Thursday reading: WCHA column, Winkler, Heil, Rothstein, Enga, Slavvin

I started new irregular features in the weekly WCHA column on USCHO, one focusing on an “unsung hero” for Bemidji State who has a young daughter and wife and still manages to find time to be a league academic honoree and log a lot of quality ice time for the Beavers. The Series Spotlight segment, naturally, deals with CC and Denver this weekend starting the annual battle for the Gold Pan Trophy, pictured.

CC senior Scott Winkler has the best numbers of any NCAA prospect for the Stars, especially in plus/minus.

Chicago Steel forward and CC commit Christian Heil scored two goals in 34 seconds during the third period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Indiana.  It gives the 18-year-old five goals over his last four games and pushed him into a tie for third in the USHL with 10 goals this season.

Future Tiger Sam Rothstein scored two goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday in the team’s USHL-leading eighth home win.

Former Tiger RJ Enga and CC commit Jaccob Slavin played key roles in Team USA’s World Junior A challenge championship. Enga served at an assistant coach while Slavin was an assistant captain.

Former Penn State club coach Joe Battista penned this column praising Air Force coach Frank Serratore and hockey people in general.

S.F. Stampede forward commits to CC

From the USHL …

The Sioux Falls Stampede announced that forward Sam Rothstein has committed to play hockey at Colorado College following his USHL career.

Rothstein has put up eight points (4g, 4a) in eight games this season for the Stampede, including a USHL career high five-point game (2g, 3a) in the 6-5 victory over Fargo on Oct. 13.

That performance came one night after he scored the game-winning goal in the 4-2 victory against Indiana.

He went on to share honors as the CCM Forward of the Week for his efforts.

The 19-year-old from Minnetonka, Minnesota played 14 games for the Stampede last season, collecting seven points (3g, 4a). His bio follows.

#9 Sam Rothstein
Born: 8/31/1993
Position: Forward
Height: 5’10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Minnetonka
Previous Team: Minnetonka HS/Stampede
Previous Stats: GP:12 G:3 A:4 PTS:7
Nicknames: Sammy, Slammy
Favorite Hockey Player: Patrick Kane
Favorite Hockey Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Hobbies: Volleyball, raquet sports
Greatest Influence on career: Dad
If I were forced to give up all my possessions but one, I’d keep: Phone
Favorite TV Show: White Collar

Seven other current USHL players are also committed to Colorado College – Christian Heil (Chicago Steel), Alex Roos (Chicago Steel), Jaccob Slavin (Chicago Steel), Gustav Olofsson (Green Bay Gamblers), Zach Aman (Indiana Ice), Matt Hansen (Omaha Lancers), and Garrett Cecere (Tri-City Storm).

Colorado College is a member of the WCHA and has 15 USHL alumni on the Tigers roster this season; Joe Marciano (Omaha Lancers), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Peter Stoykewych (Des Moines Buccaneers), Eamonn McDermott (Fargo Force), Cody Bradley (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jordan DiGiando (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Alex Krushelnyski (Sioux City Musketeers), Charlie Taft (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Scott Wamsganz (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ian Young (Fargo Force), Peter Maric (Green Bay Gamblers), Jared Hanson (Lincoln Stars), Scott Winkler (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), William Rapuzzi (Green Bay Gamblers), and Joe Howe (Waterloo Black Hawks).

Additionally, Tigers head coach Scott Owens and assistant coach Eric Rud have both had coaching stints in the USHL.

CC commit Slavin selected for Team USA

Colorado College defenseman commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo. was selected to play for Team USA at next month’s World Junior A Challenge tournament.

The World Junior A Challenge is in its seventh year and the United States will be competing for the sixth time. The 2012 field includes Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. The official event website is available here … The U.S. roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The 22 players represent 11 states. Six players hail from Minnesota, while Michigan has five players and Illinois and Massachusetts have two apiece. Other states include Alaska, Colorado, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin … Brett Larson (Sioux City, Iowa), head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, is the the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Junior Select Team … The assistant coaches are former Tiger  RJ Enga (Chicago, Ill.) and Derek Lalonde (Green Bay, Wis.). Enga is an assistant coach for the USHL’s Chicago Steel, while Lalonde is the head coach of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers.

2012 World Junior A Challenge
Nov. 5-11 • Yarmouth, N.S. • Mariners Centre

Date Opponent Venue Time
Sat., Nov. 3 Canada West (exhibition) Barrington Municipal Arena 7 p.m. ADT
Mon., Nov. 5 Canada East Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Tues., Nov. 6 Switzerland Mariners Centre 7:30 p.m. AST
Thurs., Nov. 8 Quarterfinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Fri., Nov. 9 Semifinals Mariners Centre 4/7:30 p.m. AST
Sat., Nov. 10 5th-Place/Bronze Medal Game Mariners Centre 2/7:30 p.m. AST
Sun., Nov. 11 Gold Medal Game Mariners Centre 7 p.m. AST

Former SSM standout commits to CC

The Indiana Ice announced Friday that 5-foot-11 forward Zach Aman committed to playing for Colorado College of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

There was no word on a commit date but 2013 is likely judging from his 3 goals and one assist in five preseason games. He did not record a point in the Ice’s season opening 3-2 loss to the Chicago Steel on Friday.

In that game, he took on three future teammates in Alex Roos (one goal), Christian Heil (one assist) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin. Roos’ unassisted goal early the third period proved to be the game-winner.

Aman, listed at 189 pounds, joins the Indy roster this season after spending last season with Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the powerhouse prep program in Faribault, Minn.

He finished the season fourth on the squad in goals (25) and assists (41) for a combined 66 points while a teammate with CC freshman Hunter Fejes. The Sabres won the 2012 USA Hockey U18 National Championships in Williamsville, NY.

The Johnstown, Pa. native is the second Ice player to commit to the Tigers after freshman forward Cody Bradley committed to the Colorado Springs institution last season.

Here is a link to his Ice bio.

Saturday reading: Alabama-Huntsville, North Dakota, Miami, All-American Prospects Game, schedule, Denver, Irish, ECAC

Here is a short profile on the new Alabama-Huntsville coach.

The North Dakota season preview supplement can be viewed here.

Miami senior defenseman Steven Spinell is also featured.

Remember – you can watch the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game tonight at 7 p.m. ET live, for free, on http://FastHockey.com

The College Hockey News recaps the offseason.

Three nonconference games open the season on Oct. 6 with most programs playing exhibition games. The first exhibition contest is Friday with Regina at Alaska-Fairbanks.

Due to Wednesday’s first presidential debate, the Pioneers will practice off campus until Oct. 8.

Notre Dame adds a commit from a goalie.

Here are both ECAC preseason polls. New Hampshire signed a 6-foot-5 goalie.

Thursday reading: UNO, CC, UND, Duluth, Hockey East, Mankato

Incoming Nebraska Omaha freshman goalie Anthony Stolarz, a 2012 second round draft pick of the Flyers, pictured, may be the key to the Mavericks’ success this coming season. Here is some more background on how far the NAHL standout has come.

NHL Central Scouting announced its preliminary 2013 draft watch list and CC 2013/14 defenseman commit Gustav Oloffson of the Colorado Thunderbirds and 2014 defenseman Teemu Kivilhalme were both rated. Kivilhalme is considered as a C-level prospect while Oloffson is  B-level.

Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul was rated as was Jake Guentzel.

Former Merrimack commit and BCHL standout Wade Murphy visited North Dakota on Monday and soon committed.

The Karson Kuhlman commit continues a trend of northern Minnesota talent heading to Minnesota-Duluth.

As usual, there are plenty of impact freshmen joining Hockey East this coming season.

Former MSU-Mankato captain David Backes and North Dakota standout Jonathan Toews are featured in the NHLPA video concerning the lockout.

Ticket sales have been slow for Penn State’s first season of Division I hockey so far. A few wins will change that quickly.

Union received their 2011-12 ECAC championship rings.

CC garners commit from Burnsville standout

Burnsville incoming senior defenseman Teemu Kivihalme retweeted @veritashockey’s tweet congratulating him on committing to Colorado College. That is confirmation to me.

Thanks to the CC fan forum for finding the initial tweet from @veritashockey.

Here is a recent short Q&A on him by Minnesota Hockey Hub. His father is Burnsville coach Janne Kivihalme.  Here is the start:

Burnsville defenseman Teemu Kivihalme learned on June 28 he will suit up for Team USA’s junior hockey team at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August. A dual citizen of the United States and Finland, the senior-to-be spent the past two summers training with Finland’s U16 and U17 national team.

Here are some recent stats and the Hlinka team roster. The tournament is from Aug. 13-17 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.