Wednesday reading: Preseason teams, AFA, Gophers, Mavs, Tech

The WCHA was sprinkled throughout the College Hockey News’ preseason first and second team honorees.

Air Force’s Adam McKenzie is one of the top 10 preseason defensemen according to USCHO.

Here is Wild beat writer Michael Russo’s first impressions of the Gophers.

Nebraska Omaha coach Dean Blais, pictured,announced that senior forward Brent Gwidt will serve as captain of the 2012-13 team, and junior forward Matt White and senior goaltender John Faulkner will be alternate captains.

“All three players have experience as captains for our team last year, and they are natural choices by their fellow players to again lead our team,” Blais said in a press release.  “We expect our captains to set good examples for their teammates both on the ice and off, and these three players have the ability to do that.”

Getting the ‘A’ certainly suggests Faukner has an edge in the battle for the No. 1 goalie job.

Tyler Elbrecht and Eriah Hayes are the Mankato captains.

Former Tigers Joey Crabb and Tim Hall were joined by Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky on the ECHL Alaska Aces’ training camp roster.

Here is a look back at the formation of Hockey East. There are some familiar themes in there for WCHA fans.

Michigan Tech added its third defenseman commit in two weeks.

Here is the Western College Hockey Blog’s look at St. Cloud State.

Minnesota-Duluth will continue to reload, not rebuild. Here is a fan’s take on the Alaska-Fairbanks scrimmage.

AFA’s McKenzie participating in Capitals development camp

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Edited from original on NAHL.com …

Air Force junior defenseman Adam McKenzie, pictured, isgetting a rare opportunity afforded some undrafted players by participating in the Washington Capitals’ annual development camp, which began two days ago. The sessions end on Saturday.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” McKenzie told NAHL.com. “I’m really excited to be here. It’s an opportunity to show what I can do. It’s an NHL camp, and it’s a step toward reaching my dream.”

Among the camp’s 46 participants are players drafted by the team, including 2012 first-round selections Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson, and free agents. The camp is at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., and will consist of on- and off-ice workouts as well as scrimmages.

It was his development and experiences with the NAHL’s Wenatchee Wild that played a pivotal role in McKenzie making an easy transition to the Division I level, said Air Force head coach Frank Serratore.

“Adam was a good player when he left Wenatchee,” Serratore said. “He was a mature player to start with and we anticipated that he would be able to make a seamless transition into a Division I hockey player, and he did.”

As a freshman, McKenzie played in all 38 of Air Force’s games. He notched 19 points (5G, 14A) with a plus-8 rating on a Falcons team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. McKenzie was the No. 2 scoring freshman on the team and the top-scoring freshman in the AHA. Later, he was named to the AHA’s all-rookie team.

“It will be a terrific hockey experience for Adam, and it will give him an opportunity to see where he sits on the food chain among other prospects,” Serratore said. “We’re happy for Adam. It’s good for him, good for [Air Force] and Wenatchee.”

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