Wednesday reading: Bemidji, Mankato, Holmstrom

Bemidji State announced its 2012-2013 schedule.

One benefit of the formation of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference is that the schools in the new-look WCHA are ponying up money to renovate their facilities as Mankato has done. Such a commitment, especially while taking advantage of low interest rates, is a good sign for the program.

Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom is on the Philly Flyers’ “Black Aces” practice squad, a group of AHL players who are practicing and may be called up to the NHL playoff roster as needed. These “Black Aces,” as they are known in the hockey world, include forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Ben Holmstrom, defensemen Brandon Manning and Erik Gustafsson, who all saw time with the Flyers this season.

Tyler Brown, Matt Ford, Tye McGinn and 6-6 Danish defender Oliver Lauridsen round out the skaters. Goaltender Michael Leighton, whom the Flyers rode to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, also cleared waivers and will join the team in practice at some point this week.

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About paisleyhockey
I am the college hockey writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette focusing on the Atlantic Hockey Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

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