Friday, October 17, 2008

A little old, a little new

Here's a little linkorama with some new items, as well as some older items from the past week or 2 that I have neglected to post previously.
  • Future Badger defenseman Justin Schultz has been named to Team Canada West for the World Junior A Championships (Nov 2-9, Camrose, AB). Congratulations, Justin! No Badgers on Team Canada East, and I have yet to find a roster for Team USA. Other participating teams include Belarus, Russia, and Germany.

  • WCH is reporting that former Badger assistant Mike Kemp might be on the hot seat at UNO.

  • In his blog Dropping the Gloves, Adam Burish has a couple of posts about fighting in the NHL: Why we fight in the NHL and As promised . . . Part 2. Roman Modrowski also stops by and indicates that Burish was Ready and Willing to fight in the home-opener.

  • Last week, USCHO released their WCHA season preview, but I didn't get it posted because it wasn't available until after I had already posted "It's Friday, I'm in Love". The article includes links to individual team previews, including Wisconsin, which is predicted to finish 5th.

  • Last week, INCH ranked the top freshman classes, forwards, defensemen, and goalies. The Badgers are ranked #9 for their freshman class. Derek Stepan is the #16 forward. Jake Gardiner and Eric Springer are the #8 and #20 defensemen.

  • Tom Gilbert was interviewed during the 2nd intermission of the Oilers' season-opening win over the Colorado Avlanche on Oct. 12.

  • Last week, theahl.com had an article on Badger alum and new Wolves head coach Don Granato.

  • On Monday, Alexei Cherapanov passed away unexpectedly during a KHL game from a heart condition. The official story says "chronic ischemia", but that doesn't make a whole lot of sense for a young athlete, and it's possible that he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The Denver Post and the Globe and Mail have articles about Cherapanov and Denver's David Carle, who is trying to raise awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. By the way, Carle is serving as a volunteer student assistant coach for the Pio's this season, and he's been cleared to skate as long as he wears a heart monitor and keeps his heart rate below 160.