Thursday, August 27, 2015

York To Enter Michigan State Hall of Fame


Former Michigan State University forward Mike York will be inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, the eighth former Spartan hockey player ever to be so honored, according to msuspartans.com.

A native of Waterford, Mich. and a four-year letter-winner in East Lansing from 1995 to 1999, York made his NCAA debut at age 17 after playing junior “A” hockey with Thornhill (Ont.) He tallied 79 goals and 122 assists for 201 points in 158 total outings as a Spartan, and finished his career by leading MSU to the 1999 NCAA Frozen Four in Anaheim after three previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

His best college campaign came in 1997-98 when he collected a career-high 27-34—61 points in 40 games and guided the Green and White to both the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and tournament titles. A two-time First Team All-America selection, he was also honored as CCHA Player of the Year, CCHA Best Defensive Forward, and MSU Team MVP as a senior.

York, who has spent the last five seasons playing professionally in Germany, was drafted in the sixth round (136th overall) by the New York Rangers following his sophomore season at MSU. He later registered 127-195—322 points in 579 career NHL regular-season contests with the Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Bluejackets from 1999 to 2009.

York has skated with Iserlohn in Germany the last four seasons, and also played with the club during the 2004-05 NHL lockout when he notched a professional career-high 62 points in 52 games. He also put up 103 points in 123 career AHL games with Hartford, Syracuse and Rochester, and earned a silver medal with the U.S. squad at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Congrats, Yorkie!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Minnesota's Weiss Joins Nanooks


The University of Alaska (Fairbanks) has secured a commitment from defenseman Jack Weiss for the 2015-16 NCAA campaign, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

A 5-foot-11, 170-pound native of Bloomington, Minn., Weiss, 21, joins the Nanooks after two seasons in the North American Hockey League. In 105 career NAHL games with Minnesota and Rio Grande, he tallied one goal and 15 assists for 16 points to go along with 139 penalty minutes.

UAF begins its season on Oct. 4 with an exhibition contest against Mt. Royal university at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DU's Tabrum Signs with Wheeling (ECHL)




Former Denver University forward Matt Tabrum has signed to skate with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers next season, according to ECHL.com.

An undrafted free agent out of Colorado Springs, the 5-10, 185-pound Tabrum tallied 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points to go with 125 penalty minutes in 151 career games with the Pioneers, as listed on his profile at USCHO.com. His highest-scoring NCAA season came as a sophomore in 2012-13 when he tallied 7-815 points in 39 outings.

Tabrum, 24, who prepped with both Sioux Falls (USHL) and Omaha (USHL) prior to joining the Pioneers, helped DU to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths in his four seasons in Denver. He closed his collegiate career in March with a goal against North Dakota in DU's 5-1 victory in the NCHC Tournament title game in Minneapolis, and then posted two assists in a 5-2 win over Boston College in an NCAA East Regional semifinal in Providence.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer NCAA Coaching Carousel


A number of NCAA assistant men's hockey coaches have left one school for another this summer:

  • Brett Larson, Minnesota-Duluth from Ohio State
  • Stephen Wiedler, AIC from Curry
  • Gary Shuchuk, Michigan Tech from Wisconsin
  • Chris Dyment, Bentley College from New Hampshire (EJHL)
  • Kevin Swallow, University of New England from Nichols
  • Steve Miller, Air Force (Director of Hockey Ops) from Providence
  • Matt Shaw, North Dakota from Dubuque (USHL)
  • JB Bittner, Wisconsin from Tri-City (USHL)
  • Luke Strand, Wisconsin from Madison (USHL)
  • Scott Borek, Providence from New Hampshire
  • Peter Roundy, Holy Cross from Trinity

Others have left the college ranks to go professional, junior, or prep hockey:

  • Steve Greeley, Boston University to New York Rangers (NHL) (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Patrick Oliveto, Niagara to Academy of Hockey
  • Robert Ferrari, Mercyhurst to Trinity-Pawling
  • Dan Muse, Yale to Chicago (USHL) 


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Tentative BC 2015-16 Men's Hockey Schedule


Boston College is traditionally the final NCAA Division I men's hockey school to formally release its regular-season schedule. The Eagle normally release their upcoming slate in September; but here's a look at what this year's edition might look like, as cobbled together from other schools' already-published match-ups (subject to change, all starting times yet to be determined).

 Fri. Oct. 9 @ Army
 Sun. Oct. 11 @ Rensselaer
 Fri. Oct. 16 WISCONSIN
 Fri. Oct. 23 @ Colorado College
 Sat. Oct. 24 @ Colorado College
 Fri. Oct. 30 DENVER 

 Tue. Nov. 3 MASSACHUSETTS *
 Fri. Nov. 6 MAINE *
 Sat. Nov. 7 MAINE *
 Fri. Nov. 13 MICHIGAN STATE
 Sat. Nov. 21 @New Hampshire*
 Tue. Nov. 24 @ Connecticut * (Hartford, CT)
 Sat. Nov. 28 RIT

 Sat. Dec. 5 NORTHEASTERN *
 Sun. Dec. 6 @ Northeastern *
 Thu. Dec. 10 NOTRE DAME *
 Sat. Dec. 28 vs. Ohio State $
 Sun. Dec. 29 vs. Cornell/Providence $

 Fri. Jan. 8 PROVIDENCE *
 Sat., Jan. 9 @ Providence *
 Fri. Jan. 15 BOSTON UNIVERSITY *
 Sat. Jan. 16 @ Boston University *
 Fri. Jan. 22 @ Massachusetts *
 Sat. Jan. 23 CONNECTICUT *
 Fri. Jan. 29 @ Notre Dame *

 Mon. Feb. 1 vs. Harvard (Beanpot) #
 Mon. Feb. 8 vs. Boston University/Northeastern (Beanpot) #
 Fri. Feb. 12 @ Merrimack *
 Sat. Feb. 13 MERRIMACK *
 Fri. Feb. 19 @Vermont*
 Sat. Feb. 20 @Vermont*
 Fri. Feb. 26 UMASS LOWELL*
 Sat. Feb. 27 @UMass Lowell*

 Fri-Sun Mar. 11-13 Hockey East First Round (Campus Sites)
 Fri-Sat. Mar. 18-19 Hockey East Championships #
 Fri-Sun. Mar. 25-27 NCAA Regionals
 (Albany, Cincinnati, St. Paul, Worcester)

 Thu-Sat. Apr. 7-9 NCAA Championships (Tampa, FL)

 Home games (Conte Forum) in CAPS
 * Hockey East league game
 $ Florida College Classic (Estero, FL)
 # TD Garden (Boston, MA)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Piccinich, Szmatula, Murphy on Move


The summer movement of NCAA players continues.

Earlier this week, USCHO.com reported that rising freshman forward J.J. Piccinich is leaving Boston University to join the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Piccinich, who tallied a goal and four points in 25 games last season for the Terriers, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He hails from Paramus, N.J. and previously played with Youngstown of the United States Hockey League, with whom he posted 58 points in 60 games in 2013-14.

Elsewhere in Hockey East, Northeastern rising sophomore forward Mike Szmatula has transferred to Minnesota and will join the Golden Gophers for the 2016-17 campaign after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA regulations. Szmatula, who tallied 28-40—68 points in two years at Northeastern and was a member of the 2013-14 Hockey East All-Rookie Team , had announced on Twitter in June that he was leaving the Huskies. A native of Commerce, Mich., he won the Clark Cup with Dubuque (USHL) prior to enrolling at Northeastern.

Out west, North Dakota rising junior forward Wade Murphy last week transferred to Arizona State’s nascent program and will be eligible to skate with t Sun Devils in 2016-17. A seventh-round selection of the Nashville Predators in 2013, he recorded four assists in 35 games with UND after playing junior “A” hockey with Penticton.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stepan Re-Signs with Rangers for Six Years



The New York Rangers re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) to a multi-year contract on Monday. The Daily News reported the deal to be worth $39 million, or an average annual value of $6.5 million for its six-year length, according to NHL.com.

A native of Hastings, Minn., Stepan tallied 16 goals and 39 assists for 55 points in 68 regular-season NHL games last year, according to hockeydb.com. He then added 5-7—12 points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff contests as the Rangers came up one victory short of a second consecutive Eastern Conference title. In 362 NHL regular-season outings, he has collected 89-163—252 points to go with 15-26—41 totals in 80 Stanley Cup playoff appearances, all with New York.

Stepan, 25, prepped two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s before college, and tallied 181 points in 123 games. He then skated two NCAA campaigns with Wisconsin prior to turning pro in 2010. He posted 21-66—87 points in 81 outings and also helped the Badgers to the 2010 NCAA Championship Game in Detroit, where they fell to Boston College and Stepan’s current Rangers teammate, Chris Kreider.

In other news concerning Wisconsin, rising freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty is one-and-done in the college ranks after he inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators late last week, according to USCHO.com. Dougherty, from Cottage Grove, Minn. put up 2-7—9 points and 31 penalty minutes in 33 appearances with the Badgers last winter.