Walman Leaves Providence After 3 Seasons

The St. Louis Blues have signed Providence’s Jake Walman to a three-year entry-level contract. Walman, a junior defenseman and preseason All-CHN selection, was a third-round pick of the Blues in the 2014 NHL Draft. Walman was a freshman on the Friars’ national championship team in 2015. He was having a Hobey-like 2015-16 season when a severe leg injury cut his season short. He returned this year …
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BU’s Fountain of Youth Runs Dry

Ever since June 24, 2016, Boston University has had a big bullseye on its back. That’s because that day, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the Terriers joined the University of Minnesota the only programs in college hockey history to have four players selected in the first round. They were: * Clayton Keller, 7th overall, Arizona Coyotes * Charlie McAvoy, 14th overall, Boston Bruins * Dante Fabbro …
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Farewell to The Joe

Unless you’re mired in nostalgia, going to The Joe is a rocky experience. Trying to watch replays on the video board becomes an exercise in frustration, as three pairs of digital cubes have gone out on the south sideboard, creating three virtual pucks to confuse the viewers. It’s amusing, yet maddening. “We don’t want the video wall going out,” said Detroit’s rink maintenance icon Al …
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Explaining the Final Bracket: Committee Q&A and Analysis

All of the talk about whether or not Denver, as the tournament’s top overall seed, would be “protected” from having to play in the Fargo Regional, seemed to be accurate when the Committee announced Denver would play in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati. See: Final Pairwise … Final Bracket … Schedule However, that was not really the reason at all. In fact, this year’s bracket was as straightforward …
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Requiem For a Heavyweight

Under the tutelage of the seemingly-timeless Red Berenson, the Michigan Wolverines have been the gold standard of college hockey for three decades. Going into the 2016-17 season, Berenson had only suffered a single losing season in 31 years behind the bench. The team reached the NCAA tournament 22 consecutive years from 1991 to 2012, a sports record that belongs with Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. …
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Lindgren Officially Out For Season

Minnesota freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren was announced out for the remainder of the season today. Lindgren suffered the injury in Minnesota’s regular-season finale against Michigan State on Saturday, March 11. He was racing down the ice on an icing play when he got tied up with a MSU player and went feet first into the boards. Eyewitness accounts suggest that Lindgren broke his leg. He will …
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Minnesota Wraps Up 6th Straight Regular Season Title

With a 4-0 victory tonight over Michigan State, Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten regular-season championship once again. Minnesota has won all four Big Ten titles in the conference’s history, and has won six straight conference championships going back to the last two seasons it was in the WCHA. That streak of six is a record all-time in college hockey. “It says a lot. It’s hard to do,” Minnesota …
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Thompson Bolts UConn for Pros

The St. Louis Blues signed Connecticut forward Tage Thompson, a 2016 first-round draft pick (No. 26 overall), to a three-year entry-level contract. Thompson, whose contract will begin in the 2017-18 season, will report to the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Thompson, 19, dressed in 34 games in his sophomore year at UConn this season, leading the Huskies with 19 …
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Big Ten Roundup: Big Night for Penn State Seniors

Senior David Goodwin tied a career-high with four points on two goals and two assists as Penn State earned a 6-0 victory over Wiscosnin. In fact, it was the night for all of the seniors to shine, and they did, appropriately, on Senior Night, the last game at Pegula Ice Arena for the team this season, and ever for that group. “Love the seniors and love the community seeing this place packed again …
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Misfit Boys

There were a few notable storylines fans focused on this season in Hockey East. Boston University, having a young team yet expecting to be a Frozen Four shoo-in, may top the list. But a close second is Notre Dame, closing its strange, four-year trip as a conference member. The Irish were expected to compete for a title this year, the final one before jumping ship to the Big Ten conference. Not only …
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