In the pros: Dimmen, Holmstrom, J. Schwartz, Testwuide

Colorado Springs hockey fans have three good reasons to follow the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms– natives Jeff Dimmen (Maine) and Ben Holmstrom (UMass-Lowell) and former CC captain Mike Testwuide are all on the Opening Night roster.

Dimmen signed an AHL contract after entering training camp with a tryout deal. Holmstrom enters his second season as the Phantoms’ captain.

Former Tiger Jaden Schwartz is on AHL Peoria’s second line as left wing with center Phil McRae and right wing Jay Barriball.

Ted Behrend is on CHL Denver’s roster while Arthur Bidwill made the ECHL Colorado Eagles..

Wednesday reading: Dineen honor, Final Five previews

CC captain Nick Dineen, pictured at left, garnered a well-deserved spot on USCHO’s ALL-WCHA Unsung Team.

Here’s Minnesota’s Final Five preview notes and a feature on North Dakota walk-on freshman Dan Senkbeil, which includes a classic hockey story on how he got his nickname and created a new verb in use in the Sioux locker room. Really good stuff.

Michigan Tech has good reason for high hopes headed into the Final Five.

Wisconsin’s inability to perform “in the clutch” is why the Badgers were the No. 10 seed and are entering this offseason this week. Here’s a look at next season for UW.

Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom is expected to return from an unspecified injury tonight for AHL Adirondack.

UMass-Lowell head coach Norm Bazin, a former CC assistant, is the likely Hockey East Coach of the Year after taking the last-place RiverHawks to second in the league in his debut season.