Weekend reading: Clarke, NCHC, USNTDP, Duluth, Minnesota

Former Tiger Noah Clarke, pictured, should be a star for the Belfast Giants of the British Elite Ice Hockey League.

The last sentence of the linked article is telling.  Apparently the team has a program that pays for his masters degree at a Belfast university. Very smart move for a veteran player preparing for life after the game.

He will be back in Germany this October representing Belfast, the British league champs, in the Continental Cup. He played only 18 games last season in the German league before an injury ended his year.

Chris Peters thinks UConn and Notre Dame are a huge boost for Hockey East and argues the National Collegiate Hockey Conference lost out in a chance for name recognition. This UND blogger talks about that and gets some reaction from NCHC fans.

Another USNTDP player skips out on Michigan and heads to the Canadian junior leagues.

It looks like former North Dakota standout Chay Genoway will get another shot with the Wild. He definitely deserves it.

Here are the Minnesota-Duluth players headed to NHL development camps. Here are the Gophers.

The UMass head coach search is heating up and the rumors are flying.

Thursday reading: Fundraisers, Anchorage defections, Bachman, Rau, Defending The Blue Line, Alaska Plan reaction, St. Cloud State profile

The Hockey and Hearts Celebrity Golf Tournament was held at the Lynbrook Golf Course in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Monday with 12 various sports celebrities, including (L-R) Mike Blaisdell, Logan Pyett, Garth Murray, Brandon Gromley, Luke Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Keith Aulie, Tyler Bozak, Mark McMorris, Don McMorris, Roger Aldag and Bob Poley. The event raised $150,000.

Three Alaska-Anchorage players have left the program this offseason.

Dallas has made an offer to restricted free agent and former Tiger Richard Bachman. Chad Rau has signed a two-way deal (terms not disclosed) with the Wild organization as has UND’s Chay Genoway.

Here is a feature on the Defending the Blue Line organizer. Here is a recap of the event.

Here is a blog opinion on the WCHA’s Alaska Plan which is looking more and more temporary with each story published on it.

Here is a detailed look at St. Cloud State by the RPI fan blog.

Two Division III powerhouses are changing conferences.

In the pros: Fredheim, Prosser sent down to AHL Houston

One day after their season finale, the 12th-place Minnesota Wild (35-36-11) on Sunday sent four defensemen back to the American Hockey League.

Reassigned to the Houston Aeros were former Tigers Kris Fredheim (No. 7 at left) and Nate Prosser, former North Dakota standout Chay Genoway and Marco Scandella.

Prosser recently signed a two-year NHL-only contract extension but remains under a two-way deal for the rest of this season, prompting the Wild brass’ move to bolster the Aeros’ weakening playoff chances.

Saturday reading: Frozen 4, Kirby, game attendance, Huntsville, Johnson, Lowery, Hall, Slattengren, Swanson, Prosser suspension

Here is College Hockey News’ preview of tonight’s championship game.

It’s Boston College’s potent offense versus Ferris State’s suffocating defense according to this preview.

One of Ferris State’s notable alums may be one of the Beach Boys, but the Bulldogs wasted no time on the sand on Friday.

The rigors of the Hockey East schedule best prepared Boston College for tonight’s game at 5 p.m. Mountain (ESPN2).

Air Force defenseman Tim Kirby garnered All-America East honors. He is the fourth Falcon all-time and fourth in the past six years to be so honored.

Attendance has never been an issue for either Air Force or Colorado College in recent years.

Alabama-Huntsville is using its chance to host the Frozen Four as a chance to ingratiate (ie. free scotch and steaks) themselves with the member schools of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Good thing former Tiger Tyler Johnson bolted for Europe. His former ECHL team has folded, but the CHL’s Fort Wayne expected move up the ECHL along with expansion franchises in San Francisco and Orlando mean there will be some minor-league pro jobs out there for other former college players.

Ryan Lowery’s Stockton Thunder eliminated the Colorado Eagles, which included Aaron Slattengren, on Friday in the first round of the ECHL playoffs. The Thunder head north to take on the Alaska Aces, which feature Tim Hall and Brian Swanson.

Nate Prosser was suspended for one game for head-butting Jamal Mayers recently. Here is Brendan Shanahan’s video explanation of the suspension. With Prosser out tonight, former Sioux defenseman Chay Genoway will make his NHL debut tonight against Phoenix.

UMD goalie Kenny Reiter has signed with AHL Bridgeport, an affiliate of the Islanders. North Dakota defenseman Ben Blood (all-league player with an all-world name) signed with Ottawa.