Monday reading: CC complex renovations, UND, Hastings, Fairbanks

The new athletic department office/classroom addition along Cache La Poudre Street opened on Aug. 6 and the new facility at the El Pomar Sports Complex looks sharp. Pictured above (image courtesy CC sports information)  is a display outside the three hockey offices showing all the former Tigers who have played in the NHL.

And yes, the display is set up so more players may be added over time.

The addition has three classrooms that may also serve as team meeting rooms — fittingly the 8-seat Ray Werner classroom could be the freshmen study table — and a formal meeting room.

Here is a view of the entrance to the athletic department offices on the second floor of the El Pomar Sports Complex.

All in all, the addition is a huge improvement over the former office space with more room for a more centralized department instead of having offices spread out all over the facility and campus.

The varsity weight rooms, locker rooms and hockey shooting room (synthetic ice) — as part of Phase 2 renovations of the existing building — are scheduled to open by Sept. 3 when classes start.

That phase also includes extensive improvements to Reid Gym. Phase 3, which includes the much-anticipated student/faculty/staff fitness center addition to the north, is scheduled to open in late spring 2013.

In other news, the Grand Forks Herald continues to give Division I hockey its due by sending its beat writer to all road contests. I was glad to read that. There is also an update of sorts about goalie Aaron Dell who will not be back but has yet to sign a pro deal. No doubt there will be more later.

ECAC postseason tournament is headed back to Lake Placid in 2014.

Here is a short profile on Minnesota State Mankato coach Mike Hastings and UConn’s Brant Harris, a future Air Force opponent.

A former Nanook is back as an assistant for Alaska-Fairbanks.

Thursday reading: Harstad, Stoykewych, Guentzel, Bazin, MacInnes

The Winnipeg Jets renewed their affiliation agreement with the expansion St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL. Relevance to CC fans you ask? Seventh-round draft picks Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych will likely start their pro careers in Newfoundland someday.

The Syracuse Crunch signed an arena lease agreement to keeps the AHL franchise, where former Tiger Gabe Guentzel is under contract, in that town through 2024.

According to Chris Heisenberg, Jake Guentzel, Gabe’s younger brother, has committed to Nebraska-Omaha for 2013 or 2014.

Duluth goalie Kenny Reiter has signed with AHL Bridgeport.

Former CC assistant Norm Bazin signed a four-year contract extension with UMass-Lowell.

Michigan Tech’s John MacInnes Student Ice Arena will open after considerable renovations later this month.

Wednesday reading: Bemidji, Mankato, Holmstrom

Bemidji State announced its 2012-2013 schedule.

One benefit of the formation of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference is that the schools in the new-look WCHA are ponying up money to renovate their facilities as Mankato has done. Such a commitment, especially while taking advantage of low interest rates, is a good sign for the program.

Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom is on the Philly Flyers’ “Black Aces” practice squad, a group of AHL players who are practicing and may be called up to the NHL playoff roster as needed. These “Black Aces,” as they are known in the hockey world, include forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Ben Holmstrom, defensemen Brandon Manning and Erik Gustafsson, who all saw time with the Flyers this season.

Tyler Brown, Matt Ford, Tye McGinn and 6-6 Danish defender Oliver Lauridsen round out the skaters. Goaltender Michael Leighton, whom the Flyers rode to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, also cleared waivers and will join the team in practice at some point this week.

More Wednesday reading: UNO live chat, CC and SCSU renovations, Lowell update

Join USCHO’s Matthew Semisch for a live chat on Nebraska Omaha hockey.

The $3.5 million donor for the new fitness center at Colorado College, part of the $27 million renovations and new construction project at CC’s El Pomar Sports Complex was announced. The renovations will include a new varsity weight and cardio room and an “ice” shooting practice room.

A $14.7 million renovation and new construction project for the 23-year-old National Hockey Center is schedueld to be completed in time for St. Cloud State’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference debut in 2013.

Here’s a preview of the UMass-Lowell-Providence series. Lowell is coached by former CC assistants Norm Bazin, pictured above, and Jason Lammers, who led the RiverHawks from last to second in Hockey East  in less than 12 months. Here’s more from the Lowell Sun.