Thursday reading: Schwartz, MSU jerseys, AFA, Wisconsin

A recent trade by the Blues should help former Tiger Jaden Schwartz, pictured, find a more regular role on the NHL team.

Michigan State announced its new jerseys, which will debut at the Great Lakes Invitational, which will be played outdoors at Detroit’s Comerica Park this December.

Air Force associate coach Mike Corbett was interviewed for the UMass job according to USHR.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves is excited about this offseason and the coming 2012-13 campaign.

Former KFAN radio personality Jeff Dubay talks candidly about how crack cocaine derailed his life.

The Kitchener Rangers were recently accused of offering $200,000 to Michigan signee Jacob Trouba to skip out on his NCAA commit. Their radio personality has since said there are plenty of NCAA programs who do the same thing without any specifics.

This advice from my first sports editor seems relevant: When considering anyone’s statement as fact or fiction, remember who signs his paychecks. This tweet from the sports writer who covers Kitchener included in Goon’s World’s post makes we wonder who that person works for or if they are confusing Miami (Fla.) football from the 1980s with Miami (Ohio) hockey today.

Friday reading: Connelly, Lampl, NHL Draft, UND, WCHA, UConn

Former Tiger Brian Connelly, pictured, talks about the 2011-12 season in this video. Cody Lampl was traded to Toledo of the ECHL recently.

Here is a look at past USHL players in the NHL Draft. Here is a Denver perspective and more on eligible college players.

I posted this earlier this week but here is my article on Hunter Fejes, Jaccob Slavin and Josh Thorimbert’s chances. Fejes gets some love from College Hockey News.

Inside College Hockey rates current college players’ chances of being selected and has some mock drafts for the first two rounds. UND recruit Jordan Schmaltz is profiled.

Here are some links about North Dakota players including that Rocco Grimaldi will be in the Panthers evaluation camp this summer. UND’s Danny Kristo plans to turn pro after his senior season is over.

The WCHA’s Alaska Plan continues to create anxiety for the 2013-14 league members.

UConn’s move to Hockey East was confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The new Minnesota athletic director will not have to spend much time worrying about the hockey program.

Here is a look at the early frontrunners for the vacant UMass head coaching gig.

DU’s Rhett Rakshani is headed to Sweden despite a good AHL career. The Pioneers will be the fourth team in the 2013 GLI this December.

Anchorage got a commitment from a local player.

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: Weekend previews, Sioux nickname, GLI

Colorado College junior goaltender Joe Howe makes a save in the second period of an NCAA hockey game against the University of Denver at the DU's Magness Arena on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. (Daniel Petty, The Denver Post)

Colorado College’s defense is much improved of late while junior goalie Joe Howe will be the likely starter this Friday at Bemidji State. Backup Courtney Lockwood is making his first road trip. BSU coach Tom Serratore previews (video) the home series against CC.

Because of injuries, North Dakota does not have the extra players needed for a “healthy scratch” when it travels to No. 3 Minnesota Duluth. The Sioux nickname returns at the University of North Dakota, at least temporarily. The Big Sky Conference, the new league home for the other UND sports, is not amused.

It looks the Big 10 and The National may end up holding its postseason tournaments at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul every other year.

The top line for No.1/2 Minnesota will be a real test for Denver, which hosts the confident Gophers this weekend and needs to do well down the stretch to avoid having to win the Final Five tournament outright for an NCAA bid.

Nebraska-Omaha travels to Michigan Tech in a battle of two teams tied for fifth place. Mankato travels to Anchorage to conclude the Seawolves’ homestand.

St. Cloud State is idle this week. Here’s a profile of goalie Mike Lee in the interim. The Badgers also have the weekend off.

The Great Lakes Invitational will be played outdoors Dec. 28 and 29, 2012 and will included future National Collegiate Hockey Conference member Western Michigan. The NCHC announced Wednesday that it would have a 24-game league schedule when it begins play in October 2013.

Here’s the weekend schedule courtesy of wcha.com …

Games for Friday, February 10: *Nebraska Omaha at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 7:07 pm ET; North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Colorado College at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Minnesota at Denver (WCHA), 8:07 pm MT; Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. * Winter Carnival

Games for Saturday, February 11: *Nebraska Omaha at Michigan Tech (WCHA), 5:07 pm ET; Colorado College at Bemidji State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; North Dakota at Minnesota Duluth (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota at Denver (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; Minnesota State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT. * Winter Carnival