Tigers stay sharp in practice as Jaden Schwartz looks on

CC captain William Rapuzzi is happy with the sustained intensity shown by the Tigers during their informal captain’s practices this September.

“I am really pleased with the tempo of the practices,” Rapuzzi said. “Sometimes things drop off toward the end. But this year, there has been no dip. The guys are focused.”

The six freshmen continue to impress and some of the returning players – especially sophomore wing  Charlie Taft, who skated with aggression, confidence and showed off an accurate shot – look stronger and sharper as well. Taft converted a beautiful one-timer by the left post on a pass from behind the net from Rylan Schwartz during one drill. Scott Winkler snapped off a memorable tough-angle shot to score high glove side and Andrew Hamburg skated well and created opportunities for his linemates during drills.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz is visiting his former teammates and his brother Rylan this week due to the NHL lockout and the resulting gap in his schedule until AHL training camp starts Sept. 28. He watched Thursday’s practice.

“Once the season started I knew it would be hard to find the time to visit,” Schwartz said. “It’s great to see the guys on the team.”

Schwartz is looking forward to playing for the Peoria Rivermen where he can continue to play and improve his game against top professionals.

“A lot of superstars played in the AHL,” Schwartz said. “You can get a lot better playing in that league.”

Tuesday reading: CC season preview, Rylan Schwartz, Jaden Schwartz, Connelly, Rau, Sweatt, Testwuide, Bachman, Hockey East

Incoming CC freshman Hunter Fejes, shown in red during the Coyotes prospect camp,  will be one of the six newcomers the Tigers will look to for big results this coming season.

Colorado College sports information posted its season preview.

Senior assistant captain Rylan Schwartz is one of the top players returning in Division I judging from national statistics. His 0.66 goals per game trails only Maine’s Joey Diamond, who he is tied with at 11 power-play goals last season.

RPI’s Without a Peer blog compiled the stats (ECAC first followed by national) in this post.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz was assigned to AHL Peoria so he may continue to develop during the NHL lockout. Brian Connelly and Chad Rau were sent to AHL Houston. Bill Sweatt is headed to the Chicago Wolves as is Mike Testwuide to AHL Adirondack.

Here are five storylines to watch in Hockey East.

There are high hopes for Richard Bachman among the Dallas Stars leadership.

Former Badger Justin Schultz (remember him?) will benefit from the NHL lockout with some time spent with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons.

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.

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: Jaden Schwartz, Prosser, future foes, Penn State

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, pictured,  is the No. 2 prospect in the St. Louis organization according to nhl.com, but on a deep team like the Blues, that means he may start next season in AHL Peoria. Unless, of course, he has an exceptional training camp that dislodges a proven veteran.

Either way, do not expect Jaden to stay in the minors for long.

Nate Prosser will likely be on the Wild’s NHL roster in the fourth defenseman pairing this upcoming season, according to nhl.com.

Future foes for both Air Force and Colorado College were profiled recently by Inside College Hockey. The most recent articles are about UMass-Lowell’s sophomore defenseman Zack Kamrass of Atlanta and Sacred Heart senior Ben Ketchum and Wisconsin’s Joseph LaBate, pictured.

Vermont fills out its coaching staff.  Penn State gets its second commit in seven days. UMass announced its incoming freshman class.

Mandi Schwartz Drive to be featured on Good Morning America

Donor, Recipient to Meet for First Time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Since the Yale Athletics department first began holding marrow donor registration drives inspired by women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) in 2009, the Bulldogs have added more than 3,000 potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. That has led to at least 14 marrow donations for patients with life-threatening illnesses who are in need of genetic matches for transplants. This Wednesday morning, as part of a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, two of the people involved in one of those “matches” will meet each other for the first time. Erika Turner, a cancer survivor whose life was saved by a stem cell transplant, will meet Christopher Magoon ’11, the man who donated those cells shortly after registering at a Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale. ABC’s Robin Roberts, recently diagnosed with myelodysplastic systems, will facilitate the introduction. She is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant in the near future.

For the rest of the article by Yale communications, click here.

Mandi Schwartz was the older sister for former Tiger Jaden Schwartz and incoming senior center Rylan Schwartz.

Thursday reading: Schwartz, MSU jerseys, AFA, Wisconsin

A recent trade by the Blues should help former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, pictured, find a more regular role on the NHL team.

Michigan State announced its new jerseys, which will debut at the Great Lakes Invitational, which will be played outdoors at Detroit’s Comerica Park this December.

Air Force associate coach Mike Corbett was interviewed for the UMass job according to USHR.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves is excited about this offseason and the coming 2012-13 campaign.

Former KFAN radio personality Jeff Dubay talks candidly about how crack cocaine derailed his life.

The Kitchener Rangers were recently accused of offering $200,000 to Michigan signee Jacob Trouba to skip out on his NCAA commit. Their radio personality has since said there are plenty of NCAA programs who do the same thing without any specifics.

This advice from my first sports editor seems relevant: When considering anyone’s statement as fact or fiction, remember who signs his paychecks. This tweet from the sports writer who covers Kitchener included in Goon’s World’s post makes we wonder who that person works for or if they are confusing Miami (Fla.) football from the 1980s with Miami (Ohio) hockey today.