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Emptying the notebook: Eight Tigers injured by game’s end; new NCAA recruiting rules

Published: January 25, 2014, 10:24 pm, by Joe Paisley

FejesCC senior Alexander Krushelnyski (upper body) and junior defenseman Ian Young (lower body) both sustained injuries in Friday’s win over Miami and were out Saturday along with four other Tigers.

Krushelnyski had a goal and an assist in each of the past four games. He played in 131 straight games since missing one in early December of his freshman year.

“With the bye week, next week he should be fine,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.

The others are juniors Courtney Lockwood and Jordan DiGiando, both lower body injuries sustained last weekend, and freshmen Matt Hansen (middle) and Tyler Marble (shoulder).

Sophomores Hunter Fejes (lower body) and Peter Maric (upper body) were both injured during Saturday’s game.

New NCAA rules may benefit programs

The NCAA tweaked its recruiting rules for college hockey recently, now allowing coaches to contact prospective players after Jan. 1 of their sophomore year in high school. That is 5 1/2 months earlier than the previous rule, when coaches had to wait until June 15. The change is effective immediately.

The change was made so college coaches could start recruiting players prior to the Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey league drafts in June. Prior to that, college coaches could not talk to them beforehand to promote the NCAA alternative.

The ruling removes limits on the number of telephone calls, emails, direct messages via social media and texts that coaches may send to prospects beginning Jan. 1 of their sophomore season.

“That’s all good stuff,” Owens said. “It allows us to get the message out about the benefits of college hockey at an earlier age. The way recruiting is now, it is important to develop a rapport with players early.”

A player forgoes his NCAA eligibility if he signs a professional contract or plays for any of the three Canadian major junior leagues.

Coaches remain limited in the number of face-to-face contacts they may make and they cannot make their first off-campus contact with a prospect until June 15 of their grade 10 year.

Ice chips

The NCHC Fan Fest will run from 3-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Frozen Faceoff postseason tournament on March 21-22 on the Target Field Plaza, adjacent to Target Center in Minneapolis. The Target Center will allow re-entry for those wanting to attend the free, family-friendly event before and between games.  … The Miami roster is made up entirely of Americans. … Junior Charlie Taft entered Saturday’s game with two goals in his last three games. … Former U.S. and Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek held the ceremonial puck drop.