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  • Johnson enters NAHL coaching ranks

    Wed, July 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    johnson3Former Colorado College wing Tyler Johnson has retired after three years playing professional hockey overseas to work as an assistant coach with his hometown Minnesota Wilderness of the junior North American Hockey League.

    During Johnson’s three-year career, he won the Champions Hockey League (Norway) championship with the Stavanger Oilers in April 2012.  

    Before turning pro, Johnson played four years at Colorado College, where he served as the assistant captain his senior year.  During his time with the Tigers, he was a part of two teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (2007-08 and 2010-11) and during his freshman season, the Tigers won the WCHA regular season title.  
    Tyler was a standout player at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and was a Mr. Hockey finalist in 2007, while also represent United States in the Czech Republic for the U-18 Cup in August of 2006.
    “We are very excited to add another person with the playing experience of Tyler as he will be a great addition to our staff,” said Dave Boitz, General Manager.  “To have all three of our coaches from the small hockey town of Cloquet is exciting and shows how much this town supports their development of players and coaches.”


  • Air Force announces hockey schedule

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Burnett actionThe Air Force Falcons have won 20 or more games in five of the last seven seasons. It will not be easy to make that six out of eight, judging from the 2014-15 schedule announced by the Atlantic Hockey Association program.

    Much of Air Force’s schedule was known since other schools announced their slates in the preceding weeks. What became known when the Air Forcer schedule was announced on Tuesday was that the Falcons will start their second half of the season at the Catamount Cup Dec. 28-29. They take on host Vermont and then UMass-Amherst the following day.

    The team may stay in the Northeast the next few days since it begins a stretch of nine-straight weekends against league opponents with Jan. 2-3, 2015 games at Holy Cross. The nine-week stretch culminates with the first round of the AHA playoffs March 6-8.

    Air Force begins play with an exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 6 against McGill University (Montreal) and then opens the season against league foe Mercyhurst Oct. 10-11; the first of 28 AHA contests. The Falcons will play 18 home games, including the exhibition.

    Air Force, 21-14-7 last season, will then travel to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament, Oct. 17-18, to take on host Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage.

    AFAlogo2012Other nonconference highlights include traveling to North Dakota for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Nov. 1. That will be a homecoming for Grafton’s Chad Demers (41 points, 26 assists), a member of Air Force’s top returning line with leading scorer Cole Gunner (44, 29 assists) and Scott Holm (29, 18 assists).

    The annual in-state rivalry games with Denver and Colorado College are Nov. 21-22. The Falcons travel to Denver Friday and host Colorado College on Saturday.

    2014-15 Air Force hockey schedule

    Home games in CAPS

    All times MT

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition), 6:05 p.m.

    Oct. 10-11 MERCYHURST, 7:05 p.m.

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush), 8:07 p.m.

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush), 4:07 p.m.

    Oct. 24-25 RIT, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game), 8:37 p.m.

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris, 5:05 p.m.

    Nov. 21 at Denver, 7:35 p.m.

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE, 7:05 p.m.

    Nov. 28-29 at Canisius, 12:35 p.m. Friday, 5:35 Saturday

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley, 5:05 p.m.

    Dec. 28 at Vermont, 5:05 p.m. (Catamount Cup, Burlington)

    Dec. 29 vs. UMass-Amherst, TBA

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 9-10 NIAGARA, 7:05 p.m.

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY, 7:05 p.m.

    Jan. 23-24, at American International, 5:05 p.m.

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS, 7:05 p.m.

    Feb. 6-7 at Sacred Heart, 5:05 p.m.

    Feb. 13-14, AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 7:05 p.m.

    Feb. 20-21 at Niagara, 5:05 p.m.

    Feb. 27-28 CANISIUS, 7:05 p.m.

    March 6-8 AHA first round playoffs

    March 13-15 AHA quarterfinals

    March 20-21 AHA Final Four, Rochester, N.Y.

    March 27-29 NCAA regionals (Fargo, Manchester, Providence, South Bend).

  • Bidwill signs with ECHL Colorado

    Mon, July 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    colorado-college-arthur-bidwillThe Colorado Eagles announced Monday that they have re-signed Arthur Bidwill for the 2014-15 season.  Bidwill, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman recorded three goals and 14 assists in 67 games with the Eagles last season. He would also go on to add one assist in six post-season contests.

    “Arthur Bidwill has made such huge strides in his overall play since he first arrived as a rookie two years ago,” said head coach and general manager Chris Stewart.  “I know that he can still become an even better player on the ice and I believe that he will be a great asset for us this season.”

    The Fontana, Wisc. native posted 25 points and registered a plus-minus rating of plus-10 in 69 games with the Eagles during his rookie season in 2012-13. That performance would earn him a spot in the Rockford Ice Hogs AHL training camp to begin the 2013-14 campaign, before eventually spending the remainder of the season in Colorado.

    “It’s a great organization, so coming back was an easy decision,” said Bidwill. ”I think all of us who were here last year have a sour taste about how last season ended. We’re excited to come back this year and see it all the way through to a championship this time.”

    Bidwill concluded a four-year career at Colorado College prior to joining the Eagles in 2012. During his time with the Tigers he registered 37 penalty minutes and three assists in 51 games. 

  • Tigers in Europe: Guentzel, Rau, Salcido

    Sat, July 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    brian_salcido_jyp-3xAfter playing last season with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL and JYP in Finland, former Tigers defenseman Brian Salcido will play for Saipa (Finland) next season.

    Former Tigers defenseman Gabe Guentzel, who played in northern Italy last season, moved on to Asplöven of the Swedish Tier II league (Allsvenskon) in northern Sweden. linzThe city of 4,856 is adjacent to Tornio, Finland (22,535 population).

    Forward Chad Rau is headed to to Austria to play for the Linz (Liwest) Black Wings after several seasons in the AHL and nine games in the NHL (Wild).

  • Prosser signs with St. Louis Blues

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Prosser wildThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that former Colorado College defenseman Nate Prosser has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues organization.

    The free agent, 28, played 126 games (21 points, 18 assists) over five partial seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

  • Brian Connelly signs with Swedish team

    Sun, July 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    connelly action rockfordFormer Tigers defenseman Brian Connelly signed a one-year contract with Leksand of the top Sweden league last week.

    He has spent the past five full seasons in the American Hockey League (369 games, 221 points, 186 assists) but did not reach the NHL after leaving CC following his junior season.

  • Dineen heads to Denmark league

    Fri, July 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Dineen celebrationFormer Tigers captain Nick Dineen recently signed a one-year contract to play for Sonderjysk Elitesport of Denmark’s Elite League. Terms were not disclosed.

    The team plays it home games in Vojens, a small town of 7,655 in the southernmost part of Jutland.

    The hockey arena seats 5,000. It is the only pro team in Denmark to play on an NHL-sized ice sheet.

  • Wild, former Tiger Prosser parting ways

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    nprosser-wild-johnulan-apThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that former Colorado College defenseman and unrestricted free agent Nate Prosser will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Wild.

    He played for his home state’s team for the past four-plus seasons. He recorded 21 points in 126 NHL games.

    The Elk River, Minn. native  also played 96 games (31 points) in the American Hockey League during that span.

  • Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    visp_logo_1314_210x160RapuzziSwiss B League member EHC Visp announced it signed former Tigers captain William Rapuzzi , 24, for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    The forward from Anchorage, Alaska, spent the past season with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads after four years at Colorado College.

    In 71 games with the Steelheads, Rapuzzi recorded 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) and was named ECHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

    The Lions placed fifth out of 10 teams in the second-tier Swiss league. Visp is located in southcentral Switzerland.

  • Toby Petersen named as new AHL Springfield Falcons assistant coach

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    petersen_white250Former Colorado College hockey player Toby Petersen was hired as an assistant coach by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Petersen, 35, retired last month as a player after a 14-year career that culminated with the AHL championship with the Texas Stars, where new Vancouver assistant Doug Lidster worked as an assistant.

    Petersen played 550 games in the AHL with Texas, the Iowa Stars, the Edmonton Road Runners and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, totaling 374 points (226 assists) He competed in two all-star games (2001, 2008) and made the league’s all-rookie team in 2001.

    In addition, Petersen skated in 398 games in the National Hockey League with Dallas, Edmonton and Pittsburgh for 81 points (48 assists).

    The Minneapolis native represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, tallying 2-1-3 in seven tournament appearances. He was also a member of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships in both 1997 (silver) and 1998.

    Selected by Pittsburgh out of Colorado College in the ninth round, 244th overall, at the 1998 NHL Draft, Petersen registered 128 points (69 assists) in 138 NCAA games from 1996-2000. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and helped the Tigers reach the Frozen Four as a freshman in 1997.