• 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.

  • Denver adds forward to incoming class

    Wed, July 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    janssen DU picDenver coach Jim Montgomery signed 6-foot-4 forward Evan Janssen (Green Bay) for this upcoming season.

    “Evan is an outstanding student-athlete who will be a great teammate on and off the ice,” Montgomery said.  “He knows how to help his team win and is willing to fill any role in order for his team to have success.”

    The 20-year old registered 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) along with a plus-nine rating while leading Dubuque, coached by Montgomery, to the best regular-season record in the U.S. Hockey League (USHL) as well as both the Anderson and Clark Cups. Janssen recorded six points (4 goals) and a plus-five rating in 11 playoff games.

    Janssen joins Will Butcher (Sun Prarie, Wis.), Brad Hawkinson (Aurora), Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Matt van Voorhis (Edina, Minn.) as the confirmed members of the Pioneers’ 2013-14 incoming class.  


  • 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.


  • Weekend reading: NHL Draft, Prosser, LeBlanc ESPY nominee, Hockey East playoffs

    Fri, June 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    kivihalme picHere is a write-up on future Tiger defenseman Teemu Kivihalme who is a likely late-round pick in this Sunday’s NHL Draft.

    Incoming CC freshman Gustav Olofsson is a possible second or third-round pick. A feature on Olofsson is scheduled to appear in the Gazette this weekend.

    Former Tiger Nate Prosser is part of the Wild’s annual fan tour around Minnesota.

    Hobey Baker winner Drew LeBlanc is nominated for an ESPY award. Fans may vote online.

    Hockey East changed its playoff format to include all 12 teams once Notre Dame (2013) and UConn (2014) join.

  • 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.

  • Weekend reading: U.S. evaluation camp; Omaha signees; MSG; prospect coaches

    Fri, June 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments


    CC student assistant Dakota Eveland scored in the first period as Team USA rallied to defeat host Germany 7-4 in quarterfinal play Thursday at the world inline hockey championships.

    USA Hockey announced  the 40 players invited to the national junior evaluation camp Aug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y. before playing exhibition games against Canada, Finland and Sweden.

    The 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships take place Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmo, Sweden.

    Eight are current or future National Collegiate Hockey Conference players.

    Here is the full roster for the national junior evaluation camp which does not include goalies, who will have a separate camp this month.

    Three additional players have signed on with Nebraska-Omaha and will join the team this fall.

    Madison Square Garden will host Boston University versus Cornell on Nov. 30, 2013 and then Harvard and Yale on Jan. 11, 2014. Last season, Cornell beat Michigan 5-1 at MSG on Nov. 24.

    Former Pittsburgh Penguins Mark Johnson (Madison, Wis.) and Joe Mullen (New York, N.Y.) will be the head coaches for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA Hockey announced today. The event, which will feature 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft, will be staged at CONSOL Energy Center, home of the Penguins.

    Both Johnson and Mullen are members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and Lester Patrick Trophy recipients for their outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

  • CC signee garners USHL all-rookie team award

    Tue, May 21, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Olofsson-small1Incoming Tiger freshman Gustav Olofsson was named to the United States Hockey League’s all-rookie team for this past season.

    Here is the writeup for the Broomfield resident, who is projected as a second or third-round NHL draft pick on June 30.

    Gustav Olofsson (D), Green Bay Gamblers

    A native of Sweden, the defenseman played all but one of the 64 regular season games for Green Bay and collected 23 points (2g, 21a) while posting a plus-11 rating.  He dished out two assists in the first game of the season on September 28th.  His first USHL career goal was the game-winner in the 5-2 victory against Muskegon on November 23rd.  Twice this season he finished a game with a plus-four rating.  Olofsson is a top prospect for the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft and was selected by scouts to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.  He is committed to Colorado College.

  • Future Tiger Sam Rothstein sparks Sioux Falls in USHL playoffs; forces decisive Game 5

    Mon, May 6, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rothstein action 3

    Incoming Colorado College freshman hockey player Sam Rothstein scored Sioux Falls’ fastest playoff goal to open a game (15 seconds) to lead the Stampede past Fargo and force a decisive Game 5 on Wednesday. He finished with two goals in the 5-3 win on Sunday.

    “I just got in on the forecheck and got a lucky bounce and put it away,” Rothstein told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “We haven’t gone up yet in this series, so to finally get the first one was big.”

    Coach Cary Eades agreed.

    “It was a huge lift,” he said of the quick goal. “The longer we’d have gone without scoring a goal we would’ve started gripping our sticks tighter. We wanted to get a good start to create more Grade A scoring chances and we did that.”