• CC freshman class ranked No. 10 among incoming players

    Wed, September 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rothstein action 3The well-regarded The Hockey Guys website ranked the incoming Colorado College freshmen as the No. 10 incoming class of players in Division I hockey.

    Here is the writeup and the rest of the article, which also ratee North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth and Western Michigan:

    #10 Colorado College (18-19-5)

    Final Ranking: NR

    Incoming Class: Jaccob Slavin (D), Gustav Olofsson (D), Sam Rothstein (F), Zach Aman (F), Alex Roos (F), Christian Heil (F), Luc Gerdes (F), Matt Hansen (F), Tyler Marble (G)

    Jaccob Slavin and Gustav Olofsson were two very under rated defensemen in the USHL last season despite being the go-to guys on their team’s respective blue line. With two regulars lost on the Tigers blue line the pair should slide in nicely to the lineup from the start. The collection of forwards being brought in is very impressive with Sam Rothstein, Christian Heil, and Zach Aman all being top six forwards last year in the USHL. Goaltender Tyler Marble also had the best save percentage in the NAHL (Tier II) last season at .938%.

  • Monday reading: Minnesota tournament name ballot; things looking up in Anchorage; Mandi Schwartz fundraiser

    Mon, June 24, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    HansenYou have until June 28 to vote on the name of the new Minnesota college hockey tournament.

    NCHC foe Western Michigan announced its incoming freshman class (10 players), which includes a former Air Force commit and does not include Paul Stoykewych, younger brother of CC’s Peter.

    A five-year, $150,000 annual contract for new Alaska-Anchorage coach Matt Thomas is loaded with incentives.

    The Seawolves assistant who was doing all the offseason work (scheduling travel, freshman workouts, etc.) solo is retained by Thomas.

    That move and a decent length to the contract points to better times in Anchorage according to beat writer Doyle Woody.

    The new online video streaming plan for the WCHA looks to be a good fit.

    The NAHL has had a big year generating college commitments.

    A Mandi Schwartz charity benefited greatly from a recent golf tournament  in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

  • Wednesday reading: Local NAHL draft picks; North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth commits

    Wed, June 5, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Two area defensemen were drafted by North American Hockey League clubs. 

    Monument’s Garrett Cologne of the Colorado Thunderbirds went to the Brookings (S.D.) Blizzard with the 28th pick overall.

    The Colorado Rampage’s Sam Krakauer of Colorado Springs went with the 182nd pick to the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild.

    North Dakota added a top-end goalie commit for 2014-15.

    This Grand Forks Herald columnist is unofficially applying for the commissioner’s job with the National Collegiate Hockey Association. I hope you screwed up the NCHC name for comedic effect.

    An incoming ninth-grader committed to Minnesota-Duluth recently.


  • Weekend reading: Air Force’s Torf national honor; Jaden Schwartz; Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State, Ohio State updates

    Fri, May 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Torf saveAir Force junior goalie Jason Torf was named to the Jewish Sports Review’s Division I All-America team. 

    He is joined by  Lake Superior State junior defenseman Zach Sternberg and junior forward Dan Radke;  Princeton junior forward Andrew Calof, Robert Morris freshman forward David Friedmann and senior goaltender Eric Levine,  and Bentley sophomore defenseman Steve Weinstein.

    Blues forward and former Tiger Jaden Schwartz had a short stay with Team Canada for the 2013 IIHF World Championships.The Canadians lost in the quarterfinals only a day after Schwartz arrived.

    Schwartz previously participated in IIHF competition at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships.

    In 45 games this season, Schwartz scored seven goals and six assists for the Blues (13 points). He had a plus/minus rating of -4 and registered four penalty minutes. Schwartz was drafted by the Blues in the first round (14th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. The  tournament ends May 19.

    Here is a roundup blog post on Minnesota-Duluth captains, team awards and 2013-14 schedule.

    Minnesota State renovations include shrinking its ice sheet from Olympic size to a hybrid close to the NHL.

    The Maverick fans should be thankful their coach search went so well. The school also announced its 2013-14 schedule.

    The lawsuit involving former Alaska-Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak has been ‘exaggerated’ according to the player hit in the incident.

    The USHL Sioux City coach is moving on to work for Ohio State.

    Sioux City forward Jake Guentzel, younger brother of former Tiger Gabe and a Nebraska-Omaha signee, was named the 2012-13 USHL Rookie of the Year after finishing sixth in league scoring and tying a USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) record with a 21-game point streak.

    Amarillo beat Wenatchee 5-0 in the NAHL Robertson Cup championship game less than a day after losing 7-0 in pool play to the same Wild. You may recall some accusations were flying that the Bulls threw that earlier game. The Wild have since announced they are moving to Hidalgo, Texas to become the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees.

  • Midweek reading: Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota rosters; Wisconsin promotion; Minnesota-Duluth transfer; Chad Rau; Luc Gerdes; Alaska-Anchorage accusations

    Tue, May 14, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    BlaisNebraska-Omaha released three players and added more depth to its lineup. Leading scorers Ryan Walters and Matt White have said they will return for next season, Mavericks coach Dean Blais, pictured, said.

    Incoming North Dakota offensive defenseman Paul LaDue, a Kings draft pick, was named as the USHL Defenseman of the Year.

    UND has dropped a defenseman commit from the BCHL.

    Wisconsin took the interim tag off assistant coach Matt Walsh‘s job title.

    St. Scholastica 6-foot-5 defenseman Brenden Kotyk is the first Division III player to transfer to Minnesota-Duluth, boosting an already strong incoming class.

    Former Tiger Chad Rau was called up to the Minnesota Wild practice squad during the team’s short NHL playoff run.

    Incoming Tiger forward Luc Gerdes, the Jamestown Ironmen’s leading scorer, was scoreless during his team’s 0-3 showing at the 2013 NAHL Roberston Cup tournament in Texas.

    The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL and the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets  announced they will not renew their affiliation agreement for the 2013-14 season. The two clubs, along with the Jets’ American Hockey League affiliate the St. John’s IceCaps had operated as affiliates since the 2011-12 season.

    Eagles President & General Manager, Chris Stewart said the Eagles will consider several options for the upcoming ECHL season.

    “Eagles fans can rest assured that we have many opportunities to explore for next season,” he said. “We have already had NHL clubs express interest in potentially forming an affiliation with the Colorado Eagles. We will also investigate the possibility of being independent of an NHL affiliation. We will do our due diligence in making the best possible decision moving forward and allow that decision to put us in the best possible position to win a championship.”

    Former Tiger Arthur Bidwill played for the Eagles this past season.

    Former Alaska-Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak is accused of hitting one of his players during a 2011 practice in a lawsuit.

    Accusations abound that  an NAHL Robertson Cup rule quirk prompted Amarillo to throw its pool play game 7-0 in order to advance to the championship game. A one-goal loss to Wenatchee meant another team (Bismarck) advanced. Perhaps a more traditional playoff format is in order?