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Challenges Facing College Hockey Players

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Jack Rathbone put up 31 points in his 28 games as a sophomore defenseman for Harvard this past season, and the Crimson had every reason to be excited about him returning to campus in the fall.

All of that joy was swept away this past week when Rathbone, 21, opted to turn pro with Vancouver, the club that drafted him 95th overall in 2017. No telling if he sticks in Vancouver, but he certainly won’t be hanging around the Square anymore.

Don’t be surprised if more Division 1 programs suffer a talent drain in the coming weeks, with more schools and leagues undoubtedly delaying starts or potentially canceling seasons outright because of the pandemic.

It’s hard enough for teenagers and young twentysomethings to remain patient and delay signing bonuses and the start of their career paths to fame and fortune. Now a substantial number of them, if leagues pull the plug for 2020-21, are left to wonder how their games will develop if they are forced to miss a season.

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Morning Line- A College Hockey Player

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Morning Line- Mike Legg

“I had my life threatened. I had a bounty on my head. At the start of games, guys would come up to me and say, ‘If you’re going to try that tonight, we are bench-clearing-brawling you. Like, we will jump you.’ I’m like, ‘Oh okay, that’s nice to know.'”

“If somebody on the other team knew it was me that had scored that goal, somebody would definitely come out and have a little chat with me. ‘You try that in the game, you’re dead. I remember — I won’t mention any names, because it was a different time back then — but I remember I did it against one team and nothing really happened. And then the next time we went and played in their building, I knew a guy on the team and he gave me a heads up, he said, ‘If you try that in the game, whoever’s on the ice that doesn’t jump you after you attempt it — score or not score — they’re not getting paid this week.'”

-Mike Legg.  Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet has much more on and with Legg.

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Should College Hockey Players Be Paid?


added 8:46pm, Below a statement by the NCAA on the action today by the Governor of California.

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Cale Makar Wins The Hobey Baker Award

He'll be with the Avs soon.


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The NCAA Is Serious About Hockey Headshots

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Because college hockey actually takes the issue of headshots seriously, University of Massachusetts freshman Bobby Trivigno will be suspended for the biggest game of his life. It’s an enormous price to pay for a hit that wasn’t even penalized at the time, but if you want to send a message of zero-tolerance for hits to the head, there’s no better way than making an offender sit out a championship game.

This is what happens when you have a governing body that actually considers blows to the head to be a serious issue. There is no grey area in college hockey when it comes to hits that affect grey matter. You make contact with an opponent’s head for any reason, you get a five-minute major and you’re kicked out of the game. It happened to three players Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinal game between UMass and Denver, which UMass won 4-3 in overtime. The stakes don’t get much bigger than that.

And that’s where this situation takes a rather inopportune turn.


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A Well Deserved Honor For Red Berenson

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

He was a trailblazer, tough mentally and physically. With a few words and a piercing stare, he could make you uncomfortable, make you think, challenge you. But he did it to bring out your best, and he walked the walk.

Many who followed his example reached their destination, and that goes beyond hockey.

Berenson will be inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame mainly because of his 33 years as coach at Michigan. He won 848 games, fourth in NCAA history, and two national championships, helping college hockey become a viable route to the NHL so players didn't have to choose between getting an education and chasing their dreams.

"It just reassures me that I did the right thing for all that time, and it should reassure other people that college hockey is the way to go," Berenson said. "If you go with the right attitude, you really get the best of both worlds. I think this induction is a reassurance that this has been good for college hockey and good for U.S. hockey."

Berenson could have turned pro after high school in Regina, Saskatchewan, but wanted to find the U.S. college with the best combination of academics and athletics.


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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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Video- Quinn Hughes In Action

3 assists for the day.



Ryan Biech has more highlights in his Twitter feed of today's game.

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Notre Dame Will Face Minnesota Duluth In The Finals Of The Frozen Four

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Michigan's season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Notre Dame captain Jake Evans scored with 5.2 seconds left to break a 3-3 tie. Evans took a pass from Cam Morrison and beat Michigan goaltender Hayden Lavigne five-hole.

Michigan lost, 4-3, on Thursday night in a Frozen Four semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center. 


Watch the late, game winning goal below.

In the other semi-final game, Minnesota Duluth defeated Ohio State 2-1.

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