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from The Harvard Crimson,
Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.
“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...
In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.
“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”
Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.
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from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,
Fresh off their success with the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball championships, Ford Field is already preparing for next year, when it will play host to the Frozen Four, the NCAA men’s hockey championship. Monday, Dan Craig, the National Hockey League’s ice expert and the man who put the ice surface in Chicago’s Wrigley Field for this year’s Winter Classic game between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, will be at Ford Field to explain how it will be configured for hockey. The ice surface will be placed directly in the centre of the football playing field and there will be seating for 70,000 spectators.
from David Albright of ESPN,
Some facts and figures to digest prior to tonight’s national championship game between No. 4 West Regional seed Miami and No. 1 overall seed Boston University (ESPNHD and ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET) at the Verizon Center:
Boston University (34-6-4)
• The Terriers have won four national championships (1971, 1972, 1978, 1995).
• BU is 4-5 all time in NCAA championship games….
Miami University (23-12-5)
• First national championship appearance in any sport.
• Miami has the best winning percentage (.693) in Division I hockey over the past four seasons with a record of 106-43-14….
from David Albright of ESPN,
The 2009 Frozen Four finds itself in our nation’s capital this weekend as college hockey’s final weekend plays its last three games at the Verizon Center. And with that, you can add a new venue to the list of ones that have hosted this event.
If you’re keeping score, the Verizon Center will be the 30th different arena that has called college hockey’s final four home. Now the question is whether a new team will be added to the list of national champions.
Of the four teams left standing, only Boston University has previously won a title. If Bemidji State, Miami (OH) or Vermont skates around the ice with the championship plaque Saturday night, it will mark the 18th different school to claim the national title.
Here are five key questions (plus a bonus one) heading into Thursday’s national semifinals (ESPN2HD and ESPN360, 5 and 8:30 p.m. ET).
from College Hockey News,
All NCAA tournament games will be televised exclusively by ESPN and its sister stations this season, unless the games conflict and cannot be carried live.
ESPN is emphasizing its college sports channel, ESPNU, now.
continue for the schedule which starts today.
from David Albright of ESPN,
Boston University sealed its No. 1 overall status in college hockey with a 1-0 win over UMass-Lowell at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night to capture the Hockey East championship. The Terriers’ win kept the River Hawks from making the NCAA tournament field and it also allowed Ohio State to make the field of 16 as the last at-large team. So it’s somehow fitting that the Buckeyes and BU will face each other in the first round of the national tournament.
When the pairings for the 2009 NCAA men’s hockey tournament were announced on ESPN2 Sunday morning, the No. 1 seeds went to—in order—Boston University (Northeast), Notre Dame (Midwest), Denver (West) and Michigan (East).
DETROIT, Mich.—The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team advanced to the CCHA finals for the eighth time in nine years with its 3-1 victory over the Alaska Nanooks. On Saturday (March 21) at Joe Louis Arena, Michigan will face Notre Dame for the second time in three years in the CCHA Championship Game at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit. Alaska will play Northern Michigan in the semifinal game at 3:35 p.m.
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My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program.
from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,
The University of Wisconsin is banking on Camp Randall Stadium to draw a world-record crowd next year, but not for football.
The university has tendered a formal contract to the University of Michigan for an outdoor hockey game to be played at the 80,321-seat stadium Feb. 6, and the Wolverines are expected to accept the offer, Michigan associate head coach Mel Pearson said Thursday afternoon.
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