Monday, June 6, 2011

Three Stars: May 30-June 5

Joe Battista, new women's coach Josh Brandwene, athletic director Tim Curley. Photo: Jay Horgas

3. A Winnipeg-Like Second Chance For These College Hockey Cities?
(BC Interruption)

A Boston College blog attempts to find the college hockey equivalent of Winnipeg. Philadelphia (which lost Villanova and UPenn) and Chicago (Illinois-Chicago) are given mentions for reasons connected to PSU or the Big Ten. My personal vote? Kent, OH.

2. New coaches for Steel
(St. Albert Gazette)

Reed Linaker's junior team brought in a couple assistants for this coming season, both with strong ties to junior hockey in the St. Albert area. No, I'm not sure why I gave a place ten miles from Edmonton credit for having its own "area."

1. Women's hockey coach brings Penn State legacy
(The Daily Collegian)
New Penn State women's hockey coach Josh Brandwene has Hershey roots

Among the deluge of Brandwene write-ups, these two stood out to me - one of its writing and the other for its reporting/attempt to dig a little deeper into the coach's background. Kudos to both, enjoy the linkage.

Best of the Rest

David Donnellan to Attend UW-Eau Claire

Remember a week ago when I brought this guy up? Yeah, forget about that. Obviously, since he's going to his hometown DIII school, it probably means that PSU wasn't interested in the former Western Michigan blueliner.

Leaverton leaves Colorado College, seeks transfer

Meanwhile, the other transferring defenseman I mentioned is still, as of Friday, in a holding pattern trying to decide between PSU and OSU. I'm going to go ahead and assume interest from both sides on this one, otherwise it would be a pretty easy call, I would think.

Notre Dame considering joining Hockey East
(Bangor Daily News)

Could the Irish be the first team from the decimated CCHA or much-less-decimated WCHA to find a stable conference arrangement? Hockey East makes sense for a lot of reasons, Catholicism for one, as Providence, Merrimack and Boston College of HEA share that religious affiliation. Furthermore, the existing conference plus Notre Dame makes for a nice TV product that includes large east coast markets and a school that's loved and hated everywhere simultaneously. With NHL broadcaster Versus both seeking to get into college hockey AND now affiliated with ND's partner NBC...well, this almost makes too much sense to happen.


2011 goaltending recruit P.J. Musico got a split second of fame on TMZ Thursday evening and has the picture to prove it. He's carrying the green board.

I'll see your TMZ and raise you a Penn State hockey webcast.

Hockey Players For Kids

Oren Eizenman, brother of Icers legend Alon, is involved with a charity event in a couple weeks, so check it out if you're in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. More information:
The HP4K Classic is a way to formally bring together members of HP4K, various hockey celebrities and local talent for a day of fun. Come see HP4K members like Darroll Powe of the Philadelphia Flyers, Erik Condra and Colin Greening of the Ottawa Senators, and Mike Moore, who played this year with the San Jose Sharks. The night will include auctions for jerseys and memorabilia, and will raise awareness for HP4K and our community initiatives around the world.

The HP4K Classic will be held at the Gale Centre, 4171 Fourth Avenue, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 23, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $5 at the door; kids under 12 get in free! All proceeds from admission, merchandise sales and donations will be used to fund future HP4K programs as well as support local Niagara youth hockey organizations.
In case you need a quick Oren update since I posted about him last November, he ended up with 6 points in 33 games with the AHL's Connecticut Whale. He was loaned to the ECHL's Elmira Jackals on March 10th, teaming up with former RIT goalie and Whalers fan Jared DeMichiel and his epic Twitter account. Eizenman finished the season with 23 points in 20 games for the Jackals in two separate stints (6 points in 8 games during the more recent one).


  1. Was in grad school at Kent during their two seasons in the CCHA (1992-94). Was very irate when President Cartwright cancelled varsity ice hockey following a hazing incident. Basically, the administration was looking to get rid of it because of the cost (buyers's remorse).

    I think a better candidate is 190 miles south in Athens, OH. Their club team is very popular on campus. Plus they were one of the founders of the CCHA.

  2. Yeah, OU's probably more ready in terms of the support they already have, KSU was purely a selfish geography pick. Facilities aren't even a huge problem - if they can find a way to get 1500 seats in Bird and pack it out like they already do, that puts them ahead of 2/3 of Atlantic Hockey attendance-wise. If interest is there, they can work on fundraising and upgrading from that point. Which of course leaves the money they probably don't have for scholarships, etc. as the issue.

    It would be interesting to see if OU could duplicate the success of their archrival eventually. I've never understood why most MAC level schools would rather sink tons of money into the 0.001% chance of being another Boise State in football vs. investing in something that's still reasonably popular and where they can compete close to the top. In football, even with the checks from big football schools and Tuesday night ESPN games, they all lose a ton of money and are closer to DII than they are to the top of I-A.

    Yet in hockey, Miami's a top program, WMU's on the rise, even Bowling Green at least had the last NCAA team championship by a MAC school until Akron soccer last year. Maybe they still lose money, but I'd rather lose money and win.

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