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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
A new season within the NHL is upon us, one that does not get the same kind of media attention as that other free-agent season that starts July 1.
Unfortunately, thanks to changes in the last collective agreement that are only now being felt, the U.S. college free-agent signing season, which starts in early March as the college season ends, is expected to get progressively less important in the next few years.
While teams are still hoping to sign the next Andy McDonald or Chris Kunitz or Mason Raymond or Tyler Bozak, there will be fewer college free agents because more and more Canadian and U.S. 18-year-olds, headed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association instead of the Canadian junior ranks, are being taken in the NHL entry draft.
from Adam Mertz of the Wisconsin State Journal,
The unique event — which includes a visit by the Stanley Cup, the legendary NHL championship trophy, and numerous memorabilia and interactive exhibits from the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame — carries a $600,000 operational budget, including upwards of $20,000 for snow removal by a team of shovelers, and required an additional $225,000 in scheduled winterization maintenance at the 1918 venue. Those costs are offset by a title sponsorship by the fast-food chain Culver’s and expected attendance of about 50,000 fans, many of whom paid the full $25 face value for a ticket.
That’s well below the stated goal of eclipsing the world record crowd for hockey of 74,544, set in a 2001 contest between Michigan State and Michigan at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
But it likely will stand as the fourth-largest event of its kind in North America. And for UW senior associate athletic director Sean Frazier, who is overseeing the event — the intangibles are immeasurable.
from Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press,
The 2010 Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit might not have the sports cachet or instant name recognition of a Super Bowl or basketball Final Four, but it’s got some very cool stuff going for it:
• A couple of high-profile cochairs who can actually lace up their skates and handle a stick—Bill Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch….
“It’s going to be an electric atmosphere in downtown Detroit,” Ilitch said Monday of the Frozen Four week.
On April 7, the Red Wings are to host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game with possible NHL playoff implications. On April 8, the Frozen Four NCAA semifinals are to be played at Ford Field. Next door on April 9 the Tigers’ baseball home opener is scheduled. And on the 10th is to be the Frozen Four Championship game.
from Mary Paoletti of CSNNE,
The snow fell fast and even. Fans hopped off the Green Line, paused for a moment on Commonwealth Avenue, and tried to find their bearings. It was a hockey night—that much they knew—but it was already unlike any they had ever experienced.
On this frosty Friday in January there was to be a collision between historic college tradition and an event momentous enough to make history with it’s first try.
Two NCAA hockey games played in a baseball stadium. And not just any stadium but in “America’s most beloved ballpark.” For one night in a city ruled by a hierarchy of professional sports, and where the MLB especially reigns supreme, four teams of student athletes were called into court.
from Neal E. Boudette of the Wall Street Journal,
On New Year’s Eve in 1962, Jack Parker and Jerry York lined up against each other in a high-school ice-hockey game—and started a rivalry that has become one of the most extraordinary in college sports.
After high school, Mr. Parker played at Boston University and Mr. York at Boston College. Mr. Parker later became the coach at BU, and Mr. York at BC.
Now, after nearly half a century of going toe-to-toe, each man’s success is unexcelled—and they are still fierce competitors. Mr. York has accumulated more wins—827—than any other active college coach. Mr. Parker is only seven wins behind him.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Former NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly fulfilled his wish to stay in hockey by accepting a job as executive director of the newly-formed College Hockey, Inc.
The Hockey Commissioners Association created the organization for the purpose of raising the profile of Division I hockey. Kelly will be in charge of that mission.
from Darren Dreger of TSN, T
wo NCAA college programs in the United States are using the latest in technology to study the cause and effect of head trauma on varsity hockey players. And the NHL has indicated interest in doing the same one day.
Dartmouth and Brown employ the Head Impact Telemetry System – HITS - to measure, record and analyze what impact collisions have on the head and brain.
from Nathaniel Popper of the Boston Globe,
The Harvard hockey experiment is being led by a Boston-bred coach, Ted Donato, a 1991 Harvard graduate who was a fun-loving forward on the national championship team before moving on to a long career playing in the NHL, including many years with the Bruins.
Harvard’s top brass showed its interest in maintaining a serious program when Donato was hired in 2004, but the coach, now 40, doesn’t have an easy job. Unlike other Division 1 schools, Ivy League colleges, in deference to need-based financial aid programs and an amateur ideal, can’t use athletic scholarships to recruit players. And because of league rules, Harvard is not allowed to play as many games as other Division 1 teams, and it has to start full practices later in the fall.
from College Hockey News,
With ticket sales not going as briskly as was hoped or expected, the NCAA and Frozen Four organizers have changed the seating configuration for Ford Field. The change lowers the capacity from an effective 60,000-plus to approximately 36,000.
The Frozen Four will be played this year, for the first time, in a football stadium venue. After selling out 10 straight years, that track record was already going to be tested.
Under the new configuration, instead of the rink being situation at midfield, it will be moved to the west end zone, and the opposite end zone seats will be closed off. A riser system will be set up on the east side of the ice.
from Shannon Shelton of the Detroit Free Press,
Michigan State hockey player A.J. Sturges released a statement Thursday to media members criticizing the football program’s decision to reinstate Glenn Winston, the sophomore running back who injured him during an off-campus altercation in October.
“In my opinion, the immediate reinstatement of Glenn Winston to the football team reflects very poorly on Michigan State athletics,” Sturges wrote. “This decision has established weak precedent for future athletes involved in violent crimes.”
Sturges said he suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and had to have five stitches inside his mouth after taking a punch to the side of the head from Winston. Sturges missed the 2008-09 season and said he was forced to drop academic courses because of memory issues and headaches resulting from the injuries.
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