NCHC postseason announcement set for Monday

It looks like the long wait is over for some NCHC news.

Goal Gophers is reporting that the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and the Target Center have scheduled a press conference for the main lobby of the arena at 12:30 p.m. Mountain on Monday.

According to Gophers beat writer Roman Augustovitz, here are the folks expected to attend: Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak; NCHC Commissioner Jim Scherr; Target Center Vice President and General Manager Steve Mattson; Minnesota-Duluth Athletic Director Bob Nielsen; North Dakota Athletic Director Brian Faison; Representatives from some of the other member institutions in the new conference: Colorado College,  Denver, Miami,  Nebraska Omaha, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.

There will be a live video stream of the event on the Internet at

NCHC commissioner Jim Scherr said last month that a site for the conference tournament was “very, very close to having an agreement.”

The Big Ten Conference men’s hockey tournament will alternate between Xcel Energy Center (2014 and 2016) and Detroit (2015 and 2017) for at least four seasons.

Monday reading: DU, Minnesota updates; Final 5 wrap; R. Schwartz; good eats

Injuries from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to North Dakota will test Denver’s depth in the NCAAs vs. Ferris State.

It’s going to be difficult for Minnesota not to look past Boston University to a possible West region final against North Dakota. If they do, it could be the second embarrassing loss in a row for a team that looked to have all the pieces for an NCAA title.

Here’s Puckato’s wrap-up of the WCHA Final Five.

Rylan Schwartz is rightfully garnering the attention of some NHL teams looking for college free agents according to the Toronto Sun’s Calgary reporter: “After vowing to put more resources and energy into trying to sign U.S. college free agents, word is the Flames are indeed in hot pursuit of a couple players right now. Problem is, so are 30 other teams. One of the more interesting players available out there is centre Rylan Schwartz, who left Colorado College last week with brother Jaden, who captained Canada at the world juniors. Jaden, who scored his first NHL goal Saturday with the St. Louis Blues, had 15 goals in 30 NCAA hockey outings this year, while his older brother had 23. Another name on the Flames radar is diminutive forward J.T. Brown from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.”

Five future National Collegiate Hockey Conference members made the 2012 NCAAs: Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and Western Michigan. With the Broncos and Sioux playing, at least one will make a regional final. Judging from the pairings, attendance should be good at all four regions.

West region, St. Paul, March 24-25
No. 1. North Dakota vs. 4. Western Michigan
2. Minnesota vs. 3. Boston University

Midwest region, Green Bay, March 23-24
No. 1 Michigan vs. 4. Cornell
2. Ferris State vs. 3. Denver

East region, Bridgeport, Conn., March 23-24
No. 1. Union vs.   4. Michigan State
2. Miami vs. 3. UMass-Lowell

Northeast region,  Worcester, Mass., March 24-25
No. 1 Boston College vs. 4. Air Force
2. Minnesota Duluth vs. 3. Maine

And finally, an all-star team we can all feel strong about — the all-WCHA dining team.

Tuesday reading: DU’s NCAA hopes are dim; Jaden video; Sioux nickname

After a loss and tie against CC this weekend, the Pioneers will have a difficult time making the NCAAs.

Minnesota Duluth will honor its four Hobey Baker winners this Friday during the home series against North Dakota.

The Big Ten plans to use a neutral site for its postseason tournament.

Minnesota’s version of the Beanpot Tournament is getting people excited. A comment suggesting they name the tournament the Herbie after Herb Brooks is a great idea.

Here’s video of the Jaden Schwartz goal from Saturday. Wow. DU coach George Gwozdecky said the goal would give him nightmares for some time. You can see why. Denver was in control up to that moment with CC tying the game three minutes later.

This debate will never die: A petition being submitted Tuesday night could restore the Sioux nickname at North Dakota, dependent on forcing a state referendum.