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  • Sterling signs with Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg

    Thu, June 26, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Sterling EuropeFormer Tiger wing Brett Sterling signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg of the Austria-based Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, which includes teams in the Czech Republic, Hungary, northern Italy, and Slovenia.

    Sterling most recently played one season with Sweden’s HV71 (43 games, 11 goals, 9 assists) before being traded to Örebro and then Kvalserien (combined 10 games, five points, two goals) for that league’s playoffs.

    michael_boivin_salzburgHe joins recent Tigers defenseman Michael Boivin, who recorded 21 points (15 assists) in his first professional season with Salzburg. He signed a one-year contract extension on April 16.

    Sterling, a former Hobey Baker finalist, made 30 NHL appearances (Thrashers, Penguins and Blues).

    The Los Angeles native has extensive amateur and professional experience. He won the world junior championships with both the U.S. U-18 and U-20 teams (2002 and 2004) and went on to pick up several personal awards in the American Hockey League (AHL), including 2006-07 Rookie of the Year. He won the AHL championship, the Calder Cup, with the Chicago Wolves the following season.

    He went on to record 459 points in 492 AHL games before heading to Europe last season.   Sterling is excited about the prospect of the Champions Hockey League this summer, which pairs the various league champions, including when the Red Bulls play HV71 in pool play.

    “It is kind of funny that coming to EC Red Bull Salzburg means I get to play against my former team,” he said in a press release. “It’s always fun to play versus friends and ex-teammates. They have a great team and it should make for very exciting hockey games. More importantly I cannot wait to arrive in Salzburg and for the season to start. Last year with HV71 we played versus Vienna and I found out how the EBEL is great hockey with good atmospheres. After talking with several current and past EBEL players, they had nothing but great things to say about all aspects of the league. I look for forward to energetic games and passionate rivalries.”

  • CS native named to USA world junior championship evaluation camp roster

    Wed, June 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Carlo mugBrandon Carlo, a standout for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, was named to the Team USA junior evaluation camp roster.

    The camp is Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, New York. The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

    Here is a feature I wrote on him last season. Carlo is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. He also played for the USA U18 national team recently.

  • Denver assistant leaves program

    Tue, April 8, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    lassonde mugDenver assistant David Lassonde resigned from the Pioneer staff to pursue coaching opportunities closer to his family in New Hampshire.

    Lassonde spent three seasons at Denver and recently completed his 26th season as a college coach.  He assisted with all aspects of the Pioneer program including practice and game management, goaltending, recruiting and video breakdown.

    “Denver hockey is losing an outstanding coach today but we support his decision to be closer to family,” DU coach Jim Montgomery said.  “Coach Lassonde was a big part of Denver Hockey and our success during his tenure at DU.  He led our outstanding penalty kill unit this season and developed NCHC Goalie of the Year Sam Brittain and All-American Juho Olkinuora. He will be sorely missed, but family must always come first in life.”

    Lassonde was also an assistant on the staff for the 2012-13 U.S. National Junior Team, which captured the gold medal at the 2013 world junior championships in Russia. He was also part to the U.S. National Junior Team coaching staff in 2013-14.

    “For the past three years I have enjoyed being associated with one of the nation’s top college hockey programs and will be forever grateful for the opportunity George Gwozdecky and Steve Miller gave me to come to Denver and practice my labor of love,” Lassonde said.  “I also want to thank Jim Montgomery for giving me the opportunity to remain at Denver with our year together culminating in winning the NCHC Championship.  It will always be a special memory of my time as a Pioneer.”

    “Finally, I want to express my thanks to all the current and past players I have had the pleasure of coaching at Denver,” Lassonde said.  “One of the big reasons why we enter this profession is to have the opportunity to work with young men and watch them grow as people and athletes.  It is what drives us to do what we do and I am grateful to them for making my time at Denver such a rewarding one.”

    His final day is April 30.

  • Slavin may skate for Tigers tonight; Olofsson will play for WJC gold medal

    Sat, January 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado College Hockey, 2013-14Colorado College freshman Jaccob Slavin was able to get an earlier flight back to the United States from Sweden, the site of the 2014 world junior championship, where he played until Team USA was eliminated on Thursday.

    He arrived at DIA last night at 6 p.m. and is expected to travel down to World Arena today to play for the Tigers against Brown, which rallied to tie No. 16 Denver 3-3 Friday night. olofsson check

    Slavin does not seem concerned about jet lag after spending the last couple weeks in Sweden.

    “He wants to play,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said.  “He said he’s rested and ready to go.”

    His availability does depend on road conditions.

    Gustav Olofsson has a good excuse for missing tonight’s game. The freshman defenseman will play for Team Sweden in the gold-medal game against  Finland at the world juniors in Malmo, Sweden.

    Olofsson played a more physical game in a 2-1 semifinal win over Russia on Saturday, drawing an interference penalty and recording two shots.  He has a goal and four assists in six tournament games.


  • Olofsson continues to shine at world junior championship

    Thu, January 2, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    olofsson swedenColorado College freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson assisted the eventual winning goal in a 6-0 rout of Slovakia in quarterfinal play at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden.

    Olofsson now has one goal and four assists in five games.

    The hosts take on Russia, which eliminated the United States early Thursday, on Saturday morning. Canada faces Finland in the earlier semifinal.

    With Team USA’s 5-3 loss, Tigers rookie Jaccob Slavin finished with a goal and assist in five games. 

    Neither defenseman will be available for Saturday’s nonconference home contest against Brown, which is not expected to sellout.

    Here is a recent video interview with Olofsson.

  • Thursday reading: USA eliminated in WJC quarters; CC 3 Things vs. Brown

    Thu, January 2, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    slavin team usaTeam USA could not hold on to a 3-2 first-period lead,  falling 5-3 to Pool B No. 3 seed Russia in the world junior championship quarterfinals in Malmo, Sweden. The loss ends the Americans’ stint in the tournament.

    CC freshman Jaccob Slavin finished  plsu-1 in five tournament games with a goal and assist.  He is not expected to be available for Saturday night’s Brown game, which is previewed below:

    Here are three things Colorado College will focus on headed into its nonconference hockey game against ECAC member Brown (5-6-1) at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at World Arena:

    1. Make the Bears uncomfortable right away

    The Tigers (2-12-3) hope to catch a Brown team that may be a little tired in its second game back from a month-long holiday break after playing at No. 17 Denver on Friday.

    “We need to get on them right away and make them uncomfortable on the big Olympic sheet,” CC coach Scott Owens said.

    Brown’s last game was a 3-2 OT win over Dartmouth on Dec. 7.

    2. Play a strong team game with contributions from throughout lineup

    CC hopes to use this weekend’s game to set the tone for a successful second half.

    “We need to get contributions from the entire team,” Owens said. “We are hoping to get good goaltending, strong special teams play and some scoring from a couple lines.”

    3. Contain Brown’s top two lines

    Centers Matt Lorito (14 points, team-high six goals) and Mark Naclerio (14, nine assists) anchor the top two lines for the Bears, which also has left wing Nick Lappin (13, eight assists) skating with Naclerio. Lorito leads an upperclassmen line that plays well together.

    The two lines account for 68.75 percent of the goals (22 of 32) for the Bears, and 60.2 percent of the points (53 of 88).

    ‘They are a good team that we will need to be ready to play well against,” CC captain Eamonn McDermott said.

  • New Years reading: Bachman, rankings

    Tue, December 31, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Oklahoman

    The Oklahoman

    Happy New Year everyone.

    The Oklahoma City Barons are hopeful former Tigers goalie Richard Bachman can be the foundation for a second-half surge into the AHL playoffs.

    USCHO put out its weekly poll on Monday — USA Hockey takes the holidays off due to the world junior championships — with little change with most teams idle. Minnesota remains No. 1 followed by WCHA leader Ferris State.

    Michigan suffered the most with two losses at the Great Lakes Invitational to drop from N o. 3 to No. 7.

    St. Cloud State moved up one spot to No, 3 as did Providence to No. 4. 

    Miami stayed at No. 12 and Wisconsin moved up one to No. 13, switching spots with Notre Dame.

    Denver creeped up one to No. 16 while Nebraska-Omaha stayed at No. 19.

    North Dakota, CC’s opponent next weekend, and Western Michigan (GLI champs) both received votes but remain unranked. Providence and Miami are the other January opponents for the Tigers.

  • Monday reading: Colorado College history; SCSU success; Lucia’s comfort level

    Mon, December 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    cc trophyI wrote a piece on CC hockey celebrating its 75 years and its connection to the community.

    Here are five reasons why St. Cloud State is doing well this season.

    Former CC and current Minnesota coach Don Lucia is comfortable leading Team USA at world juniors. The results don’t lie.

    Justin Kovacs’ goal 2:01 into overtime was the game’s only score, and gave Western Michigan only its second Great Lakes Invitational championship in the program’s history.

    The tournament was played outdoors for the first time, drawing an announced crowd of about 26,000 at Comerica Park in Detroit, the home of baseball’s Detroit Tigers. Here is a game story.

  • Olofsson scores first WJC goal; Slavin update

    Sun, December 29, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    olofsson swedenColorado College freshman defenseman Gustav Olofsson recorded his first goal, the eventual game-winner only 3:26 into the first period, during a 10-0 rout of Norway. He added two assists, also his first in Pool B play at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden.

    If Russia defeats Finland on Monday, Sweden (3-0) and Russia would battle for Pool B supremacy at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    Tigers rookie Jaccob Slavin played as the seventh defenseman and recorded a shot in Team USA’s 8-0 win over Germany, putting the 3-0 Americans in position to win the top seed in Pool A when they take on Canada at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the NHL Network.

    Canada plays Slovakia on Monday and could win the pool with two wins.

    Sweden and  the United States both clinched a spot in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

  • Weekend reading: World juniors, Miami, Western Michigan, tourney schedules

    Fri, December 27, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    olofsson sweden

    Team USA, whcih includes CC rookie Jaccob Slavin,  takes on Slovakia at 5:30 a.m. MT on the NHL Network followed by Canada vs. the Czech Republic at 8:30 a.m.  The Team USA defense will be tested by Slovakia, which whipped Germany in its Pool A opener.

    Slavin’s college teammate Gustav Olofsson, pictured, plays Finland at about 9 a.m. in Pool B early Saturday. I cannot find any live streams/TV available for this game.

    And now, back to the lower 48 and tonight’s college hockey games.

    No. 12 Miami, which is tied for sixth in the eight-team NCHC for the moment, is not satisfied with their showing so far.

    Western Michigan hopes a little home cooking will help them succeed at the outdoor Great Lakes Invitational. The USCHO pickers are not so sure it will matter against No. 3 Michigan.  Michigan State plays Michigan Tech in the earlier semifinal.

    The Three Rivers Classic pairs No. 7 Boston College against Bowling Green and host Robert Morris against Penn State. No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Alabama-Huntsville this weekend. Yale plays the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition game.

    Here is the tournament schedule courtesy this USCHO preview:

    Saturday-Sunday: Florida College Hockey Classic (Princeton, Maine, New Hampshire, No. 15 Cornell), Catamount Cup (Canisius, No. 10 Massachusetts-Lowell, No. 9 Clarkson, Vermont).

    Sunday-Monday: UConn Hockey Classic (Massachusetts, No. 8 Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, Connecticut), Ledyard National Bank Classic (No. 16 Northeastern, Air Force, No. 5 Providence, Dartmouth).

    Jan. 3-4: Mariucci Classic (No. 2 Ferris State, Rensselaer, Colgate, No. 1 Minnesota).