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.

● NMUHockey.net 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.

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