• Monday reading: NHL draft rankings; weekend review; heart testing; polls

    Mon, January 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC bradley new home unisNHL Central Scouting released its midterm 2014 draft rankings and several college players, signees and commits made the listing.

    No future Tigers made the listing but uncommitted goalies Blake Weyrick and Chase Perry are among the top North Americans noted. No. 1 was Boston College’s Thatcher Demko followed by Michigan State commit Edwin Minney.

    The top skaters are:  No. 16. Sonny Milano, Boston College;  No. 17. Dylan Larkin, Michigan;  No. 19 Nick Schmaltz, North Dakota; No. 21 Alex Tuch, BC; No. 27, Jack Glover, Minnesota; No. 29 Jack Dougherty, No.; 32 Ryan Collins, Minnesota.

    North Dakota’s seven-game win streak and favorable schedule — if there is such a thing in the NCHC — puts UND in position to make a run at the Penrose Cup. Minnesota-Duluth is looking good right now as well.

    New Denver assistant David Carle advocates more heart testing for athletes.

    Minnesota remains No. 1 in the USCHO weekly poll but a road split drops St. Cloud State to No. 3. Miami fell out of the top 20 while North Dakota is back in at No. 20.

    USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll

    Last Week’s Ranking
    Weeks in
    Top 15
    1 University of Minnesota, 509 (33)
    2 Ferris State University, 464 (1)
    3 Boston College, 423
    4 St. Cloud State University, 420
    5 Quinnipiac University, 377
    6 Union College, 342
    7 Providence College, 259
    8 Yale University, 240
    9 University of Wisconsin, 208
    10 UMass Lowell, 197
    11 Northeastern University, 156
    12 Cornell University, 135
    13 University of Michigan, 132
    14 Clarkson University, 86
    15 University of Notre Dame, 84

    Others receiving votes: University of Denver, 19; University of New Hampshire, 13; Miami University, 5; Bowling Green State University, 3; University of North Dakota, 3; University of Vermont, 3; Colgate University, 1; University of Minnesota Duluth, 1.

  • Friday reading: NCHC previews; Tigers bye; new AF-CC trophy; NHL draft rankings

    Fri, November 15, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    wmu smallColorado College is idle until Tuesday and Air Force hosts Robert Morris on Saturday. Here is a preview of all the NCHC action which includes Western Michigan at Denver and Nebraska-Omaha at North Dakota.

    Here is more on the weekend from North Dakota, the new trophy for the AF-CC game/series and how the Tigers are staying positive.

    No CC or Denver players were named to the most recent NHL Central Scouting list of 2014 draft-eligible player rankings.

    Players are divided into three groups in this list compiled by College Hockey Inc.: A (first-round candidate), B (second- or third-round candidate) and C (fourth through sixth-round candidates).

     Current college players

    A Thatcher Demko G Boston College
    C Evan Allen F Michigan
    C Brendan Harms F Bemidji State
    C Alex Kile F Michigan
    C Vinni Lettieri F Minnesota
    C Clint Lewis D Cornell
    C Parker Reno D Rensselaer
    C Scott Savage D Boston College

    USHL players

    A Dylan Larkin F U.S. NTDP Michigan
    A Sonny Milano F U.S. NTDP Notre Dame
    A Nick Schmaltz F Green Bay North Dakota
    B Anders Bjork F U.S. NTDP Notre Dame
    B Ryan Collins D U.S. NTDP Minnesota
    B Jack Dougherty D U.S. NTDP Wisconsin
    B Shane Eiserman F Dubuque New Hampshire
    B Jack Glover D U.S. NTDP Minnesota
    B Ryan Hitchcock F U.S. NTDP Yale
    B Josh Jacobs D Indiana Michigan State
    B Jonathan MacLeod D U.S. NTDP Boston University
    B Seamus Malone F Dubuque Wisconsin
    B Ryan Mantha D Sioux City North Dakota
    B Cody Milan F Sioux Falls Michigan State
    B Edwin Minney G U.S. NTDP Michigan State
    B Austin Poganski F Tri-City North Dakota
    B Alex Tuch F U.S. NTDP Boston College
    B Chris Wilkie F Tri-City North Dakota
    C Anthony Angello F Omaha Cornell
    C Louis Belpedio D U.S. NTDP Miami
    C Nathan Billitier D U.S. NTDP Notre Dame
    C Mark Friedman D Waterloo Bowling Green
    C Shane Gersich F U.S. NTDP North Dakota
    C Cameron Hackett G Green Bay Cornell
    C Kevin Kerr D Tri-City Penn State
    C Karson Kuhlman F Dubuque Minnesota-Duluth
    C Hayden Lavigne G Tri-City Michigan
    C Maxim Letunov C Youngstown Boston University
    C Janik Moeser D Muskegon Ohio State
    C John Piccinich F Youngstown Boston University
    C Neal Pionk D Sioux City Minnesota-Duluth
    C Jacob Pritchard F Indiana St. Lawrence
    C Kiefer Sherwood F Youngstown Miami
    C Nolan Stevens F U.S. NTDP Northeastern
    C Luke Stork F Youngstown Ohio State
    C Hunter Warner D Waterloo Minnesota State
    C Joe Wegwerth F U.S. NTDP Notre Dame

    Other leagues

    C Marshall Donald D Sherwood Park (AJHL) Northern Michigan
    C Rhett Gardner F Okotoks (AJHL) North Dakota
    C Nicholas Jones F Sherwood Park (AJHL) Ohio State
    C Tanner Macmaster F Camrose (AJHL) Boston College
    C Mason Blacklock F Vernon (BCHL) Michigan Tech
    C Alexandre Coulombe D Penticton (BCHL) Vermont
    C Alex Gillies F Salmon Arm (BCHL) Michigan Tech
    C Demico Hannoun F Vernon (BCHL) Michigan Tech
    C Jack Ramsey F Penticton (BCHL) Minnesota
    C Luke Ripley D Powell River (BCHL) Notre Dame
    C Jeff Wight F Merritt (BCHL) Connecticut
    C Brett Garvey D Brockville (CCHL) Clarkson
    C Kelly Summers D Carleton Place (CCHL) Clarkson
    B Jake Evans F St. Michael’s (OJHL) Notre Dame
    C Michael Prapavessis D Tor. Lakeshore (OJHL) Rensselaer
    C Drew Vogler G Topeka (NAHL) Merrimack
    B Beau Starrett F South Shore (USPHL) Cornell
    C Bobo Carpenter F Islanders (USPHL) Boston University
    C James Winkler F Portland (USPHL) Northeastern
    C Tyler Bird F Kimball Union (Prep) Brown
    C Joey Dudek F Kimball Union (Prep) Boston College
    C Miles Gendron D Rivers (Prep) Connecticut
    C Mike Lee D Gunnery (Prep) Vermont
    C Mitchell Smith F Salisbury (Prep) Yale
    C Evan Smith F Salisbury (Prep) Yale
    C Sam Tucker G Choate (Prep) Yale
    B Mitchel Slattery F Hill-Murray (HS-MN) St. Cloud State
    B Steven Spinner F Eden Prairie (HS-MN) Nebraska-Omaha
    C Matt Berkovitz D Ashwaubenon (HS-WI) Wisconsin
    C Christopher Brown F Cranbrook (HS-MI) Boston College
    C Dylan Malmquist F Edina (HS-MN) Notre Dame
    C Luc Snuggerud D Eden Prairie (HS-MN) Nebraska-Omaha
  • Weekend reading: CC captain’s practice, Thorimbert, Providence, Nebraska Omaha, Fairbanks, Mankato, Robert Morris, AHA

    Fri, August 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    thorimbertSeptember is almost here and the first CC captain’s practice will be next week.

    Senior goalie Josh Thorimbert was interviewed by his hometown newspaper after they stumbled across him training this offseason in a Saskatoon park.

    This Providence standout will be taking on the Tigers in World Arena Jan. 17-18, 2014.

    Wild draft pick Avery Peterson, who everyone wearing red and white assuming was going to Wisconsin ended up committing to Nebraska-Omaha.

    Alaska-Fairbanks lost an up-and-comer to the Edmonton Oil Kings if the WHL.

    Major renovations are underway in Mankato. The two Robert Morris assistants were promoted to associate coaches.  Minnesota named its captains.

    The Atlantic Hockey Association named its executive committee.

    From the press release: Chairing the Executive Committee will the Bob Beretta, Executive Athletic Director at Army.  Joining Beretta  are Richard Bedard, Director of Athletics at American International College; Aaron Kemp, Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Mercyhurst University and Dr. Craig Coleman, Director of Athletics at Robert Morris University and Robert DeFelice, Director of Athletics at Bentley University, who will serve as the Executive Committee’s treasurer

  • Midweek reading: Great Northwest Showcase, 2014 NHL Draft rankings

    Wed, August 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    northwest showcase exhbitionsCoach Dave Hakstol announced today that North Dakota has added the Great Northwest Showcase in Burnaby, B.C., to its 2013-14 schedule. UND will face British Columbia and Simon Fraser on Jan. 3-4 in a pair of exhibition games at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, the home of Simon Fraser men’s hockey, in suburban Vancouver. Princeton rounds out the four-team field.

    “We appreciate the invitation and are proud to be a part of this tournament,” Hakstol said in a press release. “It is a great opportunity to spread the footprint of NCAA Division I hockey and, at the same time, allows many of our players from Western Canada to return home for two exhibition games.”

    Tickets go on sale in the fall.  Game times will be announced at a later date.

    In 2011-12, UND played a regular season non-conference game against Clarkson at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The U.S. College Hockey Classic was UND’s first game on Canadian soil in 59 years. Prior to that, the last time UND played a men’s hockey game in Canada was Dec. 29-30, 1953, when UND lost a pair of games to host Fort Frances (Ontario).

    The event is organized by the Burnaby Mountain Hockey Society, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2010 as the promotional and fundraising body of the SFU men’s hockey program.

    College hockey fans should note that SFU has been rumored to be a possible new NCAA hockey program since it is the only Canadian university in the NCAA. It competes in Division II in other sports.

    No doubt, fundraising is a major hurdle for any hockey hopes. Showing off the college game couldn’t hurt efforts at SFU, which is a former exhibition opponent for Colorado College.

    McKeen’s of Canada released its top 30 for the 2014 NHL Draft and it included Nick Schmaltz, a North Dakota commit.

    Future Considerations also put out a top 30 which is light on college prospects.

    North Dakota’s Mark MacMillan is anxious to assume a leadership role.


  • Monday reading: Boivin, Fejes, McDermott, Schwartz, Stoykewych head to NHL camps; Ken Ralph finalist for W. Illinois AD job

    Mon, July 8, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Eamonn McDermott PhotoThree Tigers are taking part in NHL prospects/development camps soon.

    Phoenix draft pick Hunter Fejes is in Glendale for the Coyotes’ camp July 8-12 while captain Eamonn McDermott is in Philadelphia during the same time period. Winnipeg draft pick Peter Stoykewych is at the Jets’ camp July 15-19.

    Graduated Tigers Mike Boivin (Wild,  July 11-13) and Rylan Schwartz (Sharks July 8-11) are also being evaluated. 

    No doubt, other current and former Tigers will be headed to camps. More rosters will be released by the NHL organizations this week.

    Colorado College athletic director Ken Ralph is one of three finalists for a similar position at Western Illinois. Ralph will be in Macomb, Ill. for interviews July 9-10.

    Ralph, at CC since 2007, served as athletic director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2002-07. He is the former senior assistant athletic director, head coach of swimming and water polo and aquatics director at Connecticut College. He has also worked as aquatics director and swimming coach at Evansville, Air Force, Kutztown (Pa.) and Georgetown (Ky.).

    The Fighting Leathernecks compete in the Division I Missouri Valley Conference and Summit League.

    Also, a former Minnesota forward is graduating this summer and will head to Alaska-Fairbanks to finish his college playing career.

  • Weekend reading: Kivihalme interview, Miami renovations, WCHA outlook

    Thu, July 4, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Teemu-300x225Hope you all have a good 4th of July weekend.

    Here is a link to an audio interview with CC commit Teemu Kivihalme after he was drafted by the Nashville Predators.

    Here are some leftovers I stumbled across that are still worth noting:

    The Miami University arena is undergoing considerable renovations this offseason.

    WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod is feeling good about his new/old conference’s situation entering what is likely his final year.

    Michigan Tech unveiled its new video scoreboard.

  • Kivihalme, Olofsson soaking up every moment of NHL draft experience

    Sun, June 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Olofsson draft pickIncoming Colorado College freshman Gustav Olofsson and commit Teemu Kivihalme may still be catching their breath this morning. There’s little doubt they’re still smiling from the night before.

    Both defensemen were selected during the 2013 NHL draft with Olofsson picked 46th (second round, No. 16) by Minnesota and Kivihalme 140th (fifth round, 19th pick) by Nashville.

    Olofsson was the Wild’s first selection at the Prudential Center in New Jersey Sunday night.

    “It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Olofsson said early Monday morning Manhattan time after running a gauntlet of interviews and pictures with Wild coaches, staff, family, friends and media. “It probably will overnight.”

    Kivihalme had a similar experience after hearing his name called.

    “It was definitely a heart-stopper,” he said.

    Both said their NHL organizations support them playing for Colorado College.

    “They said they like CC because they tend to develop good NHL defensemen,” Kivihalme said.

    “No doubt,” Olofsson said. “It’s all good with them as long as I develop.”

    Both are headed to NHL prospect camps next month. Olofsson will move to Colorado Springs in August.

    Many draft prognosticators predicted Olofsson, listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, would go as late as the third round.  But the U.S. Hockey League all-rookie team honoree (23 points, 21 assists) did better than expected because he showed considerable offensive potential for a defenseman.

    “Gustav is a big mobile defenseman that really jumped up our draft rankings,” Wild assistant general manager Brent Flahr said. “He’s an intelligent player with quality natural instincts for the game. We feel like his game will continue to improve as he gets stronger and gains experience.”

    His younger brother Fredrick, a forward, is a CC commit scheduled for 2014.

    Olofsson, 18, was the sixth college player chosen. He became a San Jose Sharks fan while a youth player in northern California. The minute his name was called, he became a die-hard Wild fan.

    “It’s funny how that changes in instant,” the Broomfield High School graduate said. “Even my younger brother has a new favorite.”

    Kivihalme, a 5-foot-11, 161-pounder, is named after NHL star Teemu Selanne.

    The 2014 commit has dual citizenship with Finland and the USA, competed at the 2012 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament for the Americans. He led Burnsville, coached by his father Janne, who played at Division III Wisconsin-Superior, to a Minnesota high school section final. He recorded 73 points (53 assists) in 77 high school games in three years.

    kivihalme pic“I see him more as a two-way defenseman, and I hope that’s what he can be,” Predators North American amateur scout David Westby said. “He has decent size, skates really well and has terrific hockey sense. He’s a son of a coach. He knows how to play the game. He makes good puck decisions, first passes, skating out of trouble if needed, and can carry or jump into the play. He can run the power play. He has a good shot from the point. He defends very well. His gaps are good. He eliminates and takes away space. We think he has a big upside. We’re excited about him. “

    The high school senior said he will play for the Fargo Force of the USHL next season before signing with CC.

    Olofsson will be among five draft picks on CC’s roster next season, joining fellow freshman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina 2012), sophomore Hunter Fejes (Phoenix 2012), and juniors Aaron Harstad (Winnipeg 2011) and Peter Stoykewych (Winnipeg, then Atlanta 2010) in that distinction. All except Fejes, who played left wing for the Tigers last season, are defensemen.

    The top pick who ever played for CC was St. Louis wing Jaden Schwartz who was the 14th pick in 2010. Former Tiger and Winnipeg defenseman Mark Stuart went 21st in 2003 to Boston.

    Incoming Western Michigan forward Mike McCarron was the first college player picked (Montreal, No. 25) and was the only one in the first round.

    National Collegiate Hockey Conference programs had 20 current, incoming players or commits selected, led by six picks for North Dakota and three for Denver. CC, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan had two apiece and Miami one.

    In all, 63 players with current of future ties to 29 of the 59 Division I programs were selected. Former college hockey players made up 30 percent of the NHL in 2012-13, including 12 members of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

  • CC signee Olofsson taken 46th overall by Wild

    Sun, June 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gustav OlofssonIt proved to be a Wild day for incoming Colorado College defenseman Gustav Olofsson.

    The native of Umea, Sweden was the 46th pick overall (16th, second round) by Minnesota.

    Many draft prognosticators predicted Olofsson, 18, would go in the second or third round after he was rated as the 51st North American skater in the final pre-draft NHL Central Scouting rankings.  

    The U.S. Hockey League all-rookie team honoree (23 points, 21 assists) and the junior league’s NHL Prospects Game invitee has good offensive upside and anticipation.

    Olofsson’s family moved to Broomfield three years ago.

    Tigers 2014 defenseman commit Teemu Kivihalme is slated for the later rounds. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder, who is named after NHL star Teemu Selanne, was No. 64 among North American skaters.

    Kivihalme, who has dual citizenship with Finland and the USA, competed at the 2012 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament for the Americans, led Burnsville to a Minnesota high school section final and played for the Fargo Force of the U.S. Hockey League.

    The top pick who ever played for CC was St. Louis Blues wing Jaden Schwartz, 21, who went with the 14th overall pick in 2010. Winnipeg assistant captain Mark Stuart, 29, went 21st in 2003 to Boston.

    This year, incoming Western Michigan right wing Mike McCarron was the first college player picked by Montreal at No. 25. He was the only one chosen in the first round.  It is the highest pick ever for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference school.


  • Wednesday reading: Holmstrom, NHL Draft profiles, 5 Things to Know about NCAA hockey, committee urges better rule enforcement

    Wed, June 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Josh Holmstrom actionUMass-Lowell incoming senior forward Josh Holmstrom, pictured celebrating, of Colorado Springs made his third-straight appearance on the Hockey East All-Academic Team, which required a minimum 3.0 grade point average in both semesters over the 2012-13 academic year.

    Here are various NHL Draft profiles of incoming North Dakota recruit Gage Ausmus.

    This Five Things to Know about college hockey article out of Canada has a lot of interesting facts, some many college fans already know, but it is definitely worth a read. Thanks to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald for finding this.

    The NCAA rules committee did not recommend any rule changes, but did want current rules more effectively enforced.

    Maine hired back a former assistant.

  • Wednesday reading: Kivilhalme profile; Hillen, Crabb reviews; various honors

    Wed, June 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    kivihalme picCC commit Teemu Kivihalme is profiled by Yahoo! Canada Sports as a possible NHL Draft pick this month.

    Here is a review of former Tiger Jack Hillen‘s past season with the Capitals along with a look at Joey Crabb.

    Western Michigan hockey is creating a ring of honor to recognize past greats and contributors to the program.

    Declining attendance for Wisconsin home games is cause for concern in Madison.

    Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin will receive North Dakota’s Tom Clifford Award as part of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies Sept. 14  in Grand Forks.

    The award goes to a North Dakota graduate who has served with distinction as a coach at the college or high school level.  Sandelin, 48, a 1986 North Dakota graduate,  has a 231-229-63 record and  helped the Bulldogs to the 2011 NCAA title.

    The Hibbing native was a North Dakota assistant for six years, including championship seasons in 1997 and 2000.