Back by popular demand, it’s the College Hockey Blog Round-Up – the June 20th edition. Let’s begin, shall we?
- The big story thus far is Kyle Okposo deciding to return to
“The word behind the scenes was that Okposo was interested in going pro if a legit chance to make the NY Islanders roster was going to be available. But once he met with NYI people, it was pretty clear this was not in their immediate plans. In particular, Islanders head coach Ted Nolan apparently made it clear that (Okposo) was not seen as a legitimate contender for a roster spot next season.”
While one WCHA team knows what exactly is happening with their young star player (for at least one more year), another young player at another WCHA program is still in limbo regarding his professional aspirations…
- Goon’s World reports that
“I would like to see him come back… however, that... is up to Brian Lee to decide and, if he leaves, so be it. I believe that most Sioux fans would welcome Brian back with open arms, but, if he wants to go pro, hey, good luck to you Brian and get the money while you can. Life is about decisions and I can’t fault a kid for wanting to take the money; heck, if someone told me “Hey! you could make $200,000.00 if you sign on the dotted line!” I would (sign the contract) in a nanosecond.”
Staying in the WCHA, but shifting gears to recruiting…
- Aside from attempting to amass money for his potentially upcoming Final Five trip, Donald at the UAA Fan blog reports that Alaska-Anchorage picked up a pair of new recruits in Luka Vidmar and Craig Parkinson for the upcoming season. Vidmar, a defenseman and former member of the Slovenian Jr. National Team (2005-’06), played last season with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, where he amassed the 19th leading scorer position among defensemen, and overall, in 57 games, tallied 6 goals and 22 assists. Parkinson, a forward, comes from the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals, where, in 188 games (three seasons), he amassed 72 goals and 82 assists (’04-’05: 2G-10A, ’05-’G-35A, ’06-’G-35A).
Staying in The Last Frontier…
- As reported here, and as reported by the Nanooks Hockey Blog’s Eric Carlson, Doc DelCastillo was announced as the new head coach at
“… he looks like a much better fit for the
program…. It appears he understands the relationship of the Fairbanks community with the program, the realities of coaching a Division II school in a Division I sport, has demonstrated his recruiting ability for our kind of hockey program,… comes into the job with years of experience in both the CCHA and WCHA, and has experience as a general manager and head coach in the USHL.” Fairbanks
Carlson also reports that U of A has locked up a new recruit for 2008-’09 in forward Jordan VanGilder. Last season with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm, in 54 games, VanGilder amassed 9 goals and 8 assists.
- A transfer note, Tim at “The Second Best Feeling In The World” (a Michigan Tech blog) reports that Phil Axtell, who played at forward for MTU, will be transferring to
- And speaking of
“There is no doubt he could have left an immense legacy at NMU by playing his senior season. He’d have been a Hobey Baker and CCHA Player of the Year candidate. But anyone in society of sound mind would have done the same thing if offered a nice pro contract and the opportunity to play in the NHL. You can’t blame Mike one bit.”
In addition, Kyleat that NMU is still searching for a replacement assistant coach for the departed John Olver. the “Tech Still Sucks Blog” reportsWalt Kyle,
- Mike McMahon’s Warrior Rink Rat Blog has been busy, but not so much with Merrimack-related musings. McMahon has written a nice article on forward Bobby Farnham’s commitment to Brown. (His Dad, Bobby Farnham Sr., had a nice football career with the Bears, and played for a period of time with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.) In addition, McMahon reports that
- The often-updated Hockey in Michigan Blog reports many things. First, the national champion Michigan State Spartans men’s hockey program visited the White House on Monday. Images from the trip can be seen at the Lansing State Journal’s website.
- Thirdly, the
- Although the Let’s Go DU blog is in a state of blog-dormancy for the summer, the DU newswire is still wide awake – at least, it is in regard to the recruiting wire. The Western College Hockey Blog reports that defenseman Paul Phillips has recruited to
- Finally, for what it’s worth, DPlaya at the Hockey in