U.S. Hall 2012 announcement at noon Wednesday

The press conference announcing the 2012 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will be announced at noon Mountain. To date, there are 153 enshrined members in the Hall, which was founded in 1973.

Monday reading: MTU ice renovations, conference video link, Sioux

Michigan Tech is pumping $1.3 million into its ice plant for its home arena.

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s press conference at Minneapolis’ Target Center is at 12:30 p.m.Mountain. A six-year contract with an opt-out clause is expected.

You may watch Monday’s press conference yourself live at: http://nchcmedia.ngin.com/

Here is more reaction to the NCAA rules changes.

The Grand Forks Herald put together a timeline of the Sioux nickname history and an article on how the debate surrounding it then and now has changed. The measure will be voted on Tuesday statewide.

Sunday reading: MSG game, Wisconsin, Dimmen, USA women

It looks like Cornell will host Michigan at Madison Square Garden this November judging from this poster being distributed to Big Red fans.

If true, that would a big event for college hockey though I worry about filling such a large venue. No official confirmation has been made.

This tidbit was originally reported by the Michigan College Hockey blog, which provided the image.

Colorado Springs native Jeff Dimmen got to hoist the AHL’s Calder Cup Saturday afternoon when the Norfolk Admirals swept Toronto. Dimmen played in the first three games of the series.  Congrats to Jeff.

A former Vermont player is suing the university for lost financial aid after he was cut from the team.

Here’s more on the NCAA rules changes and Wisconsin brings in an Illinois goalie commit.

The Badgers are grumpy about having to leave the Kohl Center for neutral ice against St. Cloud State to end the regular season.

Katey Stone will be the coach of the U.S. women’s team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. The 18-year Harvard coach has 378 victories, the most for an active Division I women’s college hockey coach.

Stone will be the national team’s coach for the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Ottawa.

“Katey knows what it takes to build gold-medal teams,” Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey, said in a news release.  “We’re very excited to have her continue to lead our U.S. women’s national team up to and through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.”

Wednesday reading: Denver-CC rebroadcast with video, rule changes, Lucia, Sioux nickname, Lagrone, Testwuide, Calder Cup broadcasts

A replay of CC’s overtime win over Denver (ended by Alexander Krushelnyski penalty shot goal) from early December will be broadcast at 11:30 a.m. Mountain on Sunday, June 17 on the CBS Sports Network.

Here’s the video of Krusher’s game-winner.

Here is a detailed look at the rule changes under consideration by the NCAA this week.

Minnesota coach Don Lucia hopes to have a repeat of the 2011-12 season.

North Dakota coaches spoke in favor of Measure 4 in the state’s June 12 ballot issue. They argue that it will hurt the university to retain the Sioux nickname. Here is another article on the press conferences being held around the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.

2013 CC commit Duggie Lagrone of the Des Moines Buccaneers was nominated for the USHL Scholar-Athlete Award.

Former Tiger Mike Testwuide continues to be a solid AHL player, according to Hockey’s Future, but has yet to make his NHL debut. I prediction it will happen this coming season. Here is a look at his prospects.

The Calder Cup Finals will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Note: Times listed in linked blog item are Eastern.

The Union coach received a contract extension.

A longtime Duluth hockey supporter passed away. A former Clarkson defenseman died in an accident in Switzerland. My condolences to both families.