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 collegehockey.info.

• The folks at collegehockey.info 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, collegehockey.info 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.

1 comment:

Erik Lugris said...

Well Done.

Erik Lugris, GM
UCF ICE HOCKEY

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