3. Penn State Icers now history
(The Daily Collegian)
I can't speak highly enough of the work done by the Collegian's men's hockey writers this past season, and this article - about the origins of the Icers - easily stands out as one of the highlights.
2. Benefit will help Sitting Bulls buy equipment, pay related costs
Hey look, it's Tess Weaver participating in a sled hockey fundraiser! If you need something to do on March 31st, get out and support her (as well as the Johnstown Sitting Bulls, of course).
1. 2012 ACHA Men's Division 1 All-Star Game
Icers Paul Daley and Kurt Collins officially capped their careers at the ACHA D1 All-Star Game on Saturday, with Daley's Red Team prevailing 11-8 over Collins' White Team. In the skills competition that preceded the game, some made a big deal of the fact that Collins was the runner-up to Ohio's Michael Schultz in the shootout competition. Guess we'll just have to settle for having an NCAA program. Sorry I'm not, Skoal-hio.
Best of the Rest
Building a Championship Caliber Program
When Josh Brandwene was hired to lead PSU's women's program, a lot of people scratched their heads and said "Huh? What? Why?" Those people need to watch this video, as well as these others:
Why a Student-Athlete Should Choose Penn State
Pegula Ice Arena
Nittany Lion Support Services
One step forward, one step back for CHA with Niagara dropping hockey
Much credit to Candace Horgan of USCHO for banging out a quality piece on the always-in-flux CHA roughly an hour after Monday's news of Niagara dropping women's hockey broke.
USHL wing Hanson commits to CC, will join Tigers next season
(Colorado Springs Gazette)
Fortunately, Guy Gadowsky's recruiting misses (to our knowledge, anyway) have been few and far between. But add Colorado College-bound Alaska native Jared Hanson to the list. Hanson picked the Tigers over PSU, Harvard, Ohio State, Northeastern and St. Cloud State. Like I always say, Hanson's loss.
Hey look, schedule details!
Air Force, eh? Cool. They're the Atlantic Hockey champs and an NCAA tournament team, so that's a nice pair of games to have at the Ice Pavilion. Just to recap what else we know about next year's schedule...
- Two of those six ACHA games will be against Ohio, in February.
- The first NCAA-era home games will be October 12th and 13th against American International.
- A pair of games are scheduled at Wisconsin on February 22nd and 23rd, although they may be moved to the 24th and 25th to accommodate the Wisconsin high school wrestling tournament.
- As of late December, a series at Union's Messa Rink for November 23rd and 24th was close to finalized.
- PSU will give Division III Fredonia State a return trip for last November's game on October 30th.
- Two games with Michigan State are on tap, although dates and locations are unconfirmed.
- The Nittany Lions will be RIT's homecoming opponent on October 20th.
- Penn State will likely be a part of the Robert Morris holiday tournament, with Ohio State and Miami possibly joining in.
- The U.S. National Team Development Program will appear on the schedule four times.
- Discussions with Connecticut, Holy Cross, Army, Alabama-Huntsville, Princeton and Cornell have also taken place.
This is hilarious: