Friday, August 17, 2007

College Hockey Blogflash (August 17)

Happy Friday, folks.

● The bullets, as you can see, are back from a vacation.

● CHN reports that Aaron Broten and John MacInnes will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2007. Broten played two years for Minnesota before going pro, in which he won WCHA Freshman of the Year in 1979-80, and recorded a still-standing Gopher record for most points in 1980-81 (47g-59a-106pts). John MacInnes coached at Michigan Tech from 1956-82, where he went 555-295-39 and won three national championships. Read the CHN article here.

● The US Under-18 Team playing in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament picked up their first tournament victory yesterday, beating Slovakia 5-3. Their two previous tournament losses were to Russia and Finland, with both games finishing with 5-3 scores. Their final tournament contest will take place on Saturday, as they will take on the Czech Republic in a 5th place game. Multiple blogs are covering the action, including, among others, the UNH Men’s Hockey Blog and the WCHA blog, all of which have unique coverage.

Alaska picked up two new commitments -- both of whom are from Alberta, and both of whom played for the same team last season in the same league (the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s Red Deer Optimist Rebels). One of the new commitments is from Erik Slemp, a 5-foot-10, 183 pound 17-year-old forward who tallied 18 goals, 10 assists, and 28 points last season. The other, Kaare Odegard, is a 5-foot-10, 166 pound 16-year-old defenseman who tallied three goals, 12 assists, and 15 points last season. Read about it here.

● Now for something that I completely missed a while back, but is worth noting nonetheless. Recently, at his Robert Morris blog, Andrew Chiappazzi and the sport of hockey were the targets of a minor backlash. Mainly, one reader of the Colonials Corner blog thought hockey was illegitimate and irrelevant in comparison to the basketball and football programs that RMU currently puts forth.

So, in response, Andrew has posted a nice little explanation regarding why hockey is important to the greater good of the RMU athletic program, and why hockey should be the subject of praise, not mockery. As an outsider looking in, it’s a simple, dirty, and very correct explanation, in my opinion, and it gives some insight to the smaller-size CHA program.

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