Monday, July 30, 2007

College Hockey Blogflash (July 30)

● According to the UNH Men’s Hockey blog, continuing on with their series of great “under the radar” sports rivalries, is featuring an article on the great Hockey East rivalry that is Maine v. New Hampshire. Read that article here.

Now for some defensemen defections...

● Let’s Go DU is reporting both an addition and a subtraction from the Denver Pioneers roster. Defensemen Keith Seabrook has decided to forego his collegiate career for the major junior ranks, signing with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Seabrook tallied two goals and 11 assists as a freshman in 2007.

DU did, however, pick up a commitment from Norwegian goaltender Lars Paulgaard from the NAHL’s Southern Minnesota Express. Paulgaard went 30-18 last season with eight shutouts and a .916 save percentage.

Mike McMahon at the Warrior Rink Rat blog reports that defenseman Brock Wilson will be leaving Merrimack for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. Read about it here.

● UPDATE: And congratulations to Goon’s World’s “Goon,” and “Goon’s wife,” on the adoption of a new baby girl.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

College Hockey Blogflash (July 29)

Andrew Chiappazzi at the Colonials Corner blog reports that, along with his counterpart Mike McCourt leaving his assistant coaching position at Robert Morris for a job with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs, Matt Lindsay, RMU’s other assistant, will also be leaving for an assistant coaching job at Princeton. Read about it here.

Donald at the UAA Fan Blog looks at a recent letter from the Anchorage Daily News written by Alaska-Anchorage Vice-Chancellor of Arena Planning Bill Spindle. The letter is in regard to the decision made by the Alaska governor to veto funds towards the planning and development of the new UAA hockey arena. Read about it here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

New Athletic Director at Mercyhurst.

USCHO reports that Mercyhurst has promoted former associate athletic director Craig Barnett to the head athletic director position.

“We are very pleased that (Barnett) has agreed to lead the athletic department at Mercyhurst. He brings a love of the institution and a genuine commitment to the overall welfare of student-athletes. We expect great things with Craig at the helm,” notes Mercyhurst College president Dr. Thomas Gamble.

Barnett replaces Pete Russo, who, on June 22nd, announced his retirement after 17 years as athletic director at Mercyhurst. Russo will leave his helm on the 31st of August.

The Oakville, Ontario native Barnett spent two years at Mercyhurst (1991-’93) as an assistant hockey coach and a director at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Following his work at Mercyhurst, Barnett then worked at Kent State, where he received his master’s degree in sports administration and was an assistant hockey coach.

Barnett moved on to the head coaching position at Findlay in 1995, propelling that program from the club ranks to NCAA D-III (and later D-I) in an eight year span.

Barnett would then take the AD position at D-III Becker College before landing back at Murcyhurst as the associate director of athletics in December of 2006.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

How It’s Made: Hockey Stuff.

Or, it’s the off-season and it’s a slow day on the news wires. :-)

For what it’s worth, there’s this great Canadian-produced program on both the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel entitled “How It’s Made.” Naturally, the program analyzes, well, how things are, in fact, “made.” Goalie helmets were one of their subjects during an episode this morning, and although I couldn’t find that particular segment, I was able to find some other hockey-related segments produced for the U.S. version of the same show.

How It’s Made: Hockey Pucks
How It’s Made: Hockey Gloves

College Hockey Blogflash (July 27)

Think of it as a mini-mini blog round up. At least, that’s how I’ll think of it.

Two WCHA notes here...

In the second part of their ten part series, the WCHA blog has named its ninth-best WCHA city: Grand Forks, North Dakota. Read about it here.

Multiple blogs are reporting that DU has received a last minute 2007-‘08 commitment from Anthony Maiani. The 18-year-old, Shelby Township, Michigan native Maiani tallied 16 goals and 32 assists last season with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. Read about it at the Let’s Go DU Blog.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Pair of Midwestern College Hockey Musings...

First, according to The Blog That Yost Built, one Notre Dame home game against Michigan this season will be played at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Packer487” identifies some of the positives and negatives for Notre Dame, saying that,

“…(the game is) likely a way to get some more exposure in the southeast Michigan market. There aren’t a lot of hockey players that come out of Indiana, so the more they can be seen by kids in the hockey hotbed of Metro Detroit, the better for them.”

As for the big negative,

“…they’re giving up a home game – which would’ve been a sellout – against a good hockey team in Michigan in favor of playing what will essentially amount to another road game in the series. If I were a Notre Dame fan, I wouldn’t be very happy about the school voluntarily giving up their only home date against Michigan in favor of playing the game an hour from the Michigan campus.”

The game at the Palace of Auburn Hills will take place on January 19th and will be the first time Notre Dame has played at the Palace since February of 1996.

Second, Chris at Western College Hockey and Brian Cook at MGoBlog report that, according to Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman, 10 to 15 college hockey games featuring Big Ten Conference-member teams will be broadcast on the upstart Big Ten Network this season.

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A Changing of the Guard at Rensselaer, Colorado College.

USCHO reports that RPI athletic director Ken Ralph will be stepping down from his position at RPI in order to take control of the athletic director position at Colorado College. The change is effective on August 16th of this year.

“Athletics at RPI is entering a phase of unprecedented growth and success due to increased support at the administrative level. I am confident that our students and staff will carry on in a way that will continue to show Rensselaer at its best. I will always be proud of my association with Rensselaer and the people who make it such a special place,” noted Ralph in an outgoing statement.

Longtime sports information director Kevin Beattie will take control of RPI’s AD position on an interim basis while a search committee, headed by Rensselaer Union director and RPI alumni Rick Hartt, looks for a full time replacement.

The athletic department at RPI is comprised of a mixture of D-III and D-I programs, involving almost 600 students in 26 varsity and junior varsity sports teams.

Ralph was named athletic director at RPI on May 30th, 2002.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

College Hockey Blog Mini Round-Up (July 24th)

It’s just like the regular round-up, but slightly smaller!

Starting off in St. Cloud, Minnesota...

● At his blog, Kevin Allenspach reports that St. Cloud State has picked up a commitment from 17-year-old Bryce Ravndalen. The 5-foot-6 156 pound high schooler will likely spend a year in the USHL after his high school graduation and join the Huskies for the 2009-’10 season. Ravndalen, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in his sophomore season, was an all-Minnesota high school honorable mention last season. Ravndalen reportedly turned down a scholarship with North Dakota to play for the Huskies.

Staying in the state of Minnesota, but less to do with college hockey…

● The Minnesota-Duluth-based Runnin’ with the Dogs blog learns the shocking truth in regard to where in the vast internets RWD blog viewers are stumbling in from. The truth may shock… umm… somebody! Or, you might just get a chuckle out of it (like I did). Or both.

Back to hockey, let’s take a quick look at WCH

Chris reports that Alaska will likely hire John Rose, a former Mercyhurst assistant, as an assistant to incoming head coach Doc DelCastillo. Rose replaces Alaska head coaching job finalist Wade Klippenstein, who left Fairbanks to coach the WHL’s Prince George Cougars.
UPDATE: Rose to Fairbanks is official.

● In addition, Chris at WCH discounted rumors concerning the alleged ineligibility of some Minnesota St.-Mankato players.

● The University of New Hampshire Men’s Hockey Blog sends its congratulations to potential Wildcat recruit Mark Goggin’s selection to the US Under-18 Select Team. That particular US Under-18 team will make the trip to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Ice Hockey Tournament taking place from August 14th to the 18th in Piestany, Slovakia and Hodonin, Czech Republic.

● Representing the North Dakota camp, Goon’s World’s “Sioux 7” analyzes possible college hockey rule changes.

● has a great post on Northern Michigan’s home barn, the Berry Events Center. The 4,300-seat arena in Marquette, Michigan is entering its ninth year of service for the Wildcats, and has been the subject of many positive and negative reviews from college hockey fans.

Staying in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the brand-new WCHA blog, in the first post of a ten part series, reveals its 10th favorite WCHA city: Houghton, Michigan. It looks as though Houghton received high marks for its uniqueness, but low marks in regard to its distance from other WCHA cities.

A quick follow up in regard to Let’s go DU’s coverage of the Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament…

● Let’s Go DU reports that after losing to the University of Michigan 60’s, the 60+ year-old “Denver Pioneers,” a team comprised of Denver hockey alumni, defeated the Canterbury Ghosts 7-2 on the strength of a Cliff Koroll hat trick to claim second place in the Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament. Read about it here.

Also, for what its worth, Let’s Go DU has visual evidence that a lucky DU fan apparently weaseled into the Anaheim locker room and sipped Lord Stanley’s sweet nectar just after the Ducks clinched the Cup against Ottawa.

● Finally, Donald at his Alaska-Anchorage blog looks into the future. The Future, A. Allen? That’s right, faithful blog reader. The future. All the way into the year 2036.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Some Blog Housekeeping (& Other Stuff).

Hey everybody.

As some of you might know from the earlier post from today, I was doing some minor housekeeping stuff with the blog this morning. Basically, I added a bunch of RSS feeds and whatnot to the right-side link-bar, and did some minor re-organization with the blog links. Check it out, critique it, and please tell me if you see something you don’t like.

Also, I’m looking for some good (junior through professional level) hockey blogs to post in a separate category on the linkbar, along with any other good non-hockey sport blogs.

And of course, if you know of any other good college hockey blogs that I haven’t found yet, notify me.

Finally, I decided to utilize one of Blogger’s new page elements. Basically, I posted a fairly vanilla poll on the link bar. I think it’s cool, at least.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Quinnipiac's Pecknold Signs Extension.

CHN reports that Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold has signed a contract extension through the 2011-‘12 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“I am very pleased that Rand Pecknold will continue to serve as our head men's ice hockey coach. (Pecknold) continues to elevate our program within ECAC Hockey and the Division I ranks. I am very confident that our men’s ice hockey program will maintain its continued success within the ECAC, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, and in the classroom in the coming years,” noted Quinnipiac’s Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald

Last season, Pecknold’s Bobcats pulled together their 11th straight winning season, going 21-14-5 – a season which included 18 weeks in the national rankings and a two-game series sweep of #18 Cornell at Lynah Rink. The Bobcats, however, were defeated in the ECACHL tournament finals by #5 Clarkson and failed to make the NCAA tournament.

“I’m extremely appreciative of the commitment displayed once again by Quinnipiac University and its senior administrators to myself, my family and our men's ice hockey program,” noted Pecknold.

Pecknold, who is entering his 14th season at Quinnipiac, helped guide his Bobcats through the rigors of a Division II to Division I transition, and did so while amassing an impressive winning record. In 13 seasons, Pecknold, the winningest hockey coach in the program’s history, amassed a record of 243-150-38 (194-108-30 at the D-I level, 141-58-26 in conference play), along with three conference titles (1998-‘99 through 2000-‘01) and one NCAA tournament appearance (2001-‘02).

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

College Hockey Blog Round-Up (July 19th)

Sorry for the recent lag in posts, as I have been feeling quite sickly as of late. Still not feeling particularly great, but not as awful as I was feeling, say, a week ago. Anyway, two things which I must turn your attention towards, then the whole round-up.

First, a nice charity effort…

• Former Union hockey players have organized an interesting way to raise funds towards autism awareness – rollerblading from Florida to Boston. “Rolling for Autism,” as it is being called, is the brainchild of former Union hockey players Dan Tatar, Sean Streich, Jason Ortolano, and Carson Stang, along with former Union women’s captain Kelly Lannan (Tatar’s brother, Ben, suffers with the affliction).

According to the posted schedule on their website, they’ve trekked all the way into Hendersonville, North Carolina, and will hit the Virginia border tomorrow. Well done, I say. Anyway, if you want to help their cause by donation, or just want to learn more about the trip, click here.

Second, once again, I’d like to mention the upstart

• The folks at have gotten off to a nice start with their database, but still need your help. First, if you were a former college hockey player at the ACHA, CIS, NCAA, or NJCAA levels, and would like to insert yourself into their ever-expanding database of former players, click here.

Also, according to their website, is looking for game-night reporters at as many ACHA and NCAA sites as possible, as they are seriously looking towards expanding their website beyond the database. If you are interested, see their front page (which can be accessed here).

Now that we’ve gotten through that, Shall we hit the blog round-up? Sure, why not?

You know, we never talk about the UNH blog enough in these round-ups, so let’s start in Wildcat country. Or, is it the Wildcat Nation…?

• Aside from trying to mimic a certain Comedy Central personality while reporting on former ‘Cat sightings, The UNH Hockey Blog is keeping its finger on the pulse of the developmental camp world. They are reporting that New Hampshire’s Kevin Regan (Bruins), Mike Radja (Capitals), Phil DeSimone (Capitals), James van Riemsdyk (Flyers), Brian Foster (Panthers), Joe Charlebois (Blackhawks), Peter LeBlanc (Blackhawks), and Craig Switzer (Preds) have arrived at their respective camps, with Switzer and van Riemsdyk receiving some quite positive press.

• Continuing on with the theme of blogs that I haven’t included in a round-up as of late and development camp trips, the Let’s Go Mavs Blog (Mankato, mind you) is reporting that Minnesota State-Mankato’s Jon Kalinski will attend Flyers camp along with other Minnesota-based collegiate products Andreas Nodl (SCSU), Ryan Potulny (Minn. alum.), and R.J. Anderson (Minn.).

• Working with the same theme here, the The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog reports that Boston U. junior winger Brandon Yip has completed a week at the Avs development camp. Meanwhile, defenseman Tom Morrow was with Buffalo’s camp, and future Terrier Andrew Glass has arrived at Capitals camp. The young Glass was receiving particularly positive reviews, as another blogger reports that, “(Glass) looks anything but out of place against young world-class competition.”

• Now, for something completely different. According to the RPI hockey blog, RPI hockey coach Seth Appert has been chosen to serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete in the Ivan Hlinka Under-18 Memorial Hockey Tournament. The tournament will take place from August 14th to the 18th in Piestany, Slovakia and Hodonin, Czech Republic.

• There is a touch of despair at the Michigan Tech camp today, as the Tech Hockey Blog reports that coveted recruit Casey Pierro-Zabotel will continue play at the junior hockey level until at least December, mainly due to his not reaching the NCAA’s initial eligibility academic standards.

• Chris at the downright great Western College Hockey blog reports that St. Cloud State has lost 35-year-old assistant Fred Harbinson to the Penticton Valley First Vees of the BCHL. Harbinson will take over as Penticton’s new VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.

• Runnin’ With the Dogs, a Minnesota-Duluth-related blog, is getting all nostalgic and whatnot, as they look back that their ten best blog postings since the blog’s inception.

A pair of state of Michigan-related college hockey notes, all courtesy of the new-look MiCHO.

Michigan’s senior captain Kevin Porter will remain a Wolverine and not sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, despite many rumors that were stating otherwise (most of which were generated after former teammates Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano left for the pros).

Western Michigan picked up a 2008-2009 recruit in Ian Slater. The 19-year-old Florida-native tallied 15 goals and 33 points last season at forward with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

• According to the Tech Still Sucks blog, Northern Michigan has a new assistant coach. Rob Facca, a former volunteer assistant at Nebraska-Omaha, will join the Wildcat coaching staff for the 2007-’08 season

Now normally, there’s always some degree of hatred and disagreement between those affiliated with the UAA Seawolves and the Alaska Nanooks, however it looks as though fans of both teams have found common ground. Well, in regard to scheduling, at least.

• According to the Alaska Nanooks hockey blog, both schools have agreed to play in each other’s school-sponsored tournaments on consecutive weekends along with two other schools. Eric Carlson of the Nanook blog notes that, “This is a great solution to a problem that presented itself when the NCAA decided to eliminate new exempt tournaments. The games in Alaska against Alaska schools are still exempt, so the tournament games will remain exempt for the visiting teams.”

Donald at the UAA Fan Blog agrees, noting that, “Let’s face it, if go to an early game at the Nye Tournament the only people you’ll see are a few hardcore locals and the traveling fans. Come watch Robert Morris vs. Wayne State this season and the joint will be empty. Do you think with UAF playing “Joe Blow U.” at the Sully will be empty? Nope.”

Back to the Nanook Hockey blog momentarily, as Eric Carlson reports that Fairbanks native Hunter Bishop has committed to Ohio State for 2008. Bishop, 20, played four games with North Dakota last season, tallying one assist.

• And speaking of Donald’s blog, Donald’s been keeping himself busy ever since Alaska’s Governor Palin denied start-up funds to Alaska-Anchorage’s new arena. However, his topics have ranged widely from a letter to incoming recruits, to satellite images of WCHA rinks, to a recently-written letter to the Anchorage Daily News regarding the arena issue. In Donald’s letter to incoming UAA recruits, Donald, in regard to Alaska’s winter darkness, notes that,

“Deep in the winter, it gets dark here early. Not 5pm dark. Not even 4pm dark. It’s like 3:42pm dark at its worst. It’s different, but it’s not as big of a negative as you might expect. The period of those dark days only last about six weeks. The daylight is longer here from March through October in the lower 48. And in the middle of summer it is exactly opposite from the depths of a dark winter. It’s a bit of a tradeoff that most people who live here have learned to appreciate....”

Also, UAA recently added incoming recruit Sean Wilkes to its roster for 2007-’08. In 55 games, Sean tallied 12 goals and seven assists for the USHL’s Tri-Cities Storm and was a Wisconsin Mr. Hockey finalist in 2005.

Finally, The Let’s Go DU blog reports that even old-timer Denver Pioneers can still find ways to kick competing hiney on the ice.

• Courtesy of D.J. Powers @ Hockey’s Future, Let’s Go DU reports that at the ever-prestigious Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament in Santa Rosa, California, the “Denver Pioneers” (comprised of former DU hockey players ranging from ages 60 to 64[!]) hopelessly destroyed the Central Mass. Rusty Blades 9-1. Ron Grahame, the current AD’s assistant at DU, was reportedly near-perfection in-net, however no statistics were posted. The 60-year-old Pioneers will continue tournament play taking on University of Michigan 60’s (a team which includes current U of M head coach Red Berenson.)

UPDATE: the DU alums dropped their game against the Michigan alums :23 seconds into a 3-on-3 overtime period, 4-3.

Well, I’m ready for a triple-dose of nighttime Robitussin and a nap. Good night, out there.

Edit: Somewhat unrelated to the posting above, and perhaps this falls into the “other stuff” category, but check out Wikipedia’s featured article for today. You might get a kick (or a punch) out of it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lowell to Keep MacDonald as Head Coach Despite Drunken Driving Charges.

Blaise MacDonald will continue to coach the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks after apologizing to the school and community after being caught for driving under the influence of alcohol, CHN reports.

“It saddens me to know this act goes against the very message of responsible behavior that I have strived so hard to instill in my student athletes,” notes MacDonald after a recent court hearing.

MacDonald was picked up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts on May 29, where he was reportedly found asleep at the wheel of his automobile. MacDonald allegedly failed all sobriety tests, and blew two times the legal Massachusetts BAC limit of 0.08 in a pair of breathalyser tests.

For his actions, MacDonald’s driving license was suspended for 45 days, and in addition, MacDonald must complete an alcohol-treatment program.

His punishment, however, extended beyond Massachusetts law, as MacDonald was immediately given an indefinite suspended without pay from his head hockey coaching job at UMass-Lowell. This suspension, however, will be reportedly dropped next week, primarily after MacDonald’s submitted apology, his team’s GPA, and, among many other things, his years of community service were analyzed by school officials.

“Its not a secret on campus that driving after drinking is an issue I feel fairly strongly about. In our environment example is everything,” notes UML AD Dana Skinner, who has reportedly known MacDonald for 18 years.

According to MacDonald, the Riverhawk coach will take part in an on-campus alcohol-education program and will make a monetary donation to an on-campus student athlete alcohol education program.

Link: UML AD Dana Skinners released statement regarding the issue.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A New College Hockey Directory Worth Mentioning...

I have just received an e-mail directing me towards, well, a directory. A new directory. A new directory of college hockey players...

The folks at are doing their darndest to pull together a directory of past and present hockey players that have played some amount of competitive college hockey at the ACHA, CIS, NCAA, and the NJCAA levels.

As their mission statement says, “The Directory’s mission is to become the largest, most inclusive directory of active and former college hockey players on the Internet.” Ambitious, no?

Right now, the site isn’t completely open, as they are trying to amass player submissions. However, if you know of somebody that has played college hockey at any of the above-mentioned levels, please help out these fine folks and direct them towards this directory so they can submit their information.

Currently, they’re aiming to open their directory to the public by the first of August. Certainly check them out. Its a pretty cool concept.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, illness in general stinks. College Hockey Blog Round-up on Wednesday-ish.

Edit: Thursday. I'm way too ill right now.

Friday, July 13, 2007

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Committee to Remove RPI Bonus from Selection Criteria.

CHN reports that The NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has decided to remove the RPI bonus from the NCAA tournament selection criteria. The bonus, which had been in place for two seasons, was tweaked before the start of last season, and was the subject for ridicule by some in the college hockey world.

“The committee felt that the bonus points were not acting in the manner that we had hoped when we put them in. There were concerns as to what was designated as a neutral site and what was not. They hoped some of the more prominent programs would go on the road to play at other sites, and that was not happening,” notes committee member and Minnesota AD Joel Maturi.

The RPI bonus was supposed to give additional points to team RPI’s after a team amassed a “good win,” with certain victories at certain places generating more bonus points than other victories at other places. The system was amended last season, however, only allowing points to teams picking up wins on the road or at a neutral site.

Other decisions were made at the most recent meeting as well. According to the CHN, these decisions were…

* Preference will continue to be given to future Frozen Four site to NHL-sized ice sheets in neutral locations.

* The committee will accept bids for the West and Midwest regional sites for 2010-11 beginning this fall with a decision in the summer of 2008. In the fall of 2008, the committee will bid out all four regions for 2012 and 2013, with awards made in the summer of 2009. In the fall of 2009, bids will be sent for the Frozen Four in 2013, 2014 and 2015 with awards made in the summer of 2010.

* Clarified neutral officiating crews rules. The committee will require that the video replay official also be neutral and that if necessary, mixed crews (for example, a referee from one conference and assistant referees from a different conference) are allowed. None of the referees will be from either of the conferences of participating teams.

* Will require the six committee members from each of the six conferences to provide a detailed analysis of the selection process and answer questions at the conference meetings at the American Hockey Coaches Association convention, prior to the committee’s meeting with all the coaches.

* Elected Joel Maturi, athletics director at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, chair for 2007-08 and recommended Steve Cady, senior associate athletics director at the Miami University (Ohio) to be chair in 2008-09.

Goligoski Gone.

CHN reports that Minnesota defenseman Alex Goligoski has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

“Although we will miss him, we are extremely happy for Alex,” notes Minnesota head coach Don Lucia.

Goligoski was a 2006-07 All-American, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and an All-WCHA First Team selection on the strength of nine goals, 30 assists, and 39 points in 44 games. In addition, last season, Goligoski was tied for first in the WCHA for defenseman points-per-game (0.89).

In 118 games, Goligoski tallied 25 goals, 73 assists, and 98 points.

Goligoski was the 61st overall pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Now Departing...

A quick update today regarding four new departures, all (except for one) courtesy of INCH.

North Dakota's Brian Lee has decided to sign with the Ottawa Senators. Lee, who totaled six goals and 53 points last season with the Sioux, was a first round draft pick for the Sens' in 2005.

Also, courtesy of the Lansing State Journal, Michigan State's Jim McKenzie has decided to go pro, joining North Dakota's Brian Lee with the Ottawa Senators. McKenzie notes that,

"(going pro) is what I've worked for my entire life - why I've had all the (shoulder) surgeries - to get this opportunity. No question, the financial situation was part of it. But this decision will help me try to reach my final goal, which is the NHL."

McKenzie, a native of Woodbury, MN, tallied 34 goals, 42 assists and 76 points in three seasons with Sparty.

Northern Michigan forward Mike Santorelli has signed a three year deal with the Nashville Predators potentially worth $1.1 million. Santorelli was a West second-team All-American last season, amassing 30 goals and 17 assists.

And as previously expected, Boston College's Cory Schneider will depart for the Vancouver Canucks. As Schneider notes in a BC press release,

"I've truly enjoyed each of my three seasons at BC and want to thank Coach York, his staff and the fans for everything they have done. It has been my goal to move on to the next phase of my career and I'm excited to now be a part of the Vancouver Canucks organization."

Schneider amassed a GAA of 2.053, 15 shutouts, and a save percentage of 0.923 in three seasons with the Eagles.

Edit: And before I forget (again), the NCAA Men's and Woman's Ice Hockey Rules Committee has recommended some changes, including the reduction (possibly elimination) of tie games. Read it here courtesy of

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