Happy Holidays: Enjoy the videos

Former Tiger Noah Clarke scored to put the Belfast Giants into second place in Great Britain’s Elite Hockey League. Unfortunately for Tigers fans, the following Christmas video by the Giants was made two years ago to promote their holiday homestand  so Clarke is nowhere to be seen.

I guess we cannot get everything we want for Christmas each year.

Enjoy this video and have a joyous holiday surrounded by family and friends. The blog will resume on Dec. 27.

Here is the Vermont women’s more recent version:

And if a traditional song version is more your style, here’s the Calgary Hitmen performing Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from earlier this month:

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.