Johnson to Kings, DU's Dingle to Ducks
Denver forward Ryan Dingle and Michigan defenseman
Jack Johnson are California-bound after signing deals with
NHL Pacific Division rivals Tuesday.
Johnson, 20, who just completed his sophomore
season with the Wolverines at the NCAA Tournament West Regional
in Denver last weekend, agreed to terms on a multi-year,
entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The third
overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina
Hurricanes had his rights traded to the Kings as part of
a multi-player deal in September. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound
defenseman, who scored 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points
in 36 games this season, is expected to be in the lineup
Thursday when the Kings host Vancouver.
Dingle, who turns 23 next week, will forgo
his final year of college eligibilty after signing a two-year
deal with the Anaheim Ducks. He's expected to make his professional
debut with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in
Portland (Maine) this week. The Steamboat Springs, Colo.,
native led the Pioneers with 22 goals this season. He also
paced the team with 27 goals in 2005-06. For his career,
Dingle scored 55-43—98 in 121 career games.
Inks Alaska's Campbell
Alaska defenseman Darcy Campbell, the team's
top-scoring blueliner this season as a junior, has decided
to forgo his senior season and sign with the Columbus Blue
Campbell, 22, played three seasons for the
Nanooks, registering 11 goals and 39 assists for 50 points
with 175 penalty minutes in 114 career games. The Airdrie,
Alberta, native played three seasons in the Alberta Junior
Hockey League before joining the Nanooks as a freshman in
Trio Signs NHL Deals
Wisconsin Badgers — 2006 All-American goaltender Brian
Elliott, forward Jack Skille, and defenseman Joe Piskula
— agreed to entry-level contracts with NHL clubs Wednesday.
Elliott, the WCHA's career shutout leader,
signed with Ottawa. The Senators chose Elliott in the ninth
round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He'll join Ottawa's American
Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton (N.Y.) for the remainder
of the season.
Skille signed a three-year deal with Chicago,
forgoing his final two seasons of college eligibility. In
26 games with the Badgers this season, the Madison native
scored eight goals and added 10 assists. The Blackhawks,
who chose Skille with the seventh overall pick in the 2005
NHL Draft, assigned Skill to its AHL affiliate in Norfolk.
Piskula signed a multi-year, free-agent contract
with the Los Angeles Kings. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman,
who left the Badgers with one season of eligibility remaining,
appeared in 38 games for Wisconsin this season, scoring
one goal and four assists.
Louis Brings Minnesota State's Wagner Into the Fold
The St. Louis Blues signed Minnesota State
defenseman Steve Wagner to a
two-year, entry level contract. beginning next year. Wagner
will join the Peoria
Rivermen, the Blues's AHL affiliate, for the remainder of
the season as an amateur tryout.
An all-WCHA third team selection this season,
Wagner set career highs in goals (six), assists (23), and
points (29). In 113 career games with the Mavericks, he
scored 12 goals and 43 assists for 55 points.
Cashman Joins Maple Leafs
defenseman Reid Cashman signed a one-year, entry-level agreement
with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cashman is expected to play
for the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto
Marlies, in Syracuse Friday.
Cashman, a two-time all-ECAC Hockey League
selection, finished the 2006-07 season with three goals
and 38 assists in 40 games. Quinnipiac's leader in career
games played (151) scored 23-125—148 in four years
with the Bobcats.
Jose Snags UVM's Mitchell
Forward Torrey Mitchell has decided to skip
his senior season at Vermont, opting to sign a contract
with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks selected the Greenfield
Park, Quebec, native in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL
Mitchell finished the season as the Catamounts'
leading scorer with 12-23—35. In 110 career games
at UVM, he reigistered 35 goals and 105 points, good for
a 35th place tie on the school's all-time scoring list.
He's expected to report to San Jose’s American Hockey
League affiliate in Worcester, Mass., this week.
Cross's Landry Signs with Columbus
Cross defenseman Jon Landry signed a two-year entry-level
contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2007-08
and 2008-09 seasons.
Landry, who earlier this month was named to
the Atlantic Hockey all-conference first team for the second
straight year, scored 27 points in 27 games for the Crusaders
this season. In 133 career games, he totaled 24 goals and
62 assists for 86 points, the most by a Holy Cross defenseman
in Division I play.
Ink Three College Skaters
The Washington Capitals added three college
players to their organization, signing Ohio State defenseman
Sean Collins, Minnesota State forward Travis Morin, and
RIT right wing Steve Pinizzotto to two-year entry-level
Collins recently completed his senior season
with the Buckeyes, leading the team with 28 points in 37
games. A Troy, Mich., native, Collins was a finalist for
both CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman and Best Defensive Defenseman
honors this season.
Morin, a ninth-round selection of the Capitals
in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft who just closed out his junior
campaign at Minnesota State, was a second-team All-WCHA
selection this season after leading the Mavericks in goals
(17) and points (39). As a sophomore, he paced the Mavs
in goals (20) and shared the team lead in points (40).
Pinizzotto, who just wrapped up his sophomore
year at RIT, becomes the second player to ever leave Atlantic
Hockey early, joining Jamie Hunt of Mercyhurst, who signed
with the Capitals last season and made his NHL debut this
year. He had 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) to lead the
Tigers in scoring this season.
Loses Two to Pros
Minnesota Duluth sophomores who were named first-team All-WCHA
yesterday – Matt Niskanen and Mason Raymond –
have decided to pursue professional careers, the school
Niskanen, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defenseman,
is expected to join the Iowa Stars (the Dallas Stars' American
Hockey League affiliate) early next week while Raymond,
a 6-foot-0, 190-pound left winger, will head to Winnipeg
to skate with the Manitoba Moose (the Vancouver Canucks'
AHL affiliate) possibly as early as this Sunday.
"Obviously it's disappointing to lose
these two outstanding players, both of whom have had a major
impact on our team the past two seasons," said UMD
head coach Scott Sandelin. "But, at the same time,
it's a great opportunity for Matt and Mason and we certainly
wish them well at the next level."
Raymond and Niskanen ranked first and second
on the Bulldogs, respectively, in scoring in 2006-07. Only
one of UMD's top 10 scorers was a senior.
Finalist for UNO AD Job
coach Mike Kemp is one of five finalists in the running
to become the school's next athletic director.
Kemp told Inside College Hockey's James Jahnke
Thursday that he intends to remain UNO coach if he's selected
to be the AD, but adds that the decision ultimately rests
with the school's interim chancellor, John Christensen.
Joining Kemp on the list of candidates is
Cliff Dochterman, senior associate athletic director at
California-Riverside; David Miller, former associate athletic
director at SMU; Bruce Van De Velde, former athletic director
at Iowa State; and William Weidner, former deputy athletic
director at Central Florida.
UNO offers 14 varsity sports; all but hockey
compete at the NCAA Division II level.
Minnesota State Agree on Contract Extension
Minnesota State coach Troy Jutting has reached
an agreement in principle on a contract extension, it was
announced Thursday. The pact is expected to be finalized
next week after Jutting meets with Kevin Buisman, the school's
In seven seasons behind the Maverick bench,
Jutting has compiled a 108-129-34 record, including a 13-19-6
overall mark this season and an eighth-place finish in the
WCHA standings. He was the 2003 WCHA Coach of the Year after
leading Minnesota State to a second-place conference finish
and the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jutting's
current contract expires June 30.
Greentree to Sign with Philadelphia
Greentree, the leading scorer for the Alaska Nanooks the
past three seasons, has decided to forgo his senior collegiate
season to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers, Inside College
Hockey has learned. The deal is expected to be announced
in the coming days.
Greentree posted 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists)
in 39 games this season, leading Alaska in both goals and
points, as well as penalty minutes (78). He led the team
in scoring all three years of his collegiate career, finishing
with 101 career points.
Greentree, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native
of Victoria, British Columbia.
Greentree's departure will leave a large offensive
vacancy for the Nanooks; only Greentree and senior Curtis
Fraser had more than six goals for Alaska this season.
Leaves BGSU for Philly
Bowling Green forward Jonathan Matsumoto,
who recently completed his junior season, has signed with
the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, the school announced today.
"I just want to thank coach (Scott) Paluch
and his staff in helping me become the player I have,"
said Jonathan Matsumoto. "They have allowed me to play
in so many situations that it helped me reach that next
This past season Matsumoto was one of three
Falcons to play in all 38 games, leading the team with 33
points (11g, 22a). His 22 helpers also led the team, while
his 12 goals were second.
Fox Signs with San Jose
forward T.J. Fox has signed a professional contract with
the San Jose Sharks organization and will leave the college
ranks after two productive seasons. Fox led the Dutchmen
in scoring this past season with 37 points in 35 games and
ranked fifth among all ECAC Hockey League players in overall
Over his two seasons at Union, Fox scored
57 points on 21 goals and 36 assists in 66 games.
Names Skills Challenge Participants
Fourteen Division I men's players are among
the participants scheduled to take part in the second annual
Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, the NCAA announced
today. The event which will be held on the Friday of Frozen
Four weekend, April 6 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis,
The competition will be conducted in
an East versus West format with each team having six male
position players, six female position players, two male
goaltenders and two female goaltenders. An alternate list
has been established in the event that players have to withdraw
from the competition due to other commitments, such as their
team’s participation in the Frozen Four.
To be eligible, all players must have exhausted
their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head
coach. The players were selected by representatives from
the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division
I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and the National Youth
Sports Corporation. The competitions will include puck control
relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting,
accuracy shooting and penalty shot. Each competitor will
receive a complete set of equipment and a full uniform from
Nike Bauer Hockey.
The men's portion of the East squad
goaltenders are John Curry of Boston University and Jason
Smith from Sacred Heart. The six male skaters on the East
squad include Kyle Bozoian, Fredonia State; Reid Cashman,
Quinnipiac; Kirk MacDonald, Rensselaer; Jacob Micflikier,
New Hampshire; Mike Morris, Northeastern and Andrew Ramsey,
The women on the East squad include Crystal
Connors, St. Lawrence; Kristin Gigliotti, Providence; Cara
Hendry, Boston U.; Natalie Vibert, Connecticut; Lindsay
Williams, Clarkson and Shelia Zingler, Yale. The goalies
will be Melissa Bourdon, New Hampshire and Jana Bugden,
The West team features Michigan’s T.J.
Hensick, Nebraska-Omaha’s Scott Parse, Niagara’s
Sean Bentivoglio, Michigan Tech's Lars Helminen, Augsburg's
Aaron Johnson and Wisconsin's Andrew Joudrey. The West goaltenders
will be Notre Dame’s David Brown and Lake Superior
State’s Jeff Jakaitis.
The women's portion of the West roster includes
Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer, who is one of the nation’s
top five scorers. Also on the team is Julia Colizza, Mercyhurst;
Kelly Hart, Bemidji State; Noemie Marin, Minnesota Duluth;
Sammy Miller, Minnesota State Mankato and Maggie Souba,
Minnesota. The two female goaltenders will be Riitta Schaublin,
Minnesota Duluth and Erika Vanderveer, Ohio State.
Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased
at the Scottrade Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets,
Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 314-241-1888. The Pontiac
Frozen Four Skills Challenge will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central
time and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award
at 6 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:35 p.m.
The Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge and the Hobey Baker
Memorial Award will both be shown live on ESPNU.
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