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Men’s NCAA Hockey Tournament Begins Today

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Sid’s Sister

from Seth Berkman at the New York Times,

In her third year at St. Cloud State, Taylor Crosby has become absorbed in ethics and philosophy courses.

“I like those because they’re open-ended,” said Crosby, a goalie on the Huskies’ women’s hockey team. “There’s like a billion answers.”

Through much of her adolescence, hockey seemed to be the only topic anyone wanted to discuss with her. That’s natural when your older brother is one of the sport’s biggest stars.

The comparisons, the constant questions from the news media and strangers wanting to know more about her brother, Sidney, were overwhelming and invasive at times. Carving her own identity, particularly on the ice, became more challenging as her only sibling’s spotlight grew with each Stanley Cup (three so far) and individual accolade.


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University Of Denver Wins The NCAA National Championship

from Beth Maiman of NCAA.com,

They say history can repeat itself.

On Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, that appeared to be the case when Denver defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2 to win its eighth national championship thanks to left winger Jarid Lukosevicius tallying three goals and earning a hat trick to help the Pioneers secure their first national title since 2005.

The last hat trick in an NCAA championship game?

Well, that would come from Denver’s head coach Jim Montgomery back in 1993 when Maine defeated Lake Superior State 5-4 to win the national title.

Lukosevicius followed in his coach's footsteps, and although he never envisioned joining his coach on this hat trick list, his name went into the record books on Saturday. After the game, Lukosevicius was asked if his coach happened to give him advice on recording a hat trick in a title game. The sophomore said he didn’t, but simply reminded the team to stick the process.


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Will Butcher Wins The 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

from College Hockey News,

Friday evening at the Aon Ballroom on Chicago's Navy Pier, Denver senior captain Will Butcher was named the winner of the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Named for the former Princeton legend and World War I veteran, the Award is given annually to the top player in Division I men's college hockey. Butcher is the first defenseman to win the award since 2009 (Matt Gilroy, Boston University). The Sun Prairie, Wis., native was also the first blueliner since '09 to be named to the 'Hobey Hat Trick' as one of three finalists for the prestigious award.

All season, Butcher — a 2013 fifth-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche — has anchored the best statistical defense in the nation. The Pioneers enter Saturday's championship game against league rival Minnesota-Duluth having allowed 1.81 goals per game on average this season. Widely considered the best all-around defenseman in the nation, Butcher has chipped in offensively, too, with seven goals and 30 assists.


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Denver Will Face Minnesota-Duluth In The NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship Game

from Lou Somogyi of Yahoo,

A Cinderella run to the 2017 Frozen Four struck midnight, literally, for Notre Dame on Thursday night at Chicago’s United Center.

Shortly before midnight Eastern Standard Time — after a 9:57 p.m. face-off — the No. 4-seed Fighting Irish had fallen behind No. 1 Denver 5-0 after the first two periods en route to a 6-1 defeat, the worst of the year for the Fighting Irish, who finish 23-12-5.

On Saturday night Denver (32-7-4) will play for the national title against Minnesota-Duluth, a 2-1 victor over Harvard in the earlier game.

The Pioneers asserted their dominance in the first period, forcing goalie Cal Petersen to make a save off a hard shot in the opening five seconds and then continued to pepper him with onslaughts while controlling the action through the first 20 minutes.


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NCAA Hockey Championship Odds

via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Division 1 Men's Ice Hockey Championship

Denver                                      4/1
Minnesota-Duluth                      7/1
Harvard                                     15/2
UMass-Lowell                            9/1
North Dakota                            10/1
Western Michigan                      10/1
Boston University                      11/1
Minnesota U                              11/1
Penn State                                11/1
Air Force                                   12/1
Union College                           12/1
Cornell                                      14/1
Notre Dame                              14/1
Providence                               15/1
Ohio State Buckeyes                 18/1
Michigan Tech Huskies              40/1

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Time To Sign The College Players

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If it’s time for the U.S. college hockey playoffs, then it's time for the NHL's college signing season.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy already – signing graduating senior forward John Hayden out of Yale on Sunday (he's on the NHL roster and will soon play games) and Miami University graduating forward Anthony Louis Monday (he's off to Rockford of their AHL) – and could get even busier.

The Hawks will also be talking to Northeastern junior defenceman Dylan Sikura and Omaha-Nebraska sophomore forward Fredrik Olofsson now that their respective college seasons are over. Chicago will gauge their interest in turning pro and then decide what tack to take with them....

The most pressing order of business right now, though, is NHL teams competing to sign the U.S. college unrestricted free agents whose seasons are over.

The top prize in that regard is Northeastern graduating senior Zachary Aston-Reese, a 6-foot, 204-pound forward who had 31 goals and 63 points for the Huskies in 38 games this season. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Detroit are among a very large group of NHL teams pursuing him, with a decision expected in the next day or so.

read on

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Taking Notice Of College Hockey In The U.S.

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

When American colleges go door to door, recruiting teenaged hockey players, they now have bragging rights over the Canadian Hockey League thanks to the United States’ victory in the world junior hockey championship.

“What it demonstrates is how good college hockey is,” says Mike Snee, the executive director of College Hockey Inc. “It speaks to the calibre and quality of play and player in NCAA hockey.”

The American team was loaded with college players as it earned the U.S.’s third gold medal since 2010, the most by any country in that time span. Canada, a team loaded with major junior players since the inception of the tournament, has won one gold medal since 2010.

The hockey world has been waiting for the Americans to arrive. They haven’t done so at the senior level in international tournaments — their lone title in the last 50 years was at the 1996 World Cup — but Olympic glory is probably only a matter of time (and continued NHL participation).

But bubbling beneath the surface — and beyond its vaunted U.S. national development program — is the rise of the U.S. college system as an important cog in developing players.

read on

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Off Topic A Bit Video- I Can’t Stop Laughing

There is just something about seeing a 'bear' slipping on the ice!

I am easily entertained.


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No Four-On-Four OT Hockey In NCAA Games

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee decided Wednesday to table a proposal for four-on-four overtime and a sudden-death shootout that would have been required for all NCAA regular-season games, the NCAA announced.

The proposal would not have affected postseason tournament games, including conference and NCAA championships, which would continue to use a five-on-five, sudden-death overtime format played in 20-minute periods.

However, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel did approve use of an experimental rule allowing a 3-on-3 overtime period followed by a sudden-death shootout if a game is tied after a 5-on-5 OT period. Any conference interested in using the experimental rule may do so, the NCAA said.


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