Monday reading: Bachman, Crabb, league updates

Joey Crabb (left) of the U.S. collides with Canada’s Duncan Keith during round robin play at the world hockey championship in Helsinki. (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

Former Tiger Richard Bachman performed well in his only start at the world championships stopping 17 of 19 shots in a 3-2 OT win over Kazakhstan.

Bachman gets another good review from Stars beat writers: “They say that teams often build from the goaltender out, and that fits Dallas to a tee. Kari Lehtonen emerged this season as one of the NHL’s elite netminders, posting a career-best 2.33 G.A.A. and .921 save percentage. And at only 27 years old, Lehtonen is just beginning to come into his prime. Rookie Richard Bachman battled Dallas’ backup role away from Andrew Raycroft, and posted a respectable 8-5-1 record. At 24, Bachman still has lots of room to grow. And grow he’ll have to, with 2010 1st rounder Jack Campbell finishing the season strong in the AHL with a .912 save percentage. Campbell is the franchise’s goalie of the future, and will push Bachman for playing time in the NHL in the upcoming future.”

Former Minnesota captain Todd Richards had the interim tag removed from his head coach title for the Blue Jackets.

Here is a Q&A update from NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr and more on UConn likely joining Hockey East.

There were some big-time championship game performances by some WCHA and other DI recruits.

A Grand Forks native and her adopted daughter bond over hockey games.

The North Dakota and Nebraska Omaha assistant have generated a little buzz according to the Sioux beat writer’s blog: “As of late last week, several people had applied for the UND assistant coaching position, but none were qualified. The job is open through May 30, so the we may not see the winner’s application for another week.

Word is filtering around in hockey circles that Grand Forks native Steve Johnson is a candidate for the assistant coaching position at Nebraska-Omaha. Johnson played at UND when UNO head coach Dean Blais was an assistant coach.”

It did not take long for former UND assistant Cary Eades to land a USHL head coaching job.

Here is a report from the USA Hockey central district tryouts with some 1996 and 1997 names to keep in mind as DI commit over the next two years.

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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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