Cole Named Alabama-Huntsville Coach
Ex-Michigan State standout tabbed to
Green assistant coach Danton Cole was introduced as head
coach at Alabama-Huntsville Monday, taking over for Doug
Ross, who retired in March after a quarter-century behind
the Charger bench.
was in pro hockey for 17 years as a player and coach and
a lot of the reason I wanted to come back [to college hockey]
was the culture and the people that are involved,"
Cole, 40, said at the press conference announcing his hiring.
"I did want to get back to being a head coach and this
is a great spot and some good things are going to happen."
Pontiac, Mich., native spent three seasons as head coach
of the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, compiling
a 116-72-17 record for the Detroit Red Wings' top minor
league affiliate. He was also a head coach in the United
Hockey League for three seasons, including one season with
the Muskegon Fury when he guided the franchise to the 2002
was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State from 1985-89
and won an NCAA championship with the Spartans in 1986.
He enjoyed an 11-year professional playing career that included
stints in the NHL with Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, New Jersey,
the New York Islanders, and Chicago. He was a member of
New Jersey's first Stanley Cup championship team in 1995.
U., Cornell Set MSG Match for Nov. 24
hockey returns to the Big Apple when Madison Square Garden
hosts a Nov. 24 matchup between Boston University from Hockey
East and Cornell from the ECAC Hockey League. It will be
the first Garden appearance for both schools, and the first
collegiate game at the Garden since 2003.
think this is a great opportunity to not only reach out
to our schools' alumni, which number over 60,000 in the
tri-state area, but to bring some hard-hitting, exciting
college hockey to New York City,’’ said BU athletic
director Mike Lynch.
expect [it] will be one of the most anticipated college
hockey games of the season,’’ said Cornell athletic
director Andy Noel.
(20-10-9 last season) placed third in Hockey East. The Terriers
needed three games to dispose of Vermont in the opening
round of playoffs, and lost to Boston
College 6-2 in the semifinals. BU bowed to Michigan State
in the NCAA
Midwest Region semifinals. Cornell (14-13-4) finished tied
for fourth in the ECAC and was swept by Quinnipiac in the
opening round of playoffs. Combined, the two schools have
produced 80 NHL players.
Purcell Signs With L.A. Kings
forward Teddy Purcell signed a multi-year contract with
the Los Angeles Kings Friday, becoming the latest in a string
of underclassmen signed by the NHL franchise during the
Inside College Hockey's Freshman of the Year, scored 16
goals and added 27 assists for 43 points in 40 games with
the Black Bears. He was also named Hockey East Rookie of
Kings have signed four college underclassmen to contracts
since late March. Purcell joins goaltender Jon Quick (Massachusetts)
and defensemen Jack Johnson (Michigan) and Joe Piskula (Wisconsin)
on that list.
Names Five Finalists for Head Coaching Job
has announced a field of five finalists in the running to
become the school's next hockey coach. The list includes
Tom Carroll, head coach at Division III New England College,
and four current college assistants — Tim Christian
(Lake Superior State), Danton Cole (Bowling Green), Doc
DelCastillo (Nebraska-Omaha), and Lance West (Alabama-Huntsville).
the assistants, only Cole has prior head coaching experience.
The Michigan State graduate, who was a member of the Spartans'
1986 NCAA championship team, spent three seasons as head
coach of the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins
and three years with United Hockey League teams in Muskegon
and suburban Detroit.
to a press release issued by the school, on-campus interviews
will conclude this week and the search committee will present
one or more top candidates to UAH president Dr. Frank Franz
and athletic director Jim Harris. The school expects to
name its new coach early next month.
The Chargers are searching for a replacement
for coach Doug Ross, who retired after 25 years behind the
bench following his team's loss double-overtime loss to
top-ranked Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Midwest
Regional last month.
Signs With Blues, Leaves Gophers
defenseman Erik Johnson, the top overall pick in the 2006
National Hockey League entry draft, signed with the St.
Louis Blues and will forgo his remaining three seasons of
“I had a great time playing for the
University of Minnesota and would like to thank all my teammates
and coaches,” Johnson said in a statement. “It
was the right time for me to make the decision to turn pro
with the St. Louis Blues and I cannot wait for the season
According to Thursday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Johnson agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the
Blues that would pay him $765,000 annually with a $85,000
signing bonus. The newspaper reports that Johnson could
earn as much as $3.7 million per year with incentives, but
is more likely to make in the neighborhood of $2 million
by reaching reasonable benchmarks.
The 19-year-old native of Bloomington, Minn.,
scored four goals and added 19 assists in 39 games with
the Golden Gophers in 2006-07. He was named to the WCHA's
all-rookie team and INCH's freshman All-American team.
Johnson has been invited to play for the U.S.
team at the IIHF World Championship in Moscow later this
month. Earlier this year, Johnson was named best defenseman
at the IIHF World Junior Championship, leading the U.S.
with four goals and six assists in seven games.
Roster to help United States at Worlds
Two current college players and 15 others
with collegiate experience are among the preliminary roster
for the United States at the upcoming IIHF World Championships
in Russia, which will be held from April 27 through May
Boston College goalie Cory Schneider and Miami
forward Nathan Davis are the current collegians on the preliminary
U.S. roster, which was announced Monday.
Ten of the 11 forwards named to the prelimiary
roster have college ties. Joining Davis are Tyler Arnason
(St. Cloud State), David Backes (Minnesota State), Brandon
Bochenski (North Dakota), and former Clarkson forwards Erik
Cole and Chris Clark. Phil Kessel (Minnesota), Toby Petersen
(Colorado College), Paul Statsny (Denver), and Lee Stempniak
(Dartmouth) will also wear the red, white, and blue.
All five defensemen on the roster are ex-collegians:
Andrew Alberts (Boston College), Keith Ballard (Minnesota),
Matt Greene (North Dakota), Jack Johnson (Michigan), and
Brian Pothier (Rensselaer).
Schneider's goaltending partner is John Grahame (Lake Superior State).
Update: Added to the team after the preliminary roster was announced were defensemen Andrew Hutchinson (Michigan State), Erik Johnson (Minnesota), and Ryan Suter (Wisconsin), forward Adam Hall (Michigan State), and goalie Jason Bacashihua.
Forward Jonathan Toews (North Dakota) will skate for the Canadian team. He'll be joined by ex-collegians Mike Cammalleri (Michigan), Mike Commodore (North Dakota), Jamal Mayers (Western Michigan), and Dwayne Roloson (UMass Lowell).
Dame's Jackson Wins Spencer Penrose Award
Dame head hockey coach Jeff Jackson has been chosen as the
winner of the 2007 Spencer Penrose Award as the Division
I hockey coach of the year. It's the first time that Jackson
has won the Spencer Penrose Award, and he's also first Notre
Dame hockey coach to be receive the award.
In his second season at Notre Dame, Jackson
led the Irish to their best-ever showing with a 32-7-3 overall
record and a 21-4-3 mark in the CCHA and the program's first-ever
regular season title and tournament championship. They were
the top-ranked team in the nation from Feb. 5 through March
19 and were the top seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The
2007 CCHA Coach of the Year, Jackson guided the Irish to
their second NCAA tournament appearance ever and the first-ever
win, a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Alabama-Huntsville
March 23 in the first round of the Midwest Regional. Notre
Dame's season ended on March 24 in a 2-1 loss to eventual
NCAA champion Michigan State March 24.
Jackson will be honored at the American Hockey
Coaches Association's coach of the year awards banquet held
in Naples, Fla., later this month.
Gordon to Sign With Washington
St. Cloud State forward Andrew Gordon, a first-team
All-WCHA selection as a junior this season, has decided
to forgo his senior season to sign with the NHL's Washington
Gordon led the Huskies in goals with 22 and
was second behind linemate Andreas Nodl with 45 points in
40 games this season. He was a seventh-round selection of
the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. His former junior
teammate and former Wisconsin forward Andrew Joudrey signed
with the Capitals last week.
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