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NCAA Player Profile: Shawn Hunwick

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School: University of Michigan (CCHA)
Class: Fifth-Year Senior
Position: Goaltender
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 166 lbs
Age: 24
Glove: Left
Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Last season, goaltender Shawn Hunwick became one of the biggest stories in college hockey. He had an amazing Cinderella-story season, the likes of which are the kind of thing you usually only see in fictional Hollywood movies.

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Former Sens Coach Cory Clouston Moves to WHL

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com:

Former Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston has been hired as coach of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

He’s replacing Kelly McCrimmon, who resigned after seven seasons to focus solely on his role as general manager.

Clouston had spent the previous three seasons coaching the Senators, but was fired at the end of the 2010-11 season.

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Your Latvian National Head Coach

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

The Latvian Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday following an extra-ordinary board meeting that Ted Nolan will be hired as national team coach for the upcoming season.

The 53-year-old will succeed Olegs Znaroks, whose contract was not renewed after five years following the 13th-place finish at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

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Your 2011 USA Hall Of Fame Class

from USA Hockey,

Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk will be enshrined as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 it was announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be formally installed into the Hall in Chicago this fall, with a date to be announced in the near future.

“It’s an extraordinary class,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “The varied contributions to the landscape of hockey in our country is truly amazing and, collectively, this class has positively impacted every level of hockey.”

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Around the Leagues - Week of 7/24/11

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In what will likely become a regular staple here at Cluster Pucks… I go around the hockey leagues with news tidbits from the last week, and once the season gets underway, this will turn into more of a “recap” of various things, including scores and current standings from all the leagues which this blog covers.

Anyway, let the first installment of the chaos begin.

The biggest story this week, at least when it comes to my realm of coverage, was the announcement that the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be played in Windsor, Ontario, as was reported by Paul on Wednesday. This is especially exciting news for me, as if I can afford to swing the budget, and land the proper press credentials, it will likely represent the first chance I’ll have as a new member of the hockey media to go and cover an event in person!

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  Tags: college+hockey, ontario+hockey+league, quebec+major+junior+hockey+league, western+hockey+league

Hockey Everywhere

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

There are several places where demand for hockey is increasing much faster than the rink capacities.

There are countries in colder regions with needs of more infrastructures. Last summer for example we reported about the situation in Iceland where, paradoxically, there’s not enough ice for the growing number of players and teams. But ice hockey is also flourishing in regions many people might not imagine it. For example: in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf States.

Even though the temperature is hotter than 40°C (100°F) these days, there are quite some people who think about playing ice hockey despite the heat. Or one could say because of it. Winter sports have become trendy in the oil-rich country. Apart from four ice rinks, the Emirates also hit the headlines when a 22,500-square metre indoor ski resort opened in Dubai in 2005.

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St. John’s AHL Team Gets Name and Logo

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From theahl.com:

Danny Williams, president and chief executive officer, today (Friday) announced that the new AHL franchise in Newfoundland and Labrador will be called the St. John’s IceCaps.

Williams was joined by Glenn Stanford, AHL governor and chief operating officer of the team, at Mile One Centre, where they also unveiled the team logo.

Read the full press release for more info.

 

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Brent Sopel to Play in Russia

From TSN:

Defenceman Brent Sopel is heading to Russia to play hockey.

The veteran NHL blueliner said through his Twitter account and blog on Friday that he’ll be playing for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL this fall after signing a two-year contract.

Sopel, 34, ended the 2010-11 season with Montreal after a trade from the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Report- Kovalev Headed To The KHL

from TSN,

Alex Kovalev appears to be heading back to Russia, as sports website Sports Express reports that the veteran winger is set to sign a two-year contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The 38-year-old is a 17-year NHL veteran who played for the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

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Mike Danton Back in the Game

Courtesy of Nick Kypreos, a pointer to Mike Danton’s Twitter:

Just signed my first pro contract in 8 years. I’m off to Sweden for the 2011-2012 season. Thanks to everyone for their support.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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