Arena to Host Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Mellon Arena will
host the Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase next season,
highlighted by a game between Notre Dame and Robert Morris
on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. A preliminary game that night will
pit Robert Morris' ACHA
non-varsity team against Washington & Jefferson.
"The Penguins are excited to bring NCAA
Division I hockey back to Mellon Arena," said Dave
Soltesz, the team's vice president of sales and marketing.
"Robert Morris University became the first and only
Pittsburgh school to put a Division I team on the ice in
2004, and we believe the opportunity to showcase their players
at an NHL arena against one of the most storied programs
in college athletics can only serve to aid in the growth
of their program."
"This will be a tremendous event for
our hockey program and our university," said Derek
Schooley, head coach at Robert Morris. "The opportunity
to play a first-class university such as Notre Dame on the
Penguins' home ice at Mellon Arena is something our players,
our staff and their families will remember forever. The
Penguins have been
outstanding supporters of local amateur hockey at all levels
and we appreciate it very much that they are willing to
host a night of college hockey such as this. It will be
a great showcase for our school and our sport in 2007."
Olympic Team Features Four Collegians
Canadian Olympic Team
|Goalies: Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Marty Turco (Michigan)
Defense: Rob Blake (Bowling Green), Adam Foote, Ed Jovanovski, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Robyn Regehr
Forwards: Todd Bertuzzi, Shane Doan, Kris Draper, Simon Gagne, Dany Heatley (Wisconsin), Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth, Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Joe Thornton
Martin St. Louis of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and Dany Heatley, one of the NHL's top scorers this season, were among the four ex-collegians named to Canada's Olympic team Wednesday.
St. Louis, the former Vermont All-American, has 13 goals and 15 assists in 32 games for the Lightning. Heatley, the erstwhile Wisconsin Badger who was traded from Atlanta to Ottawa during the offseason, is currently tied for fourth in the NHL with 47 points and leads the league with a +25 plus-minus rating,
Also tabbed for the Canadian sqaud were a
pair of former CCHA standouts. Dallas goaltender Marty Turco
— the former Michigan star — paces the NHL with
18 wins, as ex-Bowling Green defenseman Rob Blake, who was
a member of the Canadian team that won the gold medal at
the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Other former collegians turned 2006
Olympians: Finland — Antti Laaksonen (Denver),
Jarkko Ruutu (Michigan Tech); Italy — Jason Muzzatti
(Michigan State), Bob Nardella (Ferris State), Andre Signoretti
(Ohio State), Carter Trevisani (Ohio State), Tony Tuzzolino
Collegians Named to U.S. Olympic Team
Rick DiPietro (Boston University), Robert Esche, John
Grahame (Lake Superior State)
Defense: Chris Chelios (Wisconsin),
Derian Hatcher, Jordan Leopold (Minnesota), John-Michael
Liles (Michigan State), Aaron Miller (Vermont), Brian
Rafalski (Wisconsin), Mathieu Schneider
Forwards: Jason Blake (North Dakota),
Erik Cole (Clarkson), Craig Conroy (Clarkson), Chris
Drury (Boston University), Brian Gionta (Boston College),
Scott Gomez, Bill Guerin (Boston College), Mike Knuble
(Michigan), Mike Modano, Mark Parrish (St. Cloud State),
Brian Rolston (Lake Superior State), Keith Tkachuk (Boston
University), Doug Weight (Lake Superior State)
Eighteen former college hockey players are
among the 23 players who will represent the U.S. in the
2006 Winter Olympics, general manager and former Northern
Michigan star Don Waddell announced Monday evening.
The team features a mix of young and old,
ranging from 24-year-old goaltender Rick DiPietro, who played
at Boston University, to 44-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios,
a former Wisconsin star.
The team also has incredible diversity in
terms of college background: 11 schools are represented
on the roster, led by Boston University and Lake Superior
State with three players apiece. Boston College, Clarkson
and Wisconsin all have two players each represented as well.
Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North
Dakota, St. Cloud State and Vermont players also made the
team, which will be coached by Peter Laviolette, head coach
of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Dismisses Four Players
announced Friday that sophomore forward Mike Ruberto, sophomore
defensemen Matt Ruberto and Craig Nooyen and freshman goalie
Ryan Hatch have been dismissed from the hockey team for
violations of Department of Athletics Policy.
“The Department of Athletics has a clear
set of expectations for all of our student-athletes,”
said athletuic director Bill Maher. “Unfortunately,
Coach Dave Smith and I have determined that the seriousness
of this situation necessitates the student-athletes’
dismissal from our hockey program.”
Maher added, “The college is not at
liberty to release information about the specifics of the
violations because student educational records, including
disciplinary records such as this, are subject to the non-disclosure
provisions of the federal Family Educational and Privacy
Rights Act (FERPA).”
Mike Ruberto was tied for second on the team
in scoring with 12 points on six goals and six assists in
12 games. He had played in 47 career contests and posted
15 goals and 19 assists. Matt Ruberto had tallied an assist
in 10 games this season. He played in 39 career contests
and posted two goals and 10 assists.
Nooyen collected two assists in nine games
this season and registered one goal and seven assists in
41 career games. Hatch played in five games with a 3-1 record,
a 2.73 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
The Griffs are 5-7-1 overall and 3-5-1 in
Atlantic Hockey this season following a 4-2 loss to Holy
Cross Friday night.
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