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Michigan decision pays dividends for Devils' Merrill

Friday, 01.20.2012 / 2:32 PM / On Campus

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- The path of least resistance for Jon Merrill would have been simple -- leave the University of Michigan and continue his hockey career in the Ontario Hockey League.

It wouldn't have been a big move. The Plymouth Whalers held his OHL rights, and they are based about 20 miles east of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Merrill, a second-round pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 Entry Draft, was suspended for the first 12 games of the 2011-12 season at Michigan at the time he had to make his decision. He chose to stay.
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Mercyhurst making waves atop Atlantic

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 4:34 PM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

Pencil him in as a possible 2012 Spencer Penrose candidate these next 10 weeks.

If Rick Gotkin's Mercyhurst Lakers become the second team in Atlantic Hockey history to play in this year's Frozen Four in Tampa (Rochester Institute of Technology made it in 2010), he wins the 2012 Coach of the Year honors going away.

On the shores of Lake Erie, Gotkin has been plying his trade for 24 consecutive years. And for most of those at both the Division III and I levels since 2001, Gotkin has steered the 3,500-student school to among the most consistent programs in NCAA history. (See sidebar box.)
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Michigan heads back indoors to face Notre Dame

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 4:15 PM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

Michigan (14-8-4) vs. Notre Dame (13-8-3)
Friday, 7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

MODERN HISTORY:

Michigan: The Wolverines have embodied the term streaky this season. They opened the season on a 4-0 non-conference run en route to a 6-1-1 October. Once the page turned to November, Michigan ran into a number of other hot teams from around the college hockey world. A split with Western Michigan and a tie at Miami accounted for the only non-losses while they ended the month on a four-game losing streak. December started off in a similar fashion, though a loss at Alaska turned into a split. Back on the winning track, the Wolverines haven't looked back, going 7-0-2 in their last nine, including topping rival Michigan State twice, a win over Boston College, and avenging a November weekend sweep at the hands of upstart Ohio State with two big wins of their own -- one outdoors in the confines of Cleveland's Progressive Field. Michigan certainly has its swagger back, and with league play left to finish out the schedule, the CCHA should be on notice.
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Michigan tops Ohio State in Frozen Faceoff

Sunday, 01.15.2012 / 10:13 PM / On Campus

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CLEVELAND -- Red Berenson has coached at Michigan for 28 years, but he is also the dean of outdoor college hockey. His Wolverines have played outside four times, so when he says each outdoor experience is different, there is plenty of reason to believe him.

Berenson's team played in a baseball stadium for the first time Sunday, but the Wolverines looked quite comfortable despite the sub-freezing temperatures as they dominated rival Ohio State en route to a 4-1 victory in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff at Progressive Field.

"It was an important victory, but on the big picture it was a great spectacle," Berenson said. "I think it came off really well. We have no complaints about the facilities. The people were terrific. The ice was fine -- it was good as any of our outdoor games. ... It was another one of those good, special events."
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Buckeyes get into outdoor spotlight facing Wolverines

Saturday, 01.14.2012 / 12:02 PM / On Campus

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- Sean Duddy's parents were among the more than 104,000 people in the crowd at Michigan Stadium for The Big Chill at The Big House on Dec. 11, 2010. Some of his friends from high school were there too.

Duddy grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., but he wasn't on the ice when Michigan beat Michigan State in front of the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game. That day Duddy was in Bowling Green, Ohio, helping his Ohio State Buckeyes to a 4-2 win.

So how did an Ann Arbor kid end up in Columbus with Michigan's archrival?

"I get that asked that question all the time," Duddy said. "It was just a combination of things. It felt like the right fit for me. I liked the school, loved the facilities and the staff, and it was just the right place for me. Surprisingly, a lot of people from my hometown go to Michigan State and not Michigan. Some people just don't want to stay at home for college. I knew some people who go to Michigan and they always give me some healthy chirps, for sure."

Duddy is a senior and a two-year captain for the Buckeyes. His team will play the Wolverines at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Sunday in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff.
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A week full of the marquee, memorable, mentionable

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

It was quite the weekend to begin college hockey's "second season" and the road to the 65th Frozen Four, to be held April 5 and 7 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the NHL's Lightning.

The marquee matchup included a doubleheader at the site of the 2010 Winter Classic in Boston; the memorable was a mega-upset game in Denver (see sidebar box); and the mentionables include the start of the Hobey Baker balloting, a local-kid-done-good, and Boston College coach Jerry York on the countdown toward becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history.
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Top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth puts streak on line

Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 10:21 AM / On Campus

Michael Blinn - NHL.com Staff Writer

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (14-3-3) at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (10-8-4)
Friday, Jan. 13, 7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Network


MODERN HISTORY:

Minnesota-Duluth: No one picked the Bulldogs to take the whole shebang last year, and despite proving everyone wrong, they were once again overlooked coming into this season. Playing with that chip on their shoulder is a decidedly good look, as they cast off early-season inconsistency and have not suffered a loss since being swept by Minnesota in mid-October. In that span, they've gone 13-0-3, and taking two-game sets with Bemidji State, Minnesota State, at Michigan Tech, and at Western Michigan, as well as earning a win and tie in series at Denver and Wisconsin in the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation. They top the national rankings for the fifth straight week, a unanimous choice this time around. Needless to say, the Bulldogs are primed and ready to continue running all the way into the postseason.
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NCAA PRO-file with Hal Gill

Thursday, 01.05.2012 / 9:00 AM / On Campus

Bob Snow - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- He could be enjoying a bye this weekend before the New England Patriots resume play toward another Super Bowl push.

Instead of being in the possible twilight of an NFL career, however, 6-foot-7, 241-pound Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill is into his 14th NHL season at age 36 and providing continued highlights.

"I had to choose between football and hockey [after high school]," said Gill who hails an hour away from the Patriots' home of Gillette Stadium and even less from the Bruins TD Garden. "I couldn't give up hockey, so Providence (College) was the school that came after me. I figured that was my best opportunity."
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NCHC names Scherr as first commissioner

Wednesday, 01.04.2012 / 2:37 PM / On Campus
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the new eight-school, Division I men's hockey conference that will start play in the 2013-14 season, on Wednesday named highly-respected, veteran sports executive Jim Scherr as its first commissioner.

Scherr, who has over 20 years in sports management leadership, including as the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee and executive director of USA Wrestling, was introduced by Brian Faison, University of North Dakota Athletic Director, at a news conference at Penrose House in Colorado Springs, the headquarters city of the conference.

"The selection of Jim Scherr as our first commissioner is the culmination of a thorough, national search to identify an exceptional sports business executive who will provide the leadership, vision and credibility to make our new conference the benchmark for excellence in collegiate hockey," Faison said.
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New NCAA conference to introduce commissioner

Tuesday, 01.03.2012 / 10:40 AM / On Campus

NHL.com

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the new eight-team, Division I men’s hockey conference that will begin play in the 2013-14 season, will introduce its first commissioner at a news conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET in Colorado Springs.

The new Commissioner will be introduced by Brian Faison, athletic director of the University of North Dakota. Representatives from member institutions in the new conference also will be on hand. The conference is comprised of Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University.
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— Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after their 4-3 OT win vs. Pittsburgh in Game 2, the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory