Offseason linkorama: Soviets visit Colorado, NCHC moves & honors, Hockey East, Anchorage hire

letterThe above picture is a photo that made the rounds on Twitter on Thursday.

It is an old Maine Mariners press release from the desk of Doc Emrick on 12/10/1978 announcing the Soviet team was visiting the US to face a variety of American foes, including Colorado College and Denver. The USSR defeated the Tigers, 6-4, on Dec. 30, 1978.

Also, Omaha hockey coach Mike Gabinet announced Thursday that Brian Kaufman has joined the staff as the Director of Hockey Operations.

“We are very fortunate to be able to add somebody with Brian’s character and hockey background to our staff,” said Gabinet.  “He brings a wealth of experience that will be a big asset to our program as we move into the next season.”

Kaufman  spent five seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, first serving as an assistant for the 2012-13 season before taking over as head coach for the next four seasons.  He led the Lancers to a record of 121-91-28 and two playoff appearances.

The five athletes who signed national letters of intent for Denver includes a Red Wings draft pick at goalie.

Hockey East changed its playoff format for the upcoming season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Mullen’s son Mike is starting his career as an ECAC referee.

The NCHC honored the two athletic directors who led the push to create the league now that they are retiring.

Here is a review of a book about college hockey (mostly in the Northeast) if you’re already jonesing in late April.

Here is an article on the new Alaska-Anchorage coach. Both Wisconsin coaches had their contracts renewed through the 2022-23 season.

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