One of the tidbits of news from the CC team award brunch dealt with the strong likelihood the annual Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Face-off Luncheon will be held during the NCHC meetings Sept. 12-13 with all eight league coaches in attendance.
Also, Wisconsin will be coming to World Arena during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
The first official National Collegiate Hockey Conference meeting is in Naples, Florida Tuesday and Wednesday with full representation (coach, AD, faculty representative) from all eight member schools for the first time.
The league will discuss the officiating pool, communication between the league and coaches, operations manuals, and setting gameday standards to be met by each school and other procedural loose ends.
CC athletic director Ken Ralph said the coaches will have a lot of say in which officials are brought into the league.
The annual coaches convention at Marco Island, Fla. follows Thursday through Monday. Nothing binding will come out, but the coaches will weigh in on changing the NCAA regional format to go with home sites for top seeds, according to CC coach Scott Owens. Other topics include honoring verbal commitments and tweaking the Pairwise rankings formula, he added.
The final WCHA banquet for CC and the other five schools leaving will be Sunday.
“There will be a little bit of awkwardness but its’ important to recognize and honor our 61 years together,” Owens said. “I think most people have moved on.”
Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State is in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd feature this week. he was added to the U.S. men’s national team earlier this week.
WCHA’s Minnesota State announced its team awards.
USCHO compiled a list of the 80 current and future NCAA players ranked by NHL Central Scouting for the June 30 draft.
College Hockey News is reporting that UConn will fill the vacant women’s job in the next few weeks before focusing on the men’s position.