• Tuesday reading: Miami adds size; NHL-college numbers; Andy Gambucci

    Tue, April 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Gambucci in actionMiami is remedying its problem with a lack of size in the defensemen corps judging from its incoming freshmen for 2014-15.

    A record 305 college hockey alumni played in the NHL this past regular season. Thirty-one with ties to the programs in the NCHC are now competing in the NHL playoffs.

    Tigers great Andy Gambucci, pictured, was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night. Here is a feature I did on Gambucci when the honor was announced.

  • More weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz; No cuts for Air Force hockey; ECHL playoffs

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Schwartz celebrationFormer Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the tying goal in regulation in a 3OT thriller against Chicago.

    Air Force announced its athletic department cuts, which did not affect revenue sports, including hockey.

    The ECHL playoffs are underway with former Tiger William Rapuzzi ( No. 4 seed Idaho) hosting the No. 5 Colorado Eagles (Arthur Bidwill). No. 6 Bakersfield (Joe Marciano) plays at No. 3 Utah. Here is a league preview.

    Here are the incoming freshmen for Minnesota State in Mankato. Here is a look at how North Dakota has fared in the national rankings this past decade.

    Not surprisingly, Union’s Rick Bennett was the USCHO Coach of the Year.

  • Wednesday reading: Final polls; pre-preseason Top 10; World Arena

    Wed, April 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    sakic presserHere is the final top 20 from USCHO.com and the final top 15 from USA Hockey.

    College Hockey News tweeted its early Top 10 for the 2014-15 season: 1. Minnesota; 2. North Dakota, 3. Michigan, 4. BC; 5. Miami; 6. Providence; 7. Union;  8. Minnesota State; 9. Colgate and 10. Maine.

    World Arena was ranked No. 5 out of the 57 college hockey arenas rated by this web site. There was other big news for the facility.

  • Area native starts pro career

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

    Josh Holmstrom actionColorado Springs native Josh Holmstrom’s professional career is underway.

    The former UMass-Lowell captain signed an amateur tryout for the remainder of this season late last week with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Tigers, an affiliate of the N.Y. Islanders. He has no points in two games so far.

    The 6-foot, 175-pound forward played in 154 games over four years are UMass Lowell notching 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points. His best season came in 2012-13 when he had 12 goals and 13 assists in 41 games, leading the River Hawks to their first ever Hockey East regular season title and tournament Championship.

    His older brother Ben Holmstrom is a third-year center and captain for the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, a Flyers affiliate, who has 30 points (18 assists) in 69 games this season. He is the last area native to play in the NHL with five games in 2012.

  • NCHC Player of the Year leaves early

    Mon, March 24, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Archibald vs ColgateHobey Baker Top 10 finalist Josh Archibald of Nebraska-Omaha skipped his final season to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, the school announced Sunday evening.

    The junior, who set a school record with 29 goals (43 points, 37 games) this season compiled 94 points (58 goals) in 112 games. The Penguins’ 2011 sixth-round pick (174th overall) signed an amateur tryout agreement with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday. He was the NCHC’s Player of the Year and Forward of the Year honoree.

    Here is a link to the confirmed early departures (rumors abound as usual).

  • In the pros: Jets sign M. Stuart for four years

    Wed, March 5, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    stuart picThe Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with former Cc defenseman Mark Stuart on a new four-year contract worth $10.5 million.

    Stuart, 29, has played in 50 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the left-handed blue liner has recorded nine points (seven assists) and 81 penalty minutes. He leads the Jets this campaign with 163 hits and 118 blocked shots. Stuart has played in 195 career games with the Jets for 28 career points (20 assists and 256 career penalty minutes.

    The Rochester, Minn. native has played in 478 career games between Boston, Atlanta and Winnipeg for a NHL career total 68 points (47 assists)  and 540 penalty minutes.  Stuart has also played in 22 career postseason games for two assists and 21 penalty minutes.

    He was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

  • In the pros: Hillen, Howe, M. Stuart

    Mon, March 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    stuart picFormer Tiger Jack Hillen is in Hershey for conditioning and was part of a “controversial” coach ejection.

    Joe Howe is 11-3-1 since joining ECHL Cincinnati at midseason.

    Here is an appraisal of what Mark Stuart means to the Winnipeg Jets as the NHL trade deadline looms.

  • Thursday reading: Notes, Air Force, Hillen

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

    CCUND picHere are preview notes for Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha.

    For those of you driving to Nebraska-Omaha, this feature on Alabama-Huntsville’s travel travails should make you feel better.

    And if you  are sleepy after that long drive, here is away to stay awake all weekend.

     Former Tiger Jack Hillen takes time out to help some D.C. area kids.

    Air Force junior Cole Gunner has 98 career points entering the final AHA regular-season weekend. Here is a video interview with senior Tony Thomas on this weekend’s road series at Niagara.


    Conference Overall
    Team Pts GP W L T SW Win% GF GA GP W L T Win% GF GA
    North Dakota 39 20 13 7 0 0 0.650 67 56 30 18 9 3 0.650 95 79
    St. Cloud State 39 20 12 5 3 0 0.675 71 53 30 18 7 5 0.683 109 80
    Nebraska Omaha 33 20 10 8 2 1 0.550 68 59 30 13 15 2 0.467 98 100
    Western Michigan 31 20 9 9 2 2 0.500 59 61 32 15 12 5 0.547 86 84
    Denver 29 20 8 9 3 2 0.475 49 49 32 14 12 6 0.531 81 72
    Minnesota Duluth 28 20 8 10 2 2 0.450 54 60 30 13 13 4 0.500 84 87
    Colorado College 24 20 6 9 5 1 0.425 46 56 30 6 18 6 0.300 60 92
    Miami 17 20 5 14 1 1 0.275 48 68 30 11 16 3 0.417 88 92
  • 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.

  • Tuesday reading: Strong start for NCHC; league honors; Miami-UND; WMU, Denver

    Tue, October 15, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Oklahoman

    The Oklahoman

    Here is the USCHO blog on the NCHC, which went 8-3-3 in its nonconference opening weekend. Here are five things to watch in the league.

    The Scott Owens Radio Show is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tony’s Bar on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

    The league announced its first players of the week honors (CC not eligible because of exhibition game): Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber for Offensive Player of the Week, St. Cloud State senior defenseman Kevin Gravel for Defenseman of the Week, Miami freshman defenseman Trevor Hamilton for Rookie of the Week and Denver senior Sam Brittain for Goaltender of the Week.

    There are two WCHA games tonight: Ferris State at Mercyhurst, 7:05 pm ET; Ohio State at Bowling Green, 7:07 pm ET.

    The buildup to the showdown between host and No. 1 Miami against No. 6 North Dakota.  ESPN personality John Buccigross and NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton are planning to be in Oxford, Ohio.

    Western Michigan and No. 12 Denver are headed to to the Brice Gold Rush tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska, this weekend.

    Former Tiger Richard Bachman was profiled by the Oklahoma City paper.

    Wisconsin is feeling good after sweeping Northern Michigan.