Showing posts with label Ice Hockey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ice Hockey. Show all posts

Sunday, January 04, 2015

USHL Arena Review - Icebox Arena - Lincoln, NE - UPDATED

by Redwing77

Updates at the bottom and in italics where necessary

About the Icebox Arena

The Icebox Arena is the USHL home of the Lincoln Stars.  This arena was built in 1951 but was not originally built for hockey.  The conversion to a hockey arena came in 1997.  It seats just over 4,000 people.

The Facility

This arena is OLD and it's pretty apparent that, when they built this in 1951, the builders never envisioned ice hockey in the facility.  I do not know what this building was originally used for, but sources I talked to suggested it was used for things like agricultural fairs (like 4-H functions), rodeos, and the like.  It does have a concert configuration that would seat 5,000 but I've never heard of a concert being held at this facility.  It truly seems like the Stars are the primary tenants.

The arena features true rustic flavor with only a few upgrades that separate it from the likes of the Buccaneer Arena of Des Moines.  There is a bar area that opens up to the arena at the north end of the rink as well as a small balcony that seats a few fans (sorry, I am unaware of exactly how many).

The seating is very basic plastic fold-down seating.  They are more comfortable and less splinter-prone than the Buccaneer Arena's benches but other than that, it's about the same atmosphere (without the fans).  Sadly, the arena could be DRAMATICALLY improved if they invested in cup holders.  As it may, full houses at the arena are NOT pleasant experiences if you are trying to do anything other than watch the game.

There are no screens or fancy technology like jumbotrons in this arena.  I am unsure as to why they have not done what Buccaneer arena has done and simply hoisted a projector screen and mounted a projector to the roof.  If PowerPoint and basic video could work for Des Moines, it would work for Lincoln.

The most notable "issues" lie in bathrooms.  Be prepared to do some waiting as there appears to be only one men's and one women's bathroom. I cannot speak about the women's bathroom but the men's bathroom isn't the cleanest and well maintained.  Okay, I was told that there are in fact 4 mens bathrooms in this facility.  I say "told" because all but one must be hidden in the Club area.  I've yet to find them.

Also, the lighting is not very good and, though you won't have trouble seeing anything (especially if it is on the ice), it does seem like it is very much like a cave inside the arena.I'm told they have HD lighting...whatever that is.  However, no matter how offended the complaint is about this comment, I stand by it.  This is the only arena I've ever been to where I could not make out what people on the other side of the rink were wearing.  I know that's not the point of a hockey game, but... if it wasn't on the ice it wasn't really clear to see without the spotlight.  Sorry, but I stand by my comment.

In the concourse they have big projector screens that show whatever hockey games they can find on television...or football games if the purveyors deem it important enough to the Lincoln crowd.  Why they can do this and not put on in the rink area, nor post goal cameras for replays is beyond me.

I cannot give this facility a good grade.  However, it IS better than Des Moines.

Grade:  C-

Ice Quality

If you discount aesthetics, the ice is good, but not great.  They do not have the rough ice that Kearney has, but there are issues.  Most notable issues lies in bacterial growth between layers of ice that gives the ice a blotchy, brown color in places.  The coolant pipes aren't well placed either, most likely due to the conversion process rather than the purpose-built nature of the building.  This has caused the ice crew to accidentally drill into the coolant pipes when drilling the holes for the goal pegs.  This season has already seen a game called due to this issue.

Grade:  C-


So far, not so good for the Icebox, but here's where it improves.  This arena features fresh grilled burgers and brats as well as Valentino's Pizza (for those of you who do not know it, Valentino's Pizza actually tastes good in Nebraska) on top of the typical arena fare.  Quite honestly, the burgers are great and you can vouch for their freshness as you can watch them being grilled outdoors as you walk into the arena.

Sadly, they serve Pepsi. 

Grade:  A


Ok, they do not have a lot of technology in this building but what they DO have as what is quite honestly the BEST opening intro in the USHL that I've seen.  It is a nice mix of rock music and lighting (often featuring music by Eminem, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, AC/DC, theme from Halloween, and I'm sure others).  The centerpiece is a massive metal worked Lincoln Star emblem that is lowered from the ceiling and lit with a light show during introductions.  It is simply fantastic.  I'd argue the intros plus a burger is worth admission by itself.

The Icebox also features a really good PA announcer (UND fans may get this reference:   Their PA announcer reminds me a lot of Scott Hannan (sp) when he did UND games at the Ralph).  He's basically a one man show doing all of the PA announcements and, IIRC, the intermission entertainment as well.

Intermission entertainment varies from game to game but I've seen human bowling and chuck a puck promotions, though the chuck a puck promotion was not a regular event like it is in Des Moines, Omaha, and Kearney.

They also feature a guy with a hot dog cannon.  This wouldn't be all that noteworthy if it wasn't the same guy that does the Husker home games... and if you knew what all that air pressure and the walls of the arena did to those hot dogs....  It's good for a laugh at least.

This arena also has a playlist that occurs at almost every single game.  At certain times in the game, a song will come on and the spotlight will highlight someone who dances with or without a gimmick or it will promote a certain reaction by the crowd.

For example, every game features an Elvis song with a man who is spotlit and dances with an Elvis wig and glasses on (the guy's nickname is even Elvis it appears).  Or they'll play the theme from Hawaii 5-0h and Section K will make the motions of rowing a canoe complete with yelling "stroke" and switching directions upon the command of a brave leader in that section.  Other songs featured are Cotton Eye Joe and Mickey by Toni Basil.

Grade:  A to A+

The Visitor Experience

As a Lancer fan, the experience is very varied.  The Lincoln Stars have the same relationship with the Omaha Lancers as UND has with Minnesota.  I have talked to Lancer fans who have not been treated very well at the Icebox and I have talked to Stars fans who have not been treated well by Lancer fans.

In the end, it depends upon behavior at the rink and the section you sit in.  I, personally, wouldn't dream of sitting anywhere other than Section K.  The people I have met in that section were truly fantastic people and have a great sense of humor.

Grade:  A+


The Icebox, to me, is a great place, but it is an acquired taste.  Those of us who are used to high tech or state of the art facilities most likely will not like the Icebox.  It isn't that hostile of an environment for a visitor and the food and entertainment is top notch, though.  As for the future, this building is beyond its useful life... and the Stars are locked into the facility for the better part of 20 more years.  There are questions as to what will happen to the Stars as the Icebox sits on land that the University of Nebraska Lincoln could very well claim for their own (the Icebox is just across a parking lot from the Devaney Center, the former home of Husker basketball).  I, for one, hope they do figure something out sooner rather than later.  I do not know if the Icebox will survive the Stars' lease.

Grade:  B- (Facility lowers the score, sadly)

UPDATE Text:  Apparently someone was really offended by this review, but I stand by it.  I went there as a visitor, not as a member of the media.  The person who complained cited some benefits to the arena that, quite honestly, make no difference to the general public (I could care less about any rooms offered to the media and scouts.  I do not get to use it nor do 99% of the people who go to the games).  It's not highly inaccurate as the complainer protests.  It is my honest opinion of the arena experience.  He cites  that over $500,000 in improvements were made to the arena since new ownership took over.  That's a lot of money, sure, but whatever improvements were made, they must be behind the scenes or happened before the first time I stepped in the arena last spring. 

Quite honestly, I understand the pride in an organization and the people you work for and represent, but it is what it is.  The Icebox is an old arena.  It wasn't originally built for hockey.  They've done a good job adapting it for the most part but there are serious issues with the arena (age being one of them and the bacteria is another).  I said it before:  I stand by my review.  The Icebox isn't a dump.  It is a great place to see hockey, but there could be improvements.  The two most pressing improvements, in my opinion, would be cup holders and installing a goal cam system for booth reviews.  After that, do what Des Moines did and put up two screens and two projectors and Viva les PowerPoint!  I would say the ice issue, but I have no solution for that and I doubt the folks at the Icebox are just sitting back and saying "Oh well" on that issue.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NCAA Hockey: Expanded video replay criteria approved for men's, women's hockey

An ice hockey referee signals a penalty for hi...
An ice hockey referee signals a penalty for high sticking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here are some of the changes to come down from the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved several changes to the criteria for allowing video replay in men’s and women’s ice hockey, effective for the 2014-15 season.
The replay changes were recommended by the Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee during its meeting in June as part of a number  of recommendations intended to improve the game and were circulated to coaches and conferences for comment prior to PROP’s approval.
The added scenarios are:
Goals may be reviewed to determine if they are scored before a penalty occurred.
• If an offsides or too many men on the ice penalty is missed and a goal is scored, the play may be reviewed if the puck remains in the offensive zone after the missed infraction. If the puck leaves the attacking zone, the offsides or too many men on the ice penalty is no longer reviewable.This replaces the previous wording that only allowed a review if the missed play directly led to a goal.
• It was clarified that the video used for replays may come from any source that is available to the game officials. Previously, the video used was required to come from a television broadcast.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New AHL Rules for 2014-15

The alternate logo of the AHL.
The alternate logo of the AHL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
s/t to Paul of Kukla's Korner. Some interesting rule changes are coming to the American Hockey League for the 2014-15 season. Frankly, I wish they would leave the overtime the way it is. I do like rule 20.4. I think two fights in one game is enough.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded its 2014 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chaired by AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the four days of meetings, which concluded Thursday, saw the approval of the following rules changes to be implemented beginning in 2014-15:

Rule 85 (“Overtime”) During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be seven minutes (7:00) in length, preceded by a “dry scrape” of the entire ice surface.

Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.

Full playing strength will be 4-on-4 until the first whistle following three minutes of play (4:00 remaining), at which time full strength will be reduced to 3-on-3 for the duration of the overtime period.

If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

Rule 20.4 (“Major Penalties”) An automatic game misconduct will be applied to any player who has been assessed two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.

Rule 9.6 (“Helmets”) A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play will be assessed a minor penalty unless he immediately (a) exits the playing surface or (b) puts the helmet back on with the chin strap properly fastened.

“With the full support of the league’s Competition Committee and Player Development Committee, the Board has approved these changes with the betterment of our game and the safety of our players in mind,” said Andrews.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Breakdown of the Hockey Rink

This one is kind of funny, the break down of the NHL Hockey Rink. I would like to have one for college with the Wehr's Corner.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

UND Advances to the Frozen Faceoff with Series Win

English: Ralph Engelstadt Arena at the Univers...
Grand Forks, ND – Coming into game three of their best-of-three series, the University of North Dakota Hockey team had no room for error. It’s was do-or-die, lose, and they most certainly would miss the NCAA tourney. There’s would be no second chances for the Green and White if they lost game three against the Colorado College Tigers.
After going 3-3-0 over the last three weekends, UND was once again a team sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble.   With that in the back of their mind, the UND hockey team was exited to play under those terms.  They seemed to embrace it.
“I guess it’s exciting,” senior forward Derek Rodwell said. “It’s one of the games that you want to get up for and play. We knew everyone on this team was going to bring it tonight. Everything was on the line. We were going to put it down and play for each other. We did that tonight.”
Those sentiments were echoed by assistant captain Stephane Pattyn
“We were excited,” Pattyn said. “I think getting to the rink this morning we kind of wanted to keep it light. We didn’t want any nerves going out there. We knew just wanted to play our game and we did. We were excited and anxious to play.”
UND came out of the gates like a team possessed, they were relentless, they pushed the pace and took  a 3-1 lead to the locker room after one period of play.
In a surprise move, UND head coach Dave Hakstol reunited the Stephane Pattyn, Connor Gaarder and Derek Rodwell line and that move would pay immediate dividends. Combined, that line recorded five points in the first period (1g-4a—5pts).
This game would start differently than the previous two.  During the middle part of the first period, the Tigers started to push back and were buzzing the UND net.  UND goalie Zane Gothberg stood his ground, and came up big, making three big saves. And just like that – UND would clear the zone – take the puck down the ice and Troy Stecher would hammer home his second goal of the year. With the goal tonight, Stecher broke a 30-game drought.
The Tigers were only able to get one past Gothberg in the first period and UND would take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. UND would outshoot C.C. 13-8.
In the second period, UND looked like they were trying to sit on the lead. Tigers forward Michael Morin would cut the lead to 3-2. The Tigers  would outshoot UND 12-9 in the second period.
In the third period the two teams would exchange goals and UND would hang on for the 4-3 win, sending them to the Frozen Faceoff next weekend in Minneapolis.
After the game, head coach Dave Hakstol was asked if the line change had anything to do with the game three rally.
“It has nothing to do with us changing the lines,” Hakstol said. “It’s just those guys making plays. I thought everybody played hard. We got contributions from a lot of guys. You can probably ask anybody on our team, nobody cares who scores. The key is that we scored enough to win tonight and everybody contributed.”
With the loss, the Colorado College Tigers end their season with a (7-24-6) record. UND improved to (22-12-3) on the season. More importantly, UND moved up to 13 in the Pairwise Rankings.

Interesting Statistics

UND will make the postseason conference tourney for a 12th season in a row.
UND has a 13-0-0 record this season when they score four or more goals. Also, UND is 17-1-0 when they have the lead after two periods of play. On the flip side, UND is 1-9-1 when they trail after two periods of play.
UND has killed 28 of 30 opponent power plays (93.3 percent) over the last nine games.
UND goalie, Zane Gothberg has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his last 19 starts. He allowed exactly 3 goals in each of the other three, all against Colorado College.
Tigers goalie Josh Thorimbert stopped 26-of-30 shots and wit the loss ends his season with a 7-23-3 record. UND goalie Zane Gothberg stopped 27-of-30 shots he faced and improved to 17-8-3 on the season.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Women's Olympic Hockey: UND's Michelle Karvinen best woman's forward at the 2014 OIympics

UND All-World forward Michelle Karvinen has won the Directorate Award as the best forward in the 2014 Women's Olympic Hockey. That's an awesome honor for Karvinen. Now, will she even make second team All-WCHA? I think she deserves to. Karvinen scored (5g-2a--7pts) during the 2014 Sochi games.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

UND and BSU tie in Bemidji

emidji, MN – The University of North Dakota entered Friday’s game against the Bemidji State Beavers riding a seven-game winning streak. Unfortunately, that seven-game win streak would come to an end with a 1-1 tie against the Beavers.

Adam Walsh saves the Beavers from defeat  

I know it’s cliché, but you can cue the hot goalie reference. You have to give credit where credit is due. Junior goalie Adam Walsh was very good on Friday night. UND bombed the net with shots. UND did everything right, but score goals.
UND spent a lot of time in BSU’s end of the rink, but had nothing to show for it. The shots were very lopsided, as UND outshot BSU 38-14 through three-periods of play. UND threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Beavers, but Walsh did not bend. It just wasn’t meant to be, Bemidji State junior goalie Adam Walsh stood his ground stopping 37-of-38 shots during regulation. UND’s fortunes didn’t change in the overtime either, as Walsh was equally good, stopping five more shots.

Walsh unlikely starter

If Beavers freshman goalie Jesse Wilkins hadn’t been hurt, Walsh wouldn’t have been the starter. Currently, Wilkins is suffering from a groin injury and was unable to go. The Beavers coaching staff inserted Adam Walsh in his place and the junior goalie didn’t disappoint.

Close but no cigar

The Beavers would come close to winning the game in the overtime period. With 30 seconds left in overtime, Beaver forward Radoslav Illo rang a puck off the pipe. UND goalie Zane Gothberg had no idea where the puck was. The puck was cleared by a UND defender and Brendan O’Donnell had a chance going the other way that was saved by Walsh.
After the game, Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore sounded pleased with the tie against UND.
“We were on our heels,” Serratore said. “They played with great pace. Our puck management wasn’t very good in that first period and we allowed them to play a 200-foot game.”
“That’s not want you want them to do. You have to play a halfcourt game with them. You have to manage the puck, and possess the puck down low. The first period we neglected to do that.”
After the game, UND head coach Dave Hakstol didn’t seem all that satisfied with the tie.
“You can always do a little more,” Hakstol said. “We played well. We played hard for 60 minutes. We’ve got to, somewhere along the way, find a way to make one more play in a game like tonight.”
“We have to be a little better. We have to have a lot of the same, but a little bit better. We’re playing for a series (win). That’s what’s left on the table for us. We have to play a little bit better hockey game.”
To some the tie will seem like a loss, but I think we should look at it as a continuation of an eight-game unbeaten streak.
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Saturday, December 07, 2013

College Hockey on Twitter

Boston University Men's Hockey: @TerrierHockey
Boston University Women's Hockey: @BUwhockey
Merrimack College Men's Hockey: @MC_MHockey
Merrimack College Women's Hockey: @MerrimackWHKY
Harvard Men's Hockey: @Harvard_Hockey
Harvard Women's Hockey: @HarvardWHockey
Alabama Huntsville Hockey: @UAHHockey
North Dakota Men's Hockey:‏ @UNDMHockey
North Dakota Women's Hockey: @UNDWHockey
Nebraska Omaha Men's Hockey: @UNO_Hockey
UMass Lowell Men's Hockey: @RiverHawkHockey
Minnesota Duluth Men's Hockey:‏ @UMDHockey
Miami-Ohio Ice Hockey: @MiamiOH_Hockey
Dartmouth Men's Hockey: @Dartmouth_MIH
Dartmouth Women's Hockey: @dartmouthhockey
Clarkson Women's Hockey: @CUknights
Robert Morris Men's Hockey:‏ @RMUHockey
Robert Morris Women's Hockey: @RMUWHockey
Quinnipiac Women's Hockey: @QU_WomensIceHky
Princeton Women's Hockey: @PWIH
AIC Hockey: @AIC_Hockey
Niagara Hockey: @NiagaraUHockey
Mercyhurst Men's Hockey: @HurstMensHockey
RPI Women's Hockey: @RPIWomensHockey
University of Denver Hockey: @DU_Hockey
UMass Hockey: @UMassHockey
Maine Men's Ice Hockey: @MaineIceHockey
Ohio State Men's Hockey: @OhioState_MHKY
Ohio University Men's Hockey (probably one of the next D1 teams): @BobcatsHockey
Ohio State Women's Hockey: @OhioState_WHKY
Northern Michigan University Hockey: @NMUHockey
Wisconsin Men's Ice Hockey:‏ @BadgerMHockey
Wisconsin Women's Hockey: @BadgerWHockey
Northeastern Men's Hockey:‏ @GoNUmhockey
Northeastern Women's Hockey:@GoNUwhockey
Yale Women's Hockey: @YaleWhockey
Colgate Men's Hockey:‏ @Colgate_Hockey
Colgate Women's Hockey: @gatewhockey
Boston College Ice Hockey: @BCHockeyNews
Union College Men's Hockey: @UnionHockey
Union Women's Hockey: @UnionWHockey
Michigan State Hockey:@MSU_Hockey
RIT Men's Hockey:‏ @RITMHKY
RIT Women's Hockey: @RITWHKY
Providence College Men's Hockey:‏ @FriarsHockey
Providence College Women's Hockey: @PCWHockey
Notre Dame Hockey: @NDHockey
UConn Men's Hockey: @UConnMHOC
UConn Women's Hockey: @UConnWHOC
Bemidji State University Men's Hockey: @BSUMHockey
Vermont Men's Hockey: @UVMmhockey
Vermont Women's Hockey: @UVMwhockey
UNH Men's Hockey: @UNHHockey
UNH Women's Hockey: @UNHWomensHockey
Penn State Men's Ice Hockey: @PennStateMHKY
Penn State Women's Ice Hockey: @PennStateWHKY
Princeton Hockey:‏ @puhockey
Michigan Tech Hockey:‏ @mtuhky
Western Michigan Men's Ice Hockey: @WMUHockey
St. Cloud State Men's Hockey: @SCSUHUSKIES_MH
Holy Cross Ice Hockey:‏ @HCHockey
Canisius Ice Hockey: @GriffsHockey
Army Ice Hockey: @army_hockey
Cornell Men's Ice Hockey: @CUBigRedHockey
Cornell Women's Hockey: @CornellWHockey
Sacred Heart Men's Hockey: @SHUHockey
Brown Men's Hockey:‏ @BrownMensHockey
Brown Women's Hockey: @BrownWHockey
University of Michigan Hockey:‏ @umichhockey
Ferris State Hockey:‏ @FerrisHockey
Minnesota Men's Hockey: @GopherHockey
Minnesota Women's Hockey:‏ @MNWomensHockey
Official League/Conference Accounts Official NCAA conferences list and feed
NCAA Ice Hockey: @NCAAIceHockey
Big Ten Hockey: @B1GHockey
CCHA (sadface):‏ @CCHAhockey
WCHA Hockey: @wchahockey
Atlantic Hockey: @Atlantic_Hockey
Hockey East: @hockey_east
Reporters, News, Blogs and Interesting Accounts
College Hockey News: @chnews @USCHO
College Hockey, Inc: @collegehockey
Quinnipiac Ice Hockey Podcast: @HamdenHkyNight
D3 NESCAC account: @nescachockey
Independant Alabama Huntsville twitter: @WeLoveUAHHockey
Wisconsin State Journal UW Hockey Reporter: @AndyBaggotWSJ
BU sports blog (run by my dear friends) "Bloggin' On Babcock": @blogginbabcock
Everything University of Michigan Hockey: @MichiganHockey
ESPN anchor and college hockey proponent John Buccigross: @buccigross
Another Michigan hockey blog: @YostBuilt
UMass hockey blog "Fight Mass" @FightMass
Penn State Hockey coverage by The Daily Collegian: @TDC_MHockey
University of Minnesota Duluth Hockey Blog: @UMDHockeyBlog
Boston College blog "Around The Res": @AroundTheRes
Former BU hockey reporter, still tweets a lot about college hockey, Scott McLaughlin: ‏ @smclaughlin9
College hockey television analyst Dave Starman: @DStarmanHockey
Voice of Bowling Green hockey Kevin Meyers: @KevinMeyersBG
Bowling Green hockey correspondent Evan Pivnick: @EvanPivnickBG
College Hockey News writer Joe Meloni: @JoeMeloni
CHN and Merrimack writer Mike McMahon: @MikeMcMahonCHN
Cornell Men and Women's hockey blog "Big Red Faceoff": @BigRedFaceoff fansite: @scsuhockey
BU centric blog (without the blog):‏ @BurntBoats
NCAA Hockey's Future coverage:‏ @DJPowersHF
UMass blog "Fear The Triangle":‏ @FearTheTriangle
Quinnipiac University Hockey Blog: @QUHockeyBlog
ECAC Hockey Blogs:‏ @ECACHockeyBlog
Clarkson Hockey Blog: @ClarksonHockey
Union Hockey Blog: @UnionHockeyBlog
Nanooks Hockey Blog: @NanookHockey
BU Hockey Blog:‏ @TheBUHockeyBlog
Boston University Terrier Hockey Fan Blog: @thfblog
College Hockey News reporter Josh Seguin: @JoshSeguin24
SB Nation College Hockey: @SBNCollegePuck
UMD Bulldog commentary: @runwiththedogs
In-Game Updates for St. Lawrence Hockey: @SLUhockeylive
St. Lawrence Hockey Blog: @sluhockeyblog
Union Hockey News: @unionhockeynews
ECAC College Hockey News and QU hockey reporter Bryan Lipiner: @Bryan_Lipiner
Very biased BU blog "BayState RoadSports": @bsrs_blog
Yale and Quinnipiac hockey reporter Chip Malafronte: @ChipMalafronte
NCAA, NCHC, College Hockey, thehockeywriters: @goon48
North Dakota hockey for the Grand Forks Herald:‏ @SchlossmanGF
Rensselaer Hockey news: @rpihockeydotnet
Northeastern hockey blog "Husky Hockey News":‏ @HuskyHockeyNews
Cornell men and women's hockey blog "Where Angels Fear to Tread": ‏ @CornellWAFT
NBC Sports Network college hockey announcer Dave Goucher: @DavidCGoucher
Over the Boards, college hockey recruiting news: @OTBPuckWatch
UMaine twitter, good guy John Forsyth: @blackbear93
Union and RPI writer for the Albany Times Union Ken Schott: @slapschotts
Maine student sports radio: @SportsWMEB
Lowell fan, CHN contributor, and sarcastic hockey pundit Ryan Lambert: @twolinepass
Northeastern's Ryan Lambert and "good fan" Sean Hathaway: @seanphathaway
Boston University Terrier Hockey Pictures: @BUTerrierPics
USCHO writer Pat Bradley:‏ @PatBradleyUSCHO
USCHO writer Alex Faust: @alex_faust
USCHO writer and RIT commentator Chris Lerch:‏ @chrislerch
USCHO writer Jimmy Connelly: @jimmyconnelly
USCHO writer Paula Weston: @paulacweston
USCHO Hockey East writer Dave Hendrickson: @HendricksnUSCHO
USCHO writer and tech Ed Trefzger: @EdTrefzgerUSCHO
USCHO ECAC writer Brian Sullivan:‏ @SullivanHockey
All things Michigan Tech hockey: @TechHockeyGuide
Boston University's Boston Hockey Blog: @BOShockeyblog
Wisconsin Ice Hockey reporter Andy Johnson: @AndyJohnsonB5Q
St. Cloud hockey blog "Center Ice": @CenterIceClub
UND hockey blog "Sioux Tradition" ‏ @SiouxTradition
Princeton hockey blog "Eye On The Tigers": @PUHockeyBlog
Minnesota Gophers Hockey stats: @GopherPuckStats
CHN/SBCollegePuck and Minnesota writer Nate Wells: @gopherstate
Minnesota Duluth radio guy and blog writer Bruce Ciskie: @BruceCiskie
RIT Mens Hockey live updates:‏ @RITMHLive
College Hockey News writer Adam Wodon: @CHN_AdamWodon
UMaine hockey reporter Matt Booth:‏ @Mainely_Hockey
St. Cloud men and women's hockey news:‏ @KVSCHockey
UMD and NCHC reporter Andrew Craig: @CollegeHockeyHH
Everything Minnesota hockey (High school, college, NHL):‏ @MNState0fHockey
North Dakota Hockey and Minnesota writer @SchlossmanGF
Wisconsin fan, but ECAC reporter Jason Klump: @Jason_Klump
Providence hockey reporter Mark Divver: @MarkDivver
Gopher Puck Live: @GopherPuckLive
Clarkson hockey reporter Cap Carey: @CapCareyWDT
UMD hockey writer Matt Christians: @Matt_Christians
BU hockey blog "Bleed Scarlet": @BleedScarletBU
Student-run Quinnipiac hockey twitter: @QUBobcatHockey
UMass Lowell hockey news "Hawk Squawk"‏: @UMLHawkSquawk
Unofficial Bowling Green hockey twitter: @BGSU_Hockey
Miami hockey blog "Blog of Brotherhood": @MiamiHockeyBlog
Hockey East blog "The Puck Drop": @HockeyEastblog
Hockey East/Atlantic Hockey/ECAC radio show "Hockey on Campus": @HockeyonCampus
Bentley Falcons hockey blog "JAR Pride": @JARpride
RPI hockey blog "Without a Peer":‏ @without_a_peer
BU's unofficial mascot Sasquatch: ‏ @busasquatch
"Cawlidge Hawkey Organization":‏ @CawlidgeHawkeyO
College hockey (among other things) writer Joshua Kummins: @JoshuaKummins, a larger directory of current and former players:‏ @USCollegeHockey
UML hockey blog "View From 123":‏ @VIEWFROM123
Student Sections/Fan Groups
Michigan's Children of Yost: @ChildrenOfYost
Wisconsin's Crease Creatures: @CreaseCreatures
Minnesota Duluth's Penalty Box: @umdpb
Ohio State's Knucklebucks: @OSUKnucklebucks
Union College's Messa Faithful: @MessaFaithful
New Hampshire's Cat Pack: @UNHCatPack
Boston University's Dog Pound: @BUDogPound
Cornell's Lynah Faithful: ‏@LynahFaithful
Bowling Green's Falcon Fanatics:‏ @FalconFanatics1
Ohio University's Gang Green: @GangGreen14
Michigan Tech's Mitch's Misfits: @mitchsmisfits
Northeastern's DogHouse: ‏@NUDoghouse
Bowling Green's Bleacher Creatures:‏ @bg_creatures
RIT's Corner Crew:‏ @ritcornercrew
North Dakota's NoDak Nation: @NoDak_Nation
Providence College's Friar Faithful: @PCFriarFaithful
RPI's First Church of RPI: @FirstChurchRPI
Nebraska Omaha's The Red Army: @RedArmyUNO
UMass Lowell's RiverHawk Nation: @RiverHawkNation
Penn State's Roar Zone: @TheRoarZone
Minnesota Duluth's Hockey Cheerleaders: @UMD_HockeyCheer
Official Arena Accounts
Union College's Messa Rink: @MessaRink
North Dakota's Ralph Englestad Arena: @TheREA
Boston University's Agganis Arena: @AgganisArena
UMass Amherst's Mullins Center: @MullinsCenter
UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center: @TsongasCenter
Bentley's Ryan Arena: @RyanArena
Providence College Head Coach Nate Leaman:‏ @CoachLeaman
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Anastos: @TomAnastos
Princeton Head Coach Bob Prier:‏ @coachbobprier
St. Lawrence Head Coach Greg Carvel: @SkatingSaints
Army Head Coach Brian Riley: @Coach_BRiley
Merrimack Head Coach Mark Dennehy: @MarkD4224
Miami Head Coach Rico Blasi: @CoachBlasi
RPI Head Coach Seth Appert: @SethAppert
UMass Head Coach John Micheletto: @CoachMicheletto
Ohio State Associate Head Coach Brett Larson: @BrettLarson18
Dartmouth Associate Head Coach Dave Peters: @AcademicHockey
Princeton Assistant Coach Greg Gardner: @coachgards
Wisconsin Assistant Coach Gary Shuchuk: @gshuchuk
Boston University Assistant Coach Steve Greeley:‏ @SGreeley8
Cornell Volunteer Assistant Coach Matthew Michno: @MMichno30
Quinnipiac Assistant Coach Bill Riga:‏ @BillRiga
Quinnipiac Assistant Coach Reid Cashman: @ReidCashman
Northeastern Assistant Coach Jerry Keefe: @KeeferJ_
Miami-Ohio Assistant Coach Nick Petraglia: @NickPetraglia
UMass Amherst Assistant Coach Ryan Miller: @rkmillertime
Michigan State Assistant Coach Tom Newton:‏ @CoachNewtonMSU
St. Lawrence Assistant Coach Kristofer Mayotte: @Mayotte_K
UConn Assistant Coach Joe Pereira: @JoePereira91
S/T to @BartRhett for supplying the list. Any omission should be addressed to him. 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cornell Goalie Mitch Gillam Scores Goal

This is the big story tonight on the Internet. Congrats to Cornell freshman goalie Mitch Gillam (Peterborough, Ontario) for scoring a goal in his first career appearance. Apparently, that the first goal, ever, by a Cornell goalie. This is according to Cornell's official site.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

UND Hockey a bunch of heathens because they bus to and from away games.

Apparently, UND hockey is above riding a bus to and from away hockey games if you were to believe in the mindset of one Boston University Blogger. In my two plus season of covering the team, I have never heard anyone complain about riding the bus.  Yeah, you can't make this up. This is coming from eastern teams that rarely travel very far for league games. The bus rides are actually faster in a lot of instances, they would have had to wait till the next morning to fly home. The bus they rode on, had beds, so they could sleep if they wanted.

The UND Athletic Budget breaks even when you look at revenues and expenses.

As you can see by the screen shots, UND athletics breaks even with their athletic department. The fact that the UND hockey program made 3,318,211.00 in ticket sales for FY12, is just part of the of the whole big picture.

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