Weekend reading: Jaden Schwartz, Mankato, Minnesota, NHL negotiations, CHI, NCAA hockey in Lincoln?, outdoor ticket prices

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz could prove to be a real boon for AHL Peoria if he falls short of making the very deep Blues’ NHL roster.

A BCHL defenseman has committed to MSU-Mankato.

Minnesota players and coach Don Lucia took part in a Q&A session at the state fair recently.

The College Hockey News points out that colleges will likely not benefit from a new NHL CBA.

Here is CHN’s Q&A article with new College Hockey Inc. executive director Mike Snee, who looks to take on a more positive tone than his predecessor. Here is an interview with Snee by USCHO.

This Nebraska-Lincoln student columnist thinks UNL should add Division I hockey now that it is in the Big Ten.  Thanks to Goon’s World for finding that. I love the concept, but believe one of the reasons Nebraska-Omaha dropped football and wrestling was to focus on D1 hockey and avoid those kinds of conflicts with the nearby big school. It seems unlikely any school can afford adding a men’s varsity sport (two with a women’s program needed under Title IX) in the near future.

Wisconsin season ticket holders got a rude surprise when the outdoor game ticket prices were announced.

The Atlantic Hockey Association gave its commissioner a three-year contract extension.

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Thursday reading: Jaden Schwartz, Colleges keep close eye on NHL negotiations, North Dakota, Alaska-Fairbanks

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz was interviewed as part of a 30-rookie NHL symposium in Toronto recently. They were asked some softball questions (I know because I have asked quite a few back in the day) and the best answers were published here. The writers did mess up and list Jaden as playing for the Canadiens.

Question 3: How do you think your life will change after you make the NHL?

“I don’t know what to expect, obviously it will be way different. The lifestyle is different, you’ll be playing with older guys and hanging out with older guys — that will be very different. It’s a job now, more serious than junior or college hockey,” Schwartz said.

Here is a good USCHO article by Chris Peters about how the NHL’s negotiations this offseason will affect the college ranks. Included is an idea to set a deadline for NHL teams to sign college and college-bound players at June 15, the same deadline for European club players. With so much of the NHL brass having come up through the Canadian major junior ranks, I am not hopeful this will change. But it would be a great thing for college fans.

Some North Dakota fans in Fargo may be unable to see TV broadcasts of their team. Here is a list of all the UND players who have Twitter accounts.

The three finalists were named for the vacant Alaska-Fairbanks athletic director position.

Wednesday reading: Rylan Schwartz is Hobey hopeful, CHI, BU

Well-regarded Hockey Buzz blogger Julie Robenmeyer listed Tigers assistant captain and senior Rylan Schwartz, pictured, as one of her pre-season Hobey Baker Award hopefuls, which include a number of WCHA standouts. Please click on the link to read more on them.

Here is her write-up on Rylan:

Rylan Schwartz – Senior, F, Colorado College, UFA: Just one point behind his brother, linemate and now St Louis Blue, Jaden, Rylan will have to prove that he’s just as effective on his own. H(is) teammates don’t question it, but the Tigers have a serious issue when it comes to offensive production and Rylan will be relied upon to carry a lot of that burden.”

Here is one reaction to College Hockey Inc.’s hire of a new executive director.

The nine freshmen for Boston University were officially announced.

College Hockey Inc. names new executive director

From College Hockey Inc. …

Mike Snee, a veteran amateur hockey and NHL executive, has been named the Executive Director of College Hockey, Inc., the organization’s Board of Directors announced today. Snee spent the past four years as the Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey and will begin his new duties on Sept. 17.

“Mike is a very talented professional with a great passion and love for college hockey,” said Steve Hagwell, Commissioner of ECAC Hockey and Chair of the 10-member Board of Directors of College Hockey, Inc. “He has enjoyed a great amount of success professionally. We look forward to a bright future for College Hockey, Inc. under Mike’s leadership.”

Snee becomes the second executive director in College Hockey, Inc.’s history. The organization was formed in 2009 to promote Division I men’s college hockey to prospective student-athletes and fans.

“I have followed College Hockey, Inc. closely since its inception and am honored to have this opportunity,” said Snee, a native of Duluth, Minn.  “I believe strongly in CHI’s mission and look forward to working with [Director of Communications] Nate Ewell and the Board to continue the exciting growth of college hockey throughout the country.”

Members of the Board – which consists of commissioners, athletic directors and head coaches – echoed Hagwell’s enthusiasm for Snee’s hire.

“Mike has a tremendous passion for hockey as well as an understanding of the issues and people involved at all levels necessary to succeed,” said Dave Smith, head coach at Canisius. “As our executive director, Mike’s previous experiences will be beneficial as he takes the lead for Division I college hockey in discussions with the NHL, NCAA and the current and future landscape of college hockey.”

“Mike has had tremendous success as an innovator and leader within the hockey community,” said Dr. Robert Corran, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at Vermont. “His experience, from the NHL to youth hockey, will be invaluable in preparing CHI and college hockey for the opportunities which lie ahead.”

During Snee’s tenure with Minnesota Hockey he led a multi-platform strategic plan to ensure the long-term growth of the sport in Minnesota. He led the organization’s branding and communications efforts and nearly tripled corporate sponsorship revenue in just four years. He also served as a member of the USA Hockey Marketing Committee.

Prior to joining Minnesota Hockey, Snee spent nine years with Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He served stints as Director of Corporate Sales and Director of Ticket Sales and worked closely with college hockey as the Xcel Energy Center hosted the annual WCHA Final Five and the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four.

Snee led one of the most successful sponsorship groups in the NHL and helped spearhead the creation and execution of Hockey Day in Minnesota in 2007, a state-wide celebration of the game. Previously he led the initial ticket sales efforts for the expansion Wild, which produced a season-ticket base of 16,000.

Snee, a 1991 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., started his sports business career as an intern with the Minnesota North Stars and also worked for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Moose of the now-defunct International Hockey League.

Tuesday reading: North Dakota, Denver, Clarkson, Mankato

Here is a good look with videos at the potential of North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi, pictured, who missed most of last season with a knee patella split. Because the playmaker garnered a medical redshirt, he remains a rookie in the WCHA’s eyes and is a leading preseason candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Defenseman Ryan Mantha, son of the Minnesota North Stars’ Moe Mantha, has committed to North Dakota. Here are some details.

The University of Denver Magazine put out a short season preview focusing on the goaltending battle and the Pioneers’ need to develop more scoring from the returning forwards.

A Clarkson player will miss the first half of the season because of injuries suffered during an off-ice assault in Ottawa. Clarkson travels to CC for the teams’ season-opener Oct. 12-13.

Here are some notes on the MSU-Mankato 2012-13 roster.

Monday reading: UND captains, Tech commit, Stauber, Anastas

North Dakota announced that Andrew MacWilliam, pictured, will be the team captain for the 2012-13 season. Senior forwards Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney were each named assistant captains.

Michigan Tech commit Dylan Steman is profiled by his hometown newspaper.

Robb Stauber is giving back to the Northland youth.

Spiros Anastas, who was a volunteer assistant last season at Western Michigan, was named general manager of the British Columbia Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs, according to USCHO.

Weekend reading: Mandi Schwartz, Yale, Bachman, McElhinney, UNO

Here is a story and video from Good Morning America on the Mandi Schwartz Drive.

Check out this look at upcoming CC opponent Yale, courtesy of RPI fan blog Without A Peer.

As you can tell from this video, former Tiger goalies Richard Bachman and Curtis McElhinney chose not to don Denver practice jerseys for this week’s pro camp at Magness Arena.

Omaha has a deep-pocketed donor who is doling out a lot of cash to the local colleges’ athletic departments.

Air Force junior defenseman Adam McKenzie has a chance to shine this season with a larger role expected.

Former MSU-Mankato goalie Austin Lee signed with the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks.

Boston University added a Finnish defenseman.