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  • Monday reading: CC commit wins NAHL championship; Rud hire; UND; Bazin

    Mon, June 2, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Lagrone trophyIncoming CC defenseman Duggie Lagrone won the NAHL championship as the No. 2 offensive blue-liner (27 points) for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The linked article details how he made considerable strides on the offensive end and improved his plus/minus from plus-7 to plus-35 on the season.

    New SCSU women’s coach Eric Rud talks about his approach to jump-starting his new program.

    North Dakota has not allowed early defections/decommits to the pros/major juniors hurt its annual NCAA prospects.

    United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley announced that UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin and his team will be the 2014 honoree at the organization’s annual “Martini Spring Fling” fundraising event, which benefits United Way’s Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell (SEGL) initiative.

    More than 100 community leaders from the Greater Lowell area are expected for the celebration on June 12.

    “Our team has really enjoyed giving back to the community,” Bazin said. “We’re honored that United Way is taking the time to acknowledge our participation and we look forward to continuing that support in the future.”

  • Rud takes SCSU women’s coaching job

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

    Rud2010-11gb31Former Colorado College men’s assistant Eric Rud will be introduced as the new St. Cloud State women’s hockey coach at a press conference on Thursday, the school announced Tuesday morning.

    “I am thrilled to be the next head coach for the St. Cloud State women’s hockey program,” Rud said. “To coach in the WCHA against some of the top programs and coaches in the country is an exciting opportunity.

    “I look forward to meeting our current players and incoming recruits as we get ready for the start of the upcoming season,” he added. “In addition, our family is very excited to be rejoining the St Cloud community and will enjoy reconnecting with some great people in the area.”

    Rud was a candidate for the CC’s head coach position which went to Mike Haviland about two weeks ago.

    Current assistant Joe Bonnett was a candidate for the CC job. He is not available for comment. Haviland said the assistant coach search is ongoing.

    A former assistant at SCSU from 2005 to 2010, Rud served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at his alma mater, CC, since 2011. Rud also was the head coach and general manager of the U.S. Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers for the 2010-11 season.

    “Eric brings extensive hockey knowledge as well as incredible commitment to student-athlete development and support,” Huskies athletic director Heather Weems said. “He has a strong understanding of both recruiting and continuing skill development, which are important to the future of our program.

    “I am confident our young women will find in Eric a wonderful mentor, and that our program will regain competitive success under his leadership,” she added. “It is also rewarding to welcome his family back to St. Cloud, where they enjoyed being a part of the community.”

    Rud is the fourth coach in the history of the program, which began in 1998 and joined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1999. Last season, the Huskies were 4-27-5 and 3-21-4 in league play.

    The Inver Grove Heights, Minn. native and his wife Amy have three children Sam, Gabbie and Max.

  • Rud one of six finalists for SCSU women’s job

    Thu, May 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rud2010-11gb31CC assistant Eric Rud is one of six finalists for the open St. Cloud State women’s hockey head coaching position.

    On-campus interviews concluded on Wednesday. An announcement is expected soon.

    Rud was a St. Cloud State men’s assistant (2005-10) and at CC since June 2011. The former Tigers All-American defenseman spent the 2010-11 season leading the Green Bay Gamblers of the junior U.S. Hockey League.

    Other SCSU finalists include current Huskies women’s assistant Jim Fetter, 1980 Miracle on Ice player and former SCSU men’s assistant John Harrington, current Wisconsin women’s assistant Daniel Koch, four-time Olympian Jenny Potter and high school coach Tracy Cassano, a former Minnesota women’s standout.

    The Western Collegiate Hockey Association program has three winning seasons since it started in 1998. Its league has won 14 of 16 NCAA championships since its founding in 1999.

  • Women’s hockey: Gross earns league award

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    GrossPenn State women’s hockey senior captain Taylor Gross of Colorado Springs earned College Hockey America’s sportsmanship award as determined by the league’s coaches.

    PSU’s  first varsity captain tallied 15 points (seven goals) this season and committed only two penalties.

    The Colorado Springs native and Pine Creek High School graduate led the Nittany Lion forwards in blocked shots (42). She ended her four-year college career at 116 games (62 points, 35 assists) including two seasons at Connecticut.