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  • 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.

  • AFA hockey bringing in 12 freshmen

    Mon, June 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    AFAlogo2012Below is an edited version of the AFA press release. I will have an article with more on the kids with state and local connections later today.

    Here it is:

    The Air Force hockey program will add 12 freshmen this fall. The class of 2018, which began basic cadet training on June 26, includes six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders.

    No. 23, Dylan Abood, D, 5-8, 155, Fr., Centennial, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (NAHL)

    Played in 176 games over three seasons in the NAHL … Spent the first two seasons with the Wenatchee Wild … In 2011-12, played 60 games, had 20 points (3-17-20) and was a +19 … In 2012-13, had 10 points (2-8-10) in 58 games and was a +14 … Spent the 2013-14 season with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and played in 58 games … Had 16 points (0-16-16) and led all defensemen with a +23 … His 16 points were second on the team among the blueliners and his 16 assists were fifth on the team among all players … Selected to the NAHL All-South Division Team.

    No. 27, Erik Baskin, F, 6-3, 210, Fr., Minnetonka, Minn., Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)

    Played 113 games over two seasons with Aberdeen … In 2012-13, had 25 points (15-10-25) … In 2013-14,  had 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists … His 21 goals were tied for second on the team while his 37 points were seventh … Tied for the team lead with five game-winners and tied for second on the team with nine power-play goals.

    No. 4, Phil Boje, D, 5-11, 190, Fr., Shoreview, Minn., Brookings Blizzard (NAHL)

    Played 96 games over two seasons with Dubuque. … In 2012-13, played in 42 games and had four points … In 2013-14, had 12 points (9-3-12) in 56 games).

    No. 31 Connor Girard, G, 6-2, 200, Fr., Edina, Minn., Brookings

    Played in 92 games over three seasons in both the NAHL and the USHL … In 2011-12, played 16 games for the Springfield Jr. Blues and had a 3.38 GAA with a .900 saves percentage and a 4-11-0 record … Also played 11 games for USHL Dubuque (5-1-1, 2.78 goals, .901 saves) … In 2012-13, played 21 games with the Saints (14-3-2, 2.11 goals, .910 saves) … Played 12 games with USHL Sioux City (4-7-1, 3.09 goals, .898 saves in 2012-13. … In 2013-14, played four games with Sioux City (2-2, 2.26 goals, .917 saves) and played final 28 games with Brookings (10-16-1, 3.12 goals, .909 saves).

    No. 10, Jordan Himley, F, 5-7, 160, Fr., Mundelein, Ill., Janesville Jets (NAHL)

    Spent three seasons with Janesville and played in 120 games … Played in four games and had two assists in 2011-12 … In 2012-13, played in 57 games and had 26 points (15-11-26) … In 2013-14, led the team with 25 goals and 49 points in 59 games … Tied for second on the team with 24 assists … Led the team with three short-handed goals and eight game-winners … Had one assist in three playoff games.

     No. 52, Jonathan Kopacka, D, 6-1, 185, Fr., Metamora, Mich, Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL)

    Played in 113 games in three seasons with the Port Huron … Played in three games in 2011-12 with one assist and was a +4 … In the 2012-13, had 12 points (2-10-12) and was a +7 … Played in six playoff games and had an assist … In 2013-14, played in 55 games and had 32 points (11-21-32) and was a +8 … Led all defensemen on the team in goals and points … Second on the team with seven power-play goals … Selected to the NAHL All-North Division team … Had three assists in eight playoff games.

    No. 14, Ben Kucera, F, 5-8, 165, Fr., Leawood, Kan., Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL)

    Played 108 games in three seasons for the Wichita Falls… Played four games and had two points in 2011-12 … In 2012-13, had 20 points (8-12-20) in 53 games … Had 31 points (12-19-31) in 51 games in 2013-14 … Tied for fifth on the team in points and fourth in assists … Tied for third on the team in power play goals with four … Also had three points in three playoff games in 2013-14.

    No. 13 Tyler Ledford, F, 5-9, 160, Fr., Colorado Springs, Wichita Falls

    Played in 118 games over two seasons in Wichita Falls … In 2012-13, had 35 points (9-26-35) in 58 games … Had 40 points (9-31-40) in 60 games in 2013-14 … Led the team with 31 assists and was second on the team with 40 points … Had two assists in three playoff games in 2013-14.

    No. 2 Kyle Mackey, D, 6-1, 175, Fr., Derby, N.Y., Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

    Played in 99 games over two seasons for Youngstown … In 2012-13, had six assists in 38 games and was a plus-8 … Scored 16 points (15 assists) last season to lead defensemen in points and assists.

    No. 7 Matthew Meier, F, 6-1, 185, Fr., Highlands Ranch, Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL)

    Played in six games (five points, three assists) in 2012-13 with the Kenai River Brown Bears of NAHL … Recorded 43 points (21 goals) in 56 games last season with Johnstown … Led the team with a plus-16 rating and four game-winning goals … Second on the team in goals and points.

    No. 41 Austin Priebe, G, 6-2, 210, Fr., Wausau, Wisc., Wenatchee Wild (NAHL)

    Played 63 games over three seasons … In 2011-12, played 18 games for Sioux City (4-8-0, 3.72 goals, .872 saves) … In 2012-13, played 25 games for Janesville (6-8-3, 2.93 goals, .913 saves) … Played in 16 games last season with Brookings (4-10-1, 2.99 goals, .909 saves) … Closed out season with Wenatchee (2-2-0, 3.19 goals, .876 saves).

    No. 20 Will Vosejpka, F, 6-0, 175, Fr., Midland, Mich., Wichita Falls

    Played 115 games over two seasons in Wichita Falls with 26 points (18 assists) in 55 games in 2012-13 … Played 60 games last season (38 points, 19 goals) with a plus-6 rating, good for second on the team in goals and assists and third in points.

  • Incoming Tigers goalie pleasantly surprised by Red Wings’ selection

    Sat, June 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Chase Perry

    Chase Perry

    Colorado College freshman Chase Perry had other pressing issues on his mind before he became the latest member of the Detroit Red Wings organization.

    He was readying for a cousin’s wedding on Saturday when he received a text from his uncle, Chad Perry.

    “He said ‘Dude you just got drafted by Detroit,’” said Perry, who was selected with the 136th overall pick in the fifth round.

    The news was a relief for Perry, who was pleased to join one of the Original Six franchises.

    “It is an amazing feeling I have right now,” he said. “They hadn’t talked to me at all but I am very pleased to be part of such a storied franchise that develops great players.”

    Perry was the 15th goalie selected, consistent with his pre-draft rankings as the No. 8 North American goalie. The 18-year-old enjoyed a strong 2013-14 regular season (12-2-4, 2.34 goals against, .905 saves percentage) with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League. He stepped up in the playoffs (5-5, 1.83 goals, .933 saves)

    The Andover, Minn. native said he will head to the Red Wings development camp next month. The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder will arrive in Colorado Springs in August to start school and begin his CC career, he said.

    Perry’s selection means the Tigers are expected to have six draft picks on the roster, including four defensemen. Incoming rookie blue-liner Teemu Kivihalme was picked in the fifth round by Nashville last June.

    Former CC commit Fredrik Olofsson, the younger brother of former defenseman Gustav Olofsson, was picked by the Blackhawks at No. 98 overall in the fourth round. The forward backed out of his commit last season.

    The highest draft pick in program history is St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (14th, 2010).



  • Monday reading: Coach hires; North Dakota freshmen; RIT arena

    Mon, June 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    UND MacMillanFormer Denver associate coach Steve Miller is a new assistant at Providence, the Hockey East school announced on Monday.

    In October 2013, Miller became the first general manager and coach of the U.S.  Hockey League’s expansion franchise in Madison, Wis., but resigned in May 2014 to be closer to his family in Denver.

    Former interim UConn coach David Berard will be announced as the new Holy Cross coach later today. The former Providence assistant (1994-96, 1998-2011) also spent two seasons  at Lake Superior State.

    North Dakota announced its six incoming freshmen (four forward, one defenseman and one goalie) for the upcoming season.

    Here is an article and photos on the new RIT arena.

  • CC hires former Tigers standout as assistant

    Mon, June 16, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    RJENGAMUGFormer Tiger right wing R.J. Enga is back home.

    The school announced on Monday that the former Colorado College standout will serve as an assistant under new hockey coach Mike Haviland.

    This homecoming is a long time in the works for Enga, whose parents live in Monument and his children, Kaelin 11, and Makenna, 9, reside in the Briargate area.

    “I am honored, humbled and excited by this opportunity at my alma mater and the chance to be back in Colorado Springs with my family,” Enga said.

    After serving as a volunteer assistant at CC during the 2008-09 season, Enga knew he needed experience in the junior hockey ranks before he could return to his alma mater. He spent two years as an assistant at Topeka of the North American Hockey League and the past three with the Chicago Steel of the U.S. Hockey League.

     While with the Steel, Enga, 42, coached incoming Tigers Chris Dodero and Mason Bergh and current players Christian Heil, Alex Roos, and Jaccob Slavin.

    “I loved playing for him down in Chicago and I know the rest of the guys did as well,” Bergh said. “He puts in so much effort to make everyone better. He’s very good at passing along his knowledge about the game to players and I can’t wait to play for him again in the future.”

    His knowledge of college hockey’s main recruiting pools impressed Haviland.

    “The players he coached said they really liked playing for him,” Haviland said. “He is very familiar with the talent in both leagues and in B.C. (British Columbia).”

    Haviland said Enga will be out recruiting most often, but he expects himself and the other assistant, who will be named in the next two weeks, to be out scouting often.

    The Air Force brat was born in Germany. He spent his formative years in Colorado Springs after his father, longtime AFA tight ends coach Dick Enga, joined the staff. Enga played area youth hockey until leaving for Indiana’s Culver Military Academy at age 15. He was drafted by the N.Y. Islanders in the 10th round of the 1990 NHL Draft while at Culver before playing for Colorado College (1991-95).

    Enga recorded 142 career points (61 goals), good for a tie for 37th all-time, at the now-National Collegiate Hockey Conference school.

    That success and love of his alma mater makes him a good fit, Haviland said.

    “He is very passionate about Colorado College,” Haviland said. “We need the high-end players to come here and he can really sell the school. He knows the school and the block plan. He will be a very effective recruiter.”

    “It’s a great set-up for a student-athlete,” Enga said, referring to the block plan. “It works and Colorado Springs and the area, well, all that sells itself.”

    Enga played minor league pro hockey for 10 seasons, including four with the WCHL’s Colorado Gold Kings. Afterwards, he worked for the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association.

  • Midweek reading: Western Michigan adds size; No Minnesota early departures

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Goff action WMUWestern Michigan is going big in its recruiting with the addition of 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman Neal Goff to its incoming seven-player freshmen class. The smallest rookie is 5-11, 175-pound forward John Carpino so the Broncos are looking to take advantage of the NHL sheet.

    This is no accident under coach Andy Murray. Junior forward J.T. Osborn is the shortest skater at 5-8, 180 pounds while sophomore forward Sheldon Dries is 5-9, 179. Here is the WMU roster. Among the incoming Broncos freshmen is Paul Stoykewych, younger brother of CC’s Peter Stoykewych.

    Surprisingly, no Gophers have left early for the pro ranks at this point, which is a bit unusual. Any departures are expected to happen this week or next.  There is also a post-NHL Draft period when some players reconsider their commitments.

    USCHO keeps a list of all the early departures in D1 hockey.

  • CC signee garners NAHL first team honor

    Wed, May 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Chase Perry

    Chase Perry

    Incoming Colorado College goalie Chase Perry was named to the North American Hockey League’s first team earlier this week

    Perry elevated his game with a 1.83 goals against mark in 10 playoff games (5-5 record) with a .933 saves percentage.He recorded three shutouts.

    He went 15-12-2-4 during the regular season with a 2.34 gaa, a .905 saves percentage and two shutouts.

  • A look at the incoming Tiger freshmen

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

    Chase Perry

    Chase Perry

    The NCAA signing period began this morning with goalie Chase Perry and forward Mason Bergh expected to sign soon. Here are the six played joining the Tigers this summer and scheduled for the 2014-15 season.

    This box was included with the print article but was not included with the online article about the CC assistants’ continued recruiting efforts this spring while the head coach search continues:

    Incoming Tiger freshmen

    Stats through Monday

    Jordan Berger, 17, Meridian, Idaho, 5-foot-9, 168 pounds  – The Notre Dame Argos center recorded 42 points (27 goals) in 38 Saskatchewan Midget AAA league games.

    Garrett Cecere, 19, West Des Moines, Iowa, 5-8, 168  – He is the top-scoring defenseman (22 points, 20 assists, 24 games) for the U.S. Hockey League’s Sioux Falls Stampede after being traded from the Tri-City Storm (15 points, 14 assists in 30 games).

    Teemu Kivilhalme, 18, Savage, Minn., 6-0, 157  – The Fargo Force defenseman (12 points, nine assists, 47 games) was a fifth-round draft pick of Nashville in 2013 (140th overall).

    Daniel Labosky, 18, Edina, Minn., 5-7, 155  –  The forward is third in points (32, 22 assists) in 59 games for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm.

    Duggie Lagrone, 19, Plano, Texas, 5-9, 170  – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman has 27 points (17 assists) in 56 North American Hockey League games.

    Chase Perry, 18, Andover, Minn., 6-2, 191  – The Wenatchee Wild goalie (15-12-2, 2.24 goals, .905 saves percentage) led his team into the second round of the NAHL playoffs against Fairbanks. His size is complimented by his speed and hands, making him the No. 8-ranked North American goalie for this June’s NHL draft according to NHL Central Scouting.

  • Incoming Tiger garners USHL award

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Cecere MUGThe United States Hockey League announced its weekly award winners and they include future Tiger defenseman Garrett Cecere of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Cecere is scheduled to join the team this fall.

    The other honorees were C.J. Franklin (Minnesota State commit) of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Brian Pinho (Providence) of the Indiana Ice, recognized as co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week;  and Cornell commit Hayden Stewart of the Indiana Ice, named Reebok Goaltender of the Week.

    Here is the USHL’s write-up:

    Garrett Cecere, D, Sioux Falls Stampede:  The 19-year-old defenseman dished out six assists to help the Stampede capture a pair of weekend victories.  He recorded three assists in Friday’s 7-1 win against the Sioux City Musketeers, setting a USHL career high for points in one game.  The West Des Moines, Iowa native then matched that effort with three more assists in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Lincoln Stars. 

    He was also part of a defensive unit that allowed just one goal over the weekend and successfully killed off all eight power play chances by the opposition.  The Colorado College commit has recorded 20 points (2g, 18a) and a plus-16 rating in 20 games since being acquired by the Stampede in January.  His 35 total points (3g, 32a) are the fifth most among USHL defensemen.

  • Midweek reading: Denver finalizes incoming class; New Canisius arena; Alaska-Anchorage assistant, the other Illinois program start-up; Nebraska-Omaha tickets

    Tue, July 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    bigger NCHC logoDenver coach Jim Montgomery announced the addition of three incoming freshmen to the Pioneers for the 2013-14 season: Nick Neville (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Emil Romig (Vienna Austria) and Greg Ogard (Wilmette, Ill.).

    The trio joins Evan Cowley (Arvada), Evan Janssen (Green Bay, Wis.), Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Brad Hawkinson (Aurora), Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Matt van Voorhis (Edina, Minn.) as the nine members of the Pioneers’ 2013-14 incoming class.

    Atlantic Hockey Association playoff champion Canisius got a significant boost when it was announced on Tuesday that the Golden Griffins will compete and practice in the newly-constructed $172 million HARBORcenter, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    Canisius has played every regular-season home game since the 2009-10 season at Buffalo State Sports Arena as the school does not have an on-campus rink.

    The facility which will be connected to the Buffalo Sabres’ First Niagara Center, and will have two NHL-size rinks, with one holding 1,800 seats for Canisius hockey. The Griffs will have their own 1,300-square foot  locker room in addition to separate athletic training areas and access to the building’s  high-performance training facility.

    Former New Hampshire captain Josh Ciocco joined the Alaska-Anchorage staff as the Seawolves’ new assistant coach. He served as an assistant coach at Milton (Mass.) Academy, while scouting amateur events for U.S. Hockey Report. He also worked as a  TV color analyst work for Hockey East games.

    The news that Aurora University will start a Division III program was not what most had in mind when a rumor about a new D1 program at Illinois (Big Ten) circulated for about 90 minutes Saturday night. That rumor ended up being connected to new jerseys. Ain’t Twitter great?

    Single game tickets for the Colorado College at Nebraska-Omaha games Feb. 28-March 1, 2014 will go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. Mountain. They may be purchased online at OmahasTeam.com and Ticketmaster.com.