WCHA Final Five tickets on sale now

CC Alexander Krushelnyski roadI assume the time announced is Central Time, meaning 9 a.m. Mountain, when the press release arrived.

From the WCHA …

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Xcel Energy Center and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) announced today that all tournament packages for the 2013 Red Baron WCHA Final Five, to be held March 21-23 at Xcel Energy Center, go on sale at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Dec. 10. All tournament packages are $165 and $80 and can be purchased at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call 800-359-2525. Groups (10+) call 651-312-3486.
Fans can celebrate college hockey with music, interactive games, food, beverages and more at the WCHA Fan Fest Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Bud Light Blue Line Bar and Grill (Xcel Energy Center – Gate 4). Cheerleaders, mascots and WCHA pep bands will also be present at this event with live music from Uncle Chunk on Friday and Playback on Saturday. The WCHA Fan Fest is free and open to the public.
College hockey fans will once again have the opportunity to get in on the tournament action with the return of the “Pick Your Final Five Sweepstakes.” Fans who enter will have a chance to win a prize of four (4) ticket packages to the 2014 WCHA Final Five.
Here’s how the sweepstakes works:
  • Visit www.xcelenergycenter.com/WCHA starting at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 10.
  • Choose the six (6) WCHA teams you predict will make it to the 2013 Red Baron WCHA Final Five.
  • Choose the two (2) teams you predict will make the Championship game.
  • Choose the 2013 Red Baron WCHA Championship winning team.
  • Guess how many total goals will be scored during the 2013 Red Baron WCHA Final Five.
  • If more than one (1) person correctly answers all four (4) questions, all contestants with correct answers will be entered into a random drawing to determine the prize winner. If no one correctly answers all four (4) questions, those persons that answer the most number of questions correctly will be entered into a random drawing to determine the winner. The contest begins at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, March 8, 2013. The winner will be announced by noon CT on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The “Pick Your Final Five Sweepstakes” is subject in all respects to the complete Official Rules available at www.xcelenergycenter.com or by sending a S.A.S.E. to “Pick Your Final Five Sweepstakes – Rules Request”, c/o Saint Paul Arena Company, LLC, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., Ste. 501, St. Paul, Minnesota  55102.  Open only to entrants who, as of the entry date, are permanent legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old.  Void outside the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited or restricted by law.  Sweepstakes entry period begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on Dec. 10, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on March 8, 2013.  LIMIT: One (1) entry per person (regardless of method of entry) or address (physical or email).  Entry methods, limits, restrictions and instructions, and prize information and restrictions are set forth in the Official Rules.  Sponsor: Saint Paul Arena Company, LLC, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., Ste. 501, St. Paul, Minnesota  55102. Click here to view complete Official Rules.

CC commit keeps ‘getting better and better’

Colorado College 2013 commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo, has made big strides in a short time with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, which is coached by Colorado Springs’ Scott McConnell.

Here is the start of the article:

Better and better.

That is how Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell describes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s game.

The 6’1, 175 lbs. defenseman that averaged a point every two games in his first full season in the USHL went overlooked before joining the junior ranks. He wasn’t even listed by NHL’s Central Scouting before joining the Steel and last year the Carolina Hurricanes drafted him in the fourth round, 120th overall.

“When [Carolina] drafted him, they saw a kid that for some reason is always around the puck,” says Chicago head coach Scott McConnell, “and kept getting better and better. I think they got a steal. Jaccob’s ceiling is untouchable.”

For the rest of the Hockey’s Future article, click here.

UPDATED: CC signee Slavin happy to become a Carolina fan

Here is a rewrite of an earlier blog post with quotes from the player:

Jaccob Slavin, a 2013 defenseman signee for Colorado College, is now very much a Carolina Hurricanes fan.

The Erie, Colo. native was chosen in the fourth round by Carolina as the 120th pick overall. Slavin will play for the USHL’s Chicago Steel for another season and plans to come to CC in 2013.

He learned of it while watching the draft unfold on his computer. He had not talked to the Carolina organization personally but his adviser had an inkling the Hurricanes were interested. It is a good fit for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound offensive defenseman.

“There will be a lot of opportunities there for sure,” the former lifelong Buffalo Sabres fan said. “I am a Carolina fan for sure now.”

Slavin will head to Carolina’s development camp this summer. There they will look him over firsthand and make recommendations on how to improve his game for the pro level.

He plans to focus on improving his skating, backwards and forwards, while looking to assume a larger leadership role on the Steel as an assistant captain for the second year.

Slavin, an alumnus of the Denver-area Colorado Thunderbirds club program, played his first full season with Chicago this past season, recording 30 points (3g,27a) in 60 games and a plus-6 rating. That was a huge step up compared to the one point (1g) and minus-15 in 17 games the season before.

Tuesday reading: Sweatt, Slavin interview, NCHC and WCHA news

Craig MacTavish (left), then coach of the American Hockey League affiliate Chicago Wolves, gives Vancouver Canucks prospect Bill Sweatt (right) some advice at team practice in Penticton September 10, 2011. MacTavish is now the head of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.

Slavin

2013 signee defenseman Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo, is headed to USHL Chicago’s training camp this week to start another year preparing for college hockey, along with teammate and 2013 CC forward signee Christian Heil, 6-foot-1, 178 pounds, of Westminster.

Heil recorded 19 points (8g,11a) in 55 games this past season.

Slavin, 6-2, 170,  plans to focus on improving his skating, backwards and forwards, while looking to assume a larger leadership role on the Steel.

Heil

“It really depends on what our captain decides on college,” he said last week. “If he leaves, I would like to think I would be considered for a role.”

Slavin, an alumnus of the Denver-area Colorado Thunderbirds club program along with Heil,  played his first full season with Chicago this past season, recording 30 points (3g,27a) in 60 games and a plus-6 rating. That was a huge step up compared to the one point (1g) and minus-15 in 17 games the season before.

The improvement has made him a possible late-round draft pick later this month at the 50th NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.

“The Thunderbirds did a good job preparing me for juniors but it was a big step up,” Slavin said. “They run a good program.”

Both Colorado residents are part of the first Tigers freshman class to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which begins play in October 2013.

Here is the Associated Press’ story on the NCHC inking a 5-year contract with the Target Center in Minneapolis. The WCHA league meetings start today when a postseason home will be discussed.

Thursday reading: Huntsville, WCHA update, NCHC postseason venue, MSU-Mankato, Penner, Duluth commit, offseason player moves

The WCHA will talk about adding Alabama-Huntsville as its 10th member for the 2013-14 season at next week’s meetings in Detroit.

UAH makes a strong case and could be brought in for the good of college hockey and its only Division I foothold in the southern United States.  Here is a look at the other important issues to be decided next week.

CHN has more, including Bruce McLeod‘s future and that the WCHA is waiting on the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to finalize its postseason venue arrangements before it makes its announcement.

Alaska-Fairbanks is looking for a new assistant coach.

Here  is the RPI fan blog’s Without a Peer’s write-up on future foe MSU-Mankato and a feature on the Kings’ Dustin Penner, a former college player.

Minnesota-Duluth adds a high-end Minnesota high school commit.

Lost track of who plays where in college hockey? Start with this list of offseason player moves.