Tag:College Hockey
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:09 pm

NCAA roundtable: Communication between NHL, NCAA

By Brian Stubits

All throughout the college hockey season, CBS Sports Network (company plug: Check your local listings!) will have the college game covered. This upcoming Friday the network will have the Boston College-Notre Dame battle. Here is the season schedule (.pdf file).

The coverage will also include a college hockey roundtable, centering on issues within not only the college game, but how it relates to the NHL. In the most recent edition, the panelists discussed the communication between the NHL and NCAA.

Hosted by Adam Zucker, the members of the panel are Boston University coach Jack Parker, University of Denver coach George Gwozdecky, former Notre Dame coach and current VP of Maple Leafs operations Dave Poulin and Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi.

College hockey is often underappreciated in its role of developing players for the NHL. The junior leagues like the OHL and WHL seem to get a lot of the focus, but the NCAA is a big part of player development, too. So the communication between the two has to be clear.

The idea of the NHL learning from the NCAA is also broached when Gwozdecky brings up the NHL's decision to remove the two-line pass, something that hadn't existed in college.

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 1:58 pm

The college hockey super-conference has arrived

By: Adam Gretz

In Friday's Daily Skate we passed along the news that a college hockey super-conference could be in the works involving six of the top programs in the country: North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, Colorado College, Denver, Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska-Omaha. The athletic directors from the six schools released a joint statement on Saturday officially announcing the new league which will begin play during the 2013-14 season.

Below is the announcement:
We are pleased to announce that six top NCAA Division I ice hockey programs will become founding members of a newly formed hockey conference, which will begin competition for the 2013-14 season. The six institutions are Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota.
We understand and appreciate the widespread interest in developments relating to the formation of the new hockey conference. More information will be provided about the initiatives that have been undertaken, as well as the next steps involved, at a news conference in Colorado Springs this Wednesday, July 13. Our programs look forward to continued associations with our current leagues, the WCHA and CCHA, for the next two seasons.
Additional information about Wednesday’s news conference will be forthcoming in the next few days. There will be no further comment from athletic directors, coaches or other officials from any of the institutions until Wednesday’s news conference.
The new league, along with the formation of the hockey version of the Big Ten, certainly has its share of critics and concerns for the long-term well being of college hockey. In the short-term, it leaves the remaining teams in the WCHA and CCHA (the conferences the six aforementioned teams have left) hanging in limbo. A five-team conference (which they are set to become once the dust settles) doesn't get an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament (six is the requirement) which has led to speculation that the two conferences could merge to form a massive 10-team league, which would essentially be a quantity over quality deal. 

The CCHA already had a conference call on Friday morning to discuss meeting with the WCHA according to the Fairbanks Daily News.

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Category: NHL
Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 9:58 am

Daily Skate: NHL, KHL sign agreement

By: Adam Gretz

NHL, KHL SIGN PLAYER MOVEMENT AGREEMENT: On Thursday, the two biggest hockey leagues in the world signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of regulating player movement between the two leagues. According to an NHL release, the agreement is intended to respect the contracts of both leagues and has a list of procedures that should avoid conflict regarding the movement of players between the two leagues. The deal will be effective until June 30, 2012.

COMMODORE 64: If you're a child of the '80s, you might understand the reference, but Mike Commodore, who recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings, is considering the possibility of maybe wearing No. 64 this upcoming season. Commodore 64. Get it?! Admit it, you would buy that jersey. Puck Daddy has all of the details.

CONNER LANDS IN DETROIT: In other, less comical Red Wings news, the club added some depth to its system Thursday by signing former Dallas Star and Pittsburgh Penguin forward Chris Conner to a one-year, two-way contract. Ansar Khan has the story over at Mlive.com. The speedy Conner scored seven goals in 69 games with the Penguins last season, and for his career has 16 goals in 139 games between Dallas and Pittsburgh.

VARLAMOV ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOR COLORADO: The Colorado Avalanche gave up a first-round draft pick in 2012 (a pick that could be very high in the draft) to acquire goaltender Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals last week. The 23-year-old netminder had his first meeting with the Denver media Thursday. During said meeting, he made it known that it was always his childhood dream to play for the Avalanche, in large part because his favorite player, Patrick Roy, once played for the team. You can watch the video of his entire press conference at the Avalanche website.

POTENTIAL COLLEGE HOCKEY SUPER LEAGUE: The Duluth News Tribune reported Thursday that plans to unveil a college hockey super-league will be announced in Colorado Springs next Wednesday. The league would include Western Collegiate Hockey League teams Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado College, as well as Miami (Ohio) of the Central Collegiate Hockey League. Bruce Ciskie helps to break down what it all means.

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