Showing posts with label Drake Caggiula. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drake Caggiula. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Drake Caggiula Picked for NCHC 2015 Preseason All-Conference Team


NCHC 2015 Preseason All-Conference Team
F – Trevor Moore, Denver, Jr. – 21 votes
F – Danton Heinen, Denver, So. – 20 votes
F – Drake Caggiula, North Dakota, Sr. – 17 votes
D – Andy Welinski, Minnesota Duluth, Sr. – 22 votes
D – Matthew Caito, Miami, Sr. – 10 votes
G – Kasimir Kaskisuo, Minnesota Duluth, So. – 14 votes


University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula has earned preseason all-conference honors. Caggiula who scored (18g-18a-36pts) last season, is the top returning forward from last season's team. Last season, UND goalie Zane McIntyre was named to the preseason all-conference team.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Three UND Men's Preseason Story Lines

With the first exhibition only 16 days away for the North Dakota Men's Hockey Team, it is time to take a look at three major story lines going into the 2015-2016 season.

Brad Berry's First Season as Head Coach
As summer was just starting to go into full force, the UND hockey world was given a surprise that many, myself included, were never thinking that we were going to hear, well at least this soon. Head Coach Dave Hakstol would resign as head coach and take a head job in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers, ending his successful tenure as one of the top coaches in program history.

Who would be his replacement? Assistant coach Brad Berry was almost immediately announced as the new bench boss for UND, He was won over by the locker room right away as the appropriate choice to take over as head coach and the same can be said by the incoming freshman class as well.

The Alberta native has had a lot of experience surrounding the game, whether it be playing, coaching, or even as a scout for the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks. Berry, who is a University of North Dakota alum and played for UND as a defenseman from 1983-1986 where he would collect 74 points in 112 games played.

The coach would then have two stints as an assistant coach at UND, first under Dean Blais, and then under Coach Hakstol. However, His time with Coach Hakstol would be split in to two parts as he would take job opportunities in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, and then in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets as assistant coach.

Coach Berry has a lot to prove to carry on the tradition of winning and NCAA tournament appearances as the 16th head coach in UND history, however, taking what he learned at the NHL level and from Coach Hakstol, he should be able to find success in a timely manor as the UND bench boss.

Who Starts in Goal?
With the early departure of Zane McIntyre to the NHL at the end of last season, it is now time to figure out who is going to be the new call to the net for UND. Right now the logical choice seems to be Cam Johnson, however he still has limited experience as McIntyre saw most of the playing time last season

Incoming freshman Matej Tomek could give Johnson a run for his money. The 2015 third round draft pick (90th overall) to the Philadelphia Flyers was named NAHL goaltender of the year last year posting a 24-7-2 record with a 1.83 GAA and .928 save percentage. If Tomek is able to avoid those freshman jitters, he very well could be the guy to call to the blue paint this season.

Finally, there is junior Matt Hrynkiw. Taking off where former third string Tate Maris left off, Hrynkiw has yet to see any action in regular season play and has only seen 3:32 of total ice time in UND's 7-2 exhibition victory over the USA under 18 team last January. He does not seem to be a huge factor in who will be the starting goaltender.

For now, you have to start the veteran Cam Johnson on opening night, but maybe a few weeks into the season, try a goalie by committee to see who you will ride down the stretch and into the conference and NCAA tournaments.

Drake Caggiula
After his best season at the collegiate level, senior Drake Caggiula is looking to lead the offensive charge once again this season and dazzle the crowd with his highlight reel goals and big hits when fighting for puck possession.

Caggiula enters this season as an assistant captain for UND and the NCAA active player games leader at 123 games played. He has earned 76 points in his three seasons with UND and including a career high 36 last season.

The three time letter winner has much to improve on this season after his career best season last year, but his niche to find the net, and leadership qualities will have him possibly pushing the 45 point and 20 goal mark by seasons end in April.

Friday, December 12, 2014

(Video) Drake Caggiula penalty - Blown Call

This is pathetic, Denver forward Daniel Doremus pulls the ole horse collars on Drake Caggiula. Of course Caggiula gets the retaliation penalty. Check out Doremus' embellishment in what would make Ryan Kessler blush. At the end watch the old wave off by head coach Dave Hakstol.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

UND Hockey: Drake Caggiula Scores and Does His Best Phil Kessel Impression

Check out this dirty Goal from UND forward Drake Caggiula.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Drake Caggiula Is Set to Play This Weekend against Providence

For those that are wondering, junior forward Drake Caggiula will be playing this weekend... Last Saturday, during the third period of UND’s game against Colorado College, Caggiula was hurt (took hit to the head) and went to the locker room with the trainer Mark Poolman. Because of the injury, Caggiula didn't return to the game.

Fast forward to this week. According to UND head coach Dave Hakstol, Caggiula is practicing this weekend and is set to go this weekend against the Providence Friars.

Check out the latest addition to the UND locker room remodel.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Drake Caggiula out to prove himself

Soon to be junior UND forward Drake Caggiula recently attended the Buffalo Sabres development camp. From all accounts that I have read, it appears that the diminutive forward turned some heads in Buffalo. 

Last season, Caggiula was one of the more physical players in the UND lineup. During one of the media days, I asked Caggiula how much he weighed. Caggiula told me, that he weighed about 175 pounds. Of course I was skeptical. Looking at him, Caggiula looks more like he weighs 150 pounds. Though Caggiula is a small framed player, he plays more like he weighs 190 pounds.

Joe Ray, Beyond the Boards  – Because I didn’t get drafted, it adds a little more fuel to the fire as motivation for myself. I kind of use it to prove people wrong, like, ‘Well, maybe you should have drafted me.’ At this point, it’s over and free agent life isn’t too bad. And here I am at a development camp anyway. It all works out. I’ve just got to keep working hard to get better.

Being small, you’ve got to be strong and you’ve got to be heavy on the puck and all that. Going to college, that definitely gives me a little extra time to develop physically. Being a free agent right now and being a little bit smaller gives me more time to develop and set me up for a bit of a different future.

My freshman year was kind of up-and-down, and I thought last year – my sophomore year – I kind of stepped it up and became a lot more consistent. Obviously I want to do a little bit better than that this coming year and step into a big leadership role there, whether it’s with a letter or not.
Caggiula’s comments should excited UND fan’s going into this season. I think there's a good chance that Caggiula will have a breakout season this year. There were times last year that he was one of the better players on the ice. Caggiula is one of those players that has a lot of offensive imagination and he's able to free defenders with his speed and moves. I don't think a 20-goal season is out of the realm of possibility.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Drake Caggiula attending Sabres Development Camp

University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula is currently attending the Buffalo Sabres Development camp, he's a free agent. Here’s some of the other college hockey players that are attending the Sabres development camp.



Caggiula, Drake C/LW 5’9” 180 L Pickering, Ontario June 20, 1994 North Dakota
Compher, J.T. LW 5’10” 182 L Northbrook, Illinois Oct. 12, 1993 U. of Michigan (Big 10)
Fasching, Hudson RW 6’2” 213 R Burnsville, Minnesota July 28, 1995 U. of Minnesota (Big 10) 40
Malone, Sean C 5’11” 186 L Buffalo, New York April 30, 1995 Harvard (ECAC)
Samuels-Thomas, Jordan LW 6’3” 195 L Hartford, Connecticut May 28, 1990 Quinnipiac (ECAC)


Florentino, Anthony D 6’1” 226 R Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 30, 1995 Providence (H-East)
McCabe, Jake D 6’1” 210 L Eau Claire, Wisconsin Oct. 12, 1993 U. of Wisconsin (Big 10) Buffalo (NHL)
Prochno, Andrew D 5’11” 185 L Edina, Minnesota Nov. 3, 1991 St. Cloud State (NCHC)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

North Dakota's Drake Caggiula blasts Miami's Sean Kuraly

Thoughts on this hit... UND forward Drake Caggiula absolutely blasts Miami's Sean Kuraly with a clean hard, legal check. There is not elbow to the head. I don't buy it, the guy had the puck, before he was checked. Caggiula didn't charge him. It's another example of blown call. At the end of the press conference. WMU head coach Andy Murray said, "The league needs better officiating." I think it's a bad call by the official.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

UND Hockey: UND vs. C.C. Game One Lines

UND Forward Lines
9 Drake Caggiula–19 Rocco Grimaldi–27 Luke Johnson
21 Brendan O’Donnell–16 Mark MacMillan–15 Michael Parks (A)
29 Bryn Chyzyk–17 Colten St. Clair–Wade Murphy
28 Stephane Pattyn (A)–13 Connor Gaarder–11 Derek Rodwell

UND Defense Pairings
18 Dillon Simpson ©–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–6 Paul LaDue
20 Gage Ausmus–2 Troy Stecher

UND Goalies
31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders

Scratches: 4 –Keaton Thompson, 22 – Andrew Panzarella, 25 – Mitch MacMillan, 26 - Coltyn Sanderson, 30 – Matt Hrynkiw.
Colorado College’s Forward Lines
26 Zach Aman–10 Cody Bradley–17 Charlie Taft
16 Alexander Krushelnyski–9 Sam Rothstein–24 Jared Hanson
18 Scott Wamsganz–21 Jeff Collett–12 Archie Skalbeck
11 Hunter Fejes–14 Jordan GiDiando–28 Alex Roos
Tigers Defense Parings
6 Peter Stoykewych–13 Gustav Olofsson
20 Ian Young–7 Eamonn McDermott
27 Aaron Harstad–5 Jaccob Slavin

Tigers Goalies
39 Josh Thorimbert
29 Courtney Lockwood

On-Ice Officials: 13 – Nick Krebsbach, 33 – Brad Shepherd Lines: 83 – Justin Hills 36 – Brandon Schmidt. 

Looks like We have a split house hold

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Drake Caggiula scores the NCHC's top goal of the week

After being carried of the ice on a stretcher the week before against the U-18 team. Drake Caggiula scores one of the dirtiest goals I have seen this season to date to become the top goal of the week. Caggiula's goal also ended up being named the play of the day on Fox Sports 1 on Friday night. That's a pretty big honor as well.
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Friday, November 01, 2013

Drake Caggiula's goal

This is the goal by UND sophomore forward Drake Caggiula that gave UND a 1-0 lead. This was a dirty goal...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More good news: Drake Caggiula Practicing

From the press conference today the update on sophomore forward Drake Caggiula.

“He practiced on a limited basis yesterday, head coach Dave Hakstol said. “He’s making great strides. So, we haven’t made any decision for the weekend yet. Those final decisions, I think will be another 48 hours away.”

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Nothing new to report on Drake Caggiula

Nothing new to report on Drake Caggiula's status, will see if there is anything new to report after the Wednesday press conference, which I "should" be attending. If I hear anything, or read anything I will put it up. Now, I am off to the Twin Cities on some personal business. I will return tomorrow evening.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Morning brings good news, Drake Caggiula okay

Scary moments during last night's game and the injury really put a damper on the game. No one wants to see anyone carried off of the ice on a stretcher. We've seen it a few times in the last 10-years and it's something you never forget. After the game, you could tell that the players and head coach were definitely affected by what they saw on the ice. Good  news began to emerge from Danny Kristo's twitter feed during the later part of the third period.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

UND Hockey: Update on Drake Caggiula - (UPDATE)

UND sophomore forward Drake Caggiula has movement and feeling in his extremities and will under go more testing tonight.

Update: Drake Caggiula has been released from hospital and all tests came back negative.

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Video of Cagguila hit on Navin

At the 13:30 mark of the third period, freshman forward Drake Caggiula was assessed a five minute major and given a game misconduct for checking from behind. At the time, I didn't think that was the proper call, it looked like a shoulder to shoulder check. I don't think this call is worthy of a five minute major. (s/t to Tim Brubakken for the picture.)

Thanks to  for addin the video. He's a must follow on twitter. 

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

UND vs. CC Tigers game 2

UND’s Forward lines

25 Mitch MacMilliam  – 10 Corban Knight (A) – 7 Danny Kristo (A)
9 Drake Caggiula– 27 Carter Rowney (A) –15 Michael Parks
21 Brendan O’Donnell – 16 Mark MacMillan – 19 Rocco Grimaldi
8 Dan Senkbeil – 28 Steph Pattyn – 20 Joe Gleason

UND Defense Parings

2 Andrew MacWilliam (C) – 5 Nick Mattson
18 Dillon Simpson– Andrew Panzarella 22
4 Derek Forbort – 24 Jordan Schmaltz

UND Goalies

31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders
35 Tate Maris

Not in lineup: 17 Colten St. Clair, 13 Connor Gaarder, 29 Bryn Chyzyk , 11 Derek Rodwell (Injury), Coltyn Sanderson – 26.

Referees: Todd Anderson, Brad Shepherd. Linesmen: Andy Carton, Nathan Freeman.

Colorado College Tigers Lines

Tiger Forward lines

16 Alexander Krushelnyski–13 Rylan Schwartz–27 William Rapuzzi
12 Archie Skalbeck–25 Scott Winkler–24 Jared Hanson
11 Hunter Fejes–10 Cody Bradley–21 Jeff Collett
18 Scott Wamsgamz–14 Jordan DiGiando–15 Andrew Hamburg

Tiger Defensive Pairing

6 Peter Stoykewych–28 Mike Boivin
5 Aaron Harstad–7 Eamonn McDermott
20 Ian Young–4 Joe Marciano

Tiger Goalies

39 Josh Thorimbert
31 Joe Howe

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Video from UND and CC

Tonight, was not a good night for the boys in Green and White. Also, the men in stripes had a very bad night, I know, I know, it's Brad Shepherd and Todd Anderson. What do I expect? I expect the refs to be professional and not yelling obscenities at the playes on the ice. That being said, the refs didn't cost UND the game, UND did it to themselves.

I do think that the hit by Mike Boivin on Drake Caggiula was a dangerous and senseless hit, I think that Boivin needs to be suspended for this hit, it this was the AHA, Boivin would not be playing tomorrow night. I said on the chat that I think this hit is as bad as the Marvin hit on Chay Genoway that knocked him out for the rest of the 2009-2010 season.
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