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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.
via a NBC press release,
: On Friday, NBC Sports Network launches its coverage of the 2012-2013 NCAA hockey season with live coverage of the 16th annual Ice Breaker Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The tournament features some of the nation’s top teams from different conferences beginning with No. 10 Notre Dame vs. Maine at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Army taking on Nebraska-Omaha at 10 p.m. ET. On Saturday, NBC Sports Network will air the Ice Breaker Tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Veteran NBC Sports Group NHL commentators will call the action with Dave Strader handling play-by-play and Pierre McGuire serving as ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst.
NEW YORK -- September 11, 2012 – NBC Sports Network will offer more college hockey games this season than ever before, increasing coverage by eight games and starting two months earlier than last season. By compiling a schedule of contests from the ECAC, Hockey East, the University of Denver, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, NBC Sports Network will air 24 games, including two appearances by preseason No. 1 Boston College.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan and ice hockey head coach Red Berenson have agreed to a three-year contract extension, Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced on Monday (July 16). Berenson is in the final season of his current contract and the extension will keep him at Michigan through the 2015-16 campaign.
“I’m pleased that the administration and the program are looking ahead,” said Berenson. “I’m excited about the opportunity to remain at Michigan, especially with the current Yost renovations, the move to the Big Ten and for our incoming recruits. We have a great staff here and I’m looking forward to the next few years at Michigan.”
from Adam Wodon of College Hockey News,
There are few issues that you will get every coach in college hockey to agree upon. Eliminating the mandate for full face shields is one of them.
As far back as 30 years ago, when the requirement was implemented, coaches have been against the NCAA-mandated use of full face shields. But now, for the first time, college hockey is close to eliminating the requirement.
The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee is planning to formally recommend, at its June meetings in Indianapolis, that college hockey change from full shields to three-quarter visors. The recommendation will go to the NCAA’s Committee of Competitive Safeguards, where college hockey will have a chance to further make its case.
Beyond that, it would need approval from a few more levels of the NCAA hierarchy, but the Competitive Safeguards committee is considered the biggest hurdle.
from Neil Koepke of NCAA.com,
The national championship game features a classic David vs. Goliath matchup.
Ferris State, the decided underdog, will try to knock off the giant, Boston College, and claim its first NCAA championship on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
A Bulldogs victory against the Eagles could rank as one of the greatest upsets in an NCAA title game.
Boston College is 32-10-1 overall, has won 18 consecutive games, outscored its opponents 78-21 during that stretch and has been ranked No. 1 since late February. The Eagles are seeking their third Frozen Four championship in five seasons.
FSU is 26-11-5, went 15 games (11-0-4) without a loss from early January to late February, is 4-3 in its last seven contests and has won three in a row.
Bob Daniels, Ferris State’s head coach, is fine with being the underdog and believes his team has a better chance of winning than most followers give the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s regular-season champion.
“I’m sure we’ll field questions on how it feels to be underdogs and I can tell you that we’re fine with that. If we’re the decided underdog, so be it,’’ Daniels said.
continued and ESPN2 coverage begins tonight at 7:00pm ET tonight.
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