Colorado College hires former Clarkson hockey operations director

Former Clarkson director of hockey operations Logan Norris was hired for the same role at Colorado College recently.

Norris served as hockey operations director for the Golden Knights men’s hockey team since October 2016. He was the team’s video coordinator for the three seasons prior.

“We are excited that Logan has agreed to join our program,” CC coach Mike Haviland said in a media release. “He has the experience and enthusiasm we were looking for in this position.”

Norris will coordinate video operations, travel and practice scheduling for the program. Originally from Massena, N.Y., he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarkson in 2016 and an MBA from the school this May.

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Air Force announces hockey schedule

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The schedule for the upcoming season for Air Force hockey was announced on Tuesday, with an exhibition game against the University of Alberta at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, starting the campaign off.

The Falcons open regular season play at home against Denver on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:05 p.m., followed by the lone game against crosstown rival Colorado College at The Broadmoor World Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Along with DU and CC, the nonconference schedule includes a home series with Bemidji State, Dec. 29-30, and two games in the second annual Ice Vegas Invitational, Jan. 4-5, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Falcons join Connecticut, St. Lawrence and Western Michigan in the two-day tournament.

Air Force is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year and the third time in school history. To do so, AFA recorded its first program win over the nation’s No. 1 team, St. Cloud State.

Every game will be broadcast live in Colorado Springs on Xtra Sports AM 1300.

Tigers in the minors, overseas update

rothstein ccHere is an update on some former Tigers competing in the North American minors or European leagues based on information on the International Hockey Database (ihdb.com). Some players’ contract status may change soon.

Former Tigers captain Sam Rothstein (pictured above) finished his first full pro season with Italy’s Fassa Falcons of the Alps Hockey League with 37 points (26 assists) in 40 games. He recorded five points in eight ECHL games for the Rapid City Rush after his senior season ended.

Forward Scott Wamsganz returned to action in the BeNeLiga (Belgium/The Netherlands) league where he recorded 46 points in 24 games for Chiefs Leuven. He did not play professionally during the 2016-17 season.

Mike Testwuide, who played for the South Korean Olympic team earlier this year, is now the first foreign-born player to compete for all three Korean teams in the Asia League. The Vail forward signed with the Daemyung Killer Whales in June.

Former CC captain Nick Dineen, 29, is entering the final year of a two-year deal with Lillehammer in the Norway league. Now entering his seventh season playing in Europe, the father has 114 points in 116 games for Lillehammer. He had 107 points in 114 Germany 2 league games as well.

Defenseman Cody Lampl signed a two-year deal with Adler Mannheim of the top German league this offseason. The fan favorite played the past three seasons with the Fischtown Penguins before six in the North American minors.

Former Lampl teammate Rylan Schwartz is entering the final seasonof two-year contract with Fischtown. He recorded 25 points in 58 games last season.

Forward Cody Bradley recorded 12 points in 34 games split between leagues in China and Slovakia.

Defenseman Gabe Guentzel recorded 21 points in 52 games during his second season with the Augsberger Panthers.

Forward Alex Krushelnyski recorded 27 points in 4 games for the ECHL Reading Royals and then moved up to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL where he recorded 13 points in 47 games including the 5OT game-winner in the AHL’s longest game.

Defenseman Aaron Harstad is leaving the ECHL for a one-year deal with Aalborg (Denmark).

Forward Hunter Fejes enjoyed a breakout season in the ECHL with 68 points (33 goals) in 73 games split between West Virginia and Orlando.

Blue-liner Teemu Kivihalme (pictured below) recorded 20 points in 44 regular-season games in Finland’s top league. The former Predators draft pick was invited to the Bruins development camp in late June. He is entering the second year of a two-year contract with Karpat.

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Summer linkorama: Slavin, Meiers, Harstad, Walsky, Bachman

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Here is some recent news about past, current and former CC players:

Commit Josiah Slavin was drafted 193rd on Saturday by the Chicago Blackhawks. The forward will serve as captain this season for the USHL’s Lincoln Stars.

Jonny Meiers, 15, of Eagan (Minn.) High School announced earlier Tuesday that he has committed to CC. The well-regarded preps sophomore was third on his team in scoring.

Defenseman Aaron Harstad, formerly of the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, signed to play the 2018-19 season with the Aalborg Pirates in Denmark.

Forward/defenseman Eric Walsky has retired due to concussion concerns.

Goalie Richard Bachman, who recently signed a two-year, two-way deal with Vancouver, is playing for Team USA Down Under this week. He came close to playing in only the second outdoor game ever played in the Southern Hemisphere but the winds of Wellington prevented the game from happening.

Tigers announce 2018-19 hockey schedule

cc vs wmu2The 2018-19 schedule for Colorado College hockey was announced Wednesday with 12 games against the past three NCAA champions due to membership in the always challenging National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

“Once again, we are excited to play the top teams in the country,” CC coach Mike Haviland said in a media release. “To face the last three NCAA champions, Minnesota Duluth, Denver and North Dakota, four times each makes for a tough schedule, but we look forward to the challenge.”

Start times and TV coverage will be announced later.

CC hosts Air Force on the second night of its home-opening weekend with the home-opener against WCHA foe Alabama-Huntsville.

Air Force, which has not announced its schedule, presumably plays Denver on Friday, Oct. 12.  The Chargers play at DU the next night.

The homestand continues with a nonconference series against Hockey East’s New Hampshire Oct. 19-20.

CC opens the season at Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 6 and concludes the nonconference road series on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Tigers open NCHC play against St. Cloud State Nov. 2-3.

December and early January feature six nonconference games with Vermont visiting the Broadmoor World Arena Dec. 7-8.  After that break, there are four nonleague road games with a series at Arizona State Dec. 14-15 followed by road contests at Hockey East members Merrimack on Dec. 31 and Maine Jan. 2.

CC plays eight league series during the second half of the season, beginning with 2016 NCAA champ North Dakota in Grand Forks, Jan. 11-12. UND visits Colorado Springs March 1-2.

The Tigers are coming off a 15-17-5 season with a tie for fifth place in the league standings.

Home games in ALL CAPS.

Oct. 6-7 –  at Alaska-Anchorage

Oct. 12 –  ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

Oct. 13 — AIR FORCE

Oct. 19-20 – NEW HAMPSHIRE

Oct. 26-27 – BYE

Nov. 2-3 – ST. CLOUD STATE (NCHC opener)

Nov. 9-10 – at Minnesota Duluth (2018 NCAA champion)

Nov. 16-17 – MIAMI

Nov. 23-24 — BYE (Thanksgiving weekend)

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 – at Omaha

Dec. 7-8 – VERMONT

Dec. 14-15 –  at Arizona State

HOLIDAY BREAK

Dec. 31 — at Merrimack

Jan. 2 — Maine

Jan. 11-12 — at North Dakota (2016 NCAA champs)

Jan. 18 – DENVER (2017 NCAA champs)

Jan. 19 – at Denver

Jan. 25-26 – at Miami

Feb. 1-2 – MINNESOTA DULUTH

Feb. 8-9 – at St. Cloud State

Feb, 15-16 – BYE

Feb. 22-23 – WESTERN MICHIGAN

March 1-2 — NORTH DAKOTA

March 8 – at Denver

March 9 — DENVER (Senior Night)

March 15-17 — NCHC first-round series

March 22-23 — NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul)

March 29-31 — NCAA regionals (Fargo, Allentown, Pa., Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I.)

April 11-13 — NCAA Frozen Four (Buffalo, N.Y.)

CC hockey schedule coming into focus

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Colorado College vs Wisconsin, Broadmoor World Arena, Nov. 25, 2016

Here is my updated draft of the Colorado College hockey 2018-19 schedule after the WCHA announced its composite schedule on Wednesday.

CC opens the season at Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 6 and concludes the nonconference road series on Sunday, Oct. 7.

The home-opener features a WCHA foe, Alabama-Huntsville, on Oct. 12. The Chargers play at Denver the next night. It is unknown who CC’s foe will be on Oct. 13.

The nonconference road series at Arizona State Dec. 14-15 was confirmed by the independent earlier Wednesday.

The Tigers are coming off a 15-17-5 season with a tie for fifth place in the league standings.

I put XXX where nonconference weekends, including Air Force, or byes are likely. I would expect one weekend in October to be a bye with nonleague games expected that month.

Home games in ALL CAPS.

Sept. 30 – Exhibition???

Oct. 6-7 –  at Alaska-Anchorage

Oct. 12 –  ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

Oct. 13 — xxxxx

Oct. 19-20 – xxxxxxxx

Oct. 26-27 – xxxxxx

Nov. 2-3 – ST. CLOUD STATE (NCHC opener)

Nov. 9-10 – at Minnesota Duluth (2018 NCAA champion)

Nov. 16-17 – MIAMI

Nov. 23-24 — xxxxx

Nov. 30-Dec. 1 – at Omaha

Dec. 7-8 – xxxxxx

Dec. 14-15 –  at Arizona State

HOLIDAY BREAK

Jan. 4-5, 2019 — xxxxxx

Jan. 11-12 — at North Dakota (2016 NCAA champs)

Jan. 18 – DENVER (2017 NCAA champs)

Jan. 19 – at Denver

Jan. 25-26 – at Miami

Feb. 1-2 – MINNESOTA DULUTH

Feb. 8-9 – at St. Cloud State

Feb, 15-16 – Bye week

Feb. 22-23 – WESTERN MICHIGAN

March 1-2 — NORTH DAKOTA

March 8 – at Denver

March 9 — DENVER (Senior Night)

March 15-17 — NCHC first-round series

March 22-23 — NCHC Frozen Faceoff (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul)

March 29-31 — NCAA regionals (Fargo, Allentown, Pa., Manchester, N.H., Providence, R.I.)

April 11-13 — NCAA Frozen Four (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Frank Serratore extends contract at Air Force through 2023

serratore benchAir Force hockey coach Frank Serratore has signed a new five-year contract through 2023, according to an announcement today by academy athletic director Col. Jennifer Block.

“Frank has built Air Force hockey into a nationally-recognized program both on and off the ice,” Block said in a media release. “Air Force hockey players are some of our best and brightest and we are thrilled to have Frank continue to lead our program and these young men as they become leaders or character for our Air Force.”

Serratore just completed his 21st season at AFA (379-335-81). He has led the Falcons to seven Atlantic Hockey Conference playoff championships and resulting NCAA appearances, three NCAA Elite Eights and two AHC regular-season titles.

This past season, he led an injury-laden team to its second straight AHC tournament championship and an NCAA berth.

At the West Regional, Air Force defeated top-seeded St. Cloud State, marking the academy’s first ever win over the overall No. 1 seed. The season ended with a 2-1 loss to eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth, but not before the Falcons won 20 games (23-15-5) for the third straight season, a new school record.

“I will always be indebted to the Academy for the opportunity they provided me with over 20 years ago,” Serratore said. “I am both pleased and honored they want me to continue as their head hockey coach. I am proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to the challenge of taking the program to even greater heights.”