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  • In the pros: McDermott re-signs with Steelheads

    Thu, July 31, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Nate McIntyre/Idaho Steelheads

    Nate McIntyre/Idaho Steelheads

    The ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads announced that they have agreed to terms with former Colorado College defenseman Eamonn McDermott. He grabbed their attention by assisting the opening goal in four of his 16 games playing for the Boise-based minor league team.

    “Eamonn is a true competitor with great hockey sense who is mobile,” said Idaho coach Brad Ralph. “He’s a high-character player that is driven to improve, make our team better and make it to the next level.”

    The 22-year-old McDermott joined the Steelheads at the end of last season after concluding his college career at Colorado College.  He picked up an assist in his professional debut at Utah on March 24 and tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating during the postseason (plus-3).  

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Marciano in Australia; Jaden Schwartz changes jersey number

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

    Marciano bakersfield jerseyTwo teams of Americans and Canadians – including former Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano and 11 other NCAA alumni – are playing a five-game exhibition series in Australia.

    Former Tigers captain Mike Testwuide played for the U.S. on last year’s tour.

    Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St. Cloud State star Andrew Gordon leads the Canadians.

    The Canadians won the first game of the series, 9-6, Friday in Perth, Australia, in front of a huge crowd. Gordon had a hat trick to lead his team.

    Cole is one of three Notre Dame alums on the U.S. team, including goaltender Steven Summerhays, who skated for the Fighting Irish this past season. All of the players have pro experience including a handful – like Cole and Gordon – who have played in the NHL.

    Last month the first Australian-born player was taken in the NHL Draft: Nathan Walker by the Washington Capitals. Walker will join the American team on this tour once Capitals development camp concludes.


    Friday — Canada 9, USA 6

    Upcoming games
    Brisbane – Saturday July 19th, 2014, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    Melbourne – Friday July 25th, 2014, Rod Laver Arena
    Sydney – Saturday July 26th, 2014, Allphones Arena

    Also, former Tiger Jaden Schwartzannounced via Twitter that he will be wear a No. 17 jersey next season in honor of his late sister Mandi, who wore No. 17 at Yale.

  • 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.

  • Weekend reading: Owens job search; Duluth exhibitions; NCAA rules

    Fri, June 6, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Scott Owens Photo #3Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens was interviewed recently for the vacant Princeton head coaching position. College Hockey News reports Owens was brought on campus for an in-person meeting.

    Owens has not made any public statements about his early April resignation from his alma mater, where he served for 15 years, since the initial announcement.

    Former CC assistant Joe Bonnett is also reportedly in the running for the job, which opened after three-year coach Bob Prier (25-58-12) resigned in May.

    For the first time since 1964, Minnesota-Duluth will play two exhibition games in Canada. The Bulldogs added three exhibition games with Lakehead University with the first of those coming on Oct. 3 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The two clubs will then meet twice (Jan. 2-3) at the historic Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here is the Bulldogs’ 2014-15 schedule.

    UMD hasn’t paid a visit to Canada since Dec. 26, 1964 when they battled the Port Arthur North Stars to a 6-6 tie in Port Arthur, Ontario (now known as Thunder Bay).  The Bulldogs are 11-0-0 lifetime against Lakehead and upended the Thunderwolves 7-0 this past season (Oct. 7) in Duluth.

    USCHO put together an article about how the NCAA rules committee maintained the status quo on OT, face shields and live game video review for discipline.

    And just to make you hunger for October a little more, here is the 2014-15 ECHL schedule, where a number of former Tigers will be playing this coming fall and winter.

  • Wednesday reading: Denver, USHL, Mark Stuart, LSSU, Wisconsin, Sertich

    Wed, June 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Puckman may be one of the best college hockey mascots ever.

    Puckman may be one of the best/cheesiest college hockey mascots ever.

    Here is the RPI fan blog’s look at the Denver Pioneers.

    The USHL Green Bay head coach position is now open. This blogger dissects Mark Stuart’s season.

    New Lake Superior State coach Damon Whitten is adding several players this offseason.

    A Wisconsin assistant’s son will walk-on this fall.  Here is a look at the superb Wisconsin women’s hockey program.

    The finalists for the Bemidji State women’s job were announced. The job came open after former Tiger Steve Sertich retired this offseason.

  • Former CC players drew new coach to program

    Fri, May 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    havilandHavilandaction2New Tigers hockey coach Mike Haviland liked what he saw while coaching former Colorado College players in the pros.

    It convinced him the private school could be a good fit. Fans, alumni and players hope the Stanley Cup-winning assistant coach’s hopes are proven right after the hire was announced on Friday.

    Haviland coached former Tigers defenseman Gabe Guentzel in Norfolk during the 2012-13 season and worked with Capitals blue-liner Jack Hillen during a rehab stint with Washington’s American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa. this past season.

    Former CC center Mark Cullen was one of his assistant captains in Norfolk during the 2005-6 season.

    “Meeting those three showed me the kind of players and men CC produces,” Haviland said. “When the job came open, I reached out quickly. CC is one of the top Division I programs in the country and I thought it would be a great fit.”

    Haviland, whose 15 years in the pro coaching ranks include serving an assistant with the 2010 NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks, is the 14th coach in the 75-year-old program’s history on Friday.

    Hershey Bears HockeyThe 46-year-old replaced former longtime coach Scott Owens, who resigned after 15 seasons at his alma mater following a 7-24-6 campaign. Haviland beat out current CC assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud, among others, for the job, which came open in early April.

    The new coach signed a multi-year deal with CC late Thursday and declined to disclose financial details, as per college policy, when interviewed Friday morning.

    “They certainly took care of me and my family,” he said. He and his fiancée Kristin have a blended family with six children.

    The likely pay range is $200,000 to $275,000 a year, judging from the top five reported salaries in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

    Haviland has coaching experience at the Division III level. As an assistant with small, liberal arts-oriented Elmira (N.Y.) College, he helped his alma mater to a 51-12-2 record and two ECAC Division III championships from 1996-1998. He recorded 51 points (27 goals) in 23 games during his final season with the Soaring Eagles.

    He said that experience taught him how to keep the student part of student-athlete at the forefront.

    “I want to help develop them on and off the ice,” he said.

    It was one reason school president Jill Tiefenthaler signed off on the hire.

    “We are very fortunate to find a candidate who is both a teacher and mentor, as well as someone who will take our program in exciting new directions,” she said. “Mike is dedicated to his players and excited about being part of our community. He will be a transformational motivator and leader for our student athletes.”

    Administrators also hope for considerable success on the ice.

    “We have aspirations of winning national championships, and I am confident we have found the right coach to turn our vision into reality,” athletic director Ken Ralph said.

    “My intention is to win a national championship and I believe we will,” Haviland said.

    havilandThis past season, Haviland led the Hershey Bears to ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points shy of the playoffs despite a 39-27-5-5 record in his first year at the helm. A Manhattan native who grew up in Middletown, N.J., Haviland served as assistant in charge of forwards in Norfolk the previous season (37-34-4-1).

    Before then, he was a Blackhawks assistant in charge of special teams from 2008-12. The Original Six franchise went 187-101-40 over those four years and hoisted the 2010 Stanley Cup. In 2012, following his dismissal from Chicago, he was a finalist for the vacant Capitals job that went to the now-fired Adam Oates.

    “Mike has won championships at multiple levels and has always produced winning programs,” Ralph said.

    Haviland spent four seasons coaching (172-81-325) the ECHL’s Trenton Titans (2004-05) and Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (2001-04) and won two league titles (2003, 2005).

    He moved up to AHL Norfolk (93-51-10-6) for two seasons (2005-7). The then-Blackhawks affiliate broke single-season wins and points records, which earned him the 2007 Coach of the Year award.

    He moved on to Rockford (Ill.) when the Blackhawks affiliated with that team. The IceHogs went 44-26-4-6 and advanced through two playoff rounds that season before he joined Chicago as an assistant.

    As a player, Haviland was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 NHL draft. His experience includes AHL Binghamton (1989-90) and the ECHL (1990-91) with Richmond and Winston-Salem.


  • AHL Iowa signs Howe for tonight’s home finale

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Howe road saveIowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill announced on Wednesday that the American Hockey League  club signed goaltender Joe Howe to a Professional Tryout Agreement and released goaltender Cody Reichard from a PTO.

    Expect the former Tiger netminder to get the start for Iowa against the Chicago Wolves at 6:05 MT Wednesday night in the Wild’s regular season home finale. Iowa did not qualify for the playoffs. The season ends Friday at Oklahoma City where Howe could face former Tigers goalie Richard Bachman.

    Howe, 23,  spent the bulk of his rookie season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In 18 games, Howe went 10-3-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .907  save percentage. The Plymouth, Minn. native also played in seven games for the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League (CHL). He was 3-2-1 with the Mavericks, posting a  2.52 GAA and a .915  saves percentage. In 119 CC appearances, Howe was 65-48-8 with a 2.91 goals and .900 saves percentage.

  • Former Tiger Rapuzzi is ECHL Rookie of the Year

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

    Rapuzzi ActionFormer Colorado College captain William Rapuzzi is the ECHL Rookie of the Year.

    The Idaho Steelheads forward led ECHL rookies with 42 assists and was tied for second with 58 points. He also led all first-year players with 15 power-play assists and 21 power-play points and was tied for fifth among rookies with four-game winning goals.

    Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at Colorado College where he tallied 87 points (48 assists) in 151 games.

    The No. 4 seed Steelheads host the Colorado Eagles, which include Colorado Springs native Luke Fulghum and former Tiger Arthur Bidwill, in the first round of the ECHL’s Western Conference playoffs. Games 1-2 are Friday and Saturday in Boise and Games 3-4 in Loveland Tuesday and Thursday. All games are at 7:05 p.m.