Thursday reading: Stuart, Bachman, Crabb, DU hire, new tournament, Anchorage recruit, BC cash, UND assistant, choosing college

Former Tiger Mark Stuart’s worth for the Winnipeg Jets can be seen thanks to these less-heralded statistics:

“There were only three defencemen in the entire league with at least 180 hits and 180 blocked shots last season and Mark Stuart was one of them (the Rangers’ Dan Girardi and the Oilers’ Ladislav Smid were the others). He doesn’t play huge minutes, but his rough-and-tumble presence is suited well to the third pair.”

When you consider those stats, it is easy to see why he wears an “A” on his Jets jersey.

Joey Crabb and Richard Bachman are done after Team USA was eliminated by Finland in the world championships quarterfinals.

Former DU player David Carle, who had to quit playing after a dangerous heart condition was discovered at an NHL combine, was hired as an assistant for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL only days after graduation.

Mariucci Arena will get a new state-of-the-art scoreboard this summer (concept picture included).

Alaska Anchorage added a local recruit.

Robert Morris will host a new college tournament in late December.

An anonymous donor set up a $5 million endowment in coach  Jerry York’s honor.

An assistant for the Columbus Blue Jackets is a candidate for the North Dakota assistant job.

Here is a column by a former Alaska-Anchorage player, Backhand Shelf editor/blogger Justin Bourne, talking about his decision to go with the NCAA over major juniors and his interactions with the Canadian major junior officials in Kelowna.


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