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Time To Sign The College Players

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If it’s time for the U.S. college hockey playoffs, then it's time for the NHL's college signing season.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy already – signing graduating senior forward John Hayden out of Yale on Sunday (he's on the NHL roster and will soon play games) and Miami University graduating forward Anthony Louis Monday (he's off to Rockford of their AHL) – and could get even busier.

The Hawks will also be talking to Northeastern junior defenceman Dylan Sikura and Omaha-Nebraska sophomore forward Fredrik Olofsson now that their respective college seasons are over. Chicago will gauge their interest in turning pro and then decide what tack to take with them....

The most pressing order of business right now, though, is NHL teams competing to sign the U.S. college unrestricted free agents whose seasons are over.

The top prize in that regard is Northeastern graduating senior Zachary Aston-Reese, a 6-foot, 204-pound forward who had 31 goals and 63 points for the Huskies in 38 games this season. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Detroit are among a very large group of NHL teams pursuing him, with a decision expected in the next day or so.

read on

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Taking Notice Of College Hockey In The U.S.

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

When American colleges go door to door, recruiting teenaged hockey players, they now have bragging rights over the Canadian Hockey League thanks to the United States’ victory in the world junior hockey championship.

“What it demonstrates is how good college hockey is,” says Mike Snee, the executive director of College Hockey Inc. “It speaks to the calibre and quality of play and player in NCAA hockey.”

The American team was loaded with college players as it earned the U.S.’s third gold medal since 2010, the most by any country in that time span. Canada, a team loaded with major junior players since the inception of the tournament, has won one gold medal since 2010.

The hockey world has been waiting for the Americans to arrive. They haven’t done so at the senior level in international tournaments — their lone title in the last 50 years was at the 1996 World Cup — but Olympic glory is probably only a matter of time (and continued NHL participation).

But bubbling beneath the surface — and beyond its vaunted U.S. national development program — is the rise of the U.S. college system as an important cog in developing players.

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Off Topic A Bit Video- I Can’t Stop Laughing

There is just something about seeing a 'bear' slipping on the ice!

I am easily entertained.


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  Tags: minnesota+golden+gophers

No Four-On-Four OT Hockey In NCAA Games

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee decided Wednesday to table a proposal for four-on-four overtime and a sudden-death shootout that would have been required for all NCAA regular-season games, the NCAA announced.

The proposal would not have affected postseason tournament games, including conference and NCAA championships, which would continue to use a five-on-five, sudden-death overtime format played in 20-minute periods.

However, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel did approve use of an experimental rule allowing a 3-on-3 overtime period followed by a sudden-death shootout if a game is tied after a 5-on-5 OT period. Any conference interested in using the experimental rule may do so, the NCAA said.


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RIP Ron Mason

via MichaelCaples of MiHockeyNow,

The college hockey world lost one of its best coaches during the night.

Ron Mason, once the record-holder for most NCAA hockey wins as a head coach, has passed away at age 76.

He won 924 men’s college hockey games over 36 seasons at Lake Superior State (1966-73), Bowling Green State University (1973-79) and Michigan State University (1979-2002).

Mason guided two of those teams to national championships – winning a NAIA national title with LSSU in 1972 and a NCAA national title with MSU in 1986.

One of the creators of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 1972, Mason captured 10 CCHA regular-season titles – three with Bowling Green and seven with the Spartans – and 13 postseason crowns.

He was named the American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1992, and CCHA coach of the year on seven different occasions.

added 9:05am, from Tyler Haward of isportsweb,

Sources close to the Michigan State hockey program have confirmed former coach Ron Mason passed away at the age of 76.

Mason coached the MSU hockey program from 1979 to 2002 before becoming the athletic director at the university from then until 2008.


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Jimmy Vesey Wins The 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

from HobeyBaker.com,

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced today the 2016 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Jimmy Vesey from Harvard University. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at historic Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida and aired nationally on NHL Network.

For Vesey (pronounced VEE-zee), the second time is a charm as he was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist a year ago when he led the nation in goal scoring. Two is a prominent number for the senior captain of the Crimson. For two straight years Vesey has been named ECAC Player of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, ECAC First Team all-conference and winner of the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England.


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Puck Drops Today For The Frozen Four In Tampa

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Finalists Announced For The Hobey Baker Memorial Award

from HobeyBaker.com,

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is pleased to announce the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Kyle Connor, freshman forward from the University of Michigan, Thatcher Demko, junior goalie from Boston College and Jimmy Vesey, senior forward from Harvard 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.

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Flor. during the NCAA Frozen Four. Built in 1926 the theatre was known as one of America’s finest movie palaces of its era. The 36th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:


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NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament Schedule For Today And Sunday

via ESPN,

All times are p.m. ET

Roundup of Friday's action

Saturday, March 26

3 on ESPNEWS: Ferris State vs. St. Cloud State (West Regional semifinal 1)
4 on ESPNU: RIT vs. Quinnipiac (East Regional semifinal 1)
6 on ESPN2: Midwest Regional final: North Dakota vs. Michigan
6:30 on ESPNU: Boston University vs. Denver (West Regional semifinal 2)
7:30 on ESPN3: Yale vs. Umass- Lowell (East Regional semifinal 2)
9 on ESPNU: Northeast Regional final: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Boston College

Sunday, March 27

5 on ESPNU: West Regional final
7:30 on ESPNU: East Regional final

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Today’s NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament Games

from ESPN,

All times are p.m. ET

Bracket »


Friday, March 25

2 on ESPNU: Northeastern vs. North Dakota (Midwest Regional semifinal 1)
4:30 on ESPN3: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Providence (Northeast Regional semifinal 1)
5:30 on ESPNU: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (Midwest Regional semifinal 2)
8 on ESPNU: Harvard vs. Boston College (Northeast Regional semifinal 2)

the rest of the schedule at ESPN...

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