New UNO arena gets go-ahead from regents

An initial artist’s rendering of what UNO’s new arena would look like when viewed from Aksarben Village.

OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today authorized President J.B. Milliken to enter into a letter of intent with developers for the construction of an arena at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

“UNO is very excited about the Regents’ support,” Chancellor John Christensen said.  “It has been our goal to have a campus home for athletic events that also serves the entire university and the community.  This decision moves us closer to that dream.”

“We are very pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this first step in the process of building a new home for Maverick athletics,” said Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics.  “An on-campus arena will be transformative for our department.  By having an on-campus home for our hockey team as well as providing it with dedicated practice space, we will have the opportunity to further strengthen our marquee program as well as provide enhanced competition space for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.

“There are still many steps to making this arena a reality,” Alberts added, “but today’s news is a welcome beginning to a process that we believe will put our department on firm financial footing for years to come.”

The current proposal for a new arena provides for a privately constructed and financed facility which would eventually be acquired by UNO through a lease-purchase agreement.  The cost of the proposed arena is estimated to be $76.3 million with the building seating approximately 7,500 for hockey games.

The proposed site of the building is at 68th and Center Streets, just south of Aksarben Village and east of Papio Creek.

Nebraska Omaha announces plan for new campus arena

From the Omaha World Herald …University of Nebraska at Omaha sports programs are about to go big and go home: The university proposes to build a 7,500-seat arena at 67th and Center Streets, on the south end of UNO’s expanding campus.

The arena would focus first on hockey, the Mavericks’ marquee sport and the athletic department’s main profit center. It would fulfill the university’s longtime dream of on-campus home hockey ice, plus eventually be the home courts for UNO’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Private donations or private partnerships would pay for arena construction costs. In interviews with The World-Herald last week, UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Athletic Director Trev Alberts ballparked the costs at $65 million to $80 million.

“We are not going to put this on the taxpayer,” Christensen said.

Planning and fundraising for the project are far enough along that Christensen and Alberts plan to propose the arena to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its Oct. 26 meeting.

For the rest of the article, which is part of a special section about all the facilities going up in Omaha, click here.

Wednesday reading: North Dakota, BSU, SCSU, Mankato

Two North Dakota players will be punished for minor in possession arrests. Former UND captain Mario Lamoureux signed with ECHL Ontario (Calif.).

The UND athletic department student employees produce a very good video about the past season for its fans that also serves as a teaser for the upcoming season.

Hockey East will expand its playoffs format starting in 2013-14.

Bemidji State held its Select A Seat promotion Tuesday night.

St. Cloud State rookie Joey Benik is expected to be an impact player for the Huskies.

MSU-Mankato continues to struggle to get state funding for much needed arena improvements.

Here’s my previous post with the NBC Sports Network’s college hockey broadcast scheduled, including a Jan. 4 date at Nebraska Omaha for Colorado College. Here is hoping CBS SN announces its schedule soon.

Friday reading: Hall contract,Tech jerseys, Army obit, PSU arena

Former Tiger Tim Hall, pictured, performed well enough late last season to get another contract with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, who travel to Colorado to face Arthur Bidwill‘s Eagles Oct. 12-13. Unfortunately for Tiger fans, CC opens against Clarkson that weekend. Colorado hosts Alaska Wednesday, March 20 and Friday-Saturday March 22-23, which is the WCHA Final Five weekend.

Hall, 22, will enter his first full pro season after joining the Aces as an amateur last year. A week after his CC career ended, Hall made his pro debut in mid-March. He appeared in eight games for Alaska and registered a pair of assists. He also played in five postseason games for Alaska. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Pennsylvania native and defensive forward finished with 40 points (16g, 24a) in 135 college games. As a senior, Hall recorded five goals and three assists in 34 games. Four of his five goals came in the final 12 games of the year. Hall was a mathematical economics major who twice made the WCHA All-Academic team. His best offensive production came as a sophomore when Hall had 18 points (5g, 13a) in 38 games and received the team’s Most Improved Player Award.

Michigan Tech has announced its three new jerseys for the coming season. Here are links to the home white, the road black and gold alternate pictures.

From Tech sports information: “This design is a throwback to the 70s, when Tech played in three straight NCAA Championship games,” said head coach Mel Pearson, who lettered for the Huskies from 1977-81. “As I said when we released the black jersey, we want to honor the tradition and long-standing history of the Michigan Tech hockey program.”

The Army hockey program is mourning the death of former player and officer representative Tom Kennedy, who was killed in Afghanistan. He was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado after leaving West Point.

The first seating section for Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena was installed Tuesday night.

Wednesday reading: L. Sweatt, UNO, PSU, Sioux, DU, Niagara

Here is a solid USHL feature on former Tiger Lee Sweatt and his decision to retire from hockey at age 26.

Talk about a new hockey arena for Nebraska-Omaha has quieted down despite reportedly having the funding lined up.

The Penn State fan blog outlines its coverage plans including the Air Force games.

A lawsuit concerning the Sioux nickname is thrown out of court.

A famed DU hangout with a colorful, if not exactly safe, history is up for sale.  The Niagara coach received a contract extension.

Hockey East hired a longtime NHL linesman to be director of officials.  A former BU player pleads guilty.

Tuesday reading: Incoming NCHC freshmen, Michigan jerseys, outdoor games, PSU arena construction, D-1 composite schedule

Here is a look at the incoming Minnesota-Duluth freshmen and the 2012 recruiting class for Western Michigan.

Michigan announced a change to its away jerseys and that they will wear retro jerseys for the outdoor game.

Here is USCHO’s compilation of past outdoor game results and upcoming events that have been reported or announced for the 2012-13 season.

A Penn State fan blog updates the ongoing construction for the Nittany Lions’ new hockey arena.

Here is a spreadsheet that attempts to compile all the Division I hockey teams 2012-13 schedules together. The CC schedule looks correct so give this a look if you are curious about other teams. I cannot guarantee all the schedules are correct or have not changed since this was compiled. Thanks to the BU fan blog for finding this and linking it.

Former Tiger Nate Prosser will take part in a June 20 charity game at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

Saturday reading: AHL and ECHL playoffs, Crabb, coaches meetings, Air Force schedule, Penn State arena, Knight injury, DU captains

Former Tiger captain Nick Dineen showed off what he can do, especially on face-offs and down low, during his short amateur tryout with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals.

Former Tiger Nick Dineen’s first pro season is over. The Eastern No. 1 seed Elmira Jackals lost to No. 5 Florida 2-1  Friday night and the best-of-seven ECHL playoff series 4-1.

Elmira had led the series 1-0 on Dineen’s game-winner in Game 1. Dineen is now a free agent. I would expect him sign an AHL contract this summer.

Alaska, which includes Tim Hall and Brian Swanson, now leads Stockton, which plays Ryan Lowery, 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Saturday night in California.

Gabe Guentzel played in his first pro playoff game, a 3-2 loss for Syracuse. David Civitarese was a scratch for Hershey in its 3-1 loss. Kris Fredheim and Chad Rau’s No. 8 seed Aeros are down 2-0 in their series against Oklahoma City while Abbotsford, led by Brian Connelly, cruised past Milwaukee.

Colorado Springs’ Jeff Dimmen, a former Maine standout defenseman, is playing for the powerful Norfolk Admirals squad, which won its pro-hockey record 29th game in a row on Friday, a mark that is 11 games longer than any other winning streak ever recorded in any league since hockey was professionalized in 1904. CC fans may remember him for scoring the game-winner against the Tigers in the Florida College Classic during December 2008.

Joey Crabb received a respectable grade from the Toronto beat writer for his best NHL season.

This week’s national coaches’ meeting will have plenty of issues to discuss, including half-shields and the new conference alignments.

Construction on the new ice hockey arena for Penn State, which begins play as a Division I independent this October, began officially on Friday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Coach Guy Gadowsky, a CC alumnus, and two PSU players are interviewed in these videos.

Alaska-Anchorage announced its 2012-13 schedule which will include a game against Air Force in the Kendall Classic in Anchorage Oct. 13. The Falcons take on Alaska-Fairbanks at 3:07 p.m. Mountain on Oct. 12.

North Dakota’s Corban Knight played the last three months of the season with a broken hand.

Denver announced that junior defenseman Paul Phillips, who was an assistant this past season, will be the captain of the 2012-13 Pioneers.  Colorado Springs’ Chris Knowlton won the most improved award and will be an assistant captain along with Shawn Ostrow and Nick Shore.