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from Dave Pollard at the Toronto Sun,
It’s been a tough off-season for NCAA hockey teams and the NHL is responsible for most of the pain.
Although it’s really nothing new, the exodus of players from American colleges to the pro or junior ranks seems to be more pronounced this year….
Since April 1, 17 players gave up NCAA eligibility to sign with NHL teams, according to figures compiled by insidecollegehockey.com. Factor in the others, like Tinord, Lessio and Melchiori, all of whom never even showed up on campus, and you can see how hard the U.S. schools have been hit.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the host sites for the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Frozen Four. Pittsburgh, Pa., will host the 2013 Men’s Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center, while Philadelphia, Pa., will serve as the host for the 2014 championship at the Wachovia Center.
University of Michigan ice hockey head coach Gordon “Red” Berenson has accepted a three-year contract offer from athletic director Dave Brandon to direct the U-M program through the 2012-13 season. Berenson, who played for Michigan from 1960-62, has been the head coach at his alma mater for the past 26 seasons.
“We’ve been doing a one-year contract of late and it seems like we’re spending a lot of time talking about when I’m going to retire,” Berenson said. “I think we can put that to bed for awhile and just focus on what we’re doing. The situation at Michigan is a little clearer in terms of recruitment or leadership of the program or what my future is. It’s pretty simple. I’ve thought about it a lot. I definitely was thinking about leaving earlier, but my passion has really been with this team and these players. They’re making a commitment to the program and I want my commitment to be clear as well.”
As I was leaving the game (Frozen Four), a begger in a wheelchair starting talking hockey smack to me (I was wearing my old Coyotes Roenick jersey that night). He was telling me how he wanted the Wings to get the Yotes in the 1st round. Only in the D would you get beggers talking hockey smack.
-CP2Devil of Japers’ Rink. Read more about his trip to Hockeytown.
from Jim Connelly of USCHO.com,
Paced by an explosive third period in which Boston College struck for four goals, the Eagles routed Wisconsin, 5-0, in front of a record 37,592 fans at Ford Field on Saturday to capture the school’s fourth national championship and third in the last 10 years.
It’s the third straight year a team from Boston has captured the title, with the Eagles winning this year and 2008 and Boston University capturing the championship in 2009.
from David Albright of ESPN,
The similarities are striking.
Both schools have 28 wins this season. Both are No. 1 seeds. Both played in outdoor games this season. And both schools scored a weekend’s worth of goals in Thursday’s national semifinals wins.
So when Boston College (28-10-3) and Wisconsin (28-10-4) face off Saturday night at Ford Field (7 p.m. ET, ESPN HD/ESPN3.com) to decide this season’s NCAA men’s hockey champion, the Eagles and the Badgers will be near mirror images.
“They’ve got a lot of speed and a lot of skill and if you give them a lot of room to work with they’ll take advantage of it,” Wisconsin defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh said. “We’ll be able to [watch video] of their goals and see what they did to put themselves in that position. And if anything try to learn from what Miami didn’t really execute as well as they wanted to and hopefully not make the same mistakes.”
via WKOW.com (Madison, WI),
Wisconsin Senior Forward Blake Geoffrion has won the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s most outstanding Player. Geoffrion is the first Badger ever to win the award.
Geoffrion put up some impressive numbers in his final year at Wisconsin. He tied for 2nd in the nation in goals scored and is the captain of a Badger team playing for the national title on Saturday against Boston College.
Watch RIT vs. Wisconsin at 5:00pm ET and Boston College vs. Miami at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2.
For more information, visit the NCAA Frozen Four site.
from Kevin Kurtt of Let’s Play Hockey,
In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 58 Division I and 78 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a growing number of players, college hockey is a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.
In fact, according to next week’s issue of Let’s Play Hockey, 267 players who saw at least one regular season NHL game in 2009-10 honed their skills in college before making the leap to the professional ranks. That number represents nearly a third of all NHL players from the current season. In 2009-10, 39 former collegiate hockey players made their NHL debut.
Leading the list of former college players now in the NHL are standouts such as Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Ottawa’s Dany Heatley (Wisconsin), New Jersey’s Zach Parise (North Dakota), Colorado’s Paul Stastny (Denver), Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler (Ohio State), Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (Vermont) and Jonathan Toews (North Dakota), Edmonton’s Dustin Penner (Maine), San Jose’s Dan Boyle (Miami), Calgary’s Rene Bourque (Wisconsin) and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller (Michigan State).
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Frozen Four co-chairmen William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch spoke to reporters today at Ford Field while workers put the finishing touches on the ice rink and temporary seating that will be used for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey championship this week in Detroit.
Detroit Mayor David Bing and Central Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Tom Anastos also were on hand.
“When we built Ford Field, we wanted to build the finest multipurpose arena in the country,” Ford said. “I think we’ve done just that. We’ve obviously had the Super Bowl, the Final Four and now we’re going to have the world’s largest indoor game here at Ford Field. We’ll set an attendance record for the Frozen Four.”
Organizers expect more than 30,000 fans to watch Thursday’s semifinals.
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