In the pros: Dineen receives league’s monthly award

Dineen FinlandThe article is in Finnish but based on what his father Dick Dineen told me and what I could glean from an online translator, former Tigers captain Nick Dineen was named as player of the month for the Mestis League in Finland for the month of November.

He is tied for the KooKoo team lead with 19 points (nine goals) in 26 games, which puts him in 10th in the league.

Here is the article and a recent video interview:

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Monday reading: CC at Wisconsin, Minnesota, NHL, USHL

The CC at Wisconsin series during the 2013-14 season was confirmed along with some practice notes.

Boston College was picked to win Hockey East this season by league media.

This longtime Minnesota season ticket holder got the runaround due to a new program.

The New York Times put together a guide to the top European leagues to aid fans wondering where their favorite NHL player is headed during the lockout.

The USHL plans to amp up its focus on player safety, falling in line with recent college hockey rule tweaks and changes.

Pine Creek High School graduate Taylor Gross led the Penn State women’s first practice.

In the pros: Johnson joins Kilpatrick in Norway

Thanks to a tip from a reader (Thank you) a Norwegian blog confirmed that former Tiger Tyler Johnson has signed with the Stavanger Oilers, joining former Tiger Jimmy Kilpatrick.

Here’s the Norwegian reporter’s original article. Basically it says the team has had good luck signing former American college players, Johnson had a good senior year,  and the reporter had not had a chance to talk with Kilpatrick about Johnson.

 

In the pros: Bachman, Johnson, Lowery, O’Connell, Prosser, Testwuide

Tyler Johnson

Former Tiger Tyler Johnson (six points in 20 games) has left the ECHL following a trade from Chicago to South Carolina and headed to play in Europe. I left him a message  and hope to hear back soon.

Drew O’Connell was signed as a backup goalie recently for the injury-depleted Alaska Aces of the ECHL. The Anchorage native remains on the roster, judging from the league transactions list, but has yet to play.

I caught up with former CC captain Mike Testwuide, who along with Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom, will play in the AHL’s outdoor game Friday night. The game will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. Mountain on Saturday

Nate Prosser was sent down to the AHL on Thursday.

Here’s a pretty thorough scouting report on former CC captain Ryan Lowery, who is injured.

Kari Lehtonen’s continued struggles may give goalie Richard Bachman a chance to start more often for the Stars.

In the pros: Prosser, Sejna

 

Peter Sejna scores on a penalty shot last season in the Swiss A League. The league champs are representing Switzerland in the annual Spengler Cup.

Former Tiger Nate Prosser will play at 6 Mountain tonight for the Wild at Nashville.

Peter Sejna scored twice for host HC Davos in a 8-1 win over Canada in the Spengler Cup on Wednesday.

The Spengler Cup, the world’s oldest professional international hockey tournament, has been held in the picturesque mountain town of Davos since 1923. The competition features five European club teams and a Canadian entry comprised largely of European-based pros.