Named Assistant Coach at UConn
Connecticut head coach Bruce Marshall has
named Brian Meisner assistant coach, the school announced
Wednesday. Most recently, Meisner was the head coach and
general manager of the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North
American Hockey League (NAHL).
Tabbed as 2008 CHA Tournament Host
College Hockey America Tournament returns to a campus site
for the first time in six years when Dwyer Arena, the home
rink of Niagara, hosts the three-day event March 14-16.
The event has been staged at a variety of
neutral sites over the past five seasons, including Kearney,
Neb., Grand Rapids, Minn., Detroit, and, most recently,
Des Moines. The 2008 CHA Tournament was originally scheduled
to take place in Youngstown, Ohio, but organizers there
withdrew their bid earlier this month.
Dwyer Arena, site of the 2002 CHA Tournament,
was the last on-campus facility to host the event. The rink
is in the midst of an extensive renovation project expected
to be completed by Oct. 1. Bemidji State and Robert Morris
also placed bid to serve as tournament host.
Drafted Collegians Now Free Agents
Thirty former college hockey players who had
been selected in the NHL Draft but were unsigned by August
15 are now NHL free agents, per the league's collective
bargaining agreement. The full list, with college and original
NHL draft team:
Drew Bagnall (St. Lawrence/Florida), Chad
Brownlee (Minnesota State/Vancouver), Mitch Carefoot (Cornell/Atlanta),
Matt Christie (Miami/Anaheim), Dustin Collins (Northern
Michigan/Tampa Bay), Tim Cook (Michigan/Ottawa), Joe Cooper
(Miami/Ottawa), J.D. Corbin (Denver/Colorado), Art Femenella
(Vermont/Tampa Bay), Michael Grenzy (Clarkson/Chicago),
Marty Guerin (Miami/Los Angeles), Mike Hamilton (Maine/Atlanta),
Brett Hemingway (New Hampshire/Colorado), Brian Ihnacak
(Brown/Pittsburgh), Kevin Jarman (Massachusetts/Columbus),
Mark McCutcheon (Cornell/Colorado), Tom Morrow (Boston University/Buffalo),
Darin Olver (Northern Michigan/NY Rangers), Wes O'Neill
(Notre Dame/NY Islanders), Joe Pearce (Boston College/Tampa
Bay), Chris Porter (North Dakota/Chicago), Dylan Reese (Harvard/NY
Rangers), Ken Roche (Boston University/NY Rangers), Kevin
Schaeffer (Boston University/Nashville), Jason Smith (Sacred
Heart/New Jersey), Mike Sullivan (Clarkson/Los Angeles),
Zach Tarkir (Northern Michigan/New Jersey), Dan Travis (Quinnipiac/Florida),
Mike Vannelli (Minnesota/Atlanta), Matt Zaba (Colorado College/Los
Another player who would have been in this
group – St. Cloud State's Bobby Goepfert – has
already been signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks.
Cloud State Names Gibbons Assistant Coach
St. Cloud State has hired Mike Gibbons as
an assistant coach, the school announced Wednesday. Gibbons,
a former star at Bemidji State and coach of the Beavers,
Northern Michigan, Colorado College and Denver, returns
to the college game after coaching high school hockey at
Eastview in Apple Valley, Minn., since 1997.
MacInnes Among U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
Former Minnesota star Aaron Broten and legendary
Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes are among the 2007 inductees
of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.
Former NHL stars Bobby Carpenter and John
Vanbiesbrouck round out the class, which will be formally
inducted into the Hall at a dinner ceremony on Friday, Oct.
12, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks,
N.D. The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game, pitting Michigan
State against North Dakota, will be played at the Ralph
Engelstad Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Broten enjoyed a highly successful two-year
playing career (1979-81) at the University of Minnesota
before joining the professional ranks. At Minnesota, he
set a record for points by a rookie (25-47—72) en
route to being named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s
Freshman of the Year. The following season, he recorded
a still-standing Gopher-record 106 points (47-59) to lead
the team to the WCHA title and the NCAA championship game.
After leaving Minnesota, Broten went on to
play 748 career games in the National Hockey League.
While at Tech, MacInnes led the Huskies to
three NCAA championships and seven WCHA championships, and
was named the NCAA Coach of the Year twice and the WCHA
Coach of the Year six times. He has already been inducted
into the University Michigan Hall of Honor, Michigan Tech
University Sports Hall of Fame, State of Michigan Sports
Hall of Fame and Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. He
was honored with the NHL’s prestigious Lester Patrick
Award in 1986 and the Legend of College Hockey Award in
Jim O'Brien, the Minnesota forward who was
selected in the first round by Ottawa in the 2007 NHL Draft,
has signed with the Senators and will forgo his final three
years of college eligiblity.
O'Brien registered 15 points in 43 games for
the Gophers as a freshman. He is expected to play in the
WHL this season but could also join the Senators' AHL affiliate
in Binghamton, N.Y.
"We want him to get ice time," Senators
general manager Bryan Murray told the Canadian Press. "We
want him to develop.
"I never wanted to take a kid out of
school. I never encouraged that. I think Jim feels that
this is the best road for him at this point in his career."
Adds Kostopolous as Assistant Coach
Robert Morris, which named Joe Tuset an assistant
coach earlier this week (see below) added Chris Kostopolous
to its staff as an assistant coach, head coach Derek Schooley
Kostopoulus had been the head coach, director
of player development and head recruiter for the Dallas
Alliance Bulldogs, a Midget AAA team. He also served an
apprenticeship under current Columbus Blue Jackets head
coach Ken Hitchcock while Hitchcock was with the Dallas
Stars and Philadelphia Flyers.
Leaves UMass Lowell for OHL
Jason Bergeron, who scored seven goals as
a freshman last season for UMass Lowell, has decided to
leave school to join the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL, Inside
College Hockey has learned. A native of Ancaster, Ontario,
Bergeron is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound forward who added five
assists to finish tied for eighth on the Riverhawks with
12 points as a rookie.
Hockey Extends DeGregorio's Contract
Bill Bellerose, chair of the Atlantic Hockey
Executive Committee and sssociate athletic director at Holy
Cross, announced Wednesday that Robert M. DeGregorio Jr.
has signed a three-year contract extension to remain as
commissioner of Atlantic Hockey through 2010.
DeGregorio has led Atlantic Hockey for the
past four seasons in which the league has grown to 10 institutions
with the addition of Air Force and RIT last season.
“Bob has been the cornerstone of Atlantic
Hockey and is leading this league to new heights,”
said Bellerose. “His work ethic for our member institutions
Morris Tabs Former Goalie as Assistant Coach
Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley named
Joe Tuset – a former Colonial goaltender and one of
the program's first recruits – as assistant coachon
Paukovich Turns Pro
forward Geoff Paukovich has decided to forgo his senior
season with the Pioneers and sign with the Edmonton Oilers,
who drafted him in 2004. The loss of Paukovich comes on
the heels of defenseman Keith Seabrook leaving Denver to
play major junior hockey.
“We are happy for Geoff and his family
and support his decision to sign with Edmonton,” head
coach George Gwozdecky said. “Geoff was a valuable
two-way center for us and played a key role in our championship
run in 2005. He is ready to take his game to the professional
level and we wish him continued success.”
Paukovich tallied 49 points on 24 goals and
25 assists in 117 career games at DU. Paukovich finished
his DU career ranked 11th with 257 penalty minutes. He helped
DU to its seventh NCAA National Championship in 2005 and
was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team that finished
fourth at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Names Foley Assistant Coach
Harvard has named Patrick Foley, a former
USA Hockey assistant coach and three-year captain at New
Hampshire, an assistant coach, head coach Ted Donato announced
Extends Appert's Contract
announced that the contract of head coach Seth Appert has
been extended for two years. Appert's new agreement runs
through the 2011-12 season.
"I am very thankful to President [Shirley
Ann] Jackson and Dr. [Eddie Ade] Knowles for their continued
support of our program and the vision and leadership they
provide for our university," Appert said in a statement.
"We have set a strong foundation for future success
and we will continue to move this program forward with the
support from [interim athletic director] Kevin Beattie,
the RPI campus community and our terrific fans in the Capital
Region. This is our home and my wife and I are excited about
raising our kids here while bringing RPI Hockey back to
Highlights of Appert's first season included
leading his team to victory in the inaugural Governor's
Cup Championship – Rensselaer's first title of any
kind since 1998 – and garnering points against five
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