Tuesday reading: Engelstad, CC seniors, Kerdiles, commits, web poll

As part of its NCAA deal, the Ralph Engelstad Arena removed some Sioux references (though certainly not all). Courtesy GOON’S WORLD.

The seven CC seniors have stepped forward into the leadership roles nicely through the first two weeks of the season.

Badgers freshman Nic Kerdiles will serve his suspension and stay at Wisconsin, easing fears he would bolt for the WHL.

Bemidji State adds a commit while Minnesota added two. Here is the weekly WCHA web media poll:

Team Pts Previous Record High Low
1) Minnesota (9) 141 1 3-1-0 1 2
2) Denver (3) 131 3 2-0-0 1 3
3) North Dakota 123 2 1-1-0 2 4
4) Minnesota Duluth 96 4 2-2-0 4 8
5) Michigan Tech 87 8 2-2-0 3 9
6) Colorado College 80 5 3-1-0 4 10
7) St. Cloud State 72 7 2-2-0 4 9
8) Nebraska Omaha 67 6 2-2-0 4 10
9) Minnesota State 52 10 2-0-2 5 11
10) Wisconsin 46 9 0-2-0 6 12
11) Bemidji State 24 11 1-1-0 9 12
12) Alaska Anchorage 17 12 2-1-1 10 12
Representing Name Publication Twitter
Alaska-Anchorage, Taylor Hall College Hockey News @thall907
Bemidji State, Troy Mills The Beaver Pond
Colorado College, Joe Paisley, Paisley Hockey @Paisleyhockey
Denver, Mike Chambers, Denver Post @MChambersDP
Michigan Tech, Tim Braun, Tech Hockey Guide @TBraunTHG
Minnesota, Dan Myers, Minnesota Hockey Magazine @1DanMyers
Minnesota Duluth, Bruce Ciskie, The Ciskie Blog @BruceCiskie
Minnesota State, Chris Dilks, Western College Hockey @ChrisDilks
Nebraska-Omaha, Matt Semisch, Radio Free Omaha @matthewsemisch
North Dakota, Eric Burton The Hockey Writers Combine and Goon’s World @goon48
St. Cloud State, Jeremy Larson, Husky Hockey Time @jclarson02
Wisconsin, Andy Johnson, Bucky’s 5th Quarter @andyjohnsonB5Q

Wednesday reading: Grimaldi, Sioux vote, NCHC, Skating for Hope

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Rocco Grimaldi will be a freshman next season and eligible for WCHA rookie of the year.

The state’s voters have voted to eliminate the Sioux nickname in convincing fashion. No doubt there will be some more legal wrangling but it will be much harder for nickname supporters to keep up the fight now.

Yes: 113,684 (67.35%)

No: 55,114 (32.65%)

426/426 Precincts reporting.  A “Yes” vote retires the nickname.

Zach Parise may be looking at the Wild now that he is a free agent. I am not ready to buy that just yet. The Kings are more likely since they can expect to be a playoff contender.

Here are some good details from the NCHC postseason announcement, including a logo in the next three weeks and talk of a new league championship trophy.

The second “Skating for Hope” fundraiser is coming up.

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.

More Saturday reading: More Friday upsets, Sioux nickname, Lowery

The CEO of the North Dakota alumni association speaks out against the drive to resume the Sioux nickname.

Let’s hear it for parity in college hockey. No. 1/2 Boston University lost 3-2 to UMass, which picked up its first road win this season Friday as a result. The top four teams in each poll all lost Friday with Michigan State besting No. 4 Michigan 3-2.

No. 1/2 Minnesota lost at Denver and No. 3 Duluth lost 3-1 at home to North Dakota.

Former Tiger Ryan Lowery recorded an assist in his ECHL debut Friday night in Loveland.

Former CC assistants Norm Bazin and Jason Lammers are leading the Hockey East leaders, going from worst to first in less than 12 months.

Pine Creek graduate Emily West left a 5-0 win at Ohio State with an apparent injury.