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  • Weekend reading: Marble’s pads, Helmets study, NCAA rules changes

    Thu, July 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Marble goalie padsTyler Marble tweeted a picture of his new pads for next season.

    The NY Times reports that hockey helmets may undergo a radical change in design soon to combat concussions.

    Here is a look at the NCAA rules tweaks for the upcoming season.

    The Ralph Englestad Arena is making a bid to host the 2016 U18 boys world ice hockey championships.

  • Midweek reading: North Dakota coach; Miami’s hopes; Omaha-Pens pipeline; Robert Morris contract

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UNDMay obitThe first North Dakota coach to win a national championship (1958)  passed away over the weekend. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Brian Coleman’s return from injury and a defense-first mentality sparked Miami’s postseason run the league title game and (almost) the NCAAs. The RedHawks are hopeful they can carry that momentum over into next season.

    Nebraska-Omaha and the Penguins organization have a number of connections.

    Former Air Force assistant Derek Schooley received a long-term contract extension at Robert Morris.

  • Weekend reading: Miami rink, UNO exhibition, Chase Perry

    Fri, July 11, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Miami locker roomMiami completed $2 million in renovations to its ice hockey venue recently.

    Nebraska-Omaha hockey added an exhibition game against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to its 2014-15 schedule. The two teams will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:07 p.m. CT at the CenturyLink Center.

    The game will be the second meeting between the two schools.  The Mavericks won the first game, 6-1, at the beginning of last season.  The Mavericks have begun nearly every season against a Canadian university and are 16-2-0 all-time in those games.

    The NAHL wrote an article about incoming Tigers goalie Chase Perry.

  • Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom signs 1-year deal with Carolina

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey DevilsColorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina over the weekend. The deal will pay Holmstrom $600,000 in the NHL or $200,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2014-15 season.

    “Ben has served as Adirondack’s team captain and brings more veteran leadership to our system,” GM Ron Francis said of the former UMass-Lowell captain.

    Holmstrom, 27, completed his fifth professional season in 2013-14, appearing in 75 games with the Adirondack Phantoms. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound center totaled 32 points (19 assists) and 146 penalty minutes, ranking fourth among Phantoms skaters in points and fifth in goals and penalty minutes. Holmstrom was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on April 23 and served as a practice squad player during the team’s opening-round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

    The former college free agent signee made his NHL debut on March 3, 2011, and has appeared in seven career NHL games. He has served as Adirondack’s captain for the past three seasons, and ranks third in Phantoms history in games played (256), second in goals (49) and fourth in assists (73) and points (122).

  • Weekend reading: AFA schedule, Hlinka commits, WMU hire, NHL draft picks

    Thu, July 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Burnett actionHoly Cross and RIT announced its schedule as did exhibition foe McGill University of Montreal, allowing me to piece together the Air Force hockey schedule some more.

    The program will announce its schedule later this month.

    Here are the confirmed Falcon games as of July 2 (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Thirteen of the 22 players selected for the u18 Ivan Hlinka tournament are college commits. Three remain uncommitted.

    Denver commit commit Troy Terry of Highlands Ranch is one of the players headed to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Western Michigan filled its associate head coach vacancy with a Providence assistant. That leaves one opening after former Denver assistant Steve Miller was hired last week.

    Here is a list of all the college and college commits selected in the recent NHL Draft.

  • Tigers add assistant with 25 years pro, college and junior coach experience

    Wed, July 2, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Courtesy Springfield (Mass.) Republican

    Courtesy Springfield (Mass.) Republican

    Colorado College’s Mike Haviland delved into his past to hire an assistant with 25 years of coaching experience.
    Gene Reilly, who graduated from Elmira (N.Y.) College a year before Haviland played there, is the final assistant to join the program under the new hockey coach.
    Reilly has won 14 professional, college and junior titles as either an assistant or head coach. He has eight years of college assistant experience including the 1999 NCAA championship with Maine.
    “He has won at all levels,” Haviland said. “Gene is a guy with an attention to detail and passion that is second to none.”
    Reilly worked the past two seasons as a professional scout for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes but left for the chance to work with Haviland.
    “The most important thing for me is to be with quality people and Mike is a quality person with a winning track record,” Reilly said in a press release. “I really enjoyed my time in Carolina and the wonderful people who I worked with in the pro scouting staff.”
    He spent 2008-12 as an assistant coach/director of player development with Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, where he was involved in four titles.
    His college experience includes serving as an assistant with Maine (1998-2001), Harvard (2003-4) and Northeastern (2004-8).
    While at Maine, the Springfield, Mass. native, 52, took over as interim coach at the start of the 1999-2000 season when the late Shawn Walsh was battling cancer.
    Reilly left to be an assistant with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2000-01 season and Binghamton the next.
    “There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes with practices, scouting, and watching tapes; Gene stepped in and did a tremendous job,” then-Griffins coach Bruce Cassidy said after being named the 2002 AHL coach of the year.
    He returned to the college ranks at Harvard for one season and spent the next four rebuilding the Northeastern program.
    His experience prepares him well for CC, Haviland said.
    “He has developed guys and understands how academics work at CC,” he said. “He understands the college game’s ins and outs very well.”
    Reilly coached from 1988-98 in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, winning three championships. He played two seasons in Sweden, including one as player-coach.
    Some of the future professionals who played for him include Bill Guerin, Scott Lachance, Ron Hainsey, and Chris Clark.
    “I think he is a great fit for the college and the staff,” Haviland said.
    The new director of hockey operations position is filled with a July 15 announcement identifying the recent former CC player scheduled. All three finalists for that job are former Tigers, Haviland said.
    Former CC standout RJ Enga, 42, was hired as an assistant two weeks ago. Haviland, 46, was hired in May after longtime coach Scott Owens resigned on April 6 following a 7-24-6 season.

  • Weekend reading: CC-Providence times; NHL Draft; Wisconsin schedule in flux

    Fri, June 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC at WMU Friday 002It promises to be a quick turnaround for the Tigers when they play at Hockey East’s Providence in early January 2015. They play at 5 p.m. MT on Saturday, Jan. 3 and at 2 p.m. the next day.

    The road trip concludes with Tuesday, Jan. 6 game at new HEA member UConn. Here is a link to the Providence schedule announced earlier this week.

    Incoming Tigers freshman Chase Perry is likely to be drafted on Saturday.

    Wisconsin is scrambling to flesh out its 2014-15 schedule.

  • Midweek reading: UNO roster shuffle; LSSU completes staff; UND freshmen

    Tue, June 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Jaden picFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz is a keeper and the Blues are looking to build around him and Vladimir Tarasenko.

    Nebraska-Omaha signed forward Grant Gallo for this fall, replacing freshman defenseman Shane Poulsen, who chose to not attend UNO.

    Gallo, a San Diego native,  played two seasons for the Northern Cyclones of the junior Eastern Hockey League where he was twice an all-league selection and member of the all-star Team.  In 2013-14, the 6-4, 215-pound blue liner led all EHL defensemen and finished second in team scoring with 15 goals and 27 assists for 42 points in 44 games. He was the EHL Defenseman of the Year and recorded122 penalty minutes. Gallo served as team captain, leading the Cyclones to the league championship.

    Lake Superior State coach Damon Whitten completed the staff of his Western Collegiate Hockey Association team by hiring Peter Aubry as an assistant coach. Aubry, who spent the past three seasons as a Mercyhurst assistant is a former goalie who will lead the Laker defence.  The hire follows the recent return of Rich Metro as a Laker assistant.

    For the first time in 11 years, North Dakota has no Canadians in its incoming freshman class.  Here is a look at the RIT incoming freshman class, which makes up for that.

  • Monday reading: Coach hires; North Dakota freshmen; RIT arena

    Mon, June 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND MacMillanFormer Denver associate coach Steve Miller is a new assistant at Providence, the Hockey East school announced on Monday.

    In October 2013, Miller became the first general manager and coach of the U.S.  Hockey League’s expansion franchise in Madison, Wis., but resigned in May 2014 to be closer to his family in Denver.

    Former interim UConn coach David Berard will be announced as the new Holy Cross coach later today. The former Providence assistant (1994-96, 1998-2011) also spent two seasons  at Lake Superior State.

    North Dakota announced its six incoming freshmen (four forward, one defenseman and one goalie) for the upcoming season.

    Here is an article and photos on the new RIT arena.

  • Midweek reading: WMU opening; NCHC; Bidwill, Lampl, McDermott, Rapuzzi

    Wed, June 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Bonnett MUGWestern Michigan associate head coach Rob Facca left for a scouting job with the Chicago Blackhawks.  Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett, a WMU alum, would be a great fit there.

    The NCHC announced some board leadership changes.

    The Idaho Steelheads named Eamonn McDermott to the ECHL franchise’s season-ending roster, suggesting the Boise-based franchise wants to sign him for next season.

    The Colorado Eagles did the same for Arthur Bidwill as did the Toledo Walleye for both Cody Lampl and William Rapuzzi.

    CC_Rapuzzi_CU1The Toledo Walleye acquired the rights to Rapuzzi from Idaho to complete the trade made on Feb. 24.  Rapuzzi was recently named ECHL Rookie of the Year, following the 2013-14 season where he collected 16 goals, 42 assists in 60 games with Idaho. His 42 helpers led all first year players while his 58 points was good for second. The power play specialist posted 21 points (6G, 15A) while his team was on the man advantage. The 24-year-old played his college hockey at Colorado College, where he had 87 points (39G, 48A) in 151 games over four years.

    Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

    The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.