Showing posts with label Mike McMahon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike McMahon. Show all posts

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Thursday Dreaming: Hockey Season is Here

Change is the theme around the UND locker room this year.

The Minnesota Wild have resigned Jason Pominville to a nice contract.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

EDIT: College Hockey: More Outdoor Games added to Burgeoning list of Outdoor Games

Wow! If we didn't have enough outdoor games already, we now have more games to add to a growing list of outdoor hockey games. The NHL already has six games and now we can add these additional five games. That means if your mathematically challenged, that's at least 11 outdoor hockey games this season.

Here's the break down... So, if my math is right, we have the Frozen Fenway series, game one is Merrimack vs. Providence (4:00 p.m.) and game two is Notre Dame vs. Boston College (7:30 p,m.) both game will be on Saturday, January 4, 2014. The following weekend, we have game three, UMass-Lowell vs. Northeastern (3:00 p.m.) and game four will be the classic match-up between Maine and Boston University (6:30 p.m.).

There is some good news, all four of the Frozen Fenway games will be seen on NESN. That means, if you have the DirecTV sports pack you will be able to watch the games. Add the Gophers vs. Ohio State during the weekend of January 17, 2014.

EDIT: s/t to cberkas for bringing this up. We can add these five outdoor games that I originally mentioned, to the four games from the Great Lakes Invitational that will take place on December 27-28, 2013. Lastly, there is also an outdoor game between RIT and Niagara on December 14. So this means there's going to be nine college outdoor games. There will actually be 10 if you count the woman's game between RIT and Clarkson. Using our addition skills, that brings the total to six NHL outdoor games, plus 10 college hockey outdoor games, and then you can also add the AHL outdoor game between Rochester Americans and Lake Erie Monsters. That means were going to have "at least" 17 outdoor hockey games this season.

So there you have it, an additional outdoor games. Yay! Can you say over saturation? Seriously? My question is, how much is too much. I wonder if we have reached that threshold?

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Friday, June 07, 2013

(Video) Game Four: final minute and a half of Bruins and Penguins and then the Handshake

Wow! What a mad finish to the end of a great game. This was a hard nosed series. Hard fought series. The Boston Bruins are going back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in three years.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

BCHL recruit Wade Murphy commits to UND

UND picked up a pretty big recruit this week when the school signed forward Wade Murphy of the Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League). Last season Murphy scored (36g-55a—91pts) in 60 games - this is the same Murphy who had recently decommitted from Merimack College.

I found this little tidbit while reading the Mack Report yesterday – just for the record Mike McMahon is not saying this happened; just this is what the USHR has said.
Additionally, according to a report on USHR:

"There were whispers in Chilliwack that a certain WCHA school may have nudged the Victoria, BC native (Murphy) to decommit.”
Just for the record Murphy played on the same team as Notre Dame recruit Mario Lucia (42g-51a—93pts) last season and finished right behind him in points. Murphy should be one of the top players on the Pentiction Vee's this season as well. Here is what Murphy told the Times Colonist about his decision to play for the University of North Dakota.
The Victoria native on Wednesday officially committed to the University of North Dakota which has produced the likes of current NHLers Jonathan Toews, J.P. Parise and T.J. Oshie and former NHLers like Ed Belfour, Dennis Hextall, Craig Ludwig, James Patrick, Dave Tippett and Garry Valk.

“I saw the rink, the facilities are unbelievable and the coaching staff is terrific, and the players’ passion is just as great,” Murphy, a member of the RBC Cup-champion Penticton Vees, said over the phone on Wednesday.

“This was the choice from the get-go,” added Murphy, who zeroed in on UND shortly after deciding not to attend Merrimack. He will head to UND next season.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

College Hockey going to the 3/4 shields?

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA...
Division I college hockey is considering getting rid of the full cages and going to the three quarter shields. According to Mike McMahon about 95 percerent of the division I college hockey coaches are in favor of this move.

Losing the face mask/bird cage seems like a no-brainier to me because it would clean up the game of college hockey and cut down on unnecessary injuries. There is way to much stick work in the game of college hockey a some of it can be blame on "the mask."
Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff --- The rules committee will make a decision on those issues at their meeting in Indianapolis on June 6-8.

However, Whitehead pointed out that their recommendation on the three-quarter shield will have to be approved by the NCAA’s Committee of Competitive Safeguards.

The others won’t have to be approved by any other committees.

Whitehead likes the idea of going to the three-quarter shield for a number of reasons.

First, he said the players will have better peripheral vision, which could reduce the number of concussions.

“They won’t be losing the puck in their skates and looking down for it as much,” said Whitehead, noting that players are more vulnerable when they’re searching for the puck.

He also said players won’t be playing with as much reckless abandon and getting their sticks up.
Personally I think it’s a great idea to get rid of the bird cages and move into the 21st century, I think that the bird cage or full shield make players fell like they are invincible and they also lead to players to not be responsible with their sticks because they tend to worry less about their opponents.

Mick Hatten beat writer of the SCSU Huskies wrote an article on this subject this past week and this is what SCSU head hockey coach Bob Motzko had to say on the subject, it would appear that there is a consensus among college hockey coaches and players that they want to get rid of the awkward full cages. Actually, from what I have read in the past it's that's been the consensus for a while now.
“I think everyone in college hockey is unanimous in favor of it,” St. Cloud State men’s head coach Bob Motzko said. “It’s going to be overwhelming to go in that direction. They did a survey of the players this year and the players want to do it. 
I have never understood why it's okay for the USHL and the NAHL to be able to wear the full cage while the NCAA players have to play down with full cage/face mask.  This rule makes no sense to me what-so-ever.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Notre Dame close to a decision?

According to Mike McMahon of the Eagle Tribune, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are close to picking a college hockey conference, it's between the Hockey East and the newly formed NCHC. I like most college hockey fans would like to know where the Golden Domers are going to end up. I guess we will find out soon enough. Here is a link to the story in the Warrior Rink Rat.
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