Weekend reading: Kitchener settles, Bachman, Eidsness, Grimaldi

The Michigan Daily student newspaper printed a clarification about its story when it quoted an anonymous source that OHL Kitchener offered to pay Wolverines signee Jacob Trouba $200,000, ending the lawsuit. The Rangers do plan to sue the anonymous source once they find out who that is.

Here is a review of former Tiger Richard Bachman, pictured, and predicts his future with the Dallas Stars for the upcoming  2012-13 season.

Former North Dakota goalie Brad Eidsness retired to attend law school this fall. Congratulations to him.

The USA National Team Development Program team that competes in college exhibition games and in the USHL was announced. Only the three goalies and one defenseman are not committed to a college program.

North Dakota’s Rocco Grimaldi was interviewed recently on The Pipeline Show.

Tuesday reading: Dell leaves UND, Quinnipiac, OHL sanctions

Courtesy UND Athletics

North Dakota starting goalie Aaron Dell, pictured, dropped his final year of eligibility to play for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles., which includes CC’s Arthur Bidwill. The link includes a list of the early departures from the WCHA. Here are more details including an interview with Dell.

Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold signed a contract extension that will keep him behind the Bobcat bench through the 2016-17 season.

The college hockey community is wisely staying quiet on the Windsor Spitfires’ recruiting violations punishment. Later in that column, the lawyer representing the student Michigan Daily newspaper against Kitchener is suggesting he may put the whole OHL under the microscope if he must.

This Canadian columnist says the Windsor situation is just the tip of the iceberg.

Thursday reading: NCHC, Gophers, UND, rules, expansion, UAH

Here is the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference web site. Here is a Denver Post profile of commissioner Jim Scherr.

Zach Budish will serve as Minnesota’s captain next season.

The NCAA announced rule changes for next season. Puckato explains here.

The roster for the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29 was announced. No future Tigers made the list (several players remain uncommitted) but a number of WCHA and future National Collegiate Hockey Conference players did.

Goon’s World ran across a graphic that shows the number of championships won by Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. UND fans will enjoy it.

Former UNO player Jayson Megna signed with Pittsburgh. He announced he would leave Omaha last  Friday.

Bleacher Report’s Al Daniels put some thought into this blog post, although it is all wishful thinking or conjecture. He names Cincinnati, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, and Syracuse as five schools that would be good expansion sites for college hockey.

Illinois and Indiana have been mentioned as possible Big 10 additions by others but remember, for every men’s program, a women’s team must be added, with the exception of Syracuse (CHA). I suspect the next expansion will have to follow the Penn State model —  hockey-loving booster willing to donate $90-100 million to fund both genders’ programs and build an arena.

Other programs I have read or heard mentioned include Arizona State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and St. Louis. Anyone heard of others?

Regardless, it looks like Division I will lose a program soon after it gains Penn State. There was talk before Paul Kelly left College Hockey Inc. about a travel exemption for road games at Alabama-Huntsville (like the two Alaska schools) to give that program a fighting chance at drawing opponents for home games. Even that may not be enough.

The 2012-13 schedule remains unannounced but sources indicate only Minnesota State-Mankato, USA U-18 and two Division III schools are scheduled to play in Huntsville so far. Without some home ticket revenue, the Chargers will lose too much money to survive. The new-look WCHA, which had some members criticize the NCHC for leaving because of money and ignoring ” the good of the sport,” should move forward on admitting the program as soon as possible.

Wednesday reading: UND, Mankato, SCSU, Niagara, Penn State

The future of North Dakota goalie Aaron Dell remains up in the air.

With a new TV contract comes a change at play-by-play announcer for UND.

The Mankato assistants will stay on under the new head coach.

Former St. Cloud State captain Garrett Raboin is back as a new assistant coach.

Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky “excited to move on” from Sandusky scandal.

The Niagara AD takes a job at Virginia Commonwealth.

The 1991-92 Lakers were inducted into the Lake Superior State Hall of Fame.

The Syracuse women made a head coaching hire.

Thursday reading: Year in review, WMU, NCHC season ticket prices

Here is the Mankato Free Press beat writer’s look back at the past year and the huge changes to the college hockey landscape. Seeing it all in a few hundred words is a good reminder of how different things became so quickly.

A big change for Western Michigan is the financial commitment the Broncos must make as a member of the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The story linked does a good showing that as part of a four-part series on the WMU athletic department budget.

Of interest to other NCHC fans is a box comparing season ticket prices for the eight member schools in the WMU article:

NCHC Season Ticket Prices for 2012-13

    • Denver: $360 – $624
    • Miami: $275 – $565
    • Nebraska-Omaha: $235 – $415
    • Colorado College: $149 – $409
    • Minnesota-Duluth: $400
    • St. Cloud State: $325 – $400
    • North Dakota: $390
    • Western Michigan: $190 – $210

Tuesday reading: Northeastern, ECAC, North Dakota TV contract

 A Northeastern coaching legend passed away recently.
The future of the ECAC is still murky according to this RPI fan blog.
Here is the Grand Forks Herald article with details on the new TV contract for North Dakota, worth $1 million over five years

From UND sports information …

The 2012-13 schedule was also announced last week.

Midco Sports Network  has announced that it will broadcast up to 45 live games, plus up to 40 weekly special shows featuring the University of North Dakota athletic program for the 2012-13 season.

“It is phenomenal to add such a great selection of UND games and special programming to our broadcast schedule,” said Midcontinent Communication’s Vice President of Business Solutions Mark Powell.  “We know the UND fans will be happy to get a chance to catch all these games which includes hockey, football, volleyball, and basketball on Midco Sports Net.”
Midco Sports Network will partner with the University of North Dakota to also include weekly shows featuring game analysis, interviews and reporting with several of the coaches of the University’s athletic program. This is a 5-year agreement with UND, Powell said.
“This agreement continues to give all of our teams tremendous exposure, and strengthens a great relationship between UND Athletics and Midco Sports Network,” said UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison. “Midco Sports’ commitment to improvements in production, the future conversion to high definition and the continued regional exposure is very important. Our fans will be thrilled with this partnership.”
Here is the hockey schedule. Note that the CC road games in Grand Forks are scheduled to be televised, giving local fans a chance at seeing the Tigers if arrangements can be made.
ALL GAMES LISTED WILL BE PLAYED IN IN GRAND FORKS.

Oct. 6 Canadian Exhibition UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Oct. 12 USA Exhibition UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Oct. 26 Anchorage UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Oct. 27 Anchorage UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Nov. 2 Boston University UND 7:30pm Hockey (men)
Nov. 3 Boston University UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Nov. 16 UMD UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Nov. 17 UMD UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Dec. 7 Denver University UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Dec. 8 Denver University UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 4 Holy Cross UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 5 Holy Cross UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 11 Colorado College UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 12 Colorado College UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 25 St. Cloud State UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Jan. 26 St. Cloud State UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Feb. 1 Wisconsin UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Feb. 2 Wisconsin UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Mar. 1 Bemidji State UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)
Mar. 2 Bemidji State UND 7:00 PM Hockey (men)
Mar. 15‐17 WCHA Playoffs UND 7:30 PM Hockey (men)*

*assuming UND gets home playoff ice.

Monday reading: LaLeggia, Schultz, APR scores, WMU, Mankato

This graphic shows the increased number of former collegians playing in the NHL.    Courtesy College Hockey, Inc.

About 60 future NHL Draft hopefuls were shown how going to college often leads to the NHL.

Let the Justin Schultz free agency derby begin. Pittsburgh looks ready to make a run at former UND star Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.

DU’s Joey LaLeggia proves it never hurts to have friends in high places. His friendship with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led the Oilers to selecting the 5-foot-8 defenseman in the fifth round Saturday. This could be a real nice pick for Edmonton who may have found a good two-way deal player.

Here are the Division I hockey APRs with Brown, Boston University, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Princeton and St. Lawrence all receiving perfect scores. CC was tied for 16th with RPI with a 994, well above the 982 average which was second in NCAA behind only men’s gymnastics.

The scores, which are based on eligibility and retention of scholarship players, include data from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

Here is a feature on a Western Michigan signee who the Red Wings hope develop into a physical player under Andy Murray’s tutelage. Michael McKee racked up 237 penalty minutes in 59 games last season.

Here is a look at MSU-Mankato coaches’ salaries.