Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Morning Coffee

  • Incoming freshman Jordan Schmaltz completed his fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine yesterday, and afterwards he stated that he is "100% committed" to attending North Dakota in the fall. Schmaltz commented that he realizes he is not NHL-ready and that a year or two or three of development at North Dakota will help him realize his NHL aspirations.
  • Inside College Hockey released its top 10 candidates to win the Hobey Baker Award in 2012-13 and North Dakota senior Danny Kristo is on the list.
  • Stanley Cup Final Game two is tonight, and Travis Zajac said there is optimism in New Jersey seeing as how the Devils took the Kings to overtime despite playing far from its best game. Zach Parise tried to give the Devils a third period lead in game one when he slid the puck into the goal using his hand. When asked whether he thought he might get away with it, he replied that, "Maybe the video review wasn't working." On the Los Angeles side, steady defenseman Matt Greene says this year's Kings are looking to establish a new chapter in the organization's history books. 
  • Matt Frattin will not be available during the AHL's Calder Cup Finals, and his banged-up Toronto Marlies dropped game one of the championship series to the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 last night.
  • Earlier this spring former Sioux Bill Trew led the Landshut Cannibals (Germany Tier 2) to the league's playoff championship. Trew was an offensive force for the Cannibals, leading the league in postseason goals (13), assists (14), and points (27).
  • Former Sioux netminder Jean-Philippe Lamoureux has signed with Villacher SV (Austria Tier 1) for the 2012-13 season. Lamoureux played with Olimpija Ljubljana, also of the Austrian elite league, this past season.
  • Lamoureux's former North Dakota teammate Ryan Martens will also be switching teams next season. Martens, who last season played for EHC Dortmund (Germany Tier 3), will be moving on to play for TSV Erding (Germany Tier 3).
  • Around the WCHA, Etc...Minnesota-Duluth has named its captain for 2012-13...Colorado College has released its 2012-13 roster...It is being reported that Nebraska-Omaha will hire former Sioux All-American & current St. Cloud State assistant Steve Johnson as its new assistant coach. Johnson will fill the vacancy left by Mike Hastings, who earlier this spring took over the head coaching duties at Minnesota State. An announcement is expected Monday...Boston University, who will be visiting Engelstad Arena in November, lost a sophomore defenseman to the professional ranks... 

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