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from Nathan Sandals of Slap Shot at the NYT,
The state of Michigan already had its fair share of lackluster sports teams: the winless Lions, the 3-9 Wolverines football team and the disappointing Tigers to name a few. But now the college hockey season has added a couple more unpleasant surprises to the rolls.
The hockey version of the Wolverines and their counterparts at Michigan State went a combined 0-4 in C.C.H.A. action over the weekend, dropping them into the mediocre middle of the conference. It was the first time the teams were swept on the same weekend since Nov. 28-29, 2003.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Didja Know Dep’t. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a son who plays college hockey. Wyatt Russell – “Was he named after Dad’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone?” our James Ryan wonders – is goalie for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It happens to be the only NCAA Division I hockey program in the South. The coach also happens to be ex-NHLer Danton Cole.
more hockey notes and thanks to Stan for the KK mention!
New York, NY / Toronto, ON (October 31, 2008) – NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).
The broadcast package provides NHL Network with 19 ‘Game of the Week’ match-ups that will air Friday nights through the remainder of the season. The deal also includes the ECAC Hockey Semifinals and Final.
from the Lansing State Journal,
A 19-year-old Michigan State University ice hockey player was released from Sparrow Hospital on Tuesday after being injured during a fight at an off-campus house this weekend.
Sophomore A.J. Sturges, a defenseman from Madison, Wis., suffered head injuries early Sunday during the fight that broke out in the 100 block of Center Street involving hockey and football players.
“I want to clarify that there is not a problem between the football program and the hockey program,” MSU hockey coach Rick Comley said. “This was an incident involving a party involving multiple students, not just athletes.”
It is not often that we spotlight an incoming college freshman, but…
from Alex DiFilippo of The State News (MSU),
Freshman Trevor Nill already has a gold medal.
He earned the medal when he was selected for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge.
The 6-foot-2 forward from Novi grew up around an NHL organization and brings extensive hockey knowledge to the Spartans roster, as his father is the assistant manager of the Detroit Red Wings.
Ned Harkness passes away at the age of 89.
more at the AP…
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.
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