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  • 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.

  • Wild, former Tiger Prosser parting ways

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    nprosser-wild-johnulan-apThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that former Colorado College defenseman and unrestricted free agent Nate Prosser will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Wild.

    He played for his home state’s team for the past four-plus seasons. He recorded 21 points in 126 NHL games.

    The Elk River, Minn. native  also played 96 games (31 points) in the American Hockey League during that span.

  • 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.

  • Weekend reading: Miami rink, UNO exhibition, Chase Perry

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

    Miami locker roomMiami completed $2 million in renovations to its ice hockey venue recently.

    Nebraska-Omaha hockey added an exhibition game against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to its 2014-15 schedule. The two teams will meet on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:07 p.m. CT at the CenturyLink Center.

    The game will be the second meeting between the two schools.  The Mavericks won the first game, 6-1, at the beginning of last season.  The Mavericks have begun nearly every season against a Canadian university and are 16-2-0 all-time in those games.

    The NAHL wrote an article about incoming Tigers goalie Chase Perry.

  • Oilers sign Bachman to 1-year deal

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Bachman edmontonThe Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Richard Bachman on a one-year contract.

    Bachman, 26, appeared in 52 games for the AHL Oklahoma City Barons last season, posting a record of 26-19-6. He also recorded a .908 save percentage, a 2.99 goals-against average and two shutouts.

    The five-foot-10, 176 pound goaltender played in three games with the Oilers last season, registering a .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average. The Salt Lake City native has accumulated a 14-12-2 record in 35 career NHL games, including a .903 save percentage, a 2.95 goals against average and one shutout.

    The former Tigers All-American was selected by Dallas in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2006 draft.

    The 26-year-old American goaltender saw an opportunity with the Oilers to compete at training camp for a spot in the NHL or return to Oklahoma City, where he and his wife are comfortable and have family support.

    “The main goal is to get up with the Oilers and to play in the NHL but being here (in Oklahoma City) is a great fit for me and my wife,” Bachman told Oilers Now’s Bob Stauffer. “I’ve got a twin brother here. He’s in med school here so he’s close by so I have a family connection. It’s also close to Colorado where my family is from so it works out really well for me.”

    Bachman has played in 35 career NHL games (Edmonton and Dallas) and has a record of 14-12-2. He feels like he can be a full-time NHL goaltender and that’s why he re-signed with Edmonton instead of testing the market or heading to Europe.

    “I think it’s ultimately about playing in the NHL,” he said. “I’ve already had a little bit of taste of it and have some experience. I really feel I can play at that level. Until I feel I can’t do that or it’s not going to be a good fit for me or my family I want to stick it out over here and be with Edmonton. I think it’s a great place to get a good opportunity. For me this is a great fit and I’m happy to be back.”

    Bachman made 47 saves in his Oilers debut on October 27, 2013 against Los Angeles. He is currently training in Oklahoma City.

  • Former Tiger is new Canucks assistant

    Tue, July 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Doug Lidster, seen as part of Melody Davidson's staff for the Canadian women's hockey team in 2008, has coached at various levels of hockey. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

    Doug Lidster, seen as part of Melody Davidson’s staff for the Canadian women’s hockey team in 2008, has coached at various levels of hockey. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

    Former Colorado College standout Doug Lidster was hired by the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach, the NHL franchise announced late Monday.

    Lidster most recently worked under new Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins in the AHL where the pair led the Texas Stars, which included former Tiger Toby Petersen, to the Calder Cup championship.

    The 52-year-old Kamloops, B.C., native has experience at every level of hockey. He is the No. 15 all-time scorer, third among defensemen, in CC history with 174 points (118 assists) in 143 games as a Tiger.

    He was drafted 133rd overall by the Canucks in 1980 and went on to play defense through 16 NHL seasons for Vancouver, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Dallas. He won two Stanley Cups with the Rangers in 1994 and the Stars in 1999. He is the last Tiger to hoist that trophy.

    Lidster represented Canada as a player at the 1984 Sarajevo Games and at three IIHF world championships.

    Lidster’s resume also includes assistant coaching jobs with Canada’s men’s team, the women’s squad, with whom he won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit.

  • 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).

  • Weekend reading: AFA schedule, Hlinka commits, WMU hire, NHL draft picks

    Thu, July 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Burnett actionHoly Cross and RIT announced its schedule as did exhibition foe McGill University of Montreal, allowing me to piece together the Air Force hockey schedule some more.

    The program will announce its schedule later this month.

    Here are the confirmed Falcon games as of July 2 (Home games in CAPS):

    Oct. 6, McGILL UNIVERSITY (exhibition)

    Oct. 17, at Alaska-Fairbanks (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 18, vs. Alaska-Anchorage (Brice Gold Rush)

    Oct. 24-25 RIT

    Nov. 1, at North Dakota (Hall of Fame Game)

    Nov. 7-8, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

    Nov. 14-15 at Robert Morris

    Nov. 21 at Denver

    Nov. 22 COLORADO COLLEGE

    Dec. 5-6 at Bentley

    Jan. 2-3 at Holy Cross

    Jan. 16-17, 2014 ARMY

    Jan. 30-31 ROBERT MORRIS

    Thirteen of the 22 players selected for the u18 Ivan Hlinka tournament are college commits. Three remain uncommitted.

    Denver commit commit Troy Terry of Highlands Ranch is one of the players headed to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    Western Michigan filled its associate head coach vacancy with a Providence assistant. That leaves one opening after former Denver assistant Steve Miller was hired last week.

    Here is a list of all the college and college commits selected in the recent NHL Draft.

  • Tigers add assistant with 25 years pro, college and junior coach experience

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

    Courtesy Springfield (Mass.) Republican

    Courtesy Springfield (Mass.) Republican

    Colorado College’s Mike Haviland delved into his past to hire an assistant with 25 years of coaching experience.
    Gene Reilly, who graduated from Elmira (N.Y.) College a year before Haviland played there, is the final assistant to join the program under the new hockey coach.
    Reilly has won 14 professional, college and junior titles as either an assistant or head coach. He has eight years of college assistant experience including the 1999 NCAA championship with Maine.
    “He has won at all levels,” Haviland said. “Gene is a guy with an attention to detail and passion that is second to none.”
    Reilly worked the past two seasons as a professional scout for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes but left for the chance to work with Haviland.
    “The most important thing for me is to be with quality people and Mike is a quality person with a winning track record,” Reilly said in a press release. “I really enjoyed my time in Carolina and the wonderful people who I worked with in the pro scouting staff.”
    He spent 2008-12 as an assistant coach/director of player development with Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, where he was involved in four titles.
    His college experience includes serving as an assistant with Maine (1998-2001), Harvard (2003-4) and Northeastern (2004-8).
    While at Maine, the Springfield, Mass. native, 52, took over as interim coach at the start of the 1999-2000 season when the late Shawn Walsh was battling cancer.
    Reilly left to be an assistant with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2000-01 season and Binghamton the next.
    “There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes with practices, scouting, and watching tapes; Gene stepped in and did a tremendous job,” then-Griffins coach Bruce Cassidy said after being named the 2002 AHL coach of the year.
    He returned to the college ranks at Harvard for one season and spent the next four rebuilding the Northeastern program.
    His experience prepares him well for CC, Haviland said.
    “He has developed guys and understands how academics work at CC,” he said. “He understands the college game’s ins and outs very well.”
    Reilly coached from 1988-98 in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, winning three championships. He played two seasons in Sweden, including one as player-coach.
    Some of the future professionals who played for him include Bill Guerin, Scott Lachance, Ron Hainsey, and Chris Clark.
    “I think he is a great fit for the college and the staff,” Haviland said.
    The new director of hockey operations position is filled with a July 15 announcement identifying the recent former CC player scheduled. All three finalists for that job are former Tigers, Haviland said.
    Former CC standout RJ Enga, 42, was hired as an assistant two weeks ago. Haviland, 46, was hired in May after longtime coach Scott Owens resigned on April 6 following a 7-24-6 season.