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

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

USA Hockey: Campus calling

Here's a good read about US college hockey and the percentage of former college hockey players that end up in the NHL.  
Ryan O'Leary Campus Calling -- Once seen as an “also ran” when compared to other NHL feeder systems (the CHL and Europe to be specific), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey, whose season starts up this month, is becoming a premier destination for young hockey talent and one of the largest pipelines directly to the pro ranks.

According to College Hockey Inc., a record 305-college alum played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season – equating to 31% of league personnel. That’s 11% more former NCAA players in the NHL compared to the year 2000.

The recently held 2014 NHL Entry Draft featured 65 U.S. born players, the most since 1991 (67), of which 47 are currently playing NCAA Hockey or are committed to play at a college or university in the future.

In fact, College Hockey Inc. reports that NHL Drafts have featured at least 60 current or future college players for 13 years consecutively.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Junior Hockey News: Fighting To Be Removed From Junior Hockey By The Start Of 2015 Season

Here some interesting, and breaking news that just popped up on twitter today. It looks like junior hockey is going to ban fighting, or make it less prevalent in their hockey games. I am sure the Anti-Fighting Cabal will be happy with this move. I am torn, and I am not sure what to think about this.
The Junior Hockey News --- TJHN has learned from multiple sources that USA Hockey is working in conjunction with Hockey Canada on a plan to remove fighting from Junior Hockey no later than the start of the 2015 – 2016 season.

In October of 2013, the Canadian Junior Hockey League, which is the governing body for the ten Junior A hockey leagues, voted to ban fighting starting in the 2014-2015 season.

In essence a player that fights will automatically receive a game ejection where as in the past a player would receive a five minute major penalty. Some CJHL leagues began instituting escalating suspensions for players who continually found themselves in fights this past season.

In January at the USA Hockey annual meeting a proposal was presented that would call for an automatic game ejection, and an automatic two game suspension for those players that instigate fights.

Since January, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada have been in talks discussing how the two governing bodies can work together toward making these rules standardized for both countries. The goal is to eliminate all fighting by the beginning of the 2015 season.

While the elimination of fighting may sound good to some, a rule will not totally eliminate fighting. There will still be fights in Junior Hockey, but the rules being discussed will place escalating, and very severe penalties for those who continue to fight.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Sochi games - Twitter

Here are a few things that caught my eye today...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Anti-fighting Cabal to Ban Fighting in US Junior Hockey

Shirt badge/Association crest
Shirt badge/Association crest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The anti-fighting cabal is pretty strong in hockey across the USA. I am concerned. This is going to bring the level of violence up in amateur hockey. People always talk about fighting in hockey but they never address the dangerous hits like hits from behind, head shots, boarding’s and the blatant charges. These are the hits were the concussions are coming from. These are the hits that I am concerned about more than a hockey fight.
Jeff Z. Klein, New York Times -- Junior A hockey, for 16- to 20-year-olds, is the last remaining level of the game under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction that still tolerates fighting. The push to outlaw fighting is being spurred by a recent spate of serious injuries resulting from fights and concern over the prospect of lawsuits.

“We need to take a firm stand to preserve our sport, prevent catastrophic injury and avoid financial repercussions,” said Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, who has been a leader in the effort to ban fighting.

The new rule would punish all fighters with automatic ejection from the game, and instigators with an automatic two-game suspension. It would also give referees more latitude in making decisions to eject players.

The measure will be presented at the organization’s winter meetings Jan. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla. It could be voted on then or at USA Hockey’s annual congress in June. The rule could take effect as early as next season.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

No escape from the anti-fighting cabal

English: Hockey fight between the Sudbury Wolv...
English: Hockey fight between the Sudbury Wolves and the Ottawa 67's, around 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, there’s an article in the Hockey News about hockey Canada not allowing body checking until their youth players hit the Bantam age, that’s fine. USA Hockey did the same thing. I don’t agree with the move, oh well, we move on and accept it right? However, The Hockey News just can’t help themselves, The Hockey News has to use this as an opportunity to go on an anti-fighting rant. Why?
Ken Campbell, the Hockey News --- The problem is, there’s something about our game that often brings out the worst in us, whether that’s as players or coaches. If all the hits in hockey were clean, hard and done properly and with respect, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation right now. There would be hitting at all levels of hockey and with the exception of the occasional unfortunate incident, everyone would probably be able to live with that. But the “hit to hurt” mentality has filtered down from the highest levels of hockey to the lowest and, as a result, you have far too many situations where body contact is used as a tactic to intimidate, even at the youth hockey level, and that results in too many hits to the head that are leaving vulnerable brains like Matthew Kostuch’s scrambled for years after they are injured.

It’s kind of like fighting. If all NHL fights were the result of two players, who can actually play the game, settling a score in a highly emotional affair, that would be one thing. But once you condone – and promote – fighting, it leaves it open to be used as a tactic, or at the very least, a sideshow.

That then leads to the evolution of enforcers and goons, who have one purpose. And that purpose is to keep the skilled players safe, often from the goons and enforcers who are supposed to be keeping everyone safe out there. It creates a vicious cycle from which there is no escape.
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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

2013 U.S. WJC Camp: Ausmus and Thompson Cut From Junior Evaluation Camp

The U.S. WJC team has cut their roster down by 13 players for the final games of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Included in those 13 players are UND recruits Gage Ausmus and Keaton Thompson. According to the release by USA Hockey, "The players released today will continue to be evaluated this fall for Team USA. For the players that are staying, the games this week give us an opportunity to continue assessing them."

Friday, September 21, 2012

USHL to concentrate on player safety

It appears, that United State Hockey League which is USA Hockey’s elite Tier I junior hockey, is going to take a proactive approach to address player safety starting this season.

Earlier this week, we learned that the OHL was going to limit the number of fights a player is involved in.
USHL Press Release
The League has specified a number of what it terms “dangerous play” minor penalties (ie: elbowing, head contact, kneeing), which it will monitor and review together with all major penalties – both fighting and non-fighting – throughout the course of the season.  Players accumulating multiple penalties will be notified and addressed by the Commissioner’s office with an eye toward early intervention and education, and multiple penalties in any category will be subject to supplementary discipline.

“We take our position as USA Hockey’s Tier I League very seriously,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince.  “We’ve been concerned by the increase in injuries and lost games by our players over the past several seasons, and this is a comprehensive effort to see what we can do to address the problem.  We recognize our responsibility to deliver the world’s best young players to the next level – the NCAA and the NHL – faster, stronger, smarter, and more skilled than ever before.  But we also need to make sure they’re in top health and physical condition, and fully aware that as the next generation’s guardians of the game, they have a responsibility to hockey and to each other.   Our mission is to keep every ounce of the aggressive, all-out style of play for which the USHL is so well-known, while tuning down some of the ‘dumb and dangerous’ play that neither benefits the game nor the elite athletes who are playing it
In reading the USHL’s press release it appears to me that the USHL is going to make a serious step in addressing on ice play of its players and is also going to address their player’s on-ice play by assigning supplementary discipline in the cases where it’s warranted.

From the outside looking in – it would appear to me that the USHL is also trying to address the play of certain types of players – in this case – it appears to me that the USHL is trying to do away with the players skate all over the ice trying to line people up for the big hit.

Don’t get me wrong, I like physical hockey and hitting, but the USHL appears to be trying to address a certain type of play and to make corrections to change on ice behavior.
More specifically, it appears to me that the USHL is attempting to do away with the players that I would classify as head hunters – these are the players that will skate across the ice to make a knock out hit and if they make contact usually results in the player on the receiving ending up with a catastrophic injury.  This would probably include the players that will target the head of an opposition player in a vulnerable position.

If your confused why type of player I am talking about, think of NHL players like Raffie Torres or a Matt Cooke.  These two are the poster boys of the type of player that I am thinking of.

I believe that this is going to be a good start to improving player safety – I think this also a good indication that hockey is beginning to move away from the one dimensional players that skate up and down the ice taking liberties with the opposition. Also, it appears that USHL is going to go even further than the OHL, because it appears that the USHL is going to try and educate the players as well as discipline the offenders.

Lastly, I also think that the hockey in most leagues is trying to do away with the one dimensional players that play two-four minutes a game and get into a fight or two. I do believe the player of the future is a player is going to be one that can score 20-30 goals and get in 10-15 fights a year – NHL players like Milan Lucic or Scott Hartnell come to mind.

Originally posted at The Hockey Writers - Combine
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Friday, June 08, 2012

Ice Hockey Rules Committee to examine three-quarter face shields

English: National Collegiate Athletic Associat...
Official Press Release
By Greg Johnson

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee plans to establish a collaborative process with the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports to collect data and fully explore the possibility of allowing men’s players to wear three-quarter visors.

Current rules require a full face shield to be worn.

The ice hockey committee did not make a formal proposal but focused more on continuing the process of a full review and data collection effort in the review of current technology. Committee representatives will meet with the competitive-safeguards committee next week to review a wider package of potential enhancements that can be made to enhance student-athlete safety. The committee hopes that a partnership with the competitive-safeguards committee and other hockey organizations (for example, National Hockey League, USA Hockey, United States Hockey League) will lead to the use of visors.

A recent survey of 1,000 student-athletes showed that 83 percent would prefer to utilize a three-quarter shield if given the opportunity. The overwhelming majority of men’s coaches favor three-quarter visor use.
Ice hockey rules committee members, who met Wednesday and Thursday in Indianapolis, believe that such support of the concept mandates a thorough review.

The development of newer, better facial shields that are more protective than traditional half-shields is one driving factor for the committee’s reconsideration of appropriate equipment. In its review, the committee believes that other aspects of equipment must be considered in conjunction with visor technology. For example, representatives of the NHL recently discussed working with manufacturers to develop softer padding, and the NCAA will engage in that discussion.

The NCAA has had an injury surveillance program in all sports for decades. Data will be compared to injury information that other entities, such as the United States Hockey League, collect after players completed their first seasons with the new visors. Over the past year, the USHL collected information on the number of facial injuries and concussions that occurred and has offered to partner with the NCAA on data collection.
Committee members understand the challenge of explaining how removing a piece of protective equipment may have a positive impact on student-athlete safety.

“Our coaches and student-athletes feel the game will be played with more respect, and players will play with less of a sense of invincibility,” said Ed McLaughlin, the chair of the Ice Hockey Rules Committee and director of athletics at Niagara. “We’ve talked about the visors, but also about softer padding in general as another important part of this.”

McLaughlin will meet with the competitive-safeguards committee next week to request engagement and partnership on those issues.

Since 1978, NCAA hockey players have worn full cages. The rule was implemented to protect the eyes of the players. At the time, there wasn’t talk of other injuries such as concussions or facial injuries.

Times have changed, especially in regard to head and brain injuries.

“That is why we want to take a measured approach to this,” McLaughlin said. “We look at how some of the technology has evolved, and the three-quarter visors may be able to address the same needs as when the full cages were put in.”

McLaughlin also noted that student-athletes are coming from playing with these visors before and after NCAA competition.

“All of this factors in as to why this is a passionate issue,” McLaughlin said. “We know our coaches and student-athletes are strongly in favor of this. We want to be sure the broader community has the opportunity to review this and fully understand the potential benefit as one part of a larger improvement to the sport.”
A more detailed communication will be distributed to hockey institutions regarding the committee’s plan in the near future.

The committee did propose several changes to current rules. All rules changes must be approved the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to meet in July via conference call. The main proposals are listed below. All changes will be sent to the membership for comment next week and all feedback will be shared with the hockey committee and the oversight panel.

Overtime option

After a thorough discussion, the committee recommended giving conferences and institutions the option of playing four-on-four, five-minute overtime periods in the regular season beginning with the 2012-13 season. That is the system used in the NHL.

The goalies would still be required to switch ends of the ice, which causes teams to make long line changes, leading to additional scoring opportunities.

The proposed rule is not a mandate. If teams playing in a nonconference game can’t agree on which way overtime will be played, it will default to a five-on-five, five-minute extra period where the goalies will switch ends of the ice.

The format for NCAA tournament games has not changed (five-on-five until a winner is decided).

“There was some support in the membership for four-on-four overtime, and it is an exciting brand of hockey,” McLaughlin said. “We also wanted to respect the membership views that it might not be the best for all levels of hockey right now. Providing an option for everyone is the right step for us.”

The committee will monitor the overtime formats for the next two years to see if any other changes should be made.

“When we made the change two years ago for the goalies to change ends going into overtime, it lessened the number of ties in the sport,” McLaughlin said. “We think making another option available will allow for more data to be collected and to review the impact on our game.”

Hand passes made illegal

Committee members proposed that all hand passes be made illegal, including in the defensive zone.
The referee will stop play on any hand pass, and the faceoff will be in the offending team’s defensive zone. Additionally, if the team commits the violation in its defensive zone, that team will not be able to change its players before the ensuing faceoff.

 “This is a way to promote scoring and create more chances on offense,” McLaughlin said. “Not being able to make a line change can have a pretty big impact, and this takes away a rule that gave the defensive team an advantage.”

Net dislodgement change

The committee also adjusted its rules dealing with the goal cage becoming dislodged. The committee essentially moved to the NHL rule in this area, which allows some displacement of the goal as long as the posts remain in contact with the pegs or pins.

“Our rules currently don’t allow for much leeway, and we believe we have disallowed too many goals that really should count,” McLaughlin said. “The NHL rules have been used effectively, and we believe this is a positive change.”

To award a goal in these situations, the goal post must have been displaced by the actions of a defending player. To award a goal, the referee must determine that the puck would have entered the net between the normal position of the goal posts.

Distinct kicking motion

Another proposed change by the committee is intended to enhance scoring and also make its rules more consistent. The committee approved a change that will allow most goals off of attacking player’s skates, with the exception of a distinct kicking motion. In recent years, the committee has attempted a variety of interpretations in this area.

“We ultimately believe bringing some clarity to this rule is important and allowing goals that are directed into the goal with a skate will be a positive move,” McLaughlin said. “It seems like the hockey community is comfortable with the concept of a distinct kicking motion, so we hope this brings some clarity to this rule as well.”

Officiating system

Effective with the 2013-14 season, the committee voted to make the two-referee, two-linesman system mandatory for men’s ice hockey. Feedback from the women’s ice hockey community indicated that the two-referee, one-linesman system should remain as an option for the foreseeable future. All four NCAA championships used the two-referee, two-linesman system in 2012.

Additionally, goal judges are no longer required for NCAA games and will only be recommended.
“Our rules truly require two referees, and the committee strongly believes the four-person system is the best overall,” McLaughlin said. “We believe providing a grace period will allow institutions time to adjust and plan.”

The NCAA adjusted officiating fees in the 2012 Division III championships (men’s and women’s) to make the change immediately and reduced travel costs by not using a back-up official.

Postgame review of disqualifications

The committee voted to allow a postgame review of disqualification penalties by the on-ice officials. The group requested conference feedback on how best to implement a procedure and guidelines for the concept, but the belief is a disqualification penalty, with the help of video evidence, is an important determination and should be reviewed. The calling official will have the final decision on any review.

New chair

The committee approved the appointment of Tom Anastos, head men’s coach at Michigan State, as the chair of the committee, effective Sept. 1.
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Monday, June 04, 2012

Colllege Hockey INC - Executive Director annoucement


Under general supervision, the Executive Director manages the interests of College Hockey Inc.
This position supervises two full-time positions as well as other potential part-time positions in
the areas of education, NCAA rules, media platforms and camps. The Executive Director will
create a vision to promote and market of college hockey, grow the economic resources of
College Hockey Inc., improve the recruiting efforts of college hockey and its member institutions
and grow the relationships with USA Hockey and the National Hockey League. Salary and a
benefits package are commensurate with experience. This position requires the ability to travel,
work nights and weekends and holidays as needed.
Oversees an assigned number of areas with the following duties:
· Reports to the Board of Directors of College Hockey Inc.;
· Develops plans and materials to promote and market college hockey;
· Meets with various multi-media entities, including television and websites;
· Manages IceBreaker Tournament and other special events;
· Develops recruiting and youth marketing campaign directed to amateur hockey players;
· In conjunction with the Board of Directors, addresses NCAA legislative issues affecting
college hockey;
· Manages relationships with USA Hockey, National Hockey League and a variety of junior
hockey organizations;
· Ensures College Hockey Inc. is in compliance with NCAA rules;
· Develops and manages annual operating budget and finances for College Hockey Inc.; and
· Performs other duties as assigned.
1) Knowledge of amateur hockey, particularly college hockey, and a level of experience with
the sport.
2) Knowledge of supervisory techniques, leadership training, coaching techniques and
appropriate consensus-building skills.
3) Knowledge of NCAA rules, specifically as they relate to recruiting.
4) Knowledge of appropriate computer software applications (e.g., PowerPoint, Excel,
QuickBooks) as they relate to the position.
5) Ability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
6) Strong interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.
1) Bachelor's degree in related field is required, Master's degree preferred.
2) Five years experience performing similar tasks is required.
Applications and nominations of candidates should be sent via e-mail to Stephen Hagwell
( All application materials must include a cover letter, resume and
list of professional references. College Hockey Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It will be interesting to see who is selected or this job. 
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

NCHC Names Joe Novak Director of Hockey Operations

Official Press Release
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has named veteran sports management executive Joe Novak as its Director of Hockey Operations.

Jim Scherr, the Commissioner of college hockey's newest conference, said that Novak, in his role, will primarily be responsible for the internal hockey operations and administration for the NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate hockey conference that will be begin play in the 2013-14 season.  Among Novak's immediate tasks will be developing, in consultation with Conference members, a comprehensive playing schedule; organizing and maintaining a system to hire, assign, compensate, evaluate, and supervise on-ice officials; developing and implementing the Conference's rules, playing standards, statistical programs and discipline program; and serving as the hockey operations liaison with the Conference's coaches and others in the hockey community.

The Colorado Springs resident brings to the Conference more than 30 years of experience in sports management, the last 15 of them with the United States Air Force Academy, including roles in NCAA Division I athletic operations, events management and scheduling, athletic facilities management, contract management, and tournament and special events director.  He has worked as an on-ice hockey official, a Supervisor of Officials with USA Hockey and an off-ice official with the National Hockey League and the Olympic Winter Games.

Novak joins the Conference after serving in a critical position with the accomplished Air Force Academy's Athletics department in several management roles, including Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Operations and Events. His range of experience also includes being an off-ice official at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver; Ice Hockey Game Operations Manager for the Torino 2006 Olympic Committee/International Ice Hockey Federation for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in the Italian city; and managing athletic programs for the New York Military Army Command at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY, and the United States Army Europe Headquarters/Heidelberg Military Community in Heidelberg, Germany. 

"Being able to bring to the Conference a proven and imaginative executive with outstanding hockey credentials like Joe to serve as our Director of Hockey Operations is tremendous for our members and for me personally," said Scherr.  "The Conference's inaugural season begins in about 18 months and there are many tasks to complete in advance of dropping the first puck.  I will be relying on Joe to ensure that everything relating to hockey operations will be the best in intercollegiate athletics."

Novak, who played ice hockey in semi-professional ranks and junior hockey in Germany and throughout Europe early in his career, says he is thrilled to become part of the new conference.

"I am grateful to Commissioner Scherr and the Conference members for this remarkable opportunity," said Novak.  "This position is both a great challenge and a great opportunity and, with so much to do, I look forward to working closely with the Conference athletic directors and coaches and to getting to work."
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Miles Koules "won't" be going to UND

Brad Elloitt Schlossman reported on his media blog and as well in the Grand Forks Herald that Miles Koules has backed out of his commitment and now will not be going to UND. Koules will instead play for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. This is the third recruit from the NTDP team to de-committ and go to the CHL.

There seems to be something going on at the NTDP wonder if the UND coaches will continue to recruit kids from the USNDT after being spurned by another one this weekend, counting J.T. Miller, Stephan Matteau and now Miles Koules. 

Just a hunch I wouldn't count on Seth Jones going to UND. This was on his Twitter Page yesterday.
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Changes coming to NCAA Hockey Recruiting?

Canadian Hockey LeagueImage via WikipediaRWD favorite beat writer Brad Elliott Schlossman has a very good article about the letter of intent and the college hockey recruits being poached by the CHL teams until after they have played their freshman year.

I honestly don’t know how they are going to get the CHL to honor those agreements? I don’t think the NCAA is going to get the CHL to agree to that. Why should they? I can’ t see the London Knight’s caring about a blue chip recruit signing a letter of intent to play for a division I college hockey team. It didn't seem to stop the Plymouth Whalers, because J.T. Miller had signed an LOI to play for UND. How did that end up working out for us? Obviously, they didn't care one bit. The thing I would want to know is how much money changed hands on that deal.
Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald --- College Hockey Inc., is working to enact legislation — either with the oversight of the NHL or through the transfer agreement between USA Hockey and Hockey Canada — to bar Canadian major junior teams from stealing a player who has signed a letter of intent until after the player’s freshman year.

And while this is happening, there is a behind-the-scenes movement by some coaches to try to ditch the longstanding gentleman’s agreement between coaches that they won’t recruit players that have made verbal commitments.

If either happens, letters of intent will become big deals to the college hockey world.

The Canadian Hockey League, which routinely tries to poach college players and recruits, is driving these developments to an extent.
I am going to get some flak for this because there are a lot of fans college hockey fans that are against CHL players playing in NCAA Division I hockey once they have played in the CHL.

I am all for it. Why not let them play in the NCAA? I think the NCAA should reevaluate this stance, I think that this policy is out dated and wrong.

I would have no problem with allowing a player that has played hockey in the CHL play in the NCAA if they haven't reached their 19th birthday. The CIS teams don't seem to have a problem with these players playing for their teams and NCAA teams play them in the exhibition games at the beginning of the season.

Maybe that kid was recruited to go to the CHL when he is 16 and he has a change of heart and decides that he would like to play in the college ranks and get his college education. Why not allow him to play for an NCAA Division I team? 

Personally, I would have no problem with an NCAA college team going up to Canada or to a CHL team in the USA and recruiting one of their players to play in Division I hockey. The CHL is actively recruiting our players right now as we speak.They don't seem to care what our players have signed.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Final USA WJC roster released.

Here is the final USA roster for this years WJC. Here is the link to the press release. Here is the schedule fo the Team USA's games.


1 Jack Campbell, Port Huron, Mich. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USNTDP)
30 Mike Lee, Roseau, Minn. St. Cloud State University (WCHA)


11 John Carlson, Colonia, N.J. Hershey Bears (AHL)
4 Matt Donovan, Edmond, Okla. University of Denver (WCHA)
24 Cam Fowler, Farmington Hills, Mich. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
28 Jake Gardiner, Minnetonka, Minn. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
18 Brian Lashoff, Albany, N.Y. Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
2 John Ramage, St. Louis, Mo. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
5 David Warsofsky, Marshfield, Mass. Boston University (HEA)


17 Ryan Bourque, Boxford, Mass. Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
29 Jerry D’Amigo, Binghamton, N.Y. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECACH)
22 AJ Jenks, Wolverine Lake, Mich. Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
10 Tyler Johnson, Spokane, Wash. Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
20 Chris Kreider, Boxford, Mass. Boston College (HEA) New York Rangers
8 Danny Kristo, Eden Prairie, Minn. University of North Dakota (WCHA)
9 Philip McRae, Chesterfield, Mo. London Knights (OHL)
26 Jeremy Morin, Auburn, N.Y. Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
23 Kyle Palmieri, Montvale, N.J. University of Notre Dame (CCHA)
19 Jordan Schroeder, Prior Lake, Minn. University of Minnesota (WCHA)
21 Derek Stepan, Hastings, Minn. University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
14 Luke Walker, Portland, Ore. Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
16 Jason Zucker, Las Vegas, Nev. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USNTDP)

BallHype: hype it up!

Friday, April 25, 2008

2008 United States Men’s National Ice Hockey Team Roster

Here is the roster for the 2008 team USA Men's National team roster. It is impressive from the perspective of a college hockey fan, even more impressive is that three are a lot of WCHA players on the USA team roster.

The Break down: (3) Fighting Sioux, three (3) Gophers and two (2) Badgers and one (1) Maverick on the USA team.

Craig Anderson, Park Ridge, Ill. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Robert Esche, Utica, N.Y. Ak Bars Kazan (Russia)
Tim Thomas, Flint, Mich. Boston Bruins (NHL) Univ of Vermont

Keith Ballard, Baudette, Minn. Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) UMN
Tom Gilbert, Minneapolis, Minn. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)UW
Tim Gleason, Clawson, Mich. Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Matt Greene, Grand Ledge, Mich. Edmonton Oilers (NHL) UND
Paul Martin, Minneapolis, Minn. New Jersey Devils (NHL) UMN
Mark Stuart, Rochester, Minn. Boston Bruins (NHL) C.C.
James Wisniewski, Canton, Mich. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

David Backes, Minneapolis, Minn. St. Louis Blues (NHL) MSU-M
David Booth, Detroit, Mich. Florida Panthers (NHL) MSU
Dustin Brown, Ithaca, N.Y. L.A. Kings (NHL)
Adam Burish, Madison, Wis. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) UW
Jeff Halpern, Potomac, Md. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) Princeton
Patrick Kane, Buffalo, N.Y. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Phil Kessel, Madison, Wis. Boston Bruins (NHL) UMN
Peter Mueller, Bloomington, Minn. Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Patrick O’Sullivan, Winston-Salem, N.C. L.A. Kings (NHL)
Zach Parise, Minneapolis, Minn. New Jersey Devils (NHL) UND
Jason Pominville, Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Drew Stafford, Milwaukee, Wis. Buffalo Sabres (NHL) UND
Lee Stempniak, West Seneca, N.Y. St. Louis Blues (NHL) Dartmouth