College Hockey

When we left Alaska Anchorage on their seemingly never-ending cycle of cutting-their-program/desperately-raising-money-to-save-the-program, the Seawolves had just announced that they had raised funds to re-instate the program for the 2022-2023 season, after the school had shut down the program. Among the many steps to get the Seawolves back on the ice in 2022-2023 was finding a
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USA Hockey announced on Thursday their roster for the upcoming Women’s World U18 Championships, which will be held in Sweden from January 8-15. The Americans are technically still the defending champs of the event—women’s hockey’s equivalent to the men’s World Juniors—after their overtime victory over Canada in the 2020 tournament. Last year’s tournament was not
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Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota issued a press release on Friday that the school will host a groundbreaking ceremony on October 5th for a new ice arena, at which point they will also formally announce the creation of a new men’s Division I college hockey program. It had been previously reported this summer
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Season preview: St. Cloud State Huskies 2020-21 record: 20-11, 15-9 NCHC Projected 2021-22 NCHC finish: First, as voted on by the media in the preseason poll Key losses: Will Hammer, Jared Cockrell Key returns: Veeti Miettinen, Kevin Fitzgerald, Sam Hentges, Nolan Walker, Easton Brodzinski, Zach Okabe, Micah Miller, Luke Jaycox, Jami Krannila, Seamus Donohue, Nick
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The WCHA—and for the record, it’s not the ‘women’s WCHA’ any more than it is the ‘men’s NCHC’ now that the WCHA men’s league is officially dissolved—held their annual preseason media day teleconference on Wednesday afternoon with the commissioner and each of the league’s eight teams talking about the upcoming season and taking questions from
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With the men’s college hockey season just a few weeks away, the NCHC has begin their preseason awards. On Tuesday, the league announced their preseason all-league team. Six of the league’s eight teams were represented on the seven-man squad, with last year’s national runner-up St. Cloud State the only team to place two players on
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The WCHA announced the results of their preseason coaches poll, and in no real surprise, defending national champions Wisconsin are the favorites to win the league according to the coaches. The Badgers picked up seven of eight first place votes(Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team), with Ohio State picking up the
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Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News is reporting that Michigan sophomore defenseman, and number one overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, Owen Power will return to Michigan for his sophomore season, rather than signing with the Buffalo Sabres. Power had indicated throughout the draft process this summer that he was leaning towards a return
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Sasha Pastujov, the leading scorer off of last year’s NTDP U18 team, was slated to play for Notre Dame for this season. But after being selected in the third round of this summer’s NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks, Pastujov has chosen to sign with the Ducks, ending his collegiate eligibility. Because he was drafted
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Western Michigan announced on Tuesday that head coach Andy Murray was resigning after 10 years in Kalamazoo. Assistant Pat Ferschweiler will take over as the program’s new head coach. Murray came to Western Michigan in 2011 after a long stint as an NHL head coach with the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues. That
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Jack Peart Defenseman, Grand Rapids(MN) HS/Fargo Force(USHL) 5’11” 186 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 27th among North American Skaters The Narrative Jack Peart was this year’s Minnesota Mr. Hockey winner, given to the state’s top senior high school hockey player. But as is so often the case with the award, which values overall talent
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Tristan Broz Left Wing, Fargo Force(USHL) 6’0” 178 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 28th among North American Skaters The Narrative Tristan Broz is a player that has rather quietly inched his way up the draft rankings throughout this past season. He moved from a projected mid-round pick to start the year to being ranked
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The Player Joe Palodichuk Hill-Murray School(MN)/Bismarck Bobcats(NAHL) 5’11” 154 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 109th among North American Skaters The Narrative Joe Palodichuk was one of the top players in Minnesota high school hockey this past season, finishing as a finalist for the state’s Mr. Hockey award. He was a standout defenseman Hill-Murray, one
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Scott Morrow Defenseman, Shattuck-St. Mary’s 6’2” 195 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 39th among North American Skaters The Narrative It wasn’t that long ago that you could safely pencil in the top player or two from the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep team into the first round of the NHL Draft every year. Things have changed
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The Player Jacob Napier Northstar Christian Academy U18 6’2” 187 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 195th among North American skaters The Narrative In a draft that is full of what are considered modern NHL defensemen—smaller waterbug types with excellent offensive skills and perhaps still developing defensively—Jacob Napier is a throwback; closer to type of
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The Player Henry Nelson Maple Grove(MN) High School 6’1” 180 lbs. Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 96th among North American skaters The Narrative Henry Nelson is a product of Maple Grove High School in Minnesota, and grew up in the Maple Grove youth hockey system as part of a group that is at least in
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