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  • Weekend reading: NCHC, UND, Ohio State, Hockey East captains, Bemidji State

    Thu, May 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger-NCHC-logo-300x300The NCHC is recapping its Top 10 moments from its inaugural season.

    North Dakota commit Ryan Mantha is waffling a little about his commitment to UND. To be fair, he also may just be the type who wonders out loud and forgot he was around media.

    Ohio State lost one of its better forwards to the pros.

    Providence, a January 2015 opponent for the Tigers, named its captains as did October road foes Boston College and New Hampshire.

    Bemidji State brought back a former player as a new assistant coach.


  • Bonnett in contention for Princeton job

    Thu, May 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Bonnett MUGMultiple sources say  CC assistant Joe Bonnett is one of several in the running for the open Princeton head coaching position.

    Bonnett will not speak publicly about any job opportunities. He remains employed by CC.

    College Hockey News has a story listing most of the candidates and the likely frontrunners. You also have to believe some of the Holy Cross candidates may also be considering Princeton.

  • Moross retires from CC SID position

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Dave-Moross-croppedAfter almost 28 years, Colorado College sports information director Dave Moross has retired effective immediately.

    Moross said he will miss sharing in the emotional highs and lows of college sports with the athletes most.

    “Words can’t express how much of a privilege I consider my time here to have been,” he said.

    Moross won numerous national awards for his hockey media guides in a CC career that started in 1986. Three years ago, he received a 25-Year award from the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Prior to CC, he worked as a writer and assistant sports editor at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper.

    A nationwide search for his replacement will start soon, said Jane Turnis, CC vice president of communications.

  • Midweek reading: Western Michigan adds size; No Minnesota early departures

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Goff action WMUWestern Michigan is going big in its recruiting with the addition of 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman Neal Goff to its incoming seven-player freshmen class. The smallest rookie is 5-11, 175-pound forward John Carpino so the Broncos are looking to take advantage of the NHL sheet.

    This is no accident under coach Andy Murray. Junior forward J.T. Osborn is the shortest skater at 5-8, 180 pounds while sophomore forward Sheldon Dries is 5-9, 179. Here is the WMU roster. Among the incoming Broncos freshmen is Paul Stoykewych, younger brother of CC’s Peter Stoykewych.

    Surprisingly, no Gophers have left early for the pro ranks at this point, which is a bit unusual. Any departures are expected to happen this week or next.  There is also a post-NHL Draft period when some players reconsider their commitments.

    USCHO keeps a list of all the early departures in D1 hockey.

  • Rud takes SCSU women’s coaching job

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rud2010-11gb31Former Colorado College men’s assistant Eric Rud will be introduced as the new St. Cloud State women’s hockey coach at a press conference on Thursday, the school announced Tuesday morning.

    “I am thrilled to be the next head coach for the St. Cloud State women’s hockey program,” Rud said. “To coach in the WCHA against some of the top programs and coaches in the country is an exciting opportunity.

    “I look forward to meeting our current players and incoming recruits as we get ready for the start of the upcoming season,” he added. “In addition, our family is very excited to be rejoining the St Cloud community and will enjoy reconnecting with some great people in the area.”

    Rud was a candidate for the CC’s head coach position which went to Mike Haviland about two weeks ago.

    Current assistant Joe Bonnett was a candidate for the CC job. He is not available for comment. Haviland said the assistant coach search is ongoing.

    A former assistant at SCSU from 2005 to 2010, Rud served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at his alma mater, CC, since 2011. Rud also was the head coach and general manager of the U.S. Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers for the 2010-11 season.

    “Eric brings extensive hockey knowledge as well as incredible commitment to student-athlete development and support,” Huskies athletic director Heather Weems said. “He has a strong understanding of both recruiting and continuing skill development, which are important to the future of our program.

    “I am confident our young women will find in Eric a wonderful mentor, and that our program will regain competitive success under his leadership,” she added. “It is also rewarding to welcome his family back to St. Cloud, where they enjoyed being a part of the community.”

    Rud is the fourth coach in the history of the program, which began in 1998 and joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1999. Last season, the Huskies were 4-27-5 and 3-21-4 in league play.

    The Inver Grove Heights, Minn. native and his wife Amy have three children Sam, Gabbie and Max.

  • McKenzie garners AFA excellence award

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    mckenzie-gazetteAir Force athletics recognized several at the academy’s annual awards ceremony recently, including senior hockey player Adam McKenzie, who won the athletic excellence award.

    Senior track and field star Annette Eichenberger and senior golfer Kyle Westmoreland were named female and male athlete of the year, respectively.

    Senior diver Rachel Kennedy earned the scholar-athlete award while senior wrestler Devin Hightower won the athletic leadership award lacrosse’s Erik Smith, the athletic achievement award.   

    Here is the academy’s write-up on McKenzie:

    McKenzie MUGATHLETIC EXCELLENCE: Adam McKenzie became one of the most decorated Falcon hockey players, both on and off the ice, in school history. A three-time all-Atlantic Hockey Association selection, he was also a three-time academic all-conference selection, a two-time academic all-district honoree and a 2013 Academic All-American. McKenzie carries a 3.89 GPA as an aeronautical engineering major and was the No. 1 cadet in the aeronautical engineering major. A second-team all-conference defenseman and team captain as a senior, he helped lead the Falcons to a regular-season conference championship, two conference tournament titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He concluded his career ranked 12th in school history in points by a defenseman.

  • Monday reading: Tigers roster, Minnesota-Duluth

    Mon, May 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    ProwlerThe 2014-15 Colorado College roster is online and the team will have four goalies including sophomore Derek Shatzer.  Of course the group is subject to change.

    Junior Cody Bradley switched numbers from No. 10 to 13 (formerly held by Rylan Schwartz and Gustav Olofsson).

    The incoming freshmen (three defensemen, two forwards, one goalie) are No. 4 Duggie Lagrone, No. 7 Garrett Cecere, No. 12 Jordan Berger, No. 16 Teemu Kivilhalme, No. 21 Dan Labosky, and No. 35 Chase Perry.

    The RPI fan blog continues its strong Know Your Enemy offseason series with a lengthy look at Minnesota-Duluth.

  • Weekend reading: CC assistants; cancer fundraiser, Union coach extension, Lampl

    Fri, May 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Former Denver associate coach Steve Miller resigned from his coach/GM role with the USHL expansion Madison Capitols after he ““decided to return to Colorado and pursue other interests at this time.”

    His family lives in Denver so he may be interested in commuting to Colorado Springs for work at CC as an assistant.  The Madison Capitols announced Luke Strand was hired to replace him.

    Strand, 41, spent this past season as the general manager for the Sioux City Musketeers where he helped lead the team to a 38-19-3 record, equaling the team record for victories in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present).  He was previously the coach of the Musketeers for two seasons (2009-11) and compiled an overall 58-47-15 record which included a playoff berth in 2011.

    Two college hockey hockey players were diagnosed recently with cancer. Here is a link to a fundraiser for Alaska-Fairbanks player Justin Woods with more details on his fight here. Here is an  article on Providence junior Drew Brown.

    In today’s no-surprise news, Union coach Rick Bennett received a contract extension after winning the NCAA title.

    Former Tiger Cody Lampl is enjoying his part-time minutes in the AHL.

    Three National Collegiate Hockey Conference  players were recognized for their academic performance this past season.

    St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd, Denver sophomore forward Gabe Levin and North Dakota junior defenseman Nick Mattson garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced. The trio was named to the academic all-district men’s at-large team.


  • Rud one of six finalists for SCSU women’s job

    Thu, May 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rud2010-11gb31CC assistant Eric Rud is one of six finalists for the open St. Cloud State women’s hockey head coaching position.

    On-campus interviews concluded on Wednesday. An announcement is expected soon.

    Rud was a St. Cloud State men’s assistant (2005-10) and at CC since June 2011. The former Tigers All-American defenseman spent the 2010-11 season leading the Green Bay Gamblers of the junior U.S. Hockey League.

    Other SCSU finalists include current Huskies women’s assistant Jim Fetter, 1980 Miracle on Ice player and former SCSU men’s assistant John Harrington, current Wisconsin women’s assistant Daniel Koch, four-time Olympian Jenny Potter and high school coach Tracy Cassano, a former Minnesota women’s standout.

    The Western Collegiate Hockey Association program has three winning seasons since it started in 1998. Its league has won 14 of 16 NCAA championships since its founding in 1999.

  • Midweek reading: Nebraska-Omaha, sled hockey, Holy Cross, Minnesota State

    Wed, May 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    uno arena constructionPlaying catch-up after some vacation …

    Nebraska-Omaha is bringing in 11 freshmen this fall to bolster the roster. The Mavericks announced five new signees, all Canadians, recently.

    The picture above from the UNO Facebook page shows the progress of the new on-campus arena construction.

    The USA Hockey cycling team is trying to raise $10,000 for disabled hockey. Consider donating here:

    Holy Cross can cast a wide net in search of a new head coach. Canisius named two new assistants.

    Minnesota State will get its long-awaited arena improvements in 2015.