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.

Tuesday reading: Bachman, Crabb, Dineen, league news

Former Tiger Nick Dineen assisted the opening goal in a 4-2 Game 5 win over Reading that helped the top-seeded Elmira Jackals complete the comeback from down 0-2 in a best-of-five ECHL playoff series against No. 8 Reading.

Richard Bachman of the Dallas Stars was added to the U.S. national team roster for the upcoming world championships in Finland and Sweden in May.

Joey Crabb may get caught up in the Leafs annual summer purge. Do not worry about him. After doubling his NHL career totals this season, he will be an attractive mid-level free agent for someone.

USCHO announced its all-USCHO teams, which included Air Force’s Tim Kirby but not first team All-American Jaden Schwartz.

Alaska-Anchorage named its captain and assistant captain. CC’s captains will be announced during its annual banquet May 6.

Here is the NCAA advertisement for the MSU-Mankato head coaching job. Former CC, UNO and current Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel is another strong candidate for the job if he so desires. Here is why the job should be attractive in a market where only 59 such jobs exist.

Jaden Schwartz garners All-America status

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, now playing for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, was named to the 2011- 12 AHCA/CCM All-America West First Team announced Friday by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Schwartz, who signed with the Blues two days after the end of his sophomore season, is one of three forwards named.

The 2010 first-round draft pick of St. Louis led CC with 41 points (15g,26a) in 30 games this season. His average of 1.37 points per outing ranked fourth nationally behind Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists Spencer Abbott of Maine (1.59), Jack Connolly of Minnesota Duluth (1.46) and Austin Smith of Colgate (1.46).

Connolly was named as the Hobey winner later Friday. Connolly, as well as Reilly Smith of Miami University, join Schwartz as first-team forwards on the West team. They are joined by defensemen Torey Krug of Michigan State and Justin Schultz of Wisconsin, along with goaltender Taylor Nelson of Ferris State.

Schwartz is CC’s first All-American since center Chad Rau won for the second consecutive season as a senior in 2008-09, and the 12th  during Scott Owens’ 13 years as head coach.

Schwartz finished his college career with 88 points (32g,56a) in 60 games .

Jaden Schwartz adjusts quickly to NHL life

The Regina (Sask.) Leader-Post talks about former Tiger Jaden Schwartz’s first week in the NHL.

The Blues beat writer gives him high praise in his Friday morning notebook:

Jaden Schwartz, W, Blues: He scored in his first two NHL games and created opportunities in his third professional game. Injuries forced Schwartz to assume a significant role shortly after signing out of Colorado College.The rookie hasn’t looked out of place on the power play and on even-strength scoring lines.

Schwartz is making his case to retain a role even after injured forwards Andy McDonald, Alex Steen and Matt D’Agostini get back to full speed. As Blues fans have seen all season,this team needs all the offensive help it can muster.

In the pros: J. Schwartz, Guentzel, signings

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz scored the opening goal in his second NHL game at Anaheim Wednesday night. It was his first shot on net, seven minutes into the game.  That follows his game-winner on his first shot on Saturday. Two shots, two NHL goals. Nice average so far, huh?

Gabe Guentzel made his pro debut in a 4-3 shootout win for Syracuse against Rochester. Colin Stuart recorded an assist for the host Americans.

Former Bemidji State defenseman Brad Hunt has signed an ATO with the AHL Chicago Wolves as has St. Cloud State junior David Eddy with Calgary.

Expect Jaden Schwartz ice time to increase

This notebook item is taken from a daily notebook by StlToday.com. There’s plenty of info on the Blues’ injuries to point toward more ice time for former Tiger Jaden Schwartz when he plays again on Wednesday.


Overall, Blues rookie Jaden Schwartz had an impressive debut Saturday, scoring a goal on his first shot in the NHL. But what impressed Hitchcock was the ability to give Schwartz 13 minutes, 50 seconds of ice time and not blink.

“I think, to me, when you don’t even think about putting a young player on the ice, and you don’t worry about him, that’s a really good sign,” Hitchcock said. “I know he’s 19 years old, but I just put him on the ice because he’s a good player, and that’s all I think about. I don’t think about ‘Man, you’ve got to protect this guy.’ He just goes out and plays.

“He’s able to do that because he’s smart. I think he’s a very, very dependable guy. I’m very comfortable playing him. He knows where to go on the ice with and without the puck.”

Schwartz saw 1:38 of power-play ice time, scoring his goal on the man-advantage by going to the front of the net and cleaning up a rebound. It wasn’t the only time Schwartz camped in the high-traffic area during the game, another surprising development for some.

“I’m not going to change the way I play or change the way I do things,” Schwartz said Sunday, after returning to St. Louis. “I’ve just learned and taught to play the way I am … you’ve got to go to the net to score goals. The defensemen are so good and the goalies are so good. You’re not going to score a whole lot of pretty goals. Some guys have got the talent to do that, but for a guy like me, his first game, I just try to stick within the system. You just go to the net.”