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2006




2006-12-29 ... Matt Connors has left the Cornell hockey team, but will remain enrolled in school. A sophomore from Buffalo, Connors did not appear in a varsity game.

2006-12-27 ... Joe Cucci has left Northeastern and is transferring to Merrimack. Cucci was originally recruited by ex-Merrimack coach Chris Serino. Cucci did not appear in a game for Northeastern this year. He plans to appeal the NCAA to start playing with Merrimack immediately next fall, instead of waiting a full year.

2006-12-19 ... Joe Fallon was named the Hockey East Player of the Week. The Vermont junior goaltender turned away 31 shots in Vermont's 4-0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday to extend his school record for shutouts to 14.

2006-12-19 ... Mathias Lange was named the Goaltender of the Week by the ECAC. The RPI sophomore, a native of Austria, earned the win in RPI's only game last week, a 2-1 victory over Mass.-Lowell, by notching 22 saves.

2006-12-14 ... Hunter Bishop, a North Dakota freshman forward from Fairbanks, Alaska, has left school to return to play for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. Bishop had played in four of UND's 16 games this season, contributing one assist.

2006-12-14 ... The CCHA has granted commissioner Tom Anastos a five-year contract extension.

2006-12-13 ... Junior forward Jamie Bates was named ECAC Player of the Week, while freshman forward Brandon Wong was selected ECAC Rookie of the Week. Both from Quinnipiac, Bates had two goals Friday against RPI and two assists Saturday, while Wong had a shorthanded goal Friday and another goal Saturday.

2006-12-13 ... Sophomores Ted Cook and Juliano Pagliero were recognized by CHA for their efforts in Niagara's sweep of Wayne State, taking offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Cook scored three goals in Niagara's weekend sweep of the Warriors, including both game winners. Pagliero earned a pair of wins between the pipes, including his first-career shutout, a 41-save effort.

2006-12-13 ... The CCHA selected Notre Dame sophomore Erik Condra as the offensive player of the week. Condra, who leads the Irish in scoring this season, had one goal and five assists for six points and was plus-2 in the 7-3 and 4-3 wins over seventh-ranked Michigan.

2006-12-13 ... Jeff Hajner was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week for his performance against UConn, Dec. 7-8. The Air Force freshman from Las Vegas, had a career-best three points in the two-game series.

2006-12-13 ... Patrick Watson was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. The Merrimack sophomore made 37 saves en route to his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over No. 16 Massachusetts last Tuesday at Lawler Rink. The win was the first for the Warriors at home since beating New Hampshire 1-0 on Nov. 29, 2005.

2006-12-13 ... Andrew Loewen of Canisius was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week. In two starts against American International, Loewen stopped 58 of 62 shots.

2006-12-13 ... A four-point series versus Ohio State (2-2--4) has netted Miami freshman Jarod Palmer the CCHA Rookie of the Week honors. Palmer helped the league-leading RedHawks extend their league unbeaten streak to seven games.

2006-12-13 ... Matt Smith will leave Clarkson after completing final exams this week. The freshman goaltender has decided to play in the Quebec Major Junior League. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, the 6-foot, 204-pound goaltender saw limited action with the Golden Knights this season. Smith played in one game, an exhibition contest against the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team, and allowed four goals on 12 shots in one period.

2006-12-13 ... Ryan Bellows has left Dartmouth to play for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Bellows, a native of St. Catharines, Ontario, was originally Barrie's 14th Round Pick (270th overall) in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection. He played in 40 career games in Dartmouth and recorded two goals and 11 points.

2006-12-08 ... Brown sophomore defenseman Mike Stuart suffered a knee injury in practice this week, and it out for the season. Stuart, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder from Rome, N.Y., played in 10 games this year, with one goal and three points. Last season, he played in 17 games with no points.

2006-12-05 ... Kyle Lawson of Notre Dame was named CCHA Rookie of the Week for his play in a sweep of Alaska on Dec. 2-3. Lawson, currently tied for first among Irish defensemen in scoring, had a goal, an assist, and was plus-5 on the weekend in 3-1 and 6-2 wins.

2006-12-05 ... Kyle Okposo was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week. The freshman center for Minnesota pushed his point streak to 10 games with two goals last weekend to help the top-ranked Golden Gophers move their nation's best unbeaten streak to 16 games.

2006-12-05 ... Chad Rau and Lee Sweatt were named WCHA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, following Colorado College's weekend home-and-home sweep of Denver. Rau, a sophomore center, factored on both game-winning goals, scoring one of them, and Sweatt, a senior defenseman, scored two goals and was a plus-5.

2006-12-04 ... Brayden Irwin was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week. The Vermont freshman scored two goals and had an assist as the Catamounts won twice in three games last week.

2006-12-04 ... Ryan Jones has been named the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week. The Miami junior captain scored five goals in a series sweep of Ferris State.

2006-12-04 ... Forward Anthony Canzoneri was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. The Bentley sophomore recorded five points to help the Falcons to a weekend sweep of Canisius.

2006-12-04 ... Brown goalie Dan Rosen was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after a weekend split against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

2006-12-04 ... Goalie Brad Thiessen was named Hockey East Player of the Week. The Northeastern freshman backstopped the Huskies to a pair of league wins over Merrimack, stopping 52-of-53 shots (.981 save percentage).

2006-12-03 ... Nebraska-Omaha athletic director David Herbster has resigned, the latest casualty in the aftermath of an athletic department finance controversy. In a statement, Herbster said that controversy "diminished his ability to lead."

2006-12-01 ... Northeastern assistant coach Brendan Walsh announced his resignation to pursue a career as a Boston police officer. Head coach Greg Cronin hired Walsh as an assistant shortly after Cronin was hired to lead the Northeastern program. "It's a loss for us but it's a great job opportunity, which Brendan has been interested in for quite some time," said Cronin. "He was a terrific asset to Northeastern University while he was here and we wish him luck." Walsh is a Dorchester, Mass., native and was a member of the 1999 national champion Maine team before playing five seasons of professional hockey.

2006-12-01 ... Sacred Heart forward Pierre-Luc O'Brien, who had 10 goals and 23 points in nine games while leading the Pioneers to a 7-1-1 record, was named CSTV/Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Player of the Month for November.

2006-12-01 ... Ryan Lasch, a freshman winger at St. Cloud State, has been selected as the CSTV/Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division I Rookie of the Month for November. A 5-foot-9, 175-pound right shot from Lake Forest, Calif., Lasch averaged better than a point-per game during the month with five goals and seven assists in eight games, helping St. Cloud State to a 4-1-3 record, including a current seven-game unbeaten streak (4-0-3).

2006-11-30 ... Kevin Porter was named the CCHA Players of the Month. The junior Michigan forward tallied at least one point in each of Michigan's nine games in November, recording a total of eight goals and 10 assists. He had six multi-point games as the Wolverines posted a November record of 7-2-0.

2006-11-30 ... Chad Costello has been named Hockey East Superskills Rookie of the Month for November. The Northeastern freshman had four goals and two assists in six games in November, and has five goals and six assists for 11 points in 12 games this season.

2006-11-30 ... Kevin Regan was named Goaltender of the Month for November by Hockey East. The junior from New Hampshire went 7-0-1 in November with a 1.98 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in eight starts.

2006-11-27 ... New Hampshire junior goaltender Kevin Regan was named Co-Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Regan started both games last for the Wildcats last week and made 49 saves on 53 shots in the two victories against Boston College and Northeastern.

2006-11-27 ... Notre Dame freshman center Kevin Deeth was named CCHA Rookie Of The Week with two goals and an assist, helping lead the Irish to a weekend split at Nebraska-Omaha.

2006-11-21 ... St. Cloud State right winger Andrew Gordon was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week after leading all conference players with seven scoring points last weekend as the Huskies won twice over visiting Clarkson. Gordon had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout on Friday, and a career-best five points with a goal and four assists in a 7-2 win over Clarkson on Saturday.

2006-11-20 ... Senior forward Tyler Hirsch was sat out this past weekend's series against Wisconsin for academic reasons. It was a team-imposed decision from coach Don Lucia, and not from the school.

2006-11-20 ... Merrimack junior forward Hank Carisio has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

2006-11-20 ... Former Ohio State forward Dan Knapp was arrested after trying trying to meet what he thought was a teenager for sex. However, on the other end of the online chat was an undercover police officer conducting a sting. Knapp had been playing for Dayton of the East Coast League, but was released.

2006-11-20 ... Miami junior forward Ryan Jones was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring both game-winning goals and helping kill 16-of-17 shorthanded situations in a weekend sweep of Nebraska-Omaha.

2006-11-20 ... Air Force forward Andrew Ramsey was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. The senior scored a career-best four goals in Friday's win over AIC, the most by a Falcon since 1998. Ramsey scored the first goal in both games in the weekend series.

2006-11-20 ... New Hampshire freshmen Brian Foster was named Hockey East Goaltender of the Week after registering 26 saves and shutting out UMass-Lowell, 4-0, in his first collegiate start.

2006-11-20 ... Bemidji State’s Rob Sirianni was named CHA Offensive Player of the Week. The senior forward scored two points in the final 36 seconds of regulation with an assist and the game-tying goal with no time left on the clock as the Beavers turn a 3-1 deficit into a 3-3 tie with Niagara on Saturday.

2006-11-20 ... Yale sophomore Alec Richards was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week after stopping 46-of-50 shots in two weekend road wins. He made 14 saves against Dartmouth on Friday, and 32 against Harvard on Saturday as the Bulldogs earned their second-ever win at the Bright Hockey Center.

2006-11-14 ... Denver freshmen forward Rhett Rakhshani was named WCHA Rookie of the Week after scoring his first collegiate game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday. Rakhshani lead the team with 11 shots on goal in the series.

2006-11-13 ... Robert Morris senior forward Aaron Clarke was named CHA Offensive Player of the Week after tallying a goal and two assists in the Colonials' road win against Bemidji State, the first in RMU's history. Clarke has registered a point in all but two games so far this season.

2006-11-13 ... Bentley senior goaltender Ray Jean was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week after making 25 saves for his second career shutout, and handing Army its first league loss of the season on Saturday. Jean also made 21 saves in Friday's loss to the Black Knights.

2006-11-13 ... New Hampshire junior forward Mike Radja was named Hockey East Player of the Week. Radja posted one goal in a 4-4 tie with Boston University on Friday, then registered two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal, on Sunday in an 8-2 win over No. 1 ranked Maine in Orono.

2006-11-13 ... St. Lawrence senior forward Kyle Rank was named ECAC Player of the Week after helping the Saints to their first 4-0 start in league play since the 1999-00 season. Rank scored a goal and two assists against Princeton on Friday and an assist on the game-tying goal against Quinnipiac on Saturday.

2006-11-13 ... Denver will honor 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner and current San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle with a special on-ice ceremony during the first intermission of the Pioneers’ game against Michigan Tech on Friday, November 17. Carle returns to Denver with the Sharks for the first time since winning college hockey’s top individual honor in April.

2006-11-13 ... Notre Dame sophomore forward Erik Condra was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after registering three assists on Friday and scoring twice on Saturday, including the game-winner, in a weekend sweep of Bowling Green.

2006-11-10 ... Doug Schueller, a Bowling Green alum, has been named assistant coach at his alma mater. He replaces Ron Fogarty, who recently accepted the head coach position at Adrian College. Schueller, who played for the Falcons from 1997-2001 and was a three-time captain, spent the last year as an assistant coach with the Sioux Fall Stampede of the United State Hockey League (USHL).

2006-11-07 ... Massachusetts will be providing free video streaming of all 18 home games this season. You can access the new video features, as well as listen live to all 34 games, via UMassAthletics.com.

2006-11-07 ... Minnesota senior forward Tyler Hirsch was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week. Hirsch collected three-points, a goal and two assists, in the Gophers' weekend road sweep of Minnesota-Duluth.

2006-11-06 ... Michigan head coach Red Berenson was one of five recipients to be honored with the Lester Patrick Award today at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The award honors recipients for outstanding service to ice hockey in the United States.

2006-11-06 ... Army's Josh Kassel was named Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week. The sophomore collected two wins to improve to 6-2-1 on the season, while saving 50 of 53 shots faced in a weekend series against AIC.

2006-11-06 ... Clarkson junior forward Steve Zalewski was named ECAC Player of the Week after tallying two goals and two assists in a win at Dartmouth and helping the Knights complete their first ECAC road sweep in over four seasons.

2006-11-06 ... Bemidji State junior goaltender Orlando Alamano was named the CHA Defensive Player of the Week after holding Minnesota State to two goals with 25 saves in the second game of the weekend series. The win helped the Beavers complete their first road sweep of the Mavericks since 1987.

2006-11-06 ... Alaska junior forward Kyle Greentree was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick and assist in Friday’s 5-5 tie at Nebraska-Omaha. He collected a shorthanded goal and two more assists on Saturday in a 4-3 win over the Mavericks.

2006-11-05 ... Ben Bishop, who compiled a perfect 6-0 record and backstopped the Black Bears to No. 1 in the polls, is the CSTV/HCA National Division I Player of the Month for October. The 19-year old from Des Peres, Mo., a third-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2005, allowed just eight goals during the six-game stretch (only two at even strength) for a 1.40 goals-against average, and stopped 134-of-142 shots for a .944 save percentage.

2006-11-02 ... Minnesota forward Jay Barriball, who opened the season with points in all seven of his games and is tied for first in the WCHA in scoring, has been named the CSTV/HCA National Division I Rookie of the Month for October. A 5-foot-9, 156-pound freshman from Prior Lake, Minn., Barriball's 11 points in seven games (5-6--11) rank first in the nation among rookies.

2006-11-02 ... Notre Dame assistant Paul Pooley will have his No. 22 jersey retired by Ohio State this weekend, when the Irish head to Columbus. Pooley is the Buckeyes' all-time leading scorer, and later was head coach at Providence. He is the first OSU player to have his number retired.

2006-11-02 ... Freshman Union goaltender Shaun Williams has decided to leave the program after undergoing knee surgery. He never played in a game for the Dutchmen.

2006-11-01 ... Nathan Davis, Miami's junior forward, was named the CCHA Player of the Month for October. The 20-year old from Rocky River, Ohio, led the RedHawks in scoring during October, recording five goals and nine assists in eight games, as the RedHawks posted a 6-2-0 record. He is tied for the CCHA scoring lead in both conference and overall points.

2006-11-01 ... Michel Léveillé, Maine's senior forward, was named Hockey East Player of the Month for October. Léveillé scored six goals and five assists through the first six games and currently leads the Hockey East scoring race.

2006-10-31 ... Minnesota junior defenseman Alex Goligoski was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and freshman forward Kyle Okposo was named WCHA Rookie of the Week, following the Gophers' two-game sweep of Colorado College at Mariucci Arena last weekend. Goligoski tallied four-points on the weekend, while Okposo scored three goals in the 8-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday night.

2006-10-31 ... Michigan Tech junior Tyler Shelast was selected Red Baron WCHA co-Offensive Player of the Week after recording two goals and four assists in the Huskies' home sweep of Alaska-Anchorage Oct. 27-28.

2006-10-30 ... Senior goalkeeper Ray Jean of Bentley was named the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week. He made 76 saves to go 1-0-1 in a pair of games against Princeton.

2006-10-30 ... Cory Schneider stopped 56-of-57 shots as Boston College took two road victories at Wisconsin, and was named Hockey East Player of the Week.

2006-10-30 ... Northeastern forward Chad Costello was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week, scoring the game-winning goal in NU's 3-2 win over Michigan on Saturday after getting two assists in NU's 4-3 overtime loss on Friday.

2006-10-30 ... Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen and Merrimack goalie Jim Healey were named Hockey East Defensive Players of the Week. Thiessen made 45 saves in NU's 3-2 win over Michigan. Healey had 67 saves in two games as MC went 1-0-1.

2006-10-30 ... Niagara forward Les Reaney picked up CHA Offensive Player of the Week honors while teammate Juliano Pagliero collected CHA Defensive Player of the Week honors for their efforts in the Purple Eagles' 1-0-1 week against Bemidji State. Reaney totaled three goals and two assists in the weekend series while Pagliero stopped 72 of 76 shots on goal.

2006-10-27 ... Brown forward Seth Seidman, a 6-foot-1 junior, has decided to retire from college hockey, according to USHR.com. Seidman follows teammate Adam D'Alba, the No. 1 goaltender, who made a similar move after last season. Seidman had two goals and four points in 31 games for the Bears over two seasons.

2006-10-25 ... Division III Concordia has named 1987 Hobey Baker Award winner Tony Hrkac its new head coach. Hrkac also won a national championship in 1987 with North Dakota. He went on to an 18-year pro career, including time in the NHL with Anaheim, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Quebec, San Jose, Edmontong and the New York Islanders. He was a member of Dallas' 1999 Stanley Cup champions. He also won a Calder Cup in 2004 during a three-year stint (2003-05) with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.

2006-10-23 ... Air Force sophomore forward Mike Phillipich was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week. The Lansing, Mich., native scored a career-best two goals and four points in the Falcons’ 5-1 win over Bentley Friday night, added two more assists in a 6-5 loss the following night and was a +6 in the two-game series.

2006-10-23 ... Three Notre Dame hockey players won CCHA weekly honors for the week of Oct. 16-22. Senior goaltender David Brown (Stoney Creek, Ont.) won goaltender-of-the week while defenseman Wes O'Neill (Essex, Ont.) earned top defenseman honors, and freshman center Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.) was named rookie-of-the-week. The Irish completed a weekend sweep of Hockey East opponents Boston College and Providence.

2006-10-23 ... Clarkson junior forward Steve Zalewski was named ECAC Player of the Week. Zalewski led Clarkson to a 7-1 victory against Lake Superior State, scoring the game-winning goal as well as a power-play tally.

2006-10-18 ... Denver's J.D. Corbin is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair ligaments in his right ankle. Corbin, a senior wing from Littleton, Colo., also fractured his right fibula in a collision with the end boards during practice on Monday. Corbin, a NHL draftee of the Avalanche, will be unavailable until "the second half of the season," DU spokesman Erich Bacher said.

2006-10-17 ... St. Cloud State freshmen left wing Andreas Nodl is the WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 17-22. Nodl, a Philadelphia Flyers draftee, scored the game-winning goal and had an assist on the game-opening goal in the Huskies 5-2 victory over the Pioneers.

2006-10-16 ... Colgate senior forward Marc Fulton is the ECAC Player of the Week after scoring his first career hat trick and assisting on two other goals.

2006-10-16 ... Hockey East has chosen Boston College senior forward Brian Boyle as Player of the Week, Northeastern freshman defender David Strathman as Rookie of the Week, and UMass-Lowell freshmen goaltender Carter Hutton as Defensive Player of the Week.

2006-10-10 ... Former Quinnipiac defenseman Anthony DiPalma is returning to the Bobcats as a volunteer assistant coach. DiPalma played four years for the Bobcats (1997-2001), during a time of the program's transition to D-I, finishing his career with 82 points (30 goals, 52 assists). DiPalma played five seasons of minor league hockey, with Columbus and Memphis of the CHL, and Richmond of the UHL.

2006-10-10 ... Denver sophomore defenseman Chris Butler was named Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of October 10-16. The St. Louis, Mo. native earned all-tournament team honors on defense in two games against host Miami and Colgate after scoring two goals and blocking four shots.

2006-10-09 ... Hockey East Player of the Week was Vermont goalie Joe Fallon. He allowed only a single power-play goal, as Vermont took the Ice Breaker Invitational and Coach Kevin Sneddon got win No. 100.

2006-10-09 ... Hockey East Rookie of the Week was Vermont's Colin Vock. The Plymouth, Mich., native scored the game-winner in Vermont's 4-1 win over Miami in the Icebreaker final.

2006-10-09 ... The Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week was Maine goalie Ben Bishop. The 6-foot-7 goaltender was a huge factor in the Black Bears knocking off highly-ranked Minnesota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game, 3-1.

2006-10-09 ... Air Force junior center Eric Ehn was named the Atlantic Hockey offensive player of the week for his performance in two games, Oct. 6 and 8.

2006-10-09 ... Clarkson's Steve Zalewski is the ECAC Player of the Week. Zalewski played a key role in Clarkson's season-opening sweep with three points. The junior forward set up two goals in the Golden Knights' 7-3 win vs. Niagara and then had the game-winning goal the next night in the 4-2 win vs. RIT.

2006-10-09 ... Union's Justin Mrazek was named ECAC goaltender of the week. He was in net as Union swept Ferris State on the road, including a 2-0 shutout on Friday.

2006-10-09 ... Mike McKenzie made his first collegiate goal extra special, making it the game winner for St. Lawrence on Friday against RIT. He then assisted on two of the team's three goals the next night, a loss to Niagara.

2006-10-06 ... The official web site of the CCHA, CCHA.com, was relaunched today to unveil a new look with enhanced graphics, easier navigation and the debut of CCHA All-Access video.

2006-10-04 ... Wisconsin Public Television will broadcast 13 of Wisconsin men's hockey home contests during the 2006-07 season as it celebrates over 30 years of Badger men's hockey coverage.

2006-09-29 ... Michigan sophomore defenseman Jack Johnson had his NHL rights traded by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Los Angeles Kings today. Johnson was selected third overall by Carolina in 2005. He was traded with Oleg Tverdosky in exchange for Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason.

2006-09-18 ... Willie Mitchell, a 1993 graduate of the University of Western Ontario and a former associate head coach at Wayne State, has been named an assistant coach for at Vermont.

2006-09-07 ... Former Denver captain Matt Laatsch has joined the team as a volunteer assistant coach. Laatsch guided the Pioneers to their second consecutive NCAA National Championship in 2005 and tallied 6-24--30 during his four-year career. He returns to the Pioneers after a brief stint with the American Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies before retiring from professional hockey.

2006-09-02 ... Former Union College goalie Kris Mayotte signed an AHL contract with the Colorado Avalanche organization. He'll report to rookie camp in Englewood, Colorado on September 10. After finishing his career at Union, Mayotte played in four games with the ECHL's San Diego Gulls, compiling a 2-1-1 record and a 2.69 GAA, and one game with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL. After participating in rookie camp, Mayotte will report to Colorado's 2006-07 training camp for full-scale workouts. The team begins its exhibition schedule on September 19, when it hosts the Dallas Stars for the first of six preseason games.

2006-08-28 ... The Boston Bruins signed former St. Lawrence left wing T.J. Trevelyan to a multi-year contract. Trevelyan was an unrestricted free agent. Trevelyan compiled 78 goals and 154 points in 150 career college games. The Mississauga, Ontario native led the ECAC in scoring last season with 48 points, and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

2006-08-25 ... Maine coach Tim Whitehead has announced that former Black Bear Dan Kerluke will remain with the coaching staff this season as a full-time coach. He spent last season as the Black Bear's volunteer assistant coach, a role being filled by Grent Standbrook this season. Kerluke played for Maine from 1997 to 2001, including the 1999 National Championship team. Standbrook recently stepped down as the team's main recruiter, and the other assistant, Campbell Blair, left to coach at Alaska-Anchorage. Blair was replaced last month by Guy Perron.

2006-08-25 ... Vermont assistant coach Damian DiGiulian has resigned from his position, stating a desire to spend more time with his family. DiGiulian will continue to work with the team until his replacement is found.

2006-08-25 ... Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley has hired Matt Lindsay as an assistant. He replaces former assistant Marc Fakler who accepted a position at Western Michigan. Lindsay comes to Robert Morris after spending the 2005-06 season with Colorado College, and joins Schooley and assistant coaches Mike McCourt and Shane Clifford on the Colonials' bench.

2006-08-25 ... Yale sophomore David Meckler has left school after one season, and will play for London of the Major Junior Ontario Hockey League this season. Meckler, a fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Kings, had seven goals and 10 points in 31 games for the Elis last season.

2006-08-25 ... Connecticut head coach Bruce Marshall has named Matt Plante as an assistant coach for the 2006-07 season. Plante played his college hockey at Quinnipiac, capturing a MAAC conference title his senior year. He returns to UConn where he served as a volunteer assistant under coach Marshall during the 2003-04 season. Plante spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Wesleyan College.

2006-08-21 ... North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol hired Dane Jackson as an assistant, and promoted assistant Cary Eades to associate head coach. Jackson's hiring filled the vacancy left when Brad Berry went to be an assistant in the Vancouver Canucks organization. Jackson, 36, joins UND after serving as head coach and player personnel director for the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League. Adirondack went 25-12-3 under Jackson and finished in the league's top five in both the penalty kill and power play.

2006-08-17 ... Former Union goalie Kris Mayotte signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Monday. The Avalanche will be sending several players to the AHL's Albany River Rats, whose primary NHL affiliate is the Carolina Hurricanes. That means Mayotte could be back in New York's Capital District. He is the second Capital Region player to be signed by the Avalanche during the summer. Troy native and former Rensselaer standout forward Matt Murley signed with the team last month.

2006-08-17 ... Former Niagara goalie Jeff Van Nynatten signed with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL. Van Nynatten was named the College Hockey America (CHA) first-team goalie and Tournament MVP in 2004, the season he led the Purple Eagles to the playoff championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

2006-08-16 ... American International coach Gary Wright has added two assistant coaches: Eric Lang, a former player for the Yellow Jackets, and Trevor Large, who played collegiately at Ferris State.

2006-08-10 ... Canisius coach Dave Smith has added Greg Fargo as his new assistant. Fargo replaces Chris Bernard, who became the head coach at Western New England in April. Fargo will be responsible for coaching the team's goaltenders along with assisting in the day-to-day operations of the program. A 2006 graduate of Elmira College with a degree in adolescent education, the 23-year-old Fargo played 88 games in net for the Soaring Eagles, posting a 45-29-9 career record.

2006-08-07 ... Minnesota, in conjunction with the Xcel Energy Center and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, has announced that the Golden Gophers will open the 2006-07 season at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:05 p.m. versus Maine. The last time Minnesota and Maine went head to head at Xcel Energy Center was the 2004 NCAA Frozen Four Championship game, where the Golden Gophers won a 4-3-overtime thriller. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (651) 989-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $19.75, $27.75 and $34.75. Groups of 20 or more can order tickets by calling (651) 312-3486.

2006-08-03 ... North Dakota assistant Brad Berry has left to become an assistant coach with the AHL's Manitoba Moose. The head coach in Manitoba is Scott Arniel, a former teammate of Berry's while with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

2006-07-21 ... Campbell Blair was named assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage, leaving the staff at Maine. Maine has lost its two top assistants since season's end.

2006-07-21 ... Hockey East named Brion O'Connor its Director of Public Relations. O'Connor, a 1983 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, will begin his duties Aug. 14. He replaces Noah Smith, who served six years as Director of Media Relations. O'Connor spent 15 years as a reporter and as a copy and design editor, the last 13 of those with the Salem (Mass.) Evening News. He has also been involved in hockey as a coach, assisting at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., for a number of years.

2006-07-21 ... Holy Cross has named Albie O'Connell an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. O'Connell comes from Niagara, where he was as an assistant the last two seasons. He previously served as an assistant at Division III Colby during the 2003-04 season. A native of Watertown, Mass., O'Connell was a fifth-round draft choice by the New York Islanders in the 1994 NHL Draft. He played four seasons at Boston University, going to the finals in 1997.

2006-07-13 ... Niagara has named Ed McLaughlin its new athletic director. McLaughlin, 33, spent two years as the Director of Media Relations for Hockey East, and was also assistant AD at Merrimack. He has most recently been associate AD at Division I American University, a non-hockey playing school, where he has worked since 2000. McLaughlin, a Boston College graduate, comes to Niagara at a time when the university is at a crossroads with its athletic program, particularly in regards to facilities and the future of its hockey programs.

2006-07-10 ... Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl announced seven student-athletes to join the 2006 incoming freshman class. The Crusaders welcome goaltenders Tyler Chestnut (Faribault, MN, Pembroke Lumber Kings, CJHL) and Ian Dams (Manotick, ONT, Nepean Raiders, CJHL), defenseman Bill Pinel (Lake Forest, IL, Lake Forest Academy, MPHL), and forwards Ryan Driscoll (Dorchester, MA, Thayer Academy), Rob Forshner (Sundre, ALB, Victoria Salsa, BCHL), Peter Lorinser (Marquette, MI, Marquette Electricians, MWEHL) and Brodie Sheahan (Lethbridge, ALB, Salmon Arm Silverbacks, BCHL). The Crusaders are coming off their most successful season with a 27-10-2 record and their first NCAA Tournament win over heavily favored Minnesota.

2006-07-07 ... Former University of Denver standout forward Gabe Gauthier (Buena Park, CA) signed a two-year entry level contract with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Gauthier reports to the Kings' conditioning camp next week and will begin his professional career this fall with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

2006-07-02 ... Alaska-Anchorage head coach Dave Shyiak has hired Damon Whitten as an assistant. A native of Brighton, Mich., Whitten comes to UAA after a two-year assistant stint at Wayne State.

2006-06-26 ... Kyle Wallack was named assistant coach for the Yale men's hockey team. Wallack assisted at Holy Cross under head coach Paul Pearl for the last two seasons and helped the Crusaders to a 4-3 overtime upset of Minnesota at the 2006 NCAA West Regional. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at both Connecticut and Quinnipiac.

2006-06-21 ... John Micheletto, an assistant men's hockey coach at Vermont for the last three seasons, has been promoted to associate head coach.

2006-06-21 ... Former Ferris State assistant coach Derek Lalonde has been named assistant coach at Denver. Lalonde replaces former DU assistant coach Seth Appert, who was named head coach at RPI in April. Lalonde, who spent the past four seasons under long-time Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels, will assume his new responsibilities at DU immediately.

2006-06-20 ... Rensselaer named Shawn Kurulak an assistant coach. Kurulak played four seasons at Denver, where new RPI head coach Seth Appert was previously an assistant. Kurulak spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Army.

2006-06-12 ... Former Ferris State assistant Derek Lalonde has been named assistant coach at the University of Denver. Lalonde assisted the Bulldogs to a 76-67-12 record during his four-years in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs captured their first CCHA Championship and Super 6 Championship appearance during a record-setting 31-10-1 season in 2002-03.

2006-06-09 ... Former Vermont men's head coach Mike Gilligan has been named an assistant on the staff of new Vermont women's coach Tim Bothwell.

2006-06-07 ... Robert Morris has named former standout St. Lawrence defenseman Mike McCourt as an assistant coach. McCourt joins the Colonials' staff after having served as the head coach and general manager of the Brockville (Ontario) Braves of the Central Junior Hockey League. Prior, McCourt was the assistant coach at Clarkson in 2002-03. His primary duties with the Golden Knights included the defense and special teams. McCourt's coaching career began as a player-coach with the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League during the 1999-00 season. McCourt's playing career was highlighted by his selection to the Canadian National Team in 1994-95. He went on to have a seven-year professional career, playing in Germany, Italy and Finland in addition to the United States and Canada. A 1991 ECAC All-Rookie Team selection, McCourt helped guide the Saints to two 20-win seasons.

2006-06-07 ... Former University of Denver all-American Matt Carle has been named USA Hockey College Player of the Year. Carle led the nation with 42 assists and led all NCAA defensemen with 53 points. He tied for second in league scoring, leading all WCHA defensemen in points, goals and assists in league play. The 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner, Carle earned consensus All-America honors for the second consecutive season and became the first player to earn WCHA Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the same season.

2006-06-05 ... Richard Bedard has been named Director of Athletics at American International College, taking over for Robert Burke, who recently retired after 20 years in the post. Bedard, no stranger to AIC or athletics has served in several positions at the college since 1973. He is currently the executive vice president of administration and will remain in that position.

2006-06-05 ... Richard Bedard has been named Director of Athletics at American International College, taking over for Robert Burke, who recently retired after 20 years in the post. Bedard, no stranger to AIC or athletics has served in several positions at the college since 1973. He is currently the executive vice president of administration and will remain in that position.

2006-06-02 ... Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson announced four more players to join the Irish for the 2006-07 season. Joining the roster are goaltender Tom O'Brien (Mokena, Ill.), defensemen Brett Blatchford (Temperance, Mich.) and Stewart Carlin (Jeannette, Pa.) and forward Dan Kissel (Streamwood, Ill.). The four newcomers will join Kevin Deeth (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Kyle Lawson (New Hudson, Mich.), Christiaan Minella (Aurora, Colo.) and Ryan Thang (Edina, Minn.), who all signed national letters-of-intent in the fall of 2004 and the fall of 2005.

2006-06-01 ... Danton Cole has been named assistant hockey coach at Bowling Green. Cole replaces Jamie Dumont, who was named associate head coach of the Junior Pirates' AJHL team. A native of Pontiac, Mich., Cole played four seasons for the Spartans of Michigan State. In his four years with MSU Cole compiled 163 points (69g, 94a) in 180 games and was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. The 180 games played as a Spartan is still a school record.

2006-05-26 ... The Denver Pioneers announce senior defenseman Adrian Veideman (Sicamous, B.C.) as captain of the 2006-2007 hockey team. Veideman scored 17 points (6-11) in 31 games last season and has been one of DU’s most versatile players seeing action at forward and defense.

2006-05-15 ... RPI announces their incoming class for the 2006-07 season. The Engineers bring in defensemen Erik Burgdoerfer (NY Apple Core, EJHL), Jason Fortino (Milton IceHawks, OPJHL) and Christian Jensen (Chicago Steel, USHL), and forwards Jordan Cyr (Brockville Braves, CJHL) and Paul Kerins (North York Rangers, OPJHL).

2006-05-08 ... Merrimack senior Brent Gough (St. Albert, Alberta) signed a contract with the Peterborough Phantoms of the English Premiere Ice Hockey League (EPIHL). Gough was a two-time captain with the Warriors.

2006-05-02 ... The University of Minnesota-Duluth adds five recruits to their incoming class. Forwards Drew Akins (Sioux Falls, USHL), Logan Gorsalitz (Camrose, Alberta Junior Hockey League), and Jordan Fulton (The Breck School), and defensemen Trent Palm (USNTDP) and Chase Ryan (Des Moines, USHL) all join the Bulldogs for the 2006-2007 school year.

2006-04-27 ... Former St. Cloud standout Ryan Malone was named to the U.S. Men's National Team and will compete at the IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia, May 5-21. Malone played for SCSU from 1999-2003 and scored 140 career points. He currently plays for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins with 87 points (44-43) in 158 games. This will be Malone's second IIHF World Championship.

2006-04-24 ... Robert E. Burke, Director of Athletics at American International since 1986, has announced his retirement from the College effective at the end of the current academic year, May 31, 2006. Burke's retirement from AIC ends a 38-year association with the College's athletic department. The announcement was made at a press conference Wednesday morning.

2006-04-24 ... Canisius College received National Letters of Intent from forward Josh Heidinger (Buffalo, N.Y.) and defensemen Carl Hudson (Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.) The duo joins David Kostuch (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Jason Weeks (Seattle, Wash.) who signed in the fall. The Griffs return 17 players from the 2005-06 team.

2006-04-12 ... Zach Harrison, a 5-11, 175-lb. forward from Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., has signed a NCAA Letter of Intent to attend Minnesota State.

2006-04-12 ... Clarkson has officially added forwards Matt Beca and Tim Marks, defenseman Jeremiah Crowe and goaltender Matt Smith as 2006 recruits. Clarkson returns 22 lettermen as well.

2006-04-01 ... Mercyhurst junior defensemen Jamie Hunt signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL's Washington Capitals and will forgo his senior season. Hunt led all NCAA defensemen with 45 points in 33 games played. The 6'2", 195-pound Calgary, Alberta, native is the first Atlantic Hockey player to go straight from the college into the NHL.

2006-03-25 ... Yale senior forward Joe Zappala agreed to terms with the Treton Titans of the ECHL. The Medford, Mass. native scored 39 goals and 44 assists in 124 games during his four seasons with the Bulldogs.

2006-03-16 ... The AHL's Iowa Stars have signed forward Chris Conner and center Aaron Slattengren to Amateur Tryout Contracts (ATO). Conner just finished his senior season at Michigan Tech, where he was 69-60--129 in 151 games. Slattengren was dismissed from Colorado College in the middle of his senior season. The Duluth, Minn., native had 43-45--88 in 145 games for the Tigers.

2006-03-16 ... BC senior forward Chris Collins won the Hockey East Player of the Year award. Collins scored 18 goals and 21 assists over 27 league games for a league high 39 points at the end of the regular season.

2006-03-16 ... St. Lawrence senior forward T.J. Trevelyan was named 2006 ECACHL Player of the Year. Trevelyan lead the league in scoring with 32 points in 22 contests and was a unanimous choice to the league's first team.

2006-03-16 ... Nebraska-Omaha's Scott Parse was named CCHA Player of the Year. The junior forward led the league in scoring with 61 points from 20 goals and 41 assists. He is the first Maverick to hold such an honor.

2006-03-09 ... Niagara athletic director Mike Hermann has resigned to accept a similar position at Towson State.

2006-03-06 ... Air Force sophomore forward Eric Ehn was named CHA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a goal in each game of the Falcon's weekend sweep of Wayne State. Ehn tallied three points on the weekend, eight in his last 11 games.

2006-03-06 ... Sacred Heart junior forward Pierre-Luc O'Brien was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, marking the second straight week and third time this year that O'Brien has garnered the honor. O'Brien was the league's regular season scoring leader while also setting a new Sacred Heart record for points and assists in a single season.

2006-03-06 ... Peter MacArthur was named Hockey East Player of the Week. The BU forward scored a goal and two assists Saturday night as the Terriers won their first Hockey East regular season title since 1999-2000.

2006-03-06 ... Denver sophomore Paul Stastny was named WCHA Player of the Week. Stastny captured the 2005-06 WCHA scoring crown with 44 points in 28 league games. Wisconsin junior goaltender Brian Elliott was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Minnesota's Ryan Stoa and North Dakota's Jonathan Toews split Rookie of the Week honors.

2006-03-02 ... Union freshmen Lane Caffaro and T.J. Fox will not be returning to the team, after the appeal of their school-imposed suspensions was denied. Fox had eight goals and 12 assists in 30 games. His 20 points is tied for seventh best among league freshmen. Caffaro is Union's top-scoring defenseman with five goals and 11 assists in 32 games. He set a team record this season with 101 penalty minutes, becoming the first Union Division I player to reach triple digits in penalty minutes. Both players are expected to return to the team next season.

2006-03-01 ... David Brown was named CCHA Player of the Month for February. The Notre Dame junior goaltender posted a 1.70 GAA and .946 save percentage in seven games to lead the Irish to home-ice in the playoffs.

2006-03-01 ... Brian Boyle was named Hockey East Player of the Month for February. Boyle led all Hockey East scorers with 13 points and notched his second career hat trick in a 6-0 win against UMass-Lowell.

2006-02-27 ... P.J. Fenton was named Hockey East Player of the Week. The UMass forward had two goals and two assists for four points in the weekend series against Northeastern.

2006-02-27 ... Miami's Ryan Jones and Mitch Ganzak were named CCHA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, while Northern Michigan's Bill Zaniboni was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week. Western Michigan's Jeff Lovecchio grabbed Rookie of the Week honors.

2006-02-27 ... Minnesota's Ryan Potulny was named WCHA Player of the Week after scoring five goals in a weekend sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. Potulny leads the nation in goal-scoring with 29 on the season.

2006-02-27 ... Dartmouth's David Jones was voted ECACHL Player of the Week. Jones scored four points on the weekend with a hat trick in Friday night's contest against Clarkson and an assist on Saturday against St. Lawrence.

2006-02-27 ... Niagara senior forward Randy Harris was named CHA Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick in a 6-5 win over Bemidji State on Friday. Harris earned eight points on the weekend in Niagara's series sweep of the Beavers.

2006-02-27 ... Sacred Heart's Pierre-Luc O'Brien was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week after recording five-points in a weekend sweep of Holy Cross. Having assisted on the Pioneer's first two goals Friday night, O'Brien then scored the game winner with four seconds left in OT. He added a goal and assist in Saturday night's contest.

2006-02-24 ... Bemidji State junior forward Luke Erickson scored two goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime loss at Niagara, raising his career point total to 101. He becomes the fourth player in BSU's Division 1 era to surpass 100 career points, and the first to reach such a milestone in his junior season.

2006-02-23 ... Wisconsin junior Andrew Joudrey will miss 3-4 weeks with a left knee injury. Joudrey's injury occurred Saturday night against Michigan Tech.

2006-02-21 ... Former Colorado College forward Aaron Slattengren has signed a tryout agreement with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. Slattengren, a senior, was dismissed from school recent for a violation of the university's academic code.

2006-02-21 ... No. 2 Wisconsin has sold out its Saturday, March 4 contest against St. Cloud State for its sixth sell out of the season, and is less than a thousand tickets away from selling out its Friday, March 3 contest for a seventh sell out. The program sold out five games during the 2004-05 season, its previous best at the Kohl Center.

2006-02-10 ... The NCAA and the Championships/Competition Cabinet recently approved Niagara coach Dave Burkholder to the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee. Burkholder is in his fifth year at the helm of the Purple Eagle program and 10th overall at Niagara. His job with the committee entails helping select the field for the NCAA Tournament and involvement with any rule discrepencies, sportsmanship questions and conduct concerns among other issues.

2006-02-01 ... Former Illinois-Chicago coach John Kantarski has been elected to the school's sports Hall of Fame. A Chicago native, Kantarski served as UIC's coach for 18 years, until the 1982-83 season. His coaching career was highlighted by the the 1979-80 season with a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II Championships. In 1981, the UIC hockey program was granted NCAA Division I status. The program disbanded in 1994. The 2006 UIC Hall of Fame induction ceremony with take place Feb. 11.

2006-02-01 ... Boston University goalie John Curry was named Hockey East goaltender of the month. He was 7-0 with two shutouts, 1.58 goals against average and .940 save percentage for the month. Teammate Brandon Yip was named HEA Rookie of the Month.

2006-01-10 ... Kevin Regan, New Hampshire's sophomore goalie, was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. UNH was 1-0-1 against No. 4 Vermont.

2006-01-10 ... St. Cloud State officially lifted the "interim" tag from coach Bob Motzko. Motzko was named the Huskies' interim coach at the beginning of the 2005-06 season after the resignation of Craig Dahl. Motzko has served while the university conducted an official "search" to fill the position. The Huskies have charted a solid 9-8-3 overall record this season under Motzko's leadership ­which includes wins over nationally ranked Colgate, Northern Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota along with a tie against Wisconsin.

2006-01-10 ... Yale's Bill LeClerc was named ECAC Player of the Week. Dartmouth's Mike Devine is the Goaltender of the Week; while Yale's Alec Richards was named Rookie of the Week.

2006-01-10 ... Minnesota senior Chris Harrington was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. He had five assists in the Gophers' two-game sweep of Niagara last weekend. St. Cloud State forward John Swanson, who had three points while helping the Huskies to a road win and tie at nationally-ranked Colgate last weekend, has been named the Rookie of the Week.

2006-01-10 ... Army will honor the memory of former Black Knight Derek Hines Saturday night before its game against Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross at Tate Rink (7 p.m.). Hines was a co-captain his senior year and was a four-year letterwinner at Army. Hines was killed in action in the district of Daychopan, Afghanistan during a fire fight with suspected Taliban leaders. The Army hockey team will honor his memory in a brief ceremony before the game involving Hines' surviving family. Head coach Brian Riley will speak to the Army fans before the game.

2006-01-09 ... Merrimack sophomore Jordan Black has left the team due to personal reasons. Black, a three year member of the hockey team, appeared in 13 games this season, posting one goal and three assists.

2006-01-06 ... UAF sophomore Donald Johnson has left the team. The forward was pointless in two games for the Nanooks this season.

2006-01-04 ... Former Niagara forward Matt Ryan became the first College Hockey America player to appear in the National Hockey League when he debuted with the Los Angeles Kings, Dec. 31, 2005. Ryan saw three minutes, 14 seconds of action on six shifts in his debut, a 3-2 Kings win at Dallas, Saturday. He had two shots on goal in 10:18 in Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Stars.

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