It’s official: Jutting is new Omaha assistant

From UNO sports information …

University of Nebraska Omaha head hockey coach Dean Blais announced today that Troy Jutting has been named the team’s new assistant coach.  Jutting takes over for Brian Renfrew who left Omaha after one year to take a position with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.

Jutting is well known to fans of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, having served as the head coach of Minnesota State for the last 12 years.

“We are fortunate that we have been able to add someone of Troy’s experience to our staff,” said Blais.  “After so many games coaching against us, he knows our program and our players.  Just as important, he knows the WCHA and what it takes to be successful there.  I think he can help us as we compete for league and national championships.”

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Updated Thursday reading: Frozen 4, Guentzel, Penrose award, predictions,Owens, Hall, Mankato, Rud, Sterling, Connelly, C. Stuart

Former CC standout Gabe Guentzel of the Syracuse Crunch at bottom tangles up with Corey Cowick of the Binghamton Senators in a mid-ice collision in the second period at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Mike Greenlar / The Post-Standard.

Here is a link to all the stories by the Union beat writer in preparation of today’s 2:30 p.m. Mountain semifinal (ESPNU) vs. Ferris State. Here is a video made by ECAC fans hopeful the league will win its first NCAA title since 1989.

Western College Hockey Blog talks about why Ferris State has made it this far.

The Boston College-Minnesota semifinal (6 p.m. Mountain, ESPN2) is discussed here along with other preview notes. The fan blog BC Interruption weighs in on the second semifinal. The teams will face off often in the future.

Goon’s World breaks down the Frozen Four and picks the Dutchmen to win it all. My prediction? Boston College over Ferris State. Let the second-guessing begin.

FSU’s coach garnered the Spencer Penrose Award ahead of UMass-Lowell’s Norm Bazin.

Who says that college does not prepare you for the pros and NHL? For the second year in a row, four of the six all-AHL rookie team members played in college:

  • G: Eddie Pasquale, St. John’s (34 GP, 21-11-1, 2.36 GAA, .913 save pct., 4 SO) OHL
  • D: Matt Donovan, Bridgeport (69 GP, 10-32–42, +9) Denver (NHL debut on Tuesday)
  • D: Cade Fairchild, Peoria (63 GP, 7-25–32, +28, 3 GWG) Minnesota
  • F: Cory Conacher, Norfolk (70 GP, 34-39–73, +11, 7 GWG) Canisius (Favorite to win Rookie of the Year)
  • F: Tyler Johnson, Norfolk (70 GP, 29-35–64, +13, 5 GWG) WHL
  • F: Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids (56 GP, 22-36–58, +7, 7 PPG) Maine (NHL debut earlier this season)

CC coach Scott Owens has been under fire of late from fans that were dissatisfied by the early end to this past season. The Colorado Springs Independent’s Ralph Routon does his usual good job outlining the situation.

Not included, but I think worth mentioning is the class workload these players have to handle while facing the full-time demands of playing hockey. The block system is intense and I could see the fatigue in the players’ eyes before every block final. I think the off-ice workload definitely plays a role in the second-half struggles.

The Anchorage Daily News found out some good detail on former Tiger Tim Hall’s move from CC to the ECHL, including how CC assistant Eric Rud connected with Brian Swanson to put Hall on the Alaska Aces’ radar.

Rud is mentioned by the Mankato beat writer as a possible replacement for the ousted Troy Jutting. He and longtime CC assistant Joe Bonnett are both worthy of serious consideration.

Brett Sterling had a goal and an assist in a big win for Portland as the Pirates battle to make the AHL playoffs.

Brian Connelly recorded an assist and Colin Stuart, the captain of the Rochester Americans, was interviewed about Abbotsford’s 4-3 overtime win over the Americans.

MSU Mankato looking for new head coach

Here is an edited version of the press release:

Minnesota State Mankato officials announced that they have reassigned head men’s hockey coach Troy Jutting  to other administrative responsibilities effective immediately and through the remainder of his contract, which expires June 30, 2013. The reassignment was approved by President Dr. Richard Davenport.

A search for Jutting’s replacement begins immediately.

Davenport said he will be closely involved with Director of Athletics Kevin Buisman in a national search for a new head coach, which will begin immediately.

“This is the right time to make a change, and we’re committed to taking our men’s hockey program to new heights,” Davenport said. “Part of our emerging national prominence as a university is raising our level of competitiveness in men’s hockey and all of our sports.”

Davenport thanked Jutting for his loyalty to MSU over 12 years as a head coach, 10 years as an assistant coach and four years as a player.

“We appreciate Troy’s service as head coach of our men’s hockey program, and we are confident he will continue to have a significant and positive impact in this new administrative role,” Davenport said.

Buisman echoed Davenport’s comments.

“I commend Coach Jutting’s loyalty, service, and commitment to the program,” said Buisman. “He went about his business with a steadfast determination, as he worked very hard to make his teams competitive in what is currently one of the best college hockey conferences in the country. His character and professional integrity were unwavering and the welfare and personal development of his players were always a top priority.”

Jutting was 184-224-55 (.467) in his 2 years at his alma mater. A Richfield, Minn., native’s time with the men’s hockey program spans 26 years (four years as a player from 1982-86, 10 years as an assistant from 1990-2000 and 12 years as head coach from 2000-2012).

The two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year (2002-03 and 2007-08), led the Mavericks to two top-five WCHA regular-season finishes (2002-03 and 2007-08), one Final Five appearance (2002-03) and one appearance in the 2003 NCAA tournament.

Davenport and Buisman said Jutting’s potential assignments will include fundraising, marketing, program development, capital projects, and community relations, amongst other possible duties.

“I am excited about beginning a different set of duties and responsibilities and look forward to the new challenges they will offer,” said Jutting. “This community and Minnesota State has meant a lot to me over the years. I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with so many outstanding young men and with the other coaches and staff members within Maverick Athletics. I leave this position with a lot of great memories and am extremely proud of the work we’ve done in ensuring that our student-athletes have earned degrees, have become successful professionally and are serving as community leaders. We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 12 years with the game of hockey in creating an environment in which the program went to the NCAA Division I postseason for the first time and our players have had a chance to achieve their goals of playing the game at its highest levels professionally.”