Leaves Cornell for Anaheim
Dave McKee's name to the rapidly growing list of early departures
for the NHL. TSN.ca is reporting that he has agreed to terms
with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on an entry-level contract.
McKee, a 2005 Hobey Baker finalist, was a
junior at Cornell this season. A first-team All-America
selection during his record-breaking sophomore season, his
numbers slipped slightly this year, but he was still a sought-after
As a free agent signee, McKee will report
to Anaheim for the remainder of the season, although it
remains to be seen whether he will make his NHL debut.
Winnik to Sign with Phoenix
Hampshire center Daniel Winnik, a ninth-round pick of the
Phoenix Coyotes in 2004, will forgo his final season of
college eligiblity and sign with the Coyotes, Inside College
Hockey has learned.
Winnik recorded 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists)
in 39 games as junior, tied for second on the Wildcats in
points and tied for first in assists. He was a second-team
All-Hockey East selection after finishing tied for fourth
in conference scoring.
Linemate Brett Hemingway, a Colorado draft
pick, led UNH in scoring and is also a potential offseason
loss for a team that also loses defenseman Brian Yandle
Leaves Minnesota for Philadelphia
Minnesota's Ryan Potulny has signed an entry-level
contract with the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, forgoing
his final season of college eligiblity. Potulny was a third-round
pick of the Flyers in 2003.
"With the year that Ryan had, I can fully
understand that he feels ready for the next level,"
Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said in a statement. "He
has elevated his play in each year that he has been at the
University of Minnesota. After scoring 38 goals this season,
I think Ryan has proven that he is ready to take the next
step in his hockey career. He has been a tremendous asset
and ambassador for Gopher hockey, and we wish him nothing
but the best as he embarks on his professional hockey career."
Potulny was a first-team All-WCHA honoree
and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award after
posting career-high totals in points (63), goals (38) and
assists (25). Potulny ranks first in the WCHA in points,
points per game (1.54), goals, goals per game (0.93), and
power-play goals (17), fifth in game-winning goals (4),
sixth in power-play points (17-9--26), 11th in assists and
13th in assists per game (0.61). His points, goals, points
per game average, goals per game average and power-play
goals all rank first in the nation. He was a three-time
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week this season and earned
National Player of the Month honors for February.
Thomas Signs with Phoenix
Nebraska-Omaha's Bill Thomas has signed an
entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL,
forgoing his final two seasons of college eligiblity.
"We are very pleased with this free agent
signing,” said Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett.
“Bill Thomas has been a dominant player for the past
two seasons. Finding more scoring power is a priority in
our organization. Consequently, we’ve had people watching
him play many games over the last 12 months. Because of
his free agent status, scouts were always abundant at his
games. We feel fortunate that Bill is now in our fold.”
"I’m real excited about the opportunity
and hope everything works out well,” said Thomas.
“It was a tough decision to leave school. I will be
forever grateful to the school and my coaches there. Once
I made the decision to turn pro, the Coyotes were one of
the teams that immediately showed a great deal of interest
in me. I had a real good feeling in talking with everyone
within the Coyotes organization and felt this was the right
fit for me. And obviously the opportunity to play for Wayne
Gretzky was a big factor in my decision. It will be a huge
honor for me to play for the Phoenix Coyotes.”
Thomas, who was a sophomore with the Mavericks
this season, could play for the Coyotes as soon as this
week. His Maverick season ended Friday with a 9-2 loss to
Boston University in the NCAA Tournament. Thomas led Nebraska-Omaha
in goals (27) and was second in points (50) in 41 games
this season and was a first-team All-CCHA selection.
to Host Atlantic Hockey Tournament
Atlantic Hockey Association and SMG, owners of Blue Cross
Arena in Rochester, N.Y., have reached an agreement to hold
the league's playoff championship at the venue through 2010.
"Bringing Division I Atlantic Hockey
to the Blue Cross Arena affords our schools the opportunity
to experience a city that has a long-standing tradition
of great support for hockey,” Atlantic Hockey commissioner
Robert DeGregorio said in a prepared statement.
Blue Cross Arena, which also serves as the
home of the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans,
holds 11,200 for hockey. The building will also host the
2007 NCAA Tournament East Regional.
Next year's AHA Tournament will mark the first
time in the league's brief history that the event will be
held at a neutral site.
Collins Wins Walter Brown Award
College senior forward Chris Collins has been named winner
of the 2006 Walter Brown Award, presented annually by the
Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the best American-born
college hockey player in New England.
The Fairport, N.Y. native, who enters this
week's NCAA Tournament as the nation's third-leading scorer
with 30 goals and 28 assists in 38 games, was previously
honored as Hockey East player of the Year and is one of
10 finalists for the 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Collins is the first Boston College player
to win the award since Brian Gionta in 2001.
Bellmore's Status Uncertain
Hockey League Supervisor of Officals Butch Bellmore's status
with the league is uncertain as the NCAA Tournament begins.
After sources told Inside College Hockey that
Bellmore had resigned his position during the ECACHL's championship
game on Saturday night, INCH contacted the league commissioner
and Bellmore regarding Bellmore's employment status with
Bellmore had no comment on the situation and
directed questions toward the league office.
When asked if Bellmore was still an employee
of the league, ECAC Hockey League commissioner Steve Hagwell
did not give a yes or no answer, saying, "I spoke with
him today." Hagwell said that he will be meeting Bellmore
next week. Hagwell will be in Minneapolis this weekend for
the Women's Frozen Four. St. Lawrence is participating in
Leaves Denver for San Jose
Just hours after Denver learned with certainty
that it had not been invited to the 2006 NCAA Tournament,
defenseman Matt Carle signed with the San Jose Sharks of
the NHL. The Hobey Baker finalist and WCHA Player of the
Year will forgo his senior season with the Pioneers.
Carle will not suit up for the Sharks Sunday
against Colorado, but has been issued No. 25 with the club.
His NHL debut could come as early as Tuesday at St. Louis.
“We are excited about Matt joining the
San Jose Sharks,” said Doug Wilson, the club's general
manager. “His accomplishments over the past several
years speak for themselves. He has made tremendous progress
in the last few seasons and that is a testament to the program
at DU and guidance and leadership provided by head coach
George Gwozdecky and his staff. We are looking forward to
taking his development to the next level."
Carle stands tied for fifth among all NCAA
scorers with 53 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 39 games
and first in assists. Overall, he led all NCAA defensemen
in goals (11), assists (42), points (53) and is second in
points per game (1.36). Carle ranks first in the NCAA in
assists per game (1.08) and is tied for 10th in points per
to Lead 2007 U.S. Juniors
Ron Rolston, a head coach of the U.S. National
Team Development Program and former assistant in college
hockey, will be the head coach of the 2007 U.S. National
Junior Team, USA Hockey announced today.
”Ron is one of the bright young coaches
in the United States,” said Dave Ogrean, executive
director of USA Hockey. “He’s done an excellent
job as a head coach in our National Team Development Program
over the last two years and we know our National Junior
Team will be in more than capable hands with Ron as head
“It is exciting and humbling to be given
the opportunity to lead any group of players representing
our country on the international stage,” said Rolston.
“The stature of American hockey continues to rise
and I look forward to the challenge of putting a staff and
team together that will give us the best chance to win a
gold medal at the World Junior Championship.”
Rolston is in his second season with USA Hockey’s
NTDP and this season is serving as the head coach of the
U.S. National Under-17 Team. His college experience includes
stints as an assistant coach at Boston College, Harvard,
Clarkson and Lake Superior State.
Leaves Minnesota State Mankato
Minnesota State Mankato's best player, David
Backes, won't be back in a Maverick sweater as a senior,
as he signed Wednesday with the NHL's St. Louis Blues. He
will close this season with the Blues' AHL affiliate, the
Selected by St. Louis in the second round
(62nd overall) in the 2003 draft, Backes missed one game
in his three-year collegiate career and posted 46-73—119
in 115 games. His career totals stand third in MSU scoring
during the Division I era, with only Aaron Fox (MSU 1996-00)
and Shane Joseph (1999-04) ranking ahead of him.
Backes led the Mavericks in scoring the past
two years (he tied for MSU's 2005-06 scoring lead with 13
goals and 29 assists for 42 points). His 42 points were
a career-high and the Blaine, Minn., native also led the
Mavericks with a career-high 29 assists and 150 shots on
goal this year. He ranked second on the team with seven
power play goals and was third in goals (13) and game-winning
goals (two). MSU's captain this past year, Backes was named
MSU's 2004-05 MVP, was a member of the 2003-04 WCHA All-Rookie
team and was a 2004-05 All-WCHA Third Team selection.
March 9, 2006
Leaves Bowling Green
Foster, who led Bowling Green in scoring as a sophomore,
has decided to leave school and sign a professional contract.
Foster had 11 goals and 40 assists (51 points)
in 38 games as a sophomore for the Falcons, whose season
ended last weekend with two losses at Nebraska-Omaha. Foster,
the son of former NHLer Dwight Foster, will sign a two-year
contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs that will include
the maximum signing bonus allowed under the NHL collective
bargaining agreement, approximately $170,000.
"When I came to BG the situation I was
put in allowed me to develop me into the player I am now,"
Foster said in a statement released by the school. "The
coaching staff allowed me to play in all situations, five-on-five,
penalty kill and power play. Bowling Green, the city and
coaches were awesome. I would not have changed a thing my
last two years."
"Alex has been a tremendous player for
us the last two years," said BGSU head coach Scott
Paluch. "He is a major loss to our program, but it
is great to see Alex continue his dream. We wish him nothing
but the best."
In two seasons the forward posted 82 points
(19 goals, 63 assists) in just 72 games. He scored at least
one point in 48 of 72 contests and had 25 multiple-point
games in his career.
Foster's departure leaves his classmate, Jonathan
Matsumoto, as Bowling Green's top returning scorer, provided
that he returns for his junior season.
Announced For Frozen Four Skills Challenge
NCAA announced the participants and alternates for the inaugural
Frozen Four Skills Challenge. The event is scheduled for
Friday, April 7 – the day before the NCAA championship
game – at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
and women's players will be divided into East and West teams
and compete in a variety of events including puck control
relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting
and penalty shot.
rosters and alternates for the Frozen Four Skills Challenge:
East men: Chris Collins (Boston
College), Justin Cross (Niagara), Derek Damon (Maine), Matt
Moulson (Cornell), Jaime Sifers (Vermont), T.J. Trevelyan
(St. Lawrence), John Daigneau (Harvard), Brad Roberts (Army)
East women: Lindsay Hansen (New Hampshire),
Allison Paiano (Colgate), Jennifer Raimondi (Harvard), Margaret
Ramsay (Brown), Sam Shirley (Mercyhurst), Karen Thatcher
(Providence), Marisa Hourihan (Northeastern), Sarah Love
East alternates: Adam Dann (Bowdoin), Torry
Gajda (Providence), Josh Gartner (Yale), Ben Kemp (Plattsburgh
State), Andrew Martin (UMass Lowell), Keith MCWilliams (Rensselaer),
Mike Ouellette (Dartmouth), Tony Quesada (Holy Cross), Bryan
Schmidt (Merrimack), Kyle Wilson (Colgate), Kurt Wright
(Robert Morris), Brian Yandle (New Hampshire), Caitlin Barnes
(Vermont), Becky Irvine (Colgate), Dani Jo Lansing (Mercyhurst),
Ashley Payton (Providence), Rosina Schiff (Rensselaer),
Carrie Schroyer (Harvard)
West men: Marty Sertich (Colorado
College), Adam Burish (Wisconsin), Colton Fretter (Michigan
State), Gabe Gauthier (Denver), Brandon Kaleniecki (Michigan),
James Shipley (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Dave Caruso
(Ohio State), Adam Hanna (St. John's , Minn.)
West women: Nikki Burish (Wisconsin), (Sharon
Cole), Devon Fingland (North Dakota), Jana Harrigan (Ohio
State), Randie Jelinski (St. Cloud State), Kristy Oonincx
(St. Cloud State), Meghan Horras (Wisconsin), Jill Luebke
West alternates: Nick
Anderson (Michigan Tech), Andy Contois (Northern Michigan),
Andy Cote (St. Norbert), Tom Gilbert (Wisconsin), Jon Horrell
(Bowling Green), Nick Licari (Wisconsin), Tom Mueller (Ferris
State), Marcus Reszka (St. Mary's, Minn.), Mike Walsh (Notre
Dame), Brent Walton (Western Michigan), Anne Girtz,
(North Dakota), Grace Hutchins (Wisconsin), Cyndy Kenyon
(Wisconsin), Meghan Mutrie (North Dakota)
Leads All-Ivy League Team
|Captain Mike Ouellette was one
of three Big Green players named first-team All-Ivy.
Dartmouth senior Mike Ouellette was named
the Ivy League Player of the Year and was one of three Big
Green players to be named first-team All-Ivy, the league
Ouellette was joined by teammates David Jones
and Grant Lewis on the first team. Also honored were Harvard's
Kevin Du and Dylan Reese, Cornell's Matt Moulson and Ryan
O'Byrne and Princeton's Eric Leroux.
Yale forward Mike Karowski was named the Ivy
League Rookie of the Year.
F: Kevin Du, Harvard
F: David Jones, Dartmouth
F: Matt Moulson, Cornell
F: Mike Ouellette, Dartmouth (unanimous)
D: Grant Lewis, Dartmouth
D: Ryan O'Byrne, Cornell
D: Dylan Reese, Harvard
G: Eric Leroux, Princeton
F: Grant Goeckner-Zoeller, Princeton
F: Jeff Hristovski, Yale
D: Bill LeClerc, Yale
G: David McKee, Cornell
F: Byron Bitz, Cornell; Nick Johnson, Dartmouth;
Jeff Prough, Brown; Joe Zappala, Yale
D: Brian Carthas, Princeton
G: Mike Devine, Dartmouth; John Daigneau, Harvard
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