Wednesday reading: M. Stuart charity, kids clinic, WCHA, NCHC

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Grace Thompson (from left), executive director of Dream Factory, Jets Andrew Ladd and Mark Stuart and Const. Shaun Chornley, announce an NHLPA versus police charity game.

Former Tiger Mark Stuart and other Jets teammates will take on a Winnipeg police team in a charity game next month.

Liberty Mutual has joined the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association to bring the USA Hockey’s Try Hockey For Free Clinic to the World Arena Ice Hall this Saturday afternoon.

During this free, one-hour clinic, certified coaches from USA Hockey will give kids ages 4-9 the chance to experience the ice, equipment and fun of the game. All the equipment – skates, sticks and helmets – are provided by USA Hockey free of charge to use during the clinic. And at the end, your son or daughter will go home with a great goodie bag, a brand new hockey jersey from USA Hockey, and a new found love to the game of hockey (while supplies last).

Date: November 3, 2012
Host: Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association
Rink Name: World Arena Ice Hall
Rink Address: 3185 Venetucci Boulevard – Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Richard Bachman took part in the NHLPA’s Plano Boot Camp to stay in shape during the lockout.

Now on to WCHA and NCHC news …

St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski is doubtful for the Denver series while others continue to heal.

Here is coach Bob Motzko talking about Friday’s win:

It will be at least a few weeks before the National Collegiate Hockey Conference announces its regular-season and postseason trophies.

Minnesota freshman goalie Adam Wilcox will be the Gophers’ No. 1, but expect junior Michael Shibrowski to get more than one period (last season’s total behind Kent Patterson, who wore down) in relief this season.

Minnesota State got a commit from a Muskegon defenseman.

This Janesville Jet turned down Air Force to commit to Bemidji State after seeing the Sanford Center.

From the WCHA …

Red Baron WCHA Offensive Player of the Week
Drew LeBlanc • Senior, Forward, St. Cloud State University

MADISON, Wis. – St. Cloud State University forward Drew LeBlanc, who topped all league players last weekend with five scoring points while helping the Huskies to a two-game sweep over visiting Minnesota State, is the Red Baron® WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 30.

A 6-0, 195-pound center from Hermantown, Minn., LeBlanc was an offensive catalyst with two goals and three assists for the Huskies in back-to-back 5-1 victories over the WCHA-rival Mavericks on Oct. 26-27 at the National Hockey and Event Center in St. Cloud. Last Friday, he produced a four-point night with one goal and three assists, including one on teammate Ben Hanowski’s second period game-winner, and earned First Star of the Game honors. LeBlanc then completed the weekend last Saturday with another goal, scoring at 1:05 of the third period as SCSU opened a 3-0 advantage, to earn Third Star of the Game accolades. In addition to his five points, LeBlanc had three shots on goal in the series and fashioned a +4 plus/minus rating.

With points in each of his last three outings, LeBlanc shares the overall scoring lead among WCHA players with teammate Nic Dowd with 10 points (3g, 7a) in six games played.

Also nominated: David Boehm, F, BSU; Joey LaLeggia, D, DU; Danny Kristo, F, UND.

Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week
Joel Rumpel • Sophomore, Goaltender, University of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel, who stopped 64 of 66 shots on goal for a .970 saves percentage and recorded a shutout while backstopping the Badgers to a victory and tie at No. 14-ranked Minnesota Duluth last weekend, is the Red Baron® WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 30.

A 6-3, 185-pound sophomore from Swift Current, Sask., Rumpel’s outstanding play between the pipes enabled visiting Wisconsin to claim three points from the Bulldogs with a 2-0 triumph on Oct. 26 and 2-2 (ot) tie on Oct. 27. He blanked UMD on Friday with a 29-save effort for his fourth careeer shutout and second in five games dating to last season. He also held UMD scoreless on two power-plays, including a 5:00-minute major late in the third. On Saturday, Rumpel returned to the UW nets and recorded 35 saves in the overtime tie, with double-digit save totals in three periods. The Badgers trailed 2-0 in the third fell but Rumpel kept his team in the game, despite a 26-10 UMD shot advantage. He also stopped UMD on all five power-play chances.

Rumpel, a free agent, has now allowed two goals or less in nine of his last 10 games dating back to last season. He is 1-1-1 this season with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage.

Also nominated: Sam Windle, D, BSU; David Makowski, D, DU; Derek Forbort, D, UND; Ryan Faragher, G, SCSU.

Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week
Kalle Kossila • Freshman, Forward, St. Cloud State University

MADISON, Wis. – St. Cloud State University forward Kalle Kossila, who continued his impressive debut by charting two goals and two assists for four points in the Huskies’ two-game league sweep over visiting Minnesota State last weekend, has been named the Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 30.

A 5-10, 167-pound freshman left winger from Kauniainen, Finland, Kossila had a goal and an assist in each game on Oct. 26-27, fired seven shots on goal, and earned a +3 plus/minus rating as SCSU won for the third and fourth straight games. Last Friday, he kicked off the weekend with a goal and assist in the third period in a 5-1 victory and then in another 5-1 win last Saturday, scored his third goal of the season with a third period power-play tally and a solo assist.

Through his first four games for SCSU, Kossila leads WCHA rookies (overall games) with seven points (3g, 4a) and is an impressive +8 on the plus/minus.

Also nominated: Markus Gerbrandt, F, BSU; Quentin Shore, F, DU; Adam Wilcox, G, UM; Zane Gothberg, G, UND.

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