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.

Saturday reading: Slavin, more North Dakota suspensions, UND-Omaha outdoor game, Michigan Tech rookie, ECHL tickets

Photo from Slavin’s Twitter account.

The Carolina Hurricanes blog profiles 2012 draft pick Jaccob Slavin, a 2013 CC commit.  Plenty of good news for Tigers fans.

The Grand Forks Herald praises North Dakota for handing out those one-game suspensions. Later, more punishment to more players was handed out.

North Dakota fans are not pleased by the NCHC’s choice of Don Adam as director of officials. Oh well. He is well qualified.

Tickets for the Nebraska-Omaha vs. North Dakota outdoor game go on sale at 9 a.m. Mountain on Monday.

Alex Petain will be an important rookie forward for Michigan Tech this coming season.

Here is a WCHA season preview.

Tickets for the ECHL Colorado Eagles, which include former Tiger Arthur Bidwill, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at ComcastTix.com or by calling 1-877-544-TIXX (8499) or 970-686-SHOT (7468).

CC single-game tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday

Single-game tickets for CC hockey go on sale at 10 a.m. Mountain time on Saturday with prices starting at $9. Tickets are available at the World Arena box office, at CCTigers.com or by calling TicketsWest at 719-576-2626.

There are some ticket deals to consider: If you buy a ticket for a Denver, Minnesota or North Dakota game at regular price, you may buy an equal number of tickets for the season-opening Clarkson and/or Bemidji State games (Nov. 9-10) for $5 each. Kids tickets for only $5 are available for the Nov. 9-10 dates against BSU and the Feb. 22-23 series versus St. Cloud State.

Monday reading: CC revenue, USA Hockey, NCAA Division III, UW

The Colorado Springs Business Journal produced a strong article detailing how CC hockey ticket sales support the other Tigers programs, how much money is brought in by sponsors and other financial details.

The article also talks about how having the headquarters for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference located in Colorado Springs further boosts college hockey’s profile in the area. Definitely worth a read.

USA Hockey’s coaching education program gets well-deserved praise. Former Minnesota-Duluth assistant and current USHL Sioux City head coach and general manager Brett Larson will coach the U.S. team at the world juniors tournament in Nova Scotia.

The NCAA Division III championship committee is weighing the option of holding its championship game during the Frozen Four festivities.

Wisconsin freshman forward Nic Kerdiles is featured.

Former Northeastern forward Rob Dongara explains why he transferred to UMass. Merrimack is considering adding a women’s hockey program.

Tigers announce tough 2012-13 hockey schedule

Colorado College announced its 2012-13 hockey schedule this morning and it features the usual challenging nonconference and Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents that have made the 12 straight winning seasons under 14-year head coach Scott Owens (299-185-43, .608) so impressive.

The schedule includes 16 games against seven different teams – including four Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals – that reached the NCAA playoffs with nine of the games at the Colorado Springs World Arena, where Owens is 196-85-12 (.688).

CC travels to Air Force on Oct. 19 and does home-and-away dates against rival Denver Nov. 16-17 and Feb. 8-9. Under Owens, CC is 30-20-7 against DU including 15-8-3 at Magness Arena to claim the Gold Pan Trophy eight times in 13 seasons.

The 14 home league games also include two against NCAA Tournament entrants Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota. CC also travels to Grand Forks to conclude a challenging road stretch lasting from Dec. 8 through Jan. 18, not including winter break.

Notable nonconference home dates include a single game against Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell, which is coached by former CC assistant Norm Bazin, on Oct. 20 along with contests against Hockey East’s New Hampshire and ECAC member Yale on Thanksgiving weekend. The Tigers open play against ECAC’s Clarkson Oct. 12-13.

The Tigers look ready to play now, judging from this tweet from goalie Joe Howe:

@CCTigers: 2012-13 hockey schedule announced http://fb.me/1SnqOikO7” how many days until October? #itchingtogetbackatitalready

Season-ticket prices start at $149 and include all 20 regular-season home games plus any home playoff dates. Fans ordering prior to May 14 can receive a special discount of up to $20 on each season ticket. Season-ticket holders receive many special benefits, including a choice of the best seat locations. Interest-free payment options – including a five-month plan – are available. Renewal notices will be mailed in April.

Tiger hockey’s average home attendance of 6,754 in 2011-12 was its highest in five years.

Thursday reading: Sioux nickname, ECAC capsules, weekend previews and features

Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert (39) made a save in the second period as Denver wing Chris Knowlton looks for the rebound during a college hockey game in Denver, Friday night, Feb. 3, 2012. The Denver Post, Karl Gehring

The NCAA ruled Wednesday that North Dakota would forfeit its NCAA postseason games if any team members, cheerleaders or band member wore the Sioux nickname or image during an event.

Bernard Franklin, an NCAA executive vice president, said in a letter to university provost Paul LeBel that the university “must forfeit competition” if “it has not adhered to this requirement” in any postseason games that UND teams have been invited to play in.

“We ask that the university take measures to minimize or eliminate the presence of the imagery or nickname brought to an NCAA championship venue,” Franklin’s letter says.

That’s a dose of reality for the fans still fighting to keep the nickname, but North Dakota may not have to worry about that if their NCAA Tournament bubble bursts. The letter does not affect the home playoff series or the WCHA Final Five.

North Dakota also continues to struggle to field a full lineup due to injuries.

Here’s a link to the America One video streaming for college hockey around the country. You can always watch the Tigers via a link on CCTigers.com, but wouldn’t you rather watch them live?

Here’s a capsule preview of the Michigan Tech at No. 19 Colorado series. If the Tigers win Friday or Saturday night, more than 1,000 home playoff game tickets go on sale immediately. WCHA Final Five tickets go on sale on Monday.

MSU Mankato heads to North Dakota with a player returning from injury.

The Gophers are focused on beating Wisconsin, not the league title; along with other injury updates, etc. The Badgers’ Jason Clark is featured. Here’s a look at a big week in the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry.

Another Colorado Thunderbird commits to Denver, which travels to fifth-place Nebraska Omaha this weekend. The Pioneers will be without Beau Bennett and David Makowski.

St. Cloud State hosts No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in another series that will affect home playoff ice possibilities.

Bemidji State goes to Alaska Anchorage with both teams want to build momentum before going on the road in the league playoffs.

Here’s Bruce Ciskie’s take on the WCHA’s top forwards, including Jaden and Rylan Schwartz.

Former Minnesota captain Frank Sanders has died.

Here are Without a Peer’s ECAC first-round playoff capsules. Here’s the Pairwise rankings to see which series bear watching for WCHA fans.

The Patty Kazmaier finalists (women’s Hobey Baker award) were announced and six WCHA players made the 10-player list.

Here’s a rink the CC players will be familiar with after October 2012: the Cornell arena.

Former Tiger Brian Connelly is victorious in his return to AHL Rockford after being traded to Abbotsford a month ago.

This weekend’s schedule courtesy WCHA.com:

Games for Friday, March 2: Denver at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 6:37 pm CT; Wisconsin at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Minnesota State at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:37 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:37 pm MT; Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

Games for Saturday, March 3: Denver at Nebraska Omaha (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Minnesota State at North Dakota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Wisconsin at Minnesota (WCHA), 7:07 pm CT; Michigan Tech at Colorado College (WCHA), 7:07 pm MT; Bemidji State at Alaska Anchorage (WCHA), 7:07 pm AT.

Good seats available for Union game tonight

Because the Colorado College students are out for the holiday break, plenty of general admission seats in Sections 102, 103 and 202 and 203  are available for people tonight against No. 10 Union.

Go to the World Arena box office now to get a good seat.