The 2010 edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships will take place in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, from Dec. 26, 2009, to Jan. 5, 2010. NCAA Division I hockey will be well represented on Team USA, with 15 college players on the roster as of Wednesday. Final cuts are to be made this coming Sunday by coach Dean Blais (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and his staff, but here's a quick capsule look at those 15 NCAA players and their stats as of Wednesday.
Honor for Kennedy
-- Laing Kennedy, a former standout goaltender at Cornell University and the retiring Director of Athletics at Kent State University, is the winner of the 2009 Lou Lamoriello Award.
Named in honor of New Jersey Devils
President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello, the award marks Lamoriello's ties to college hockey as a former Providence College player, coach, and administrator. The Lamoriello Award recognizes a former college hockey player or coach who goes on to a distinguished career in or out of the game of ice hockey.
"As he approaches the end of a 27-year run as an athletic director, Laing is certainly a worthy recipient of this award," AHCA Executive Director Joe Bertagna said. "Having worked with Laing when he was at Cornell, I was able to see his leadership qualities up close. As much as he took from hockey as a player, he has given back so much more to thousands of athletes and those who follow college athletics."
A native of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, Kennedy earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell in 1963. Kennedy was an All-America goalkeeper and team captain for Cornell's hockey team. He earned All-Ivy League honors for three consecutive years and was named the University's Outstanding Athlete in 1963.
"To be recognized by your peers in terms of the success of the programs both at Cornell and here at Kent State is a tremendous honor,” Kennedy said. "I'm deeply moved and pleasantly surprised to receive an award from this group that I hold in very high regard as professional associates."
In August, Kennedy announced that this year, his 16th at Kent State, would be his last. Under Kennedy's leadership, Kent State teams have won an astounding 87 Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament championships.
Individually, Kent State student-athletes have claimed 251 individual MAC titles while earning 84 All-America honors and 29 Academic All-America citations. In the past three years alone, Kent State won or shared 23 MAC championships (regular season & tournament). In 2008-09, the Golden Flashes captured their fourth MAC men's (Reese) all-sports trophy. On the women's side KSU finished second in the Jacoby all-sports trophy standings -- their 12th consecutive top-three finish.
On Campus Clips
-- With the 2010 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic a little more than two weeks away, the excitement and buzz around the NHL is in full force, and some NHLers who aren't playing at Fenway Park are envious of the Flyers and Bruins. One of them is Montreal's Mike Cammalleri
, who played for the Michigan Wolverines in the 2001 "Cold War" game against Michigan State. The memory is forever etched in his mind. "It was really cool," Cammalleri said. "Because the stadium is so much bigger than the actual hockey rink, when you were skating on the rink it really felt like a pond, like pond hockey. You would hear the skates on the ice so much clearer, the noises and voices were clearer because the fans were a bit farther away. It was unique that way.” Michigan and Michigan State are scheduled to stage another "Cold War" outdoor game at Michigan Stadium next December. ...The Ferris State Bulldogs' 13-3-2 record is their best start since 1979-80 (14-4-0). The school-record setting 2002-03 team, led by Chris Kunitz
, which went on to register a 31-10-1 overall mark, was 13-5-0 in its first 18 games. ... An Ohio State goal 11:59 into the second period of Saturday's 4-2 win against the Buckeyes snapped the Miami RedHawks' school-record shutout streak at 239:13, the fourth-longest in NCAA history. The RedHawks had pitched three-straight shutouts and not allowed a goal since the second period against North Dakota on Nov. 28.