Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.
In major league baseball, pitchers rarely win the MVP Award. But they have their own award, the Cy Young.
Now so do goalies in college hockey.
Like pitchers, netminders rarely win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which goes to the top hockey player in the nation. But now they have their own award.
Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation, two established Minnesota hockey entities, have announced the creation of the Mike Richter Award which will got annually honor the most outstanding goalie in NCAA men’s hockey. The inaugural award will be presented during the 2014 Frozen Four.
College coaches wil make nominatd and the finalists and winner will be selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and media.
Richter was a former Wisconsin goalie in the late 1980s and then an NHL goalie for 14 years with the New York Rangers. He also compete in three Winter Olympics on the U.S. team.
Criteria for the word will go beyond just hockey skills. It will inclue academics and community service.
HONOR FOR SCSU's DAHL
Former St. Cloud State men's hockey coach will be admitted to the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
He will be one of eight inductees, the others:
Dahl was the Huskies coach for 18 seasons and won 338 games from 1987-2005. He also was there when they moved into Division I in 1987-88.
His teams went to five NCAA tournaments and won the Broadmoor Trophy in 2001.
He coached five All-America players and one Hobey Baker Memorial Award top three finalist in Mark Hartigan, in 2002. Seventeen of his former players reached the National Hockey League including Bret Hedican, Mark Parrish, Matt Cullen, Tyler Arnason, Ryan Malone and Duvie Westcott.
Dahl and the other inductees will be honored during the Huskies' season opener on Friday, Oct. 11 against Bemidji State at the Brooks Center.
Hopefully, Bemdiji coach Tom Serratore is not too superstitious. This is his 13th season as the Beavers head coach.
He has 15 players back, and 11 newcomers. And to start the season, he draws St. Cloud State, coming off a Frozen Four trip.
Last season Bemidji State was 6-22-8, 5-16-7, its lowest win total in 13 years. There's that number again. And BSU played top 25 teams 13 times, and averaged just over two goals per game.
“We only have 35 goals returning. That’s not a lot,” Serratore said in a BSU news release. “We are going to have to have some veterans take a step forward and I think we will, but we will also need to insert some freshmen into some roles that will be fun for them. It will be baptism by fire for some of those freshmen, but it’s also going to be exciting.”
“This is the youngest team I’ve ever coached. You wonder who is going to score and who is going to immerge, but I think you also need to look at things in a positive way. It’s going to be great to work with such young kids. There is nothing like youthful energy and enthusiasm.”
The captain of the Beavers is junior defenseman Matt Prapavessis of Oakville, Ontario.
The alternate captains are senior forward Matt Hartmann of White Bear Lake and senior forward Jeff Jubinville of Edmonton, Alberta.
* Denver is cominf off its 12th 20-win season in a row -- the longest such streak in the nation. First-year coach Jim Montgomery will lead the Pioneers vs. New Brunswick in a home exhibition game at Magness Arena.
N.B. has some talent, it is the defending Canada Inter-university Sport champion after going 31-7 a year ago and 4-1 in exhibitions so far this season.
Montgomery coached the Dubuque Figthing Saints to two Clark Cups in the past three USHL seasons. He has 16 lettermen and 10 freshmen at DU. New Brunswick plays at Colorado College on Friday.
"Through These Doors" is not a real catchy name, but apparently it is a good production.
The student-produced series takes an inside look at North Dakota hockey -- wouldn't you like to get inside coach Dave Hakstol's head, Gophers fans? It offers scenes from the locker room, bench and road trips and, according to a UND news release, candid interviews with coaches and players.
And the show is one of the candidates for a 2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, although the competition is steep. Becoming Wild is another contender, as are three FSN shows, Vikings GamePlan, Wild Live and Woog Remembers.
"Through These Doors" has been running weekly for two seasons on UNDSports.com. This season it is also going to be on twice a month as part of Midco Sports Network's regular Friday night coverage of UND hockey games.
I have never seen it, but hope to this coming season to see what it is like.
OTB, Over the Boards, rated UND's incoming freshmen class third in the nation, behind only Boston College and the Gophers, so The Hack -- I'm fond of the guy, actually, you always know what you will get from him -- should have a good squad again, It should compete for the title in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The winner of the Emmy will be announced Sept. 28 at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.
A story in the New York TImes on March 23, 2012, said about a dozen college hockey teams -- out of 58 -- offered some kind of behind-the scenes look that season.
It also had this quote:
“Believe it or not it was Coach Hakstol’s idea,” said Jayson Hajdu, assistant athletic director at North Dakota and the supervising producer of “Through These Doors.” “He is a fairly traditional, old-school coach as far as access, so it caught me off guard. He saw how popular ’24/7’ was and knew how rabid our fan base is and wanted to try it.”
Nine Minnesotans are among the 40 players USA Hockey, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouring, has picked to play in the All-American Prospects game on Sept. 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Three of them are future Gophers: forward Jack Ramsey of Minnetonka and defensemen Ryan Collins of Bloomington and Jack Glover of Golden Valley.
Four players bound for North Dakota also will play in the game, including forwards Shane Gersich of Chaska and Austin Poganski of St. Cloud.
Other Minnesotans headed for Pittsburgh are forwards Tyler Sheehy of Burnsville and Keegan Iverson of St. Louis Park, and defensemen Jack Dougherty of Cottage Grove and Hunter Warner of Eden Prairie.
Thirteen states have at least one player in the game; New York is second behind Minnesota with five.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Forty-four hockey players from across the country will try to make a quick, good first impression over the next couple of days at the national junior evaluation camp at the Olympic Training Center.
If they don't impress, they will be gone.
The 44 players will be divided into two teams, Blue and White, and play games against Finland and Sweden.
On Aug. 6, Gophers coach Don Lucia and his staff, will cut the roster in half and the camp will continue with games against the same two opponents, plus Canada.
Eventually, the top players at this camp will get together again in December for the World Junior Championships. Lucia will be the head coach of that team.
The Blue team has four Minnesotans: defensemen Brady Skjei of Lakeville and Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks, and forwards Hudson Fasching of Burnsville and Dominic Toninato of Duluth.
Skjei will be a sophomore for the Gophers this coming season, Fasching a freshman. Skjei was one of the last players cut from the U.S. team which won the gold medal in Ufa, Russia, at the 2013 World Juniors. He should be a strong candidate to stick this time.
Both Fasching and Ausmus played for the under-18 U.S. national team last season. Ausmus has committed to North Dakota. Toninato, who is going to Minnesota Duluth this fall, played for the Fargo Force of the USHL last season.
The White team at Lake Placid has six Minnesotans, including three who will be freshmen at the U: defensemen Mike Brodzinski of Ham Lake and Tom Vannelli of Minnetonka and forward Taylor Cammarata of Plymouth.
Brodzinski played for Muskegon of the USHL last season, Vannelli split time between Minnetonka High School and the under-18 U.S. team and Cammarata led the USHL in scoring playing with Waterloo.
Other state-raised players on the White team are goalie Collin Olson of Apple Valley, forward Jake Guentzel of Woodbury and forward Zach Stepan of Hastings.
Olson will be a sophomore at Ohio State this season, Guentzel, the son of Gophers associate head coach Mike Guentzel, played for Sioux City of the USHL, and Stepan was a linemate of Cammarata's at Waterloo.
Guentzel will be a freshman at Nebraska-Omaha, where his father recently coached before returning to the U. Stepan will be a freshman at Minnesota State Mankato.
Sat., Aug. 3
USA Blue Practice, 8 - 8:45 a.m. (CDT)
USA White Practice 9 - 9:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
USA White/Blue Practice 4 - 5 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4
Sweden Practice 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 12 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 3 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 5
USA White Practice 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 12 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 3 p.m.
Days to Gophers' first game in Ice Breaker vs. Mercyhurst: 70
Days until first practice, presumably Sat., Oct. 5: 64
College and state hockey preseason blog No. 4.
Six forwards and two defensmen from Minnesota were named to the under-18 U.S. team that will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament from August 5-10 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Six played for high school teams last season, two for Portland of the WHL.
The state players on the U.S. team:
Paul Bittner, Crookston, and Keegan Iverson, St. Louis Park. They were teammates for Portland in the WHL.
Dylan Malmquist, Edina ... played for Hornets
Chase Phelps, Faribault ... played for Shattuck-St. Mary's
Jake Wahlin, St. Paul ... played for White Bear Lake HS
Jack Dougherty, Collage Grove ... played for Class 1A state champion St. Thomas Academy
Nick Wolff, Eagan ... played for the Wildcats
All eight were chosen after participating in the Boys Select Camp for 17 year olds in Williamsvile, N.Y.
College/state hockey blog No. 2 for Summer of 2013.
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