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from Jess Myers of 1500ESPN,
If you think that you’ve had a tough year as a football fan in Minnesota, you’re absolutely right. But it could always be much, much worse. You could be a hockey fan in the South.
If you’re of a certain age, think back to the hurt and emptiness you felt when the North Stars packed up and took their Zamboni to Dallas in 1993. Remember the disbelief, the anger and the depression that came along with once the realization that pro hockey was truly leaving set in. Now, imagine that six months or so later, the Gopher hockey team had gone away, too.
That’s the hockey fan’s nightmare scenario that has played out over the past six months among the small but passionate hockey community in Georgia and Alabama. After a nondescript decade or so of existence, the NHL’s Thrashers were sold and relocated to Winnipeg in the late spring, making Atlanta the only major sports city in America to lose pro teams to both Alberta and Manitoba (the Flames moved from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980).
And earlier this week the news got even worse for hockey fans in Dixie, as the region’s lone link to the world of big-time college hockey was handed a death sentence as well. Though not widely known nationally, the University of Alabama-Huntsville has supported a varsity hockey program for more than three decades.
From Craig Custance at Sporting News:
Considering its proximity to Canada, Michigan is the battleground for a fight that’s not new, but grows hotter each year. It’s one the NHL is also watching.
On one side is Berenson—an All-America player at Michigan—and his fellow college coaches, trying to convince North America’s best young players to commit to college hockey. On the other side is Canada’s major junior powerhouse, the Canadian Hockey League, where elite Canadians—and a growing number of Americans—parlay junior careers into NHL careers.
Berenson looked at the young players in front of him and offered a warning against choosing junior hockey.
Dillon Simpson has been blessed to have had a father who has won so many awards, had so many accomplishments, and processes so much skill and talent. At the same time, this could be seen as a bit of a hindrance; much like one of Dillon’s best friends Keegan Lowe. If there is one thing about Dillon Simpson’s game or pursuit of hockey that may aid him in trying to find his own path it just might be the position he plays. While Craig Simpson was a left winger, his son Dillon has made his career at defense.
It’s that time of week again… well, actually a day late, as yesterday’s news was to juicy to pass up, and there was more news this week than I expected. Anyway, it’s news round-up time. As I bring you news tidbits from around the CHL and NCAA Hockey from the last week. Honestly, I don’t even really enjoy doing these because there isn’t a lot of “writing” involved on my part… but alas… I have yet to have any better ideas… and I’ll be quite happy once the season gets rolling.
So here we go…
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School: University of Michigan (CCHA)
Class: Fifth-Year Senior
Weight: 166 lbs
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI
Last season, goaltender Shawn Hunwick became one of the biggest stories in college hockey. He had an amazing Cinderella-story season, the likes of which are the kind of thing you usually only see in fictional Hollywood movies.
In what will likely become a regular staple here at Cluster Pucks… I go around the hockey leagues with news tidbits from the last week, and once the season gets underway, this will turn into more of a “recap” of various things, including scores and current standings from all the leagues which this blog covers.
Anyway, let the first installment of the chaos begin.
The biggest story this week, at least when it comes to my realm of coverage, was the announcement that the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be played in Windsor, Ontario, as was reported by Paul on Wednesday. This is especially exciting news for me, as if I can afford to swing the budget, and land the proper press credentials, it will likely represent the first chance I’ll have as a new member of the hockey media to go and cover an event in person!
from David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette,
If Western Michigan University was looking for a big name hockey coach to fill the giant shoes left by Jeff Blashill, it’s done so, hiring a coach it never could have lured a year ago.
WMU has hired longtime NHL head coach Andy Murray to lead its hockey program, according to multiple sources.
from Tony Khing of Hockey 411 at Sharks.com,
However on this day, Berenson isn’t wearing a suit. He’s not standing in the corridors of the Yost Ice Arena. He’s in a T-shirt and shorts, has a baseball cap on his head and is talking outside Locker Room No. 2 at Snoopy’s Home Ice in Santa Rosa. Berenson is about to play in a late morning game for the University of Michigan 65s at the 36th annual Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament.
The man known as “The Red Baron” may be 71 and playing just for fun, but he still has that competitive fire.
One would think you’d like to take a break from hockey. After all, the NCAA season and all you do as a head coach is quite stressful
This is a break for me. It’s a lot more fun playing hockey than coaching hockey. It really is a break. I really enjoy it a lot and it’s the only time I really play hockey.
When your players learn about your summertime hockey fix, what’s their reaction?
They like that. They know I’m a fitness person. They know I’m concerned about conditioning. But it sets a good example. They know I’m still serious about the game. I’ve had some players drive up from San Francisco to see us play.
from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,
Being the commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, one of the nation’s leading conferences, is ordinarily a pretty good deal. The conference, which has existed since 1971, sends multiple teams to the N.C.A.A. men’s hockey tournament every year and has won 9 of the past 27 national championships.
But since March, when Fred Pletsch was promoted to commissioner, hockey has become the latest N.C.A.A. sport to experience a dramatic shift in conference allegiances.
The movement, which as in football separates haves from have-nots in some cases, spawned two new conferences and does not appear close to being settled.
In the last five months, five of the C.C.H.A.’s 11 teams announced plans to leave. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will join the new Big Ten Conference in 2013-14; Miami of Ohio will be part of the fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which was announced Wednesday; and Northern Michigan is awaiting member approval to move to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The AP reports talks are ongoing for a game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Read the AP report at the Detroit News.
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