Monday, August 17, 2009

A few Monday evening items

  • Boscacci tells us that "Head coach Mark Johnson packed up his office today officially starting his leave of absence and leaving DeKeyser in charge."
  • I posted yesterday that the 5 Nations Tourney starts on Tuesday. Which is true -- the US plays their 1st game against Slovakia at 9AM. But I didn't realize that the US had an exhibition game yesterday in which they defeated Slovakia 3-1. Wisconsinites Jake McCabe and Alex Racino assisted on USA's third goal. Jordan Schmaltz was held off the scoresheet.
  • The US Men's Olympic Orientation Camp began today, and you can read about it here and here. For the on-ice sessions the players are broken into two groups, all Badgers are in Group 1: #8 Joe Pavelski, #20 Ryan Suter, #28 Brian Rafalski, and #77 Tom Gilbert.

    In the left photo below you can see TG on the ice at camp; in the right photo you can see Chris Chelios signing an autograph. Chelios is part of the USA Hockey staff. (Photos by Harry Thompson, from