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from the South Bend Tribune,
The Canadians are coming.
Thanks to a ruling at the NCAA convention last month, college hockey may see its next big expansion movement come north of the border.
NCAA officials voted overwhelmingly to allow Canadian schools to apply for NCAA membership in all sports. Canadian schools could begin play in the NCAA as early as next season, with Division II as the predetermined landing spot.
But since hockey doesn’t have a Division II, Canadian universities could jump right into Division I in that sport.
It seems that every off-season (and sometimes even during the season), more and more college hockey players are deciding to sign professional contracts and leave school early.
I have been representing professional hockey players for over 17 years, the majority of whom have come from the collegiate ranks. I have represented players that have stayed in college for four years, as well as some who have chosen to turn professional before their collegiate eligibility has expired. Every player’s situation is unique, and a number of factors must be considered when determining the best time for a particular player to become a professional.
continued… considering the issues a college player needs to evaluate before turning pro
from the Lansing State Journal,
ANN ARBOR - As sparkling, new, state-of-art hockey arenas pop up all over college hockey, venerable Yost Arena lives on.
As soon as one sets foot in the 84-year-old building, a player, coach or fan immediately feels the buzz, the electric atmosphere that is prevalent throughout a building which has been home to University of Michigan hockey for 35 years - since 1973-74.
And once the puck is dropped, the combination of a hard-core group of boisterous students and their colorful and, often times, off-color cheers and chants, the loud pep band, great acoustics and the Wolverines’ upbeat style on the ice makes Yost Arena one of the best places to watch a game.
continued... If you need a hockey fix, 6th ranked MSU plays #1 UM tonight, the puck drops at 7:35pm ET and can be viewed on FSN Detroit.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Turris has enlisted Denver-based player agent Kurt Overhardt as a “family advisor” and said he hears “from a couple of guys in the organization quite a bit—text messages and that sort of thing. We’ve kept in contact and they’re letting me have a good time.”
But for how long?
Coyotes GM Don Maloney said last week that Turris “is right on schedule. He’s played well for Wisconsin, and it’s been a great experience for him playing against more mature players. He was one of the go-to players with Team Canada, the top center on the top line, so we’re really pleased with what he’s done to date.”
from the Grand Forks Herald,
Jason Herter brought his hockey team to his old college campus over the weekend to compete in the Little Caesars North American Showcase.
One of his players, 15-year-old defenseman Garrett Clarke, says he will be back.
Clarke became the youngest player ever to give a verbal commitment to UND this weekend when he told Sioux coaches that he will play for them beginning in 2010.
The Moncton, N.B., native had been a projected top-three pick in June’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft, but after visiting campus, he and his family decided college was the best route.
from College Hockey News,
With people searching for answers for why Kyle Okposo left Minnesota for the NHL in mid-season, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow provided some incendiary reasons.
In a phone interview conducted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Snow, a former four-year goaltender for the University of Maine, placed the blame entirely upon the coaching ability of the Gophers’ Don Lucia.
“Quite frankly, we weren’t happy with the program there,” Snow told the paper. “They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that.”
from College Hockey News,
Something was noticeably absent from Saturday’s sold-out, nationally-televised college hockey game at Madison Square Garden….
In particular, the game Saturday was televised, but was done so using the in-house MSG video feed. The regular broadcasters, Matt McConnell and Dave Starman, were not at the event, but rather called the game off video monitors from CSTV’s studios about a half-mile away from the Garden.
Clearly, budgetary concerns are at play. Advertising revenue has not been there for CSTV. And when CBS bought the network almost two years ago, it was unwilling to continue absorbing those losses. As a result, hockey has gone from the network’s signature sport, to a somewhat lesser role.
from Brad Holland at NHL.com,
Nashville’s Game Presentation: I had a chance to sit low in a very good seat last night, and watched the game with an ice-level view instead of a bird’s-eye. Outstanding! The Nashville fans were energetic, into the game, and right on top of the action. They were courteous, asking questions of me and even weren’t shy to give a few tips on how to make NHL.com better (I spent the third period sitting next to a young Predators fan and youth Nashville hockey player who knew as much about hockey-at-large as any Canadian kid…
more on Brad’s hockey weekend… and I think I may have to have a sit-down with young Bradley!
from the CP via the Brandon Sun,
The boom in American hockey talent is strikingly apparent with a quick glance at the University of Michigan men’s roster.
There are only three Canadians skating for coach Red Berenson’s No. 1-ranked Wolverines. “I’ve seen it really change in the last 10 years,” Berenson says over the phone line from his Ann Arbor office.
Berenson wants to make it clear that Michigan hasn’t stopped recruiting Canadians. It’s just that there are way more Americans capable of making his team these days.
from the South Bend Tribune,
“You don’t know how important the success of this team is to not just hockey in Indiana, but hockey in the United States,” Yzerman said to a crowd dotted with No. 19 Red Wings jerseys. “With the alumni base and fan base that Notre Dame has across the country, this team could bring a lot of exposure to the sport.”
Then he turned to Jackson and chuckled.
“Not to put any pressure on you, Coach, but it’s true,” said Yzerman. “It’s up to you to save hockey in the United States.”
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