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NCAA Update

Thomas: NCAA contenders must prove it from Day 1

Thursday, 10.06.2011 / 8:59 AM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

Tim Thomas knows a little about new seasons for the 58 starting goaltenders and their teammates across the NCAA landscape as a new college campaign gets underway.

"I remember having all that youth and energy," Thomas said as he prepared to begin a new NHL season after leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup since 1972.

In recollecting four season-starting experiences at Vermont from 1993-97, Thomas, said, "If I gave any advice to the University of Vermont and all the other schools, I'd say don't wait to prove how good you are; start proving it from the first game of the season."

Notre Dame moving to Hockey East

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 4:19 PM / NCAA Update

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The marriage between Notre Dame and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association will come to an end beginning with the 2013-14 season.

That's when the Fighting Irish will begin a new chapter, as the 11th member of Hockey East -- joining Boston University, Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts, Massachusetts-Lowell, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont.

The decision was made official during a Wednesday news conference at Notre Dame's new Compton Family Ice Arena. The Irish had been part of the CCHA since 1992.

Collegiate Hockey Conference Joint Statement

Saturday, 07.09.2011 / 2:38 PM / NCAA Update
A Joint Statement from: Peg Bradley-Doppes, Director of Athletics, University of Denver; Ken Ralph, Director of Athletics, Colorado College; Brad Bates, Director of Athletics, Miami University; Bob Nielson, Director of Athletics, University of Minnesota Duluth; Trev Alberts, Director of Athletics, University of Nebraska Omaha; Brian Faison, Director of Athletics, University of North Dakota
We are pleased to announce that six top NCAA Division I ice hockey programs will become founding members of a newly formed hockey conference, which will begin competition for the 2013-14 season. The six institutions are Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota. 
We understand and appreciate the widespread interest in developments relating to the formation of the new hockey conference. More information will be provided about the initiatives that have been undertaken, as well as the next steps involved, at a news conference in Colorado Springs this Wednesday, July 13. Our programs look forward to continued associations with our current leagues, the WCHA and CCHA, for the next two seasons.  

Hobey Baker banquet to be held June 23

Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 4:19 PM / NCAA Update

Celebrating 30 years of honoring college hockey’s top player, the annual Hobey Baker banquet will take place Thursday, June 23 at RiverCentre in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Guest of honor will be outstanding forward Andy Miele of the Miami University RedHawks, winner of this year's Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey. Miele led the nation in scoring posting 71 points in 39 games -- 11 points better than his closest competitor -- before signing a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in April.

Canucks steeped in NCAA alums and milestones

Monday, 06.06.2011 / 3:57 PM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

BOSTON -- They may not be classified as Stanley Cup Final records.

But they sure are NCAA milestones, and answers to future college-hockey trivia questions.

Several NCAA facts intertwine across the Vancouver Canucks' playoff roster in this 2011 Cup Final that finds them two wins away from the first championship for Canada since Montreal in 1993.

If Vancouver ultimately sips from Lord Stanley's cherished hardware, it will be -- in part -- because of any combination of NCAA influences.

A total of 293 former college hockey players participated in the 2010-11 NHL regular season, an increase of 8.9 percent from last season and 34 percent from 10 years ago, according to a recent analysis by College Hockey, Inc.

Just one fan nails Frozen Four prediction

Thursday, 04.14.2011 / 12:08 PM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They came here from down the street and across the Minnesota and U.S. compasses, even a few from north of the border.

Most got an awe-inspiring look at the cresting mighty Mississippi; some crossed over to Minneapolis Friday for the Twins' opening-day win and the first-ever reunion of the Mauer-Morneau-Nathan trio at Target Field; a few clogged the historic entrance to the world-famous Mickey's Dining Car, waiting for the opportunity to do the same to their arteries.

All, however, came for one primary reason: the Frozen Four semifinal games Thursday, and the NCAA National Championship game Saturday night between the home-state Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and the Michigan Wolverines.

Heroic weekend for Minnesota-Duluth's Schmidt

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 11:48 AM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. --- Unsung Hero one day, etched into Minnesota hockey history the next.

On Friday, the Hockey Commissioner's Association named Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Kyle Schmidt the recipient of the fifth annual Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, established in honor of the former team captain at Army who played from 1999-2003. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2006.

"It's a tremendous honor to follow the recipients of this award," Schmidt said. "Although I never met Derek or even saw him compete, he sounds like the player I have always strived to be."

Among a sea of bleach-blonde mops and the euphoria in Minnesota-Duluth's locker room 24 hours later after the Bulldogs captured their first-ever national title, there was no problem picking out Schmidt, the player who scored the championship-winning overtime goal.

UMD beats Michigan 3-2 for NCAA title

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 1:40 AM / NCAA Update

Minnesota Duluth won its first NCAA hockey title when Kyle Schmidt scored 3:22 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory against Michigan in the championship game at St. Paul, Minn.

Freshman Justin Faulk had a chance to give the Bulldogs the win in the opening moments of overtime, but his shot from below the left circle was stopped by Shawn Hunwick. But a few shifts later, Travis Oleksuk fed a backhand passout in front of the net to Schmidt, who one-timed it into the net for the winner.

"I didn’t get over and across in time," said Hunwick, who had no chance. "It happened so fast. I’m not sure what really happened."

UMD, Michigan to meet for NCAA title

Friday, 04.08.2011 / 12:11 AM / NCAA Update

Shawn Hunwick's spectacular goaltending was too much for top-seeded North Dakota.

The Fighting Sioux, the highest seed remaining in the Frozen Four, outshot Michigan 40-20 -- but Hunwick stopped all 40 shots to give the Wolverines a 2-0 victory and a berth in Saturday's NCAA championship game at St. Paul, Minn.

Michigan (29-10-4) will try for its 10th NCAA-record 10th title when it meets Minnesota-Duluth in the championship game at the Xcel Energy Center. The Bulldogs opened the Frozen Four by holding off Notre Dame 4-3. They will be making only their second trip to the championship game -- the other one was a four-OT loss to Bowling Green in 1984.

Hobey Hat Trick finalists announced

Thursday, 03.31.2011 / 1:08 PM / NCAA Update

Bob Snow - Correspondent

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Wednesday announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey's top player: Boston College junior forward Cam Atkinson; North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin; and Miami University senior forward Andy Miele.

The three finalists were picked by the 23-member selection committee, based on strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

This year's award winner will be announced at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, April 8, 2011 from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., during the NCAA Frozen Four. The announcement will be televised by ESPNU.

Here is more on this year's three finalists:
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