More Thursday reading: Atlantic expansion, CLASS award finalists, Notre Dame, Fairbanks punishment, ECAC parity, CCHA update

Four schools, including Alabama-Huntsville, are under consideration to fill the 12th Atlantic Hockey Association spot being vacated by UConn when it leaves for Hockey East in summer 2014. Judging from the article, UAH is still on the outside looking in because of geography.

All four look like strong candidates including one strong D3 and D1 start-ups at Rhode Island and Navy.

Air Force’s Stephen Carew is one of the 20 Lowe’s CLASS award finalists.

It looks like Notre Dame will fit in very well in Hockey East.

The NCAA took scholarships away from Alaska-Fairbanks.

The ECAC has more parity than in years past.

Here is a look at the progress made at Michigan State.

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More Thursday reading: 2014 regionals, Badger Bob, diving, AFA

Wisconsin coach Bob Johnson poses with trophies won  during the 1976-77 season. COURTESY WISCONSIN ATHLETICS

The sites for the 2014 NCAA regionals were announced Thursday morning.

Here is the weekly USCHO column featuring “Badger Bob” Johnson and all the connections between CC and Wisconsin.

The new head of Hockey East officials has noticed a lot of players are taking dives. He plans to fix that.

Air Force may be turning the corner now that it can string together points in league play while Army’s offense looks much improved.

Dartmouth is enjoying a strong start in ECAC play.

NCAA president unwisely chose not to include the Division III championship game during the 2014 Philadelphia Frozen Four

Wisconsin’s Kerdiles suspended for season; appeal planned

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves announced today that Nic Kerdiles has been ruled ineligible for one season by the NCAA, and that Wisconsin will be appealing the suspension, according to beat writer Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal.

The ruling requires the freshman, picked 36th overall in 2012, to serve the suspension while enrolled in Madison.

That greatly increases the likelihood the Ducks draft pick will head to the Kelowna (B.C) Rockets of the Western Hockey League to avoid missing out a year in his development.

More Sunday reading: Benik, Kerdiles, Denver, Mankato, UAA

St. Cloud State freshman Joey Benik, pictured,suffered a broken leg during the first hour of official practice on Saturday. Here are some more details.

Wisconsin freshman Nic Kerdiles was held out of Saturday’s exhibition win over questions concerning his NCAA eligibility.

Here are more details and reaction from the Denver-British Columbia exhibition tie.

Here is a look at Mankato coach Mike Hastingsjourney to the head coaching job at Minnesota State.

Alaska Anchorage 3, Regina 1

Sophomore defenseman Austin Coldwell had a goal and an assist to help lift Alaska Anchorage to a 3-1 exhibition win against Regina on Saturday night at the Harry J. McDonald Center.

Saturday reading: Minnesota, SCSU, predictions, rules video

The first USA Hockey preseason poll will be released on Sept. 24 with new ones to follow most Mondays.

The 2012-13 Minnesota schedule was finalized  as is the SCSU Huskies.

Sioux7 announced his preseason picks for the WCHA with Denver ahead of North Dakota. Here is Goon’s World’s prediction.

Here is the 25-minute NCAA video with some examples about the rules emphasis and tweaks for the 2012-13 season, including that indirect contact to the head (player hits body and then slides up to head) could lead to a two-minute minor using existing penalties (elbowing, high sticking, roughing, charging) at the discretion of referee. Penalties (including awarding a goal) for dislodging the net is also discussed along with an effort to clarify goals off a players’ skate.

Bob Caldwell is the new assistant coach at Western Michigan.  High expectations are now the norm for Air Force.

The ECHL Colorado Eagles landed a big-time free agent by league standards: The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL announced Thursday the signing of forward Trent Daavettila (dah-VUH-till-uh) who has spent the first four years of his professional career as a standout with the Kalamazoo Wings.  Since the 2009-10 season, no player has produced more points in the ECHL than Daavettila’s 249 (including playoff games).  In that time, his 168 assists also rank as the most, while his plus-52 plus/minus ranking is tied for the 2nd-best.  In 191 regular season ECHL games, the 6-foot, 190-pound forward accumulated 203 points (69-134-203), highlighted by a stellar 2010-11 season (in which he led the league with a plus-28 plus/minus) that helped the Wings reach the league finals.  He led Kalamazoo in points each of the past two seasons (154 in 140 games) & led the 2011 playoff field in points (28) & assists (22) as well.

Thursday reading: NCAA expansion into Canada, Wisconsin lines, UND center ice

This columnist talks about how NCAA Division I hockey could find some new homes in Canada with the NCAA admitting British Columbia’s Simon Fraser into the organization recently. The team only plays club hockey but it could now consider a move up to varsity hockey.

If anything, its jerseys with “SFU” could prove to be a popular item for smart-aleck fans. The University of British Columbia, CC’s exhibition foe in early October, would be a strong candidate to move into NCAA hockey if it wished but a lot of dominoes must fall first for that to happen.

Bucky’s Fifth Quarter talks about the Wisconsin lines and even looks into who would be on the power-play unit in this blog post.

The new center ice ice logo for Ralph Englestad Arena is being put in place and most North Dakota fans are less than pleased.

Weekend reading: MacDonald, Sioux nickname, profiles, Bidwill

From CC sports information …

Tiger Hockey lost one of its all-time greats late last week when Bill MacDonald, a 1952 graduate of Colorado College, passed away at the age of 82.

As a sophomore in 1949-50, MacDonald was instrumental in helping CC skate to the first of its two national championships. He was inducted, along with his entire team, into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

Elsewhere in the WCHA, supporters have until Aug. 8 to get enough signatures to get the Sioux nickname onto the November ballot.

Inside College Hockey started up its summer A-Z mini-profiles recently. Here are the future CC foes posted so far: Cornell’s Cole Bardreau; Yale’s Clinton Bourbonais; and Denver’s Josh Didier.

Future Air Force foes include: Bentley’s Justin Breton; Robert Morris’ Adam BraceGrant Blakey of Mercyhurst;  Alaska-Fairbanks’ Colton Beck and Ben Danford of Canisius.

The Colorado Eagles announced they have signed DU’s Kyle Ostrow and former CC defenseman Arthur Bidwill.

The Hockey East commissioner gets a contract extension.

A Bowling Green freshman from Latvia is suspended 33 games for playing a pro league by the NCAA.

The NCAA opens the door to admitting Canadian universities.