Tuesday reading: Commit on choosing CC; Jaden analysis; Final 5; polls

CC commit Jared Hanson talks about why he chose CC:

“It’s every kid’s dream growing up,” Hanson told his hometown newspaper on Monday by cellphone from Lincoln, Neb., where he plays for the Lincoln Stars of the Tier I United States Hockey League. “I’m very excited about it and am looking forward to it a lot.”

Hanson, 19, who left Palmer after his sophomore season to play at a higher level, is in his second full year with the Stars. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward is second on his team with 22 goals and third on the squad with 43 points and a plus-27 rating. In 97 career games, Hanson has tallied 31 goals and 36 assists with a plus-39 rating.

His play with the Tier I franchise caught the attention of a number of Division I scouts, including the coaches of the storied Colorado College program.

Penn State, Ohio State and Harvard were among the Division I squads battling for Hanson. Ultimately, Hanson opted for a future at the Colorado Springs, Colo., school.

“The hockey program is one of the best in the country annually. The coaching staff is great, not to mention great academics,” Hanson said. “It was kind of an easy decision for me.”

Hanson said he seriously considered schools such as Harvard and Penn State. Northeastern and St. Cloud State also were in the mix.

For more of the article, click here.

This STLToday.com columnist questions why the Blues sent former Tiger Jaden Schwartz immediately to the NHL roster.

Minnesota Duluth prepares for the WCHA Final Five. The Bulldogs play Friday against the winner of the No. 6 seed Michigan Tech/No. 3 Denver winner. The Huskies have enjoyed some success against Denver this season going 1-0-1 in Houghton.

No. 4 seed North Dakota, which plays No. 5 St. Cloud State on Thursday is an NCAA bubble team. SCSU, rated No. 19 in the latest Pairwise rankings, may have to win twice to make the NCAAs. No. 1 Minnesota awaits the winner on Friday night.

Colorado College is out of both national polls, receiving some votes in the USCHO.com poll and nothing in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.

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