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from Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette,
The city of Tampa, Fla., is scheduled to host the 2012 NCAA men’s hockey Frozen Four at the St. Pete Times Forum.
But the NCAA better rethink that in the wake of what the new ownership group of the Tampa Bay Lightning pulled on Notre Dame and the Lightning College Hockey Classic.
The NCAA should rescind Tampa’s right to host the Frozen Four after the Lightning told the Notre Dame just last Thursday that it wasn’t welcomed to have its tournament Jan. 2-3 in the St. Pete Times Forum….
Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson didn’t mince words in criticizing the Lightning’s new ownership group, which is headed by Oren Koules and former NHL player Len Barrie.
“I am extremely disappointed in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s decision to not continue the tournament,” Jackson said in a statement. “We had a verbal agreement to continue this for two more years, and as hosts of the Frozen Four in 2012, I’m not sure it’s the best message to send to the college hockey community by cancelling the tournament at such a late date.”
from College Hockey News,
The CCHA has become the first conference to official re-introduce the shootout to college hockey, after the option was installed recently by the rules committee. Hockey East previously had installed a shootout in the mid-\‘90s, and is among the conferences considering re-instituting it, but hasn\‘t yet.
An NHL-style three-player shootout will be used to determine a winner for all CCHA games tied after regulation and five-minute overtime.
“The shootout has proved to be an exciting addition to hockey at a variety of levels and we are anxious to bring it into college hockey. The drama it creates is very popular with fans, and importantly, today\‘s players love it,” said CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos.
From Terry Frei at the Denver Post,
But major-junior players not making the NHL often end up educationally short-changed, or at least behind their contemporaries. The education-on-the-fly aspects of major junior and then major-junior’s scholarship program — roughly a year of college money for each year of playing — aren’t enough. (The major-junior scholarship program, let’s just say, doesn’t match a Harvard scholarship.)
Except for the absolute elite (and [Drayson] Bowman appears to be among that group) or players who would have little interest in a college education under any circumstances, I still believe the best route, for most U.S.-born players especially, remains NCAA hockey.
from George Dohrmann at Sports Illustrated,
The cultivation of Nathan Gerbe as a hockey prodigy included some stock elements. There was the frozen pond, of course, on his family’s wooded property in Oxford, Mich. There were the two older brothers who taught him how to skate and pushed him until he became the most competitive and resourceful young player anyone had ever met. And there was the demanding father whose training methods seemed excessive—the early morning runs at the high school track, for example—but were vindicated as the greatness emerged in the youngest of his six children.
It is not an original narrative, save for this detail: Gerbe, a junior forward for Boston College, stopped growing when he was around 14. Judging by his physique, the 5’ 5”, 165-pound Gerbe has no business playing Division I hockey, let alone dominating it as he did last week at the Frozen Four in Denver.
from the Albany Times Union,
If this were college football, you’d know Kevin Porter’s name, time of birth and favorite song.
You’d know that Porter scores as often as Sidney Crosby and leads like a young Steve Yzerman.
You’d know all this because you’d have read all about Porter in Sports Illustrated, seen and heard all about him on “SportsCenter” and talked all about him ad nauseam….
If this were college football, you might’ve seen the offensive hero strike the Heisman pose, as former Michigan receiver Desmond Howard famously did during his Heisman-winning season.
But this is college hockey.
from the NCAA,
The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has selected the 16 teams that will be participating in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship.
The championship playoff format involves four predetermined regional sites with four teams assigned to each site. The four regional winners advance to the Men’s Frozen Four. The entire championship uses a single-elimination format.
Automatic qualification privileges are granted to the postseason champions of six conferences. The remainder of the field is selected at large.
The University of Michigan, was the No. 1 overall seed. The other No. 1 seeds, in order, included Miami University (Ohio), the University of North Dakota and the University of New Hampshire.
from the Journal (Queen’s University),
Gare Joyce, author of Future Greats and Heartbreaks and a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, is a 20-year sports writing veteran, formerly of the Globe and Mail.
He said the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) is a largely untapped resource the NHL could take a closer look at.
“I think a lot of players who don’t track for the NHL but could be very viable players in the AHL or in Europe, a lot of them end up in CIS schools. It’s a more attractive option then starting down the route of being a career minor-leaguer or heading off to Europe,” he said.
“I think that the NHL overlooks and misses out on at least a couple of players who could fill roles. People look at Steve Rucchin as being as unlikely as a win in a lottery. … I don’t know why they would think that.”
From Rick Couchman at Hockey.com,
Someone is going to die, someday, but luckily for Tom Pohl, he came out on the fortunate end of things.
There was a close-call in Minnesota last night, but it looks like the hockey fraternity dodged a bullet this time, and considering the events, it could have been tragic.
Let’s face it, some collisions are so significant that you can’t help but wonder how people survive. Especially when it involves someone’s skull smashing into the boards.
continued… *Pohl is in intensive care at the Mayo Clinic, but doing well so far
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
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