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from Josh Brown of The Waterloo Record,
Brett MacLean is ready to take a chance on hockey again. And he's doing it at the University of Waterloo.
The former NHL prospect was introduced as the new assistant coach of the Warriors' men's hockey team last week.
It's the first serious step back on the ice for the 24-year-old since suffering a near death experience and miraculous recovery at the rink last July.
"I'm excited for this opportunity," said MacLean. "After what happened to me, it's a way for me to stay in hockey."
Things looked grim for the aspiring star on July 2, 2012.
There are 19 players who played their college hockey at Michigan who are currently in the NHL or played with a team in the NHL this season.
I am sure the players listed below (via CBS Sports) will be thinking Go Blue tonight and will be watching the game if possible.
So what do you think about the game tonight, Louisville or Michigan?
from Chris Peters at Eye On Hockey at CBS Sports,
One NHL scout thought DeKeyser could transition into an NHL team's lineup right away, whether that team is in the playoff hunt or not. At the risk of over-hyping DeKeyser, wherever he signs, it's highly likely he's in the NHL lineup perhaps even before the ink dries.
The 6-foot-3, 198-pound blueliner is a gifted two-way defender who excels in his own zone. He plays a simple, mature game, can play the body and makes a good first pass out of the zone. DeKeyser had two goals and 13 assists after two previous seasons of 17 points at the college level. He may have a little more offensive upside than his numbers suggest, but his defensive game is high end already....
DeKeyser wouldn't be any team's savior. After all, he has no NHL experience and there would be some amount of adjustment. He's a good player that has an NHL skillset and he would almost certainly help a team right now though. What makes him so intriguing is that every single team in the league has a chance to make a valuable acquisition without sparing any more than a maximum entry-level contract.
The level of interest, which can be misleading in regards to a player's actual talent, is twofold. Yes, he is a good player, but the economics of acquiring a player like him is a big part of what's driving the majority NHL teams to try and sign him.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Continuing to ‘Celebrate The Legacy’ in its’ 42nd and final season, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has released the league’s All-Time Team to honor the league’s top performers from the past 42 seasons.
The illustrious group of 12 players, selected by a committee of coaches, administrators and media, joins the league’s All-Decade teams from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that were selected in 2001, and the All-Decade Team from 2000-13 that was selected earlier this season.
After 40 seasons, Boston University coach Jack Parker said he is leaving the program on his own terms.
This season will be his last, Parker announced at a news conference Monday, one day after the news broke.
“It’s been a great run,” Parker said Monday, his 68th birthday. “I’ve had a great time doing it.”
Parker is in his 40th season as head coach at his alma mater. He has an 894-471-115 career record and won national championships in 1978, 1995 and 2009.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The United States college hockey scene will raise the curtain on its post-season this weekend.
That means there will be a flurry of activity as NHL teams maneouvre to beef up the depth of their organizations with an unrestricted free-agent college player or two over the next few weeks.
This year's class is not considered as deep as the past few years. There simply isn't that true-blue chipper like Justin Schultz, who became a free agent thanks to a loophole in the old collective agreement four years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted him.
But there are two players common on most scouting lists in Western Michigan defenceman Dan DeKeyser and Nebraska-Omaha blue-liner Andrej Sustr.
continue for a look at the Top 5...
from Szymon Szemberg of IIHF.com,
From U.S. college to the NHL and the World Championship – that’s a route not normally taken by European players. Chicago Blackhawks’ Swedish forward Viktor Stålberg is one of the very few. “For me college was getting the best from two worlds,” says Stålberg to IIHF.com.
The most successful European players who have become NHL and international stars have gone the traditional way of developing at home and taking the step to the NHL when ready. There are 31 Europeans in the NHL who have played 1,000 or more NHL games and only one of them (Slovakia’s Zdeno Chara) played in the Canadian junior leagues before going to the NHL. And Chara played all in all 49 games in the CHL.
Developing your skill at a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has never been a route of preference for Europeans and there are many reasons for it. One would be the very strict amateur rules. You don’t make a penny and before you enroll you may not play even one single exhibition game on European professional level without risking forfeiting your college eligibility. Many European talents are tested on their pro teams at 17 or 18.
And there are of course academic requirements. You need to handle the language English very well, you need to pass tests and once school starts you need to commit to studying, passing exams parallel to hockey.
continued which includes a Q & A with Stalberg...
NEW YORK – November 29, 2012 – NBC Sports Network continues its college hockey coverage with a doubleheader tomorrow featuring No.1 Boston College battling city rival No. 9 Boston University at 7:30 p.m. ET. Later that night, the No. 5 Denver Pioneers host the Wisconsin Badgers at 10 p.m. ET.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick will call the first game alongside ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire from Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. NBC Sports’ team of Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (“Inside-the-Glass” analyst) will call the game in Denver.
NBC Sports Network’s Remaining College Hockey Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
from Andy Johnson of Bucky's 5th Quarter,
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team received positive news Friday afternoon, as it was informed that the NCAA's one-year suspension of Nic Kerdiles has been reduced to 30 percent of the season.
The Badgers have a 36-game schedule, and 30 percent consists of 10 regular-season games. Kerdiles sat out two games against Northern Michigan last weekend and will be eligible to play beginning Nov. 30 at Denver....
News first broke that Kerdiles was involved in an NCAA investigation on October 6th when he was mysteriously absent from the lineup during Wisconsin's exhibition game vs the U.S. Under-18 team.
Shortly after the initial story broke, sources confirmed to Bucky's 5th Quarter that the investigation started after photos from various social media platforms surfaced involving Kerdiles and advisors from Pulver Sports.
Pulver Sports is a full-scale sports agency that specializes in the representation of hockey players. The agency is run by Ian Pulver, and some of its clients include Tyler Seguin, Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk.
from Lisa Demer and Richard Mauer of the Anchorage Daily News,
Peter Friesema, a Colorado hockey referee who officiated a game here, was checking in at Ted Stevens International Airport with a traveling companion late Saturday night. He pointed out that the Alaska Airlines ticket agent had put his sticker on his friend's luggage.
The agent, Courtney Grant, said it didn't matter since they were both traveling to the same destination. At any rate, the bags were already headed along the conveyor belt to the sorting area below.
What Friesema said next temporarily shut down the airport, forced hundreds of passengers into the cold night air, caused many to miss connections, and landed him in jail.
"But my friend's bag has a bomb in it," the agent remembers him saying, according to a charging document. He recounted it to authorities slightly differently, more to the effect of "what if my friend's bag has a bomb in it?"...
Friesema is charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. The FBI and state authorities are still evaluating whether to bring additional charges. Airport police had referred charges of both disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats, a felony, which can apply if a person makes a false report that causes evacuation of a building or public place
At jail court on Sunday afternoon, Friesema wore a yellow jailhouse uniform. His hands were shackled in front of him. His silvery hair was neatly cut. He looked worried and spoke so softly the magistrate, Catherine Rogers, had to ask him to speak up.
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