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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seven Tigers competing at NHL development camps

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

    Harstad goalSeven current and former Tigers are taking part in NHL developmental camps this week:

    Alums Alexander Krushelknyski (Edmonton) and Rylan Schwartz (San Jose) are taking part as are incoming senior defensemen Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych, both with Winnipeg.

    Hunter Fejes is at the Arizona Coyotes’ facility while incoming freshman defenseman Teemu Kivihalme is in Nashville.

    Former defenseman Gustav Olofsson is camping with the Wild. Krushelnyski is the only free agent among the seven. The other are under  contract as young pros (Olofsson, Schwartz) or are draft picks.

  • 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).