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  • Former Tiger selected for hockey ops director

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

    The new director of hockey operations position is filled with a July 15 announcement identifying the recent former CC player.

    All three finalists for that job are former Tigers, coach Mike Haviland said.

  • Four college signees picked in NHL first round; second now underway

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

    From College Hockey Inc. …

    Four incoming college freshmen were selected in Friday night’s first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center:

    Pick NHL Team Player Pos. NCAA Team
    15. DET Dylan Larkin C Michigan
    16. CBJ Sonny Milano LW Boston College
    18. MIN Alex Tuch RW Boston College
    20. CHI Nick Schmaltz C North Dakota

    Chase Perry

    Chase Perry

    The four selections mark a sharp increase from last season, when none of the 30 first-round selections went on to play college hockey. Larkin, at No. 15, is the highest NCAA selection since another Michigan player, Jacob Trouba, went to Winnipeg at No. 9 two years ago.
    Larkin, Milano and Tuch were all teammates this past season with the U.S. National Team Development Program, which competes in the United States Hockey League (USHL). Schmaltz, who will join his brother Jordan at North Dakota in the fall, played for the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.
    The draft continues Saturday with rounds two through seven, with roughly 60 more current or future NCAA players expected to be selected. At least 60 college players have been selected in each of the last 12 NHL drafts.

    UPDATE: The second goalie chosen in the draft was Boston College’s Thatcher Demko with pick No. 36 by Vancouver in Round 2. Incoming CC freshman Chase Perry is likely to be selected later today

  • Monday reading: Mark Stuart, USHL, academic All-Americans

    Mon, June 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Former Tigers defenseman Mark Stuart is eager to lead the Winnipeg Jets back into the NHL playoffs.

    USHL Green Bay promoted from within for its new head coach.

    St. Cloud State forward Nic Dowd and North Dakota defenseman Nick Mattson named to academic All-America at-large second and third teams, respectively, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

  • Wednesday reading: J. Schwartz, Bachman, another NCAA first-time champ?

    Wed, March 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Jaden picThis just in:  Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz is pretty darn good.

    Oklahoma City goalie Richard Bachman made 33 saves in his team’s 2-1 win over San Antonio to earn the game’s No. 1 star.

    From College Hockey Inc: The odds of another first-time NCAA champion are high  judging from the first-round match-ups. Two of the last three years the national champion was a team that had never won it before (Minnesota Duluth in 2011, Yale in 2013).

    Only five teams in the  2014  tourney have won national titles before, and four of them face off in the first round: Denver (7), North Dakota (7), Wisconsin (6), Boston College (5) and Minnesota (5). The 11 others enter in search of their first championships.

    NHL teammates whose alma maters face off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament include Zach Parise (North Dakota) and Ryan Suter/Dany Heatley (Wisconsin) in Minnesota and Paul Carey (Boston College) and Paul Stastny (Denver) in Colorado.

    Michigan’s Phil Di Giuseppe signed with Carolina for $675,000 in 2014-15, $725,000 in 2015-16 and $775,000 in 2016-17 according to ESPN.

    And finally, although I should know better, this column on Dallas’ Rich Peverley made me say “Wow” out loud this morning.


  • Thursday reading: McLeod, UNO suspensions, Great Lakes Invitational

    Thu, December 26, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado College Hockey 2007-08Outgoing WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod knows it is time to retire.

    Read how replacing a player’s stolen watch has the player and coach Dean Blais suspended for a couple games in early January.

    Western Michigan heads outdoors for this year’s GLI.

  • Monday reading: CC all-time mark; WJC

    Mon, December 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    slavin team usaDoing some research for a 75 years piece … CC’s all-time record through Dec. 15: 1,143-1,140-122, not including alumni games; 18-20, NCAA Tournament play; 2-3, NCAA title games.
    USCHO previews Team USA for the world junior championships. I would not be surprised to see the United States (Jaccob Slavin) and Sweden (Gustav Olofsson) meet in the semifinals on Jan. 4.
    The opening U.S. game versus the Czechs is 9:30 a.m. MT on the NHL Network.
    And finally, the blog will go idle for a couple days for the holiday.
    Merry Christmas everyone.
  • Linkorama: Big 10, NCHC, WCHA previews

    Fri, November 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC bradley new home unisThe Big 10 begins league play this weekend with No. 12 Wisconsin at No. 1 Minnesota as the marquee match-up. Here is a preview by the UW beat writer and by the UM reporter.

    The two former WCHA foes are familiar opponents but a number of other unfamiliar locations await the Badgers. Here is a look at that league’s marketing efforts.

    Here are 3 things for CC fans to watch this weekend against No. 20 New Hampshire and a preview focusing on the series.

    North Dakota hopes to build off last Saturday’s 3-3 road tie against Boston University when it hosts St. Lawrence this weekend. They may have their hands full with St. Lawrence senior Greg Carey, who leads Division I with 24 points in 14 games. He has led ECAC St. Lawrence in scoring in all four years of his college career.

    Here is Puckato’s Friday morning skate focusing on this weekend’s WCHA games and the NCHC’s general preview which includes links to Western Michigan at the Notre Dame Shillelagh tournament and No. 12/13 Miami at Bemidji State.

    Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, and St. Cloud State are idle this weekend. Here are picks and predictions on the NCHC games.

  • Friday reading: CC, WMU previews; Scott Winkler tribute video; North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry renewal; NCHC honors

    Fri, November 1, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    WMU SlubowskiHere is a link to a Q&A I did with the Western Michigan beat writer, who included his preview and prediction.

    More importantly here is a link to a video of the Scott Winkler tribute held at World Arena two weekends ago. There is only audio until the 1:33 mark.

    As expected, North Dakota and Minnesota signed a contract to renew the rivalry in 2016-17 after making a verbal agreement last month.

    Here are the 10 finalists for the 2015 Frozen Four. Here is the weekly preview from the NCHC with links to each school’s pregame notes.

    The National Collegiate Hockey Conference selected Miami sophomore forward Riley Barber as the inaugural NCHC Player of the Month and Minnesota-Duluth freshman forward Kyle Osterberg as the first NCHC Rookie of the Month, both for the month of October. 

    Barber is now a candidate for National Player of the Month. Other nominees for NCHC Player of the Month were St. Cloud State senior forward Nic Dowd and Nebraska Omaha senior forward Ryan Walters. Osterberg is now a nominee for National Rookie of the Month. The other nominee for NCHC Rookie of the Month was St. Cloud State freshman forward Ryan Papa.

    Also, the NCHC announced it entered into a partnership with Minnesota Hockey for the 2013-14 season.

    The league said the partnership will be beneficial to both sides as the NCHC will help grow the game of hockey in Minnesota while Minnesota Hockey will help develop the NCHC championship, which takes place March 21-22 at Target Center in Minneapolis, into the best experience possible for both the participating student-athletes and the conference’s passionate fans.

    Along with the 51 Minnesota players on NCHC rosters, a total of 183 Division I men’s players hail from Minnesota. Michigan is second with 143. Among NCHC teams, Minnesota Duluth has the most Minnesota natives with 19, followed by St. Cloud State with 11. All eight teams have at least one Minnesotan on its roster, as Nebraska Omaha has seven, Colorado College has six, and North Dakota has four, while Miami has two and Denver and Western Michigan each have one.

    bigger NCHC logo“We are very appreciative of the NCHC’s willingness to help grow the game of hockey across the state,” said Glen Andresen, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “Kids growing up in Minnesota dream of playing college hockey, and this partnership will allow for more of our players to get a chance to see some of the best players and coaches in the country, many of whom are from our great state.”

    Minnesota Hockey, which is an affiliate of USA Hockey, serves as the official governing body for youth and amateur hockey in the state of Minnesota. With more than 63,000 registered players, coaches and officials, Minnesota Hockey is the largest state governing body for amateur hockey in the United States and has developed more men’s and women’s Division I college hockey players than any other state.

  • Twins to recognize St. Cloud State’s LeBlanc and teammates prior to Wednesday’s game

    Tue, June 11, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    SCSUDrewLeBlancNCAAThe honors keep rolling in for the latest Hobey Baker Award winner and his college teammates.

    Former St. Cloud State standout Drew LeBlanc will be joined on the Minnesota Twins home field Wednesday by several of his teammates and coaches as the Twins honor the Huskies (25-16-1) for reaching the NCAA Frozen Four.

    In addition, LeBlanc, the firts Husky to win the  Hobey Baker Award, will throw out the first pitch to start the Twins-Phillies game.  The pregame ceremony begins at 6:50 pm CT. 

    LeBlanc is the first player in the history of the SCSU hockey program to receive the award.

    The Hermantown, Minn. native led the nation with 37 assists and had 50 points in 2012-13.  A first-team CCM All-American, LeBlanc became the first player in the history of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association to earn the league’s Player of the Year Award and also the WCHA’s Student-Athlete of the Year award in the same season.

    A member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I At-Large team, LeBlanc was selected as this year’s Premier Player Award winner for college hockey.  LeBlanc is slated to accept the Premier Player Award at Target Center prior to the first pitch.

    A team captain at SCSU in 2012-13, LeBlanc signed a professional contract with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut in April.

  • Colorado College’s Adam F. Press Fitness Center dedication held Friday afternoon

    Fri, May 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Press fitness centerColorado College dedicated the Adam F. Press Fitness Center Friday afternoon to complete a three-stage, $27-million renovations and new construction project of the El Pomar Sports Center.

    Seed money for the project started with a $10 million grant in 2007 slated for campus facility improvements from the El Pomar Foundation.

    Press, a member of the CC Board of Trustees, donated $3.5 million to his alma mater and for that, he had the new fitness center named for him.

    “I was the skinniest kid at CC so I enjoy the irony of the fitness center being named for me,” Press told a crowd of about 350 for the ribbon cutting. “To be honest, I’m not sure if the college had a great fitness facility at the time that I would have even known where it was.”

    “Besides there are very few buildings where you can get your name that big,” he joked, pointing to the building sign behind him.

    In addition to the3 0,000-square-foot fitness center addition, an 11,000-foot  southern addition along Cache La Poudre Street houses the athletic administration offices.

    Extensive renovations to the existing facility created room for the new Jerry Carle fitness center and weight room (6,200 square feet) for varsity athletes and a larger sports medicine center named for former CC hockey great Bill ‘Red” Hay

    The architects were Oz Architecture, which provided the image of the new fitness center.  The contractor was Gerald H. Phipps.