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Report- Burke Will Continue His GM Job For Team USA

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will reprise his role from the Vancouver Olympics as team GM for the United States at this spring’s World Championships, a source connected to USA Hockey said.

The U.S. management team and coaching staff for the World Championships, to be held in Germany in May, is expected to be named later this week, with Burke as GM and New York Islanders coach Scott Gordon as coach, the source said.


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Boston College Wins NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship

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.


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NCAA Men’s Hockey Champion Will Be Crowned Tonight

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.”


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Blake Geoffrion Wins The Hobey Baker Award

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.

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Frozen Four About To Begin

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.

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Making The Jump From College To The NHL

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).


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The Top 30 Prospects

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

While the most visible pick undoubtedly will be the top choice, there will be plenty of other talented prospects on the board when the 2010 Entry Draft is held June 25-26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

NHL Central Scouting’s top evaluators made that point rather clear at their offices in Toronto last month during the final meetings to determine North America’s top draft-eligible players.

Those results were made public Wednesday, when Central Scouting released its final ranking list of the continent’s best 210 skaters and top 30 goalies, as well as the best 150 international skaters and 10 best goaltenders.

The battle at the top of the North American list was as close as it’s ever been, with Tyler Seguin of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers earning the nod over Taylor Hall of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. Seguin, one of 19 players among the top 30 to improve on their midterm ranking, had been No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list, which was released in January.


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Players Beat Up Coach After Winning Championship

A KK reader in Germany passed this on to me and I just shake my head at times when I read stories like this.  I will give you the Google translated version, then click to read the rest.

If you check below, I will then give you the translation (all lower case, it was easier for him) from the KK reader too.

from sportal.de (translated),

Everything could be so beautiful in Jesenice, but then was the master of ceremony the first of a sad story with an accident, a fight and six ads.

Coach Mike Posma had properly celebrated with his players a day after winning the championship. At the end of six players to the 42-year-old coach beat hospital. DThis was now the president of the association, Slavko Kanalec confirmed. “His injuries, although only slightly, but Posma remained overnight for observation at the hospital,” said the club chairman.


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Ford Field Ready For The Frozen Four

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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Morning Line

Believe it or not, the NHL needs to make sure the KHL continues to move forward, especially now that it is trying to fund junior teams as well. But, the Russians must be more reasonable in their demands.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC.  Read on th find out why Elliotte feels that way.

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