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from Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette,
Earlier this week, the Big Ten announced which college hockey game would be televised in the conference’s inaugural season.
What caught the attention of most college hockey fans wasn’t the 27 games the Big Ten Network will televise, which includes many double-headers on Friday nights.
Rather, it was the following paragraph: “ESPN networks, home of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships in Philadelphia, will air an additional seven contests, beginning on Friday, Nov. 29, when Minnesota will play host to Wisconsin to open the inaugural Big Ten regular season. Faceoff for that game is scheduled for 5 p.m. on ESPNU. ESPN will conclude its slate of Big Ten games on Friday, March 14, when Minnesota visits Michigan at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.”
from the Big Ten Network,
BTN will provide unprecedented coverage of men’s ice hockey in 2013-14, the inaugural Big Ten Hockey season, including eight straight weeks of “Frozen Friday” doubleheaders in January and February and the 2014 Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
BTN also will televise the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament, set for March 20-22, 2014, at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. Men’s Ice Hockey on BTN is presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.
At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, prior to the season opener between Penn State and Army, BTN will air a 30-minute Big Ten Hockey Preview Show to highlight the season’s key storylines, players and matchups. Beginning Jan. 10, “Frozen Fridays” also will include pregame, intermission and postgame reports.
Below, watch a BTN promo on Big Ten hockey...
It's looks like today will be a very slow news day...
from Sam Hemingway of the Burlington Free Press,
A federal judge has thrown out a case filed by former University of Vermont hockey player Justin Milo alleging he was wrongfully dropped from the team by coach Kevin Sneddon in 2010.
Milo, who filed the lawsuit in 2011, had claimed UVM and Sneddon improperly cut him from the team, did not notify him of his right to appeal the decision and harmed his reputation and career prospects in remarks made to the media at the time.
Judge William K. Sessions, in a 29-page opinion filed at U.S. District Court in Burlington this week, disagreed.
“Milo was shocked by his dismissal from the team, and believes that the decision lacked justification, but he does not supply facts that could support a finding of bad faith or wrongdoing,’ Sessions wrote in his ruling.
The case is the second this year to reach a decision in federal court in Vermont involving claims by a college hockey player that he was unfairly cut from the team.
from Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald,
An early-morning incident in an Old Market parking lot has led UNO to dismiss Matt White from the hockey team. The co-captain was the team’s third-leading goal-scorer last season.
Also dismissed from the team Friday was incoming freshman defenseman Preston Hodge. Alex Simonson, a senior forward, has been suspended pending further investigation by the athletic department.
White, Hodge and Simonson were each ticketed Aug. 3 on suspicion of misdemeanor assault. Allegedly the incident involved racial slurs.
“We are extremely disappointed in the actions of these students,” UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts said in a press release. “We will not tolerate any misconduct of this nature. We will continue to work diligently to ensure our student-athletes understand the importance of tolerance and respect for others.”
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...
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