Monday, August 06, 2007

College Hockey Blog Mini Round-Up (August 6th)

Well, some personal notes. One, I friggin’ hate my ISP. But with that said, who doesn’t? Two, it’s my berfday today. I will celebrate my 19th trip around the sun by sleeping for approximately 22 consecutive hours.

Enough with my vast personal problems. With unparalleled reporting accuracy (unless I miss, forget, or typo the heck out of something), it’s time to look at the crazy universe that is the College Hockey Blogosphere. A slightly slow week, but there’s still some notable stuff.

And speaking of this crazy universe, and the sun, and those other planets and whatnot, let’s start in Anchorage, as one blogger looks to the heavens to pass the time

Donald at the Alaska-Anchorage Fan Blog takes a look at the five Seawolf seniors for the upcoming season. In regard to what these seniors will need to do to achieve success in 2007-’08, Donald notes,

“So what do these 5 guys need to contribute this season to help the team succeed? The first and most obvious is leadership. They need to set a good example to the underclassmen both on and off the ice. They should be fostering a great attitude among the team. This is a pretty good group in terms of that sort of leadership…. If they can each slough off whatever distractions arise (yes, yes... other than homework), and enjoy playing their last year in a Seawolf sweater, then it will be a season well spent.”

Meanwile, up the road in Fairbanks, Eric Carlson at the Alaska hockey blog reports two new commitments. Tim Revell, a 19-year-old Kingston, Ontario native, is one of those newly-committed kids for the 2008 season. Revell played for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OPJAHL last season, picking up 38 goals, 34 assists, and 72 points. The other young lad (born in ’90), Bob Marks, played for the Russell Stover Major Midget team out of Overland Park, Kansas, where he amassed 30 goals, 47 assists, and 62 points.

Now moving further to the east, we take a look at the west. Whaa?!

The WCHA blog, in the third part of its ten part series, reveals Mankato, Minnesota as its eighth-favorite WCHA city. Mankato, naturally home to the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks, received high scores for its apparent plentiful bars, but low scores for the apparent lack of stuff to do within the city. With that said however, those low marks are apparently partially negated with Minneapolis-St.Paul being not too far away.

(Apparently) Staying in Minnesota, we check in with a blog that’s also meandering towards some direction.

Something that I prolly should have posted a while back, the Minnesota-Duluth-based Runnin’ With The Dogs takes a look at the recent UMD hockey television broadcast situation. According to RWD, “The WDIO-TV station manager, Dave Poirer, says “Advertisers aren’t interested in supporting UMD hockey broadcasts.”’ Thus, the lack of advertising dollars warranted the removal of UMD hockey broadcasts from that particular network’s airwaves. Anyway, it’s an interesting little read.

Wandering into Michigan...

The Blog that Yost Built reports that Michigan’s picked up a verbal commitment in Kevin Lynch for the 2009 season. Lynch, a forward, will play with the NTDP this season, and is reportedly “a very nice two-way center” according to WCH. Lynch reportedly passed up playing for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to play for the Wolverines.

And speaking of the NTDP...

Mike McMahon, making his triumphant return from... um... a place, at his Merrimack Warrior Rink Rat Blog reports that Former Merrimack goaltender Joe Exter will take over as the goaltending coach for the U.S. NTDP.

In addition, Mike has a nice little write-up on the incoming Andrew Letellier. Letellier played for the Portland Junior Pirates of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League last season. In regard to Letellier’s work at the junior level, McMahon notes that,
“(Letellier) showed some touch with the Pirates notching 58 points in 39 games. He seems to be a balanced offensive player who isn’t just a passer or a shooter. Some other writers who I have talked to who are more familiar with (the AJHL) than myself say that he is a very smart player, who is rarely out of position.”

And speaking of the NTDP (again), we close our mini round-up by spotlighting four products of the program...

● The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog reports that four Boston Terriers made the trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the U.S. Junior National Team evaluation camp. Those four Terriers, sophomores Brian Strait and Luke Popko and freshmen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colin Wilson, are among 45 other players that will be competing in intra-squad contests as well as contests against teams from Sweden and Finland.

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