Plaszcz to Transfer
defenseman Bryan Plaszcz has told coach Tim Whitehead he
intends to transfer, the Bangor Daily News reported
Wednesday. Plaszcz has two years of eligibility remaining.
"He wanted to have more of an impact
on the team, but I couldn’t guarantee him how much
playing time he would receive next season," Whitehead
told the News' Larry Mahoney.
Plaszcz scored one goal in 29 games with the
Black Bears last season. As a freshman, he scored one goal
in six games. According to Whitehead, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound
blueliner is considering transferring to Bemidji State or
a Division III program closer to his hometown of Apple Valley,
Jones Signs With Colorado
Colorado Avalanche and Dartmouth forward David Jones agreed
to terms on a two-year contract Tuesday.
Jones, who was chosen by the Avs in the eighth
round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, leaves Hanover after
three seasons with the Big Green. The Guelph, Ontario, native
was a finalist for the 2007 Hobey Baker Award and also was
named to the American Hockey Coaches Association East All-American
first team and the All-ECAC Hockey League first team after
leading Dartmouth with 18-26—44 in 33 games during
his junior season.
In 100 career games at Dartmouth, the 6-foot-1,
218-pound forward scored 44 goals and added 48 assists for
92 points. He's the 24th underclassman to sign an NHL contract
since March 8.
Dakota's Toews Signs With Blackhawks
Dakota forward Jonathan Toews agreed to a three-year contract
with the Chicago Blackhawks, finally bringing to reality
what most hockey observers expected to happen prior to the
start of the 2007-08 season.
Toews scored 18-28—46 in 34 games for
the Fighting Sioux last season. In two seasons in Grand
Forks, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native scored 40 goals and
added 45 assists in 76 career games and helped North Dakota
to consecutive Frozen Four appearances.
In international play, Toews was part of the
Canadian teams that won gold medals at the IIHF World Junior
Championships in 2006 and 2007. He also earned a gold medal
as the lone collegian on a Canada squad comprised completely
of NHLers, save one skater from the European ranks, at the
recently completed IIHF World Championships in Moscow.
Chicago selected Toews with the third overall
pick in last year's NHL Entry Draft.
Cup College Hockey's Newest Regional Trophy
Starting in October, college hockey fans can
add another piece of hardware to the
list of regional trophies currently up for grabs. While
it's not the Beanpot or even
the DQ Cup just yet, the four colleges playing hockey near
the world's largest
inland body of water are hoping the Superior Cup will grow
the rivalry between four
members of the CCHA and WCHA.
The inaugural quest for the Cup begins Oct.
12 when Northern Michigan visits Michigan Tech and Lake
Superior State plays at Minnesota Duluth. The weekend
concludes with the Lakers visiting Houghton and the Wildcats
traveling to Duluth. In 2008, the two WCHA teams are scheduled
to visit their CCHA counterparts. Details are still being
worked out as to who gets the trophy if two teams finish
2-0-0 on the weekend.
While Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech
play every year for a trophy already,
organizers hope this new trophy will expand the regional
rivalries between the four
"We are still ironing out a few things
with the Superior Cup, but it should be an excellent partnership
between the four schools involved,” said Huskies coach
Jamie Russell Wednesday when the team's 2007-08 schedule
was released. “Not only does this give us a little
something extra to play for, it gives us a chance to add
a game with NMU and with an old rival like Lake Superior
Minnesota Duluth and Lake Superior State last
faced off in the 1993 NCAA quarterfinals in Detroit, with
the Lakers prevailing en route to a runner-up finish
at the Frozen Four.
— Jess Myers
Fairbanks Names Finalists For Coaching Vacancy
list of candidates for the coaching vacancy at Alaska Fairbanks
has been narrowed to four current Division I assistant coaches.
The school's seven-member search committee
Friday announced the four finalists are Nebraska-Omaha assistant
coach Doc DelCastillo, UAF assistant Wade Klippenstein,
Wisconsin assistant Kevin Patrick, and St. Cloud State assistant
Eric Rud. DelCastillo was also a finalist for the head coaching
opening at Alabama-Huntsville, which was eventually offered
to Bowling Green assistant Danton Cole.
Each of the finalists will take part in on-campus
interviews during the next two weeks. In addition to meeting
with the search committee, candidates will also meet with
the school's Intercollegiate Athletics Council, university
administrators, athletic department staff and coaches, community
members and current players.
The four are vying to fill the vacancy left
by former head coach Tavis MacMillan, who resigned last
month for family reasons.
College's Brannigan Will Not Return
Colorado College right wing James Branningan
will not return to the Tigers' program for his senior season.
Brannigan, a Brooklyn, New York, native, this
week told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he
plans to pursue a professional hocker career. In 30 games
with the Tigers in 2006-07, Brannigan recorded four assists
and 29 penalty minutes. During his career at CC, he scored
eight goals and added 10 assists in 97 games.
According to the article, Brannigan said he
spoke to head coach Scott Owens about the matter last month
and left on good terms.
Schedule; Membership Issues Remain Same
College Hockey America held its league meeting
in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association
in Naples, Fla. last week and the news is that not much
The only announced business was the league
approving a 20-game conference schedule. Like last season,
each team will play a third conference series against the
same two teams they played in 2006-07, but in the reverse
For example, Alabama-Huntsville played an
extra series last season home against Robert Morris and
at Bemidji State. In 2007-08, the opponents remain the same,
but in 2007-08 the Chargers will host the extra series with
Bemidji and travel to Moon Township for the third set.
There was discussion about what direction
the league will pursue with the possible departure of Bemidji
State and/or Wayne State at the end of the upcoming campaign,
but no resolution. The NCAA Board of Directors did approve
automatic qualification for the CHA Men effective immediately.
"That's about it," said CHA Commissioner
R.H. Peters by phone. "We continue to work on the issues."
Bemidji State was dealt a blow when the WCHA
made official their decision about potential expansion,
but left the door open just a crack.
According to a press release on the WCHA website,
"Although sensitive to the issue of expansion and the
plight of other collegiate hockey programs, the league's
current moratorium will remain in effect," and said
it has not "closed the door on this issue permanently
and will continue to address what is in the best interests
of the Association while maintaining its tradition of assisting
in the continuing growth and development of college hockey."
With Wayne State and their effort to join
CCHA after the coming campaign, Warriors head coach Bill
Wilkinson said, "the CCHA will be having an Executive
Committee meeting around August to set up parameters for
what they would need for a team to come in and we'll go
The only other news is cosmetic. Niagara University
will begin a $1 million enhancement project at the Dwyer
Arena will begin in mid-June. The project will include new
boards and glass, and premium chair-back seating behind
the west goal that will increase the seating capacity to
2,100. The party deck on the west end of the arena will
be enclosed to create a private suite area. A new sound
system and concessions area will also be added.
Commissioner Peters also confirmed that there
have been two bids to host the 2008 CHA Tournament. Both
are neutral sites with one in Ohio and one in New York.
— Warren Kozireski
Cogliano Signs With Edmonton
Michigan forward Andrew Cogliano agreed to terms on the three-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, forgoing the final two seasons of his college career.
Cogliano, the Oilers’ first round draft choice (25th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, recorded career highs in goals (24), assists (26), and points (50) in 38 games with the Wolverines last season. The Woodbridge, Ontario, native ranked seventh nationally in goals and eighth in the nation in points.
"We are extremely pleased with Andrew’s decision to turn pro and we feel he’s ready to move up to the next level," Edmonton general manager Kevin Lowe said in a statement. "Our scouting staff has watched Andrew closely since we drafted him ... and we believe he has the ability to become a great player."
Cogliano becomes the 22nd underclassman to sign with an NHL club within the last two months.
WCHA announced Tuesday it willl remain a 10-team league
for the time being, a decision that will have repercussions
throughout college hockey.
to a press release issued by the league, the WCHA structure
committee recommended to the full membership that a moratorium
on expansion remain in place. The recommendation was approved
by the league's 10 members at the WCHA's annual meeting
last week in Florida.
announcement is an apparent blow to the future of the Bemidji
State hockey program. BSU president Jon Quistgaard in February
said that the sustainability of the Beavers’ men’s
hockey program hinges on, among other things, gaining membership
in the WCHA. The team is currently one of five members of
College Hockey America, a conference whose continued viability
is also in question. Another CHA program, Wayne State, has
applied for admission to the CCHA.
Dame's Jackson Gets Contract Extension
Dame coach Jeff Jackson agreed to a two-year contract extension
that will keep him behind the Fighting Irish bench through
the 2012-13 season.
Jackson, the winner of the 2007 Spencer Penrose
Award as the Division I hockey coach of the year, 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-March 19.
The 2007 CCHA Coach of the Year, Jackson guided
the Irish to their second NCAA tournament appearance in
school history and the top seed in the Midwest Regional.
The Fighting Irish earned their first-ever NCAA tourney,
win, a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Alabama-Huntsville
in the first round, but lost to eventual NCAA champion Michigan
State in the regional final.
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