Tuesday reading: Dell leaves UND, Quinnipiac, OHL sanctions

Courtesy UND Athletics

North Dakota starting goalie Aaron Dell, pictured, dropped his final year of eligibility to play for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles., which includes CC’s Arthur Bidwill. The link includes a list of the early departures from the WCHA. Here are more details including an interview with Dell.

Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold signed a contract extension that will keep him behind the Bobcat bench through the 2016-17 season.

The college hockey community is wisely staying quiet on the Windsor Spitfires’ recruiting violations punishment. Later in that column, the lawyer representing the student Michigan Daily newspaper against Kitchener is suggesting he may put the whole OHL under the microscope if he must.

This Canadian columnist says the Windsor situation is just the tip of the iceberg.

Monday reading: CC complex renovations, UND, Hastings, Fairbanks

The new athletic department office/classroom addition along Cache La Poudre Street opened on Aug. 6 and the new facility at the El Pomar Sports Complex looks sharp. Pictured above (image courtesy CC sports information)  is a display outside the three hockey offices showing all the former Tigers who have played in the NHL.

And yes, the display is set up so more players may be added over time.

The addition has three classrooms that may also serve as team meeting rooms — fittingly the 8-seat Ray Werner classroom could be the freshmen study table — and a formal meeting room.

Here is a view of the entrance to the athletic department offices on the second floor of the El Pomar Sports Complex.

All in all, the addition is a huge improvement over the former office space with more room for a more centralized department instead of having offices spread out all over the facility and campus.

The varsity weight rooms, locker rooms and hockey shooting room (synthetic ice) — as part of Phase 2 renovations of the existing building — are scheduled to open by Sept. 3 when classes start.

That phase also includes extensive improvements to Reid Gym. Phase 3, which includes the much-anticipated student/faculty/staff fitness center addition to the north, is scheduled to open in late spring 2013.

In other news, the Grand Forks Herald continues to give Division I hockey its due by sending its beat writer to all road contests. I was glad to read that. There is also an update of sorts about goalie Aaron Dell who will not be back but has yet to sign a pro deal. No doubt there will be more later.

ECAC postseason tournament is headed back to Lake Placid in 2014.

Here is a short profile on Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings and UConn’s Brant Harris, a future Air Force opponent.

A former Nanook is back as an assistant for Alaska-Fairbanks.

Wednesday reading: UND, Mankato, SCSU, Niagara, Penn State

The future of North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell remains up in the air.

With a new TV contract comes a change at play-by-play announcer for UND.

The Mankato assistants will stay on under the new head coach.

Former St. Cloud State captain Garrett Raboin is back as a new assistant coach.

Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky “excited to move on” from Sandusky scandal.

The Niagara AD takes a job at Virginia Commonwealth.

The 1991-92 Lakers were inducted into the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame.

The Syracuse women made a head coaching hire.

Tuesday reading: Slavin video, NHL draft, USA, North Dakota, GLI

2013 signee CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin (No. 7, black and red jersey) is the subject of this isolation video by reelhockeyscouting.com.

Here is more on Slavin’s NHL Draft possibilities along with Hunter Fejes and Josh Thorimbert. Hockey’s Future lists 10 other collegians who may be drafted. Here is TSN’s top 60.

Plenty of future CC foes made the USA junior evaluation camp roster. Phil Housley will coach the world  juniors team in 2013.

Having Jonathan Quick on your roster would make most any college coach reconsider retirement.

North Dakota’s Aaron Dell and Danny Kristo impressed during the Canadiens’ pre-draft development camp. A Northeastern junior forward jumped for the pros afterward.

The Great Lakes Invitational will continue on through 2014. Michigan State announces six more commitments.

There is some major conference realignment going on in Division III hockey as well.

A former Denver Pioneer defenseman has signed with the CHL’s Cutthroats.

Thursday reading: Cecere, USHL draft, college news

Here is a list of NAHL college commitments, including two headed to CC: Garrett Cecere (2013 or 14) and 2012 defenseman Russell Finch.

Cecere, pictured, led the Janesville Jets with four points (1g, 3a) in five playoff games, the furthest the franchise has gone in the postseason. Cecere was fourth on the team and led the defenseman corps with 30 points (6g, 24a) in 52 games with a plus-4 rating.

Miami and North Dakota recruits shared the USHL Goalie of the Year honors.

North Dakota announced its incoming class for 2012-13. Goalie Aaron Dell‘s plans remain unknown.

The USHL held its entry draft, and decided its championship, which included plenty of future WCHA/NCHC players. No CC commits were involved. Here is one blogger’s take on the draft.

Florida won the ECHL championship.

Wednesday reading: UND early departures, Connelly, Crabb, J. Schwartz video, Slattengren, Sterling, M. Stuart, Air Force news

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Stuart (L), Tobias Enstrom (C) and Andrew Ladd (R) celebrate Ladd's game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers during the overtime period of their NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Florida April 3, 2012.
Photograph by: Rhona Wise, REUTERS

North Dakota sophomore Brock Nelson signed with the Islanders with Aaron Dell likely to follow him out of Grand Forks. Here’s a roundup of the comings and goings there. Here is a Sioux nickname update.

You can vote for former Tiger goalie Matt Zaba to be named European Player of the Month for March.

Here’s a video interview of Jaden Schwartz talking about his first few games with the Blues.

Aaron Slattengren scored the only Colorado Eagles goal in an ECHL playoff loss to Stockton.

Brian Connelly picked up an assist for AHL Abbotsford while Brett Sterling scored for Portland.

Joey Crabb picked up an assist for the Leafs in a loss.

Ninth-year Air Force assistant Mike Corbett has been promoted to associate head coach according to a press release.

“Mike has done an outstanding job throughout his tenure at Air Force,” coach Frank Serratore said. “He has played a key role in the overall success the program has enjoyed, Mike’s expertise has factored greatly into our six-year championship run, the promotion in title is well deserved and overdue.”

The former Denver defenseman and assistant captain under Serratore works with the Falcon defensemen and also assists in recruiting. Corbett has guided a group of defenseman that has helped lead the team to the five best goals-against averages in school history. This past season, the team allowed just 2.09 goals per game, the second best mark in school history and the best since setting the school record of 2.07 in 2008-09.

I am glad to see this happen. Mike has been a quality coach from the start, beginning when we first met as we started our careers; he as a Junior A coach of the Butte (Mont.) Irish and me as a sportswriter at the local paper.

Here is College Hockey Inc.’s graphic illustrating where the U.S. Division I players come from. Here is the latest from USCHO on the Frozen Four.

Thursday reading: Injuries and apologies

More Tigers are healing up and making the trip to play Minnesota Duluth this weekend and a capsule preview of the series, which will likely determine if the Tigers can secure home playoff ice.

CC is one of the last WCHA teams to see the new AMSOIL Arena.  I assume the duct tape connecting carpet remnants between the locker room and ice is long gone. Yes, the new arena was long overdue.

The UMD students add plenty of atmosphere to the new rink, but apparently, their racist chants during the North Dakota series prompted an apology.

Three Denver players will not play against visiting North Dakota, which will have goalie Aaron Dell on the trip. The North Dakota administrators and coaches continue to point out that continued use of the old nickname only hurts the school.

Playing at Nebraska Omaha will be tough for Minnesota, which coach Don Lucia admits can play pretty well.

Nate Ewell was named as interim director of College Hockey, Inc.

Here are the WCHA players of the week honorees. Here this weekend’s schedule as provided by the WCHA.

Games for Friday, February 24: St. Cloud State at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Colorado College at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Wisconsin at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; North Dakota at Denver (WCHA), 8:07 pm MT; * Alaska Fairbanks at Alaska Anchorage (NC), 7:07 pm AT. * Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup

Games for Saturday, February 25: St. Cloud State at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; Colorado College at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; * Alaska Anchorage at Alaska Fairbanks (NC), 7:05 pm AT. * Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup