Posts Tagged ‘WCHA Hockey’

October 4th, 2010

First; I thought the game was kind of a yawner and the Sioux played very sloppy at times, however, that is probably to be expected since they haven’t had many practices under their belt, I was told that the Fighting Sioux hockey team had like one practice before this game. I also thought Manitoba was a bit cheap and took a lot of runs that UND’s skilled players. I am not sure I would put them in the hack category but they did seem to play with a bit of a edge. It’s one thing to play hard but I don’t think it’s necessary to try and start a brawl during an exhibition game, we would like to save the brawling for conference opponents like the Pioneers and the Gophers.

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September 26th, 2010

Alright. It’s the part that one or two of you have been anxiously waiting for: The top 3 preseason previews of the WCHA teams and their predicted finishes. Ok, enough of self-inflating my ego. The final three teams will be the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the Huskies of St. Cloud, and the Sioux of Grand Forks, ND.

(the) University of Minnesota at Duluth Bulldogs
2009-2010 Overall Record: 22-17-1 WCHA Record: 16-11-1 (6-5-0 NC Record)

Key Losses: Brady Hjelle, Rob Bordson, Drew Akins
Key Returners: Jack and Mike Connelly, Justin Fontaine, Kenny Reiter, Brady Lamb, Travis Oleksuk, Mike Montgomery, and Dylan Olsen
Key Recruits: Justin Faulk, Joe Basaraba…

It’s kindof telling when you are looking through the key losses and you find that, except for Bordson and Hjelle, the rest either were quiet or flat out played so little you had to double check the stat sheet to see who they even were.

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September 25th, 2010

We are going to delve now into the top half of the league. As I get closer to #1, the tougher it goes to determine who will finish where. For example, I’m pretty certain of UAA finishing dead last. However, I’m not certain where any of the top 6 will finish. As usual, the top 5 will be very tightly packed in terms of talent. It would not surprise me at all if my top 6 looks completely different than reality even by week 3 of the season.

University of Minnesota Golden Gophers
2009-2010 Overall Record: 18-19-2 WCHA Record: 12-14-2 (6-5-0 NC Record)

Key Losses: Jordan Schroeder, Nick Leddy, Jay Barriball, Mike Carman, Ryan Flynn, Tony Lucia
Key Returnees: Jacob Cepis, Alex Kangas, Aaron Ness, Cade Fairchild
Key Rookies: Nick Bjugstad, Erik Haula, Max Gardiner(?)

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September 16th, 2010

Adam Wodon from the College Hockey News has confirmed that Penn State University is going to form a Division I Hockey team and that the announcement will be made this Friday.

Pioneer Press — WCHA Commissioner Bruce McLeod said he is waiting to hear from Penn State, and subsequently the Big Ten, before making any detailed comments.

“Having said that,” he added, “we’re well aware of developing circumstances at Penn State, and we’ve definitely done our homework regarding several scenarios that could play out.”

Creating a Big Ten men’s hockey conference would give the fledgling Big Ten Network some live programming on Friday nights, when men’s basketball teams typically don’t play.

“That’s some major programming on Friday nights,” Lucia said.

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September 16th, 2010

B.C. Interrupted has an interesting perspective on PSU getting into the college hockey mix and what it would do to Hockey East.

If the Big Ten hockey schools were to break away from the WCHA and the CCHA, they would be creating a power Big Ten conference that I don’t think Hockey East could compete with in terms of being the premiere college hockey conference. Over time, we might see a geographic shift in NCAA Tournament locations where more regionals are played in Big Ten markets. Currently, the Eastern hockey teams typically benefit from two of the four Regionals being played in their backyard (typically, Worcester, Manchester, Providence and locations in Connecticut). A Big Ten hockey league would also garner more revenue (through a BTN television agreement) and exposure than leagues like Hockey East and the remnants of the CCHA and WCHA ever could.

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September 15th, 2010

Here is an article that someone had posted on their twitter feed. Lets hope that Vande Velde can make the Oilers roster before the end of the season.

PENTICTON, B.C. — Though later to the party than most other prospects here, Vande Velde is proving he belongs as a pro.

“I definitely think I’ m ready to take the next step after a full college career,” Vande Velde said. “I think UND got me prepared really well, and obviously that’s a great program and I’m excited to get in here and maybe crack the big team.”

Oilers center Chris Vande Velde scored a second-period power-play goal to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead.

– Ryan PinderEdmonton Director of Player Development Mike Sillinger played more than 1,000 NHL games and watched Vande Velde last season with the Fighting Sioux and followed him when Vande Velde moved to AHL Springfield when the NCAA season ended.

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September 15th, 2010

Here are a couple of links relating to the PSU hockey announcement.

Penn State Receives a 88 million dollar donation to jump start Division I hockey program. [Click to read the article]

Penn State to Launch Division I Hockey Program [Click to read the article]

Coming Soon: The Big Ten Hockey Conference [click to read the article]

Persistently battling with the Canadian Hockey League for the top developing prospects, the area landscape of NCAA hockey is soon to change. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, Penn State plans to ice a full-fledged hockey program and will join the newly-formed Big Ten Hockey Conference.

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September 14th, 2010

Here is an interesting story written by Kevin Pates that was in today’s Duluth New Tribune.

Duluth New Tribune — WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod addressed the possible changes last weekend at league coaches meetings in Bloomington, Minn., said Minnesota coach Don Lucia on Monday. The WCHA will start 2010-11 with 12 teams with the addition of Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha.

“The strength of the WCHA has been the commitment of member schools, and if Minnesota and Wisconsin were to leave, the league will still be a good, strong league. It will not be a drastic change,” Lucia said. “But right now this is all speculation. Will Penn State add hockey? Will the Big Ten schools want to form their own league? Will they be interested in adding affiliate members?”

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September 11th, 2010

Jason Herter will be the third head coach in three seasons for the Fargo Force. Herter will also is the third head coach to have connections to the Fighting Sioux hockey program (Dean Blais – Head Coach UND 1994-2004, Steve Johnson – Player 1984-1988, Jason Herter – Player 1988-1991). The last two head coaches have used their Fargo force coaching position to spring board to a coaching position in the college hockey ranks. It’s nice to see UND alum doing well in their hockey careers. Here is the official press release.

Fargo Forum —Former Force assistant Jason Herter was hired this morning by the Force to take over the team days before training camp starts Monday. The 39-year-old Saskatchewan native replaces Steve Johnson, who resigned Monday to become an assistant coach at St. Cloud State.

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September 10th, 2010

Here is the list of the WCHA hockey officials that we will be swearing at again this this season. Do you seen any names not on the list?

REFEREES:

3-Derek Shepherd; 4-Todd Anderson; 5-Justin Brown; 7-Don Adam; 8-Tom Sterns; 9-C.J. Beaurline; 10-Peter Friesema; 11-Tim Walsh; 12-Butch Mousseaux (R-L); 14- Brian Thul; 15-Marco Hunt; 17-Craig Welker; 18-Max Battimo; 20-Brad Albers; 22-Bill Mason; 23-Matt Ulwelling (R-L); 24-Jon Campion; 25-Mike McCreary; 27-Jonathan Morrison; 29-Scott Bokal; 31-Brett Klosowski; 33-Brad Shepherd.

LINESMEN:

at UAA: 36-Kent Asplund; 73-Scott Sivulich; 74-Steve Glines; 75-Travis Jackson.

at CC & DU: 52-Scott Staudte; 57-Bob Keltie; 67-Greg Rockenback; 80-Butch Mousseaux; 82-Stephen Stankevich; 86-Gary Pedigo; 88-Tim Swiader.

at MTU: 35-Dan Juopper; 85- Sean Jacques; 98-Damon Beirling.

at UM, UMD, MSU, SCSU: 38-Joe Harris; 44-Chris Olson; 45-Jerome Krieger; 50-Tony Lancette, Jr.; 53-Rick Nelson; 55-Jeff Schultz; 61-Luke Huggett; 62-Jarod Moen; 68-Chris Perrrault; 80-Tony Czech; 90-Matt Anderson; 91-Sterling Egan; 96-Eric Whisler.

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