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Friday reading: CC, WMU previews; Scott Winkler tribute video; North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry renewal; NCHC honors

Published: November 1, 2013, 11:30 am, by Joe Paisley

WMU SlubowskiHere is a link to a Q&A I did with the Western Michigan beat writer, who included his preview and prediction.

More importantly here is a link to a video of the Scott Winkler tribute held at World Arena two weekends ago. There is only audio until the 1:33 mark.

As expected, North Dakota and Minnesota signed a contract to renew the rivalry in 2016-17 after making a verbal agreement last month.

Here are the 10 finalists for the 2015 Frozen Four. Here is the weekly preview from the NCHC with links to each school’s pregame notes.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference selected Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber as the inaugural NCHC Player of the Month and Minnesota-Duluth freshman forward Kyle Osterberg as the first NCHC Rookie of the Month, both for the month of October. 

Barber is now a candidate for National Player of the Month. Other nominees for NCHC Player of the Month were St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd and Nebraska Omaha senior forward Ryan Walters. Osterberg is now a nominee for National Rookie of the Month. The other nominee for NCHC Rookie of the Month was St. Cloud State freshman forward Ryan Papa.

Also, the NCHC announced it entered into a partnership with Minnesota Hockey for the 2013-14 season.

The league said the partnership will be beneficial to both sides as the NCHC will help grow the game of hockey in Minnesota while Minnesota Hockey will help develop the NCHC championship, which takes place March 21-22 at Target Center in Minneapolis, into the best experience possible for both the participating student-athletes and the conference’s passionate fans.

Along with the 51 Minnesota players on NCHC rosters, a total of 183 Division I men’s players hail from Minnesota. Michigan is second with 143. Among NCHC teams, Minnesota Duluth has the most Minnesota natives with 19, followed by St. Cloud State with 11. All eight teams have at least one Minnesotan on its roster, as Nebraska Omaha has seven, Colorado College has six, and North Dakota has four, while Miami has two and Denver and Western Michigan each have one.

bigger NCHC logo“We are very appreciative of the NCHC’s willingness to help grow the game of hockey across the state,” said Glen Andresen, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “Kids growing up in Minnesota dream of playing college hockey, and this partnership will allow for more of our players to get a chance to see some of the best players and coaches in the country, many of whom are from our great state.”

Minnesota Hockey, which is an affiliate of USA Hockey, serves as the official governing body for youth and amateur hockey in the state of Minnesota. With more than 63,000 registered players, coaches and officials, Minnesota Hockey is the largest state governing body for amateur hockey in the United States and has developed more men’s and women’s Division I college hockey players than any other state.