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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. 

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Watch the late, game winning goal below.

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

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Viewing Information For The Frozen Four Which Starts Today

via ESPN Media Zone,

ESPN will televise all three games of the Frozen Four from Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn,, marking the 25th consecutive year college hockey’s two-day season finale has been aired across ESPN’s networks.

The Frozen Four Semifinals feature Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 4 Ohio State (6 p.m. ET) and Michigan vs. No. 2 Notre Dame (9:30 p.m.) on Thursday, April 5, with the two winners advancing to the Frozen Four Championship game (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday, April 7. 

The Semifinals will air on ESPN2 and the Championship game on ESPN, with all three games available on the ESPN App.

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The Frozen Four Starts Thursday Night

from Chris Peters at ESPN,

The connections between the four teams set to play in the men's Frozen Four semifinals are undeniable, starting with Thursday night's first semifinal game between Ohio State and Minnesota-Duluth.

The Bulldogs, last year's national runner up, needed significant help to get into the NCAA tournament. The last domino to fall was actually a Notre Dame overtime victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten final. That allowed the Bulldogs to sneak into the last at-large spot, thanks to a RPI rating .0001 better than that of University of Minnesota....

The second semifinal will feature a pair of teams that have played each other four times already as conference foes, with the season series split 2-2. However, Michigan also may not have gotten here were it not for Notre Dame.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson believes his team's season turned a corner after being swept by Notre Dame in a home-and-home series in early January. The Wolverines lost a pair of close 2-1 games, but showed signs of life amid an 8-10-2 record, including a 3-7-2 mark in Big Ten play at that point.

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Your Hobey Baker Fianalists

from HobeyBaker.com,

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee is very pleased to announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2018 award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Henrik Borgström, a sophomore forward from the University of Denver; Ryan Donato, a junior forward from Harvard University; and Adam Gaudette, a junior forward from Northeastern University.

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

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