Fenton said. “We’re doing our due diligence.”

    Expect a hire in the next few weeks with the inaugural season starting this October.

    Fenton also continues to meet with Twin Cities business and civic leaders to help the postseason championship tournament at the Target Center  in March 2014 be as successful as possible. He reported that ticket package sales are going well and that single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

    The NCHC continues to work to line up corporate sponsors but he stressed that ticket sales will provide the bulk of the revenue to pay for the tournament and support the league office.

    In addition to the shootouts decision, the league also developed its 2014 fiscal budget and set up the referees clinic for Sept. 12-15 in Colorado Springs.

  • USA Hockey’s Joe Doyle returns to Air Force as new assistant

    Mon, August 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Former Air Force player and assistant coach Joe Doyle is returning to the academy as an assistant coach, replacing the departed Mike Corbett, Falcons coach Frank Serratore announced on Monday.

    The 1989 AFA graduate, served as an assistant coach with the Falcons from 1994-98 and from 2002-06. He returns to his alma mater after  serving as regional director of the American Development Model from 2009-13 for Colorado Springs-based USA Hockey.

    Doyle will lead recruiting and work with the defensemen.

    “I am extremely excited to return to the Air Force Academy, work with the amazing student-athletes and support the mission of producing tremendous Air Force officers,” Doyle said.

    Doyle is a member of the Academy’s Hockey Wall of Fame. During his junior and senior years, he was selected as the team’s most valuable player and was a part of the first class in AFA history to post four consecutive winning seasons. He recorded 126 points (57 goals) in 110 game, good for No. 23 all-time in points and 15th in goals.

    “We are excited to have Joe back in the fold,” Serratore said. “He is one of our program’s all-time greats and did a terrific job for us early in his coaching career. The experience he gained with USA Hockey will enable him to bring even more to the table this time around” 

    Doyle returned to his alma mater in 1994, serving as an assistant hockey coach under his former coach, Chuck Delich, and then on Serratore’s first coaching staff (1997-98).

    Doyle retired from the Air Force in 2009 after serving 20 years on active duty and earning numerous awards.

    A member of the Boston College High School Hall of Fame (inducted in 2003), Doyle and his wife, Holly, have four children: Brendan, Andrew, Luke and Emma.


  • In the pros: Gabe Guentzel signs with Italy league champions

    Mon, August 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    gabe_guentzel_norfolkFormer Tiger Gabe Guentzel has signed to play the 2013-14 season for Ritten Sport in northern Italy, near Bolzano, where former CC goalie Matt Zaba played for a couple seasons.

    The team, founded in 1984, is the defending top Italian league (now called Elite A) regular-season champions.

    He recorded 11 assists in 56 AHL games over the past two seasons. He also played five games in the ECHL where he scored his first and only pro goal.

    Judging from a Google translated article in German, the former CC offensive defenseman will be paired with stay-at-home blue-liner Travis Ramsey, a former Maine Black Bear and veteran pro player who I first covered when he played for the Junior A Butte (Mont.) Irish during the 2000-01 season in the America West Hockey League.

    What a small world.