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  • No surprise: Gaudreau win 2014 Hobey Baker

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

    Hobey clippingsThe 2014 winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial award, college hockey’s top individual prize, is Johnny Gaudreau from Boston College. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Loews Hotel, Center City in Philadelphia and aired internationally on NHL Network.

    Gaudreau had a sensational season, posting 80 points to lead the nation in scoring while recording the highest point total in the last 11 seasons of college hockey. He averaged two points per game and recently tied a Hockey East conference record tallying points in 31 consecutive games (Paul Kariya, Maine).

    Hobey Baker, born and buried in Philadelphia, was the legendary Princeton (1914) hockey player known as America’s greatest amateur athlete one hundred years ago. He redefined how the game was played with his coast-to-coast dashes in an era when hockey was contested with seven players and no forward passes. Baker, a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corp, died testing a repaired aircraft at the end of World War I after he had completed his military service.

    Gaudreau was selected from a group of ten finalists by a 27-member selection committee and online fan balloting. For two straight years, he has been top three finalist.

  • Weekend reading: CHN honorees, OSU departure, Frozen 4, Miami returnees

    Fri, April 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    miamiThe College Hockey News recognized Union coach Rick Bennett as its Coach of the Year despite an ugly post-game incident against RPI that led to his suspension. CHN also announced its Rookie of the Year.

    Matt Perry (Bismarck Bobcats) committed to Air Force for 2015-2016.

    Ohio State’s best forward left school a year early.  As previously reported, WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod will retire after next weekend’s Frozen Four.

    Here is a look at what the Frozen Four teams consider the turning point of their seasons that sparked their march to the national semifinals and a feature on ECAC champion Union.

    Miami’s top-three scorers will return next season and the RedHawks are scheduled in to bring some serious size for their blue-line corps. Preseason NCHC predictions will be a crap shoot once again.

    icehockey_m-DIWhile last year’s Frozen Four featured three first-time appearancess, this year’s field is full of familiar faces. North Dakota had a two-year Frozen Four absence, which qualifies as the longest among this group. Boston College, Minnesota and Union were all in the Frozen Four in 2012 in Tampa, Fla.

    Union will be making its second Frozen Four appearance. Each team has players with Frozen Four experience, as 39 players are in their second Frozen Four (Union-14, BC-12, Minnesota-11, North Dakota-2).

    Most Frozen Fours (Last appearance)
    24 – Boston College (2012)
    24 – Michigan (2011)
    21 – Boston University (2009)
    21 – Minnesota (2012)
    20 – North Dakota (2011)

    Three teams in the field were No. 1 seeds in their NCAA regional: Boston College, Minnesota and Union. It’s the fourth time in the 16-team tournament (which began in 2003) that three No. 1 seeds have reached the Frozen Four, and the first since 2010 in Detroit.

    North Dakota made the Frozen Four as a No. 4 seed, the seventh No. 4 seed in the past seven years to get this far. From 2003-07, no No. 4 seeds reached the Frozen Four.

  • Hobey Hat Trick finalists announced

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

    Hobey clippingsThe Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for 2014. Alphabetically, they are: Greg Carey, St. Lawrence senior forward’ St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd, Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau.

    The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s cinner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

    This year’s winner will be announced Friday, April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 34th annual announcement will be televised live on nhl.com at 4 p.m. MT.

  • Thursday reading: NCHC-NCAA previews

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    LaLeggia actionHere are a plethora of links concerning the St. Cloud State vs. Notre Dame game.

    With all its young players, North Dakota is excited about reaching the NCAAs while Wisconsin, which has only two rookies, is focused on learning the lesson from last year’s 6-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.

    Denver is peaking as it heads into its match-up against Boston College, which has Hobey hopeful Johnny Gaudreau.

  • Three NCHC finalists for national awards

    Thu, March 20, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Hobey clippingsThree NCHC players are finalists for two major national awards. Josh Archibald of Nebraska-Omaha and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State are among the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award, which is all but assured of going to Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau.

    Denver senior Sam Brittain is up for the inaugural Mike Richter Award, which goes to Division’s I’s top goaltender.

    Here are more details:

    The Hobey Baker Memorial Award  Top 10 finalists for 2014 are: Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha, Greg Carey, St. Lawrence, Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State, Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State, Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College, Shayne Gostisbehere, Union, Kevin Hayes, Boston College, CJ Motte, Ferris State, Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin and Adam Wilcox, Minnesota.

    The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting. The 27-member selection committee and an additional round of fan balloting at hobeybakeraward.com from March 20-30 will determine the winner.

    The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on April 2 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will be televised live on NHL Network or live on the Hobey Baker website at 4 p.m. MT.

    Also, the top goaltender honor, the inaugural Mike Richter Award, announced its finalists:

    Sam Brittain, Sr., Denver; Connor Hellebuyck , Soph., UMass-Lowell; Joel Rumpel, Jr., Wisconsin; Adam Wilcox, Soph., Minnesota; and Caly Witt, Jr., Northeastern.

  • Friday reading: Previews, picks, refs

    Fri, January 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FejesColorado College is focused on attacking the net during the second half and will need to against No. 7 Providence this weekend.

    The USCHO columnists think Providence will sweep the Tigers while the other thinks a split is more likely. Here are their entire league picks. PC goalie Jon Gillies is a possible contender for the Hobey Baker Top 10, USCHO opines.

    Minnesota-Duluth is playing well but takes on No. 16 Denver, which is on a bit of a roll of late. Both lead off this week’s USCHO column on the NCHC.

    No. 3 St. Cloud State gets its first regular-season game on CBS Sports Network on Friday night (5:07 p.m. MT start).

    Bemidji State is excited to get a shot at North Dakota. Nebraska-Omaha travels to last-place Miami, which has a couple critical injuries.

    Here is an article detailing how the NCHC works on training its referees. USCHO also has an Atlantic Hockey picks column.



  • Monday reading: Colorado College history; SCSU success; Lucia’s comfort level

    Mon, December 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc trophyI wrote a piece on CC hockey celebrating its 75 years and its connection to the community.

    Here are five reasons why St. Cloud State is doing well this season.

    Former CC and current Minnesota coach Don Lucia is comfortable leading Team USA at world juniors. The results don’t lie.

    Justin Kovacs’ goal 2:01 into overtime was the game’s only score, and gave Western Michigan only its second Great Lakes Invitational championship in the program’s history.

    The tournament was played outdoors for the first time, drawing an announced crowd of about 26,000 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the home of baseball’s Detroit Tigers. Here is a game story.

  • In the pros: Peter Sejna entering second season with Rapperswil-Jona

    Tue, August 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Peter_SejnaRapperswil-Jona_Lakers_logoThis is the first of a few installments catching CC fans up with where their favorites from the past are playing professional hockey overseas.

    Most European training camps are already underway.

    Former Tiger and 2003 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Peter Sejna is entering his second season playing for the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Switzerland National League A (top league).

    He recorded 34 points (20 goals) in 47 regular season games last season.

    The left wing, listed at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, also tallied six points (four goals) in 12 games to help the club, founded in 1945, avoid relegation to the Swiss B league.

    The Slovakian enters his seventh pro campaign in Switzerland after splitting time between the AHL Peoria Rivermen (39 games) and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues (21 games) during the 2006-7 season.


  • In the pros: 2005 Hobey Baker award winner Marty Sertich heads to Germany

    Tue, July 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    setich image 2Former Tiger and 2005 Hobey Baker Award winner Marty Sertich, 30, signed a one-year deal with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German Ice Hockey League.

    “Marty is a player with great hands, a good understanding of the game and he will set the tone on the power play,” general manager Karsten Mende said in a Google translate press release.

    Sertich signed a three-year contract with the Olten Power Mice  of the Swiss National League in 2010 and spent some of this offseason training in Colorado Springs.

    The Roseville, Minn. native recorded 79 points (57 assists) in 63 games last season.

  • Midweek reading: Opening luncheon, NCHC meeting, coaches convention, Minnesota State, NHL draft

    Tue, April 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

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    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.