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Wednesday reading: Duggie Lagrone award, NCHC media day, Minnesota defection

Published: September 18, 2013, 12:14 pm, by Joe Paisley

Duggie lagroneFairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Duggie Lagrone, a likely 2014 Colorado College commit, garnered an Easton/North American Hockey League divisional star of the week recognition.

Lagrone was named the Midwest Division Star of the Week for his performances in the Ice Dogs’ season-opening sweep against the Kenai River Brown Bears in Soldotna.

The Ice Dogs rolled to a 5-1 win Friday night in the Soldotna Sports Center and rallied Saturday for a 5-4 victory on the Brown Bears’ Olympic-size home ice.

Lagrone, a 19-year-old from Dallas, provided a goal each night for the Ice Dogs.

“He was moving his feet and playing with a lot of energy,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart told the Fairbanks News-Miner. “It’s what we expected of Duggie and we benefited from that on the scoresheet.”

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound blueliner scored the game’s and the Ice Dogs’ first goal of 2013-14 on Friday at 10:45 into the first period, assisted by Chandlar Madry and Lonnie Clary. Lagrone gave the Ice Dogs a 2-0 lead at 6:28 into Saturday’s game.

The two goals are just one shy of Lagrone’s output for all of last season, his first with the Ice Dogs. The Colorado College commit has two seasons of junior eligibility, this season and 2014-15.

“He’s just physically more mature and mentally more mature in understanding the game,” Stewart said. “His work ethic hasn’t changed and he just  does the little  things better.”

The Ice Dogs are in Blaine, Minn., this week for the NAHL Showcase.

bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is holding its first annual media day at the Target center in Minneapolis. Commissioner Josh Fenton will deliver a “State of the Conference” address, and debut the league’s regular-season trophy.

The league is holding their event shortly after the Big 10 hosts theirs in St. Paul. That is the kind of cooperation I like to see in a niche sport like college hockey.

 The inaugural NCHC preseason media poll will be released the morning of Sept. 19. The NCHC will use Twitter  (@NCHC) to reveal the poll, one team at a time, beginning with the eighth-place team and concluding with the first-place team. The first team to be unveiled on Twitter will come at approximately 8:30 a.m. MT. One team will be revealed every 3-4 minutes with the entire poll being released at 9 a.m. MT. The only preseason poll being conducted by the NCHC is the media member poll.

Media day will culminate with Fenton’s speech at approximately 2:15 p.m. MT. A live stream of Fenton’s press conference will be available at NCHCHockey.com.

Also, Minnesota announced that freshman defenseman Tommy Vannelli left the program after two weeks of classwork. Most expect he will soon be playing for Medicine Hat of the WHL. Vannelli is a 2013 second-round pick of the  Blues.