Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Night News and Notes

John Ramage (pictured) is participating in the USA Hockey 2010 Junior Evaluation Camp. The camp opened up today with practice this morning and an inter-squad scrimmage this afternoon. The camp is being held in Lake Placid, NY. Ramage was paired up with Adam Clendening, a Boston University recruit on Team White who bested Team Blue, 4-1.

You can follow the camp through the USA Hockey World Junior Championship blog.
I've seen some bad internet videos in my day but this one might take the cake. Apparently, Colorado College put together a video to promote season ticket sales. It's hilariously bad.

Thanks to the LetsGoDU Hockey blog for the tip.
The USHL has released it's schedule for the 2010-2011 hockey season. With expansion franchises in Dubuque and Muskegon, the league is now at 16 teams. The USHL has split the league into two conferences, East and West. Cedar Rapids, Green Bay, Chicago, Indiana, Muskegon, Waterloo, Youngstown, and the USA NTDP will be in the East. Des Moines, Dubuque, Fargo, Lincoln, Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and Tri-City will be in the West.

The Badgers are expected to have 8 recruits in the USHL this season. Troy Hesketh (Fargo), Nick Kerdiles (USA), Tyler Lapic (Des Moines), Jake McCabe (USA), Corbin McGuire (Fargo), Matt Pappe (Sioux City), Cody Strang (Youngstown), Brendan Woods (Muskegon).
The Sioux City Musketeers who already have a strong Wisconsin flavor with their coaching staff and roster have added another Wisconsinite. Rice Lake high school coach Keith Paulsen has been promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Musketeers.

Paulsen spent the past 7 seasons with Rice Lake and guided them to the WIAA State Tournament in 2008-2009. Paulsen went to the same high school (Eau Claire North), as Sioux City head coach Luke Strand. Paulsen's younger sister Sis, was an original member of the Badgers women's program.
Former Minnesota Gophers assistant coach Mike Guentzel is back in the college game. Earlier this week Guentzel accepted a job as an assistant coach with Nebraska-Omaha. Guentzel replaces Nick Fohr who will be the Director of Hockey Operations with the Mavericks. Last season Guenzel was the head coach with Des Moines of the USHL.

Don't forget, Nebraska-Omaha is now a member of the WCHA along with Bemidji State. UNO has an elite recruiting class coming to play for Dean Blais this season and I expect them to compete for home ice.
Merrill native Alex Racino has been named to the USA Under 18 Select team that will participate in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament August 9-14, 2010, in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

Racino, who spent last season with the Madison Capitols program is a rugged 6'3 191 pound forward. Racino participated in the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) rookie camp and will be at fall training camp as well. Racino most likely will sign with the Spirit, giving up his NCAA eligibility.
Adam Burish, captain of the 2006 Wisconsin National Championship team will be bringing the Stanley Cup to Madison. According to Andy Baggot, Burish will bring the cup back on August 18th. There will be a showing at the Kohl Center from 10 A.M. to Noon. Autographs and photos will be available. Enter the Kohl Center through gate A.

For those of you of age, Burish will be taking the cup to the KK for a little night cap celebration. The cup will be at the KK from 8:30-11 PM. There is a $10 cover charge after 10 PM.