Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday Links

North Dakota lands the most sought after uncommitted player left in the class of 2011, National Team forward Rocco Grimaldi (pictured left). The California native picked the Sioux over Denver and Notre Dame.
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The Wisconsin hockey staff is gearing up for a few hockey camps this summer.

According to UW Badgers.com, the High School Development Camp runs July 25-31 and includes team practice, positional practices, off-ice conditioning, post-game recovery instruction and a round-robin tournament.

The Youth Development Camps run August 2-6 and are divided up by age group. Mites (2002-03 birth year), Squirts (2000-01 birth year) and Pee Wee (1998-99 birth year) are welcome to attend. In addition, a skating development camp with U.S. Olympic women’s and Wisconsin women’s head coach Mark Johnson for those aged 8-16 will take place.
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The NCAA has announced the future sites of the 2013 and 2014 Frozen Fours. Pittsburgh and It's brand new Consol Energy Center will host in 2013, and Philly and the Wells Fargo Center will host in 2014.

St. Paul is scheduled to host next season and Tampa, Florida will host in 2012.
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Alabama-Huntsville head coach Danton Cole left the program to take a job with the National Team Development program. UAH announced last week that they have hired assistant coach Chris Luongo to replace Cole.
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Found a pretty cool article from Jim Diamond who covers the Nashville Predators. Diamond talks about Nashville drafting pairs of players from the same school, Geoffrion and Craig Smith from Wisconsin, and Ryan Flynn and Zach Budish from Minnesota.
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Former Hobey top 10 finalist Brendan Smith participated in Red Wings prospect camp last week. Unfortunately, Smith was forced to leave camp after he injured his left shoulder. Detroit GM Ken Holland classified the injury as a slight shoulder separation. Smith should be fine for the season.
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Smith wasn't the only player injured at Red Wings prospects camp. Committed Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall, a 7th round selection by Detroit this summer suffered an apparent broken wrist.
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The Davis Drewiske charity 3 on 3 hockey tournament received positive reviews. 156 kids paid $100 to participate in the tournament. Former Badgers and current NHL'ers Jake Dowell, Tom Gilbert, Brian Elliott, and Robbie Earl were all in attendance.

All proceeds from Saturday's hockey benefit will go directly to the Huntington's Disease Society of America
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The NCAA has pulled the proposal of the shorthanded icing rule which was causing a major concern from basically anyone involved in college hockey. Thank God.