Sunday reading: Civitarese, Bowling Green, AAPG, Anchorage, UND

Former Tiger David Civitarese, pictured, is profiled by the newspaper that covers his junior team. Not a lot of new info but good background on his days in Okotoks.

The USCHO preseason poll will be released sometime on Monday.

Bowling Green coach Chris Bergeron said recruiting will not be affected by the school’s move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association next season.

Here is a story on the All-American Prospects Game held Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y.

Here is an excellent feature on former Coyotes coach Bob Francis and his battle for a decent quality of life.

Sullivan Arena, home of the ECHL Alaska Aces and UAA Seawolves, is unable to make ice, at least for the short term. Here are some of UAA’s options including upgrading its practice facility.

The Hockey News weighs in on the North Dakota party that led to suspensions.

American International College added a new assistant coach.

Weekend reading: Duluth, Pearson, UND, USA Hockey, PSU, lawsuit

Here is a look at Minnesota-Duluth’s expected 2012-13 roster and likely line combinations according to the team’s radio guy.

With Red Berenson looking to coach Michigan until he is 76, if not longer, Michigan Tech coach Mel Pearson made the right call moving to Houghton.

UND’s Derek Forbort’s potential was on display at a recent NHL camp. Here is a review of Brock Nelson and Danny Kristo as well. T.J. Oshie signed a $21 million contract with St. Louis.

USA Hockey announced that Josh Brown (Robert Morris) and Trent Palm (Minnesota-Duluth) have been named intern coaches for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2012-13 season and Ryan Breen (Providence) has been selected as the third recipient of the Brendan Burke Internship.

Joe Paterno‘s statue should be taken down by Penn State, which should expect very harsh penalties, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

College Hockey News expressed support for The Michigan Daily and its reporter, who are targets of a lawsuit from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL.

Wednesday reading: Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, UMass, Gadowsky

Oft-injured Wisconsin forward Jason Clark has left the program after a strong performance in the Islanders development camp.

The Badgers athletic department gave out more than $1 million in bonuses to coaches last season.

The Mercyhurst coach got an extension through the 2015-16 season.

New UMass coach John Micheletto, pictured, knows he has a tough task ahead. Here are more links with reactions from UMass players.

Former Tiger Guy Gadowsky is talking at a coaches conference later today. Here is an update on the Kitchener lawsuit against The Michigan Daily student newspaper.

The Florida brass are not concerned about Nick Bjugstad‘s development slowing by staying another season at Minnesota.

Stars hire former Tiger Lidster as AHL assistant

Former Tigers standout Doug Lidster, pictured, is back in the coaching ranks.

From theahl.com …

Texas Stars general manager Scott White announced Friday that the club has hired Doug Lidster as assistant coach of Dallas’ primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Lidster, 51, was the hockey director for the Victory Honda AAA youth program in suburban Detroit the last five years. He also served a stint as the assistant coach for Canada’s women’s national hockey team in 2009-10, where he helped guide the team to the Four Nations Cup Championship, as well as an Olympic Gold Medal and an MLP Cup Championship.

Prior to his time with Victory Honda and Team Canada, he was the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League.

Lidster was an assistant coach with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League in 2002-03, the first season during which new Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins was the Tigers’ bench boss. With Medicine Hat, he helped guide the team to the second round of the WHL Playoffs.

“We are pleased to add Doug Lidster to our coaching staff,” said White. “He and Willie Desjardins have a history of working well together, and he clearly has fantastic experience as a player and as a coach. We feel he’ll be an outstanding asset to the club and we welcome him to the Texas Stars family.”

The native of Kamloops, B.C., played in the NHL from 1984-1999 with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. In 897 career games, he recorded 343 points (68 goals, 268 assists) and 679 penalty minutes. He played in a total of 80 Stanley Cup playoff games and was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in New York (1994) and Dallas (1999).

The All-American had an impressive CC career as well with 174 points in 143 games as a Tiger, the third-best among defensemen in school history.

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.

Monday reading: Playoffs, Bachman, Lagrone, Mexico, Eaves

WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod said the Alaska Plan for the 2014 playoffs may change. It had been reported that Anchorage and Fairbanks would play in the first round every season, but that would change if one is the top seed and gets a bye to the Final Five tournament, wherever that may be held.

The Alaska-Anchorage athletic director was the only one who voted against the Alaska Plan.

Here are more details about the possible Final Five venues from the Mining Gazette in Houghton, Mich.

Here is some more reaction.

It looks like former Tiger Richard Bachman will have some very tough competition for the Stars backup job.

Future Tiger Duggie Lagrone advanced to the Des Moines training camp roster.

A Mexico-born player, pictured, tries to make USHL Sioux City roster.

Here is some analysis on the retiring Minnesota athletic director.

Miami announced its schedule for its final season in the CCHA.

This Canadian hockey writer thinks Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves should get a hard look from the Capitals.

The Gazette weighs in on the Sioux nickname vote.

From the Thunder Bay. Ont. newspaper …

During Thursday’s dinner, Dr. George Gwozdecky was named the recipient of the Chris Ferguson Sr. Memorial Award for his service as a Thunder Bay sports builder. Gwozdecky, the father of University of Denver men’s hockey head coach George Jr., was director and doctor of sports organizations in soccer, tennis, hockey, football, running and water skiing.
Dr. Gwozdecky, who was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, is a member of the Canadian Council of Sports Medicine and was the Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Friday reading: Tigers in AHL, ECHL playoffs; Johnson, Kilpatrick win Norway title; Bidwill injury; Canzanello in German playoffs; NCHC postseason venue; Hakstol deal; Bjugstad ponders future

Houston defenseman Kris Fredheim defends a San Antonio player earlier this season.

Former Tiger Bill Sweatt scored the opening goal for Chicago and Mark Cullen assisted the next San Antonio goal in the Rampage’s 5-4 OT win in game 1 of their AHL Western Conference playoff series.

Bridgeport’s Trevor Frischmon, Rochester’s Colin Stuart and Houston’s Kris Fredheim and Chad Rau all lost their openers on Thursday night. Nate Prosser (unknown reason) did not play for Houston, which could really use his help on defense.

Click this link for a full list of former Tigers in the AHL playoffs and the Calder Cup postseason schedule.

Alaska, which has Tim Hall and Brian Swanson on its roster, travels to Stockton, which includes former CC captain Ryan Lowery, travels to California for two games Friday and Saturday.

No. 5 East seed Florida could eliminate No. 1 Elmira, which includes former CC captain Nick Dineen, tonight.

The Stavanger Oilers won the top Norwegian league championship on April 13, beating Lorenskog on the road 2-1 to win the final series, 4-3. Jimmy Kilpatrick and Tyler Johnson both played for the Oilers.

Kilpatrick, pictured at left, recorded 42 points (16g,26a) in 33 regular season games and 17 points (5g,12a) in 12 playoff games, including a goal and assist in the finals.

Johnson recorded 10 points (8g,2a) in eight regular season games, and added nine points (4g,5a) in 14 playoff games including two assists in the finals. Johnson joined the Oilers after being traded from the now-defunct Chicago Express of the ECHL.

Arthur Bidwill suffered an undisclosed injury during the CHL playoffs. It was suffered in Game 5 last week and he did not return for Game 6 when the Allen Americans were eliminated by their crosstown rivals, the Texas Brahmas. He had been playing in the No. 2 defenseman pairing.

Andy Canzanello takes a shot for the Straubing Tigers. Canzanello, who lives in Vail during the summer, has spent five years playing for a professional hockey league in Germany. This year, the Tigers have enjoyed their most successful season in recent years and made the league playoff semifinals

Andy Canzanello, shown in green to the left, is in the middle of the top German league playoffs. This feature from the Vail newspaper talks about life in Germany for the former Tiger.

The Big Ten announced its plans for its postseason tournaments and the long-rumored plan to have the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference alternate with them has been contradicted by another report from the “new” WCHA sources, according to Puckato, the Mankato beat writers’ blog:

“Last month, it was reported that the Big Ten was working with the WCHA to have the latter’s tournament in those buildings in opposite years (2014, ’16 at the Joe; ’15, ’17 at the X), and that the NCHC was in negotiations with the Target Center in Minneapolis for its championship weekend.

“According to Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman, the “new” WCHA is still looking into its championship, but he didn’t expect anything to be decided until a June meeting. Buisman said representatives of the future league will not have much time together at next week’s coaches convention in Florida despite regular conference calls.”

Ultimately, it may not matter a ton, although the Target Center is considered by many to be a second-tier hockey venue, because wherever North Dakota goes, a large fan contingent will follow in force.

Here is CBS analyst Dave Starman‘s reaction to North Dakota coach Dave Hasktol’s new six-year contract deal announced on Thursday. There is a new college prospects blog that looks pretty solid so far.

Minnesota’s leading scorer Nick Bjugstad (25 goals) will wait until semester’s end before deciding on returning or heading to the pros.