Category Archives: College Hockey

SPOTLIGHT: COMINGS AND GOINGS

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

It’s official.

Sid “The Kid” Crosby will be returning AGAIN in the world’s biggest media center.

Crosby, who has been battling the effects of post-concussion syndrome for more than 14 months, will be back in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup Thursday night when they visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers, whom they’re frantically pursuing for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles.

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FAN-FARE: The Art of the Undrafted

Nhl_logoBY: Adam Gavriel

We all know the stories about the kid from Canada playing in the OHL who went undrafted and is now a future all-star in the NHL. We know the story about the kid from Norway who took the Swedish Elite League by storm and now is in North America on a professional contract. Of course we know about those stories because we are Rangers fans. The Dan Girardi’s and Mats Zuccarello’s of the world are hard to find, but when found can prove a valuable asset to an NHL organization.

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A FUTURE WHALE IS BORN?

New York RangersWith their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry draft, 15th overall, the New York Rangers selected centerman J.T. Miller.

One never knows what’s going to happen or how a player is going to turn out from the first round.

Will they turn out to be like Hall-of-Famer Brian Leetch (#9 overall in 1986) or will they be a Michael Stewart (#13 overall in 1990) who never played a single game in the NHL.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Sounds like the Connecticut Whale made a good move today signing center Max Campbell to an AHL contract.

Jess Rubenstein of Prospect Park called Campbell “the comeback kid who rebuilt his entire game” at Western Michigan University and should have been given at least an amateur tryout contract with the Whale at the end of last season.

“The lack of centers, let alone those who are natural goal scorers in the system, should have been enough to earn Campbell a look,” Rubenstein said via email. “The kid scored some huge season-saving goals for Western Michigan. Heck, Campbell is the kid who knocked off (wing) Carl Hagelin and Michigan in the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) semifinals. He had one game where he scored with like 0.09 on the clock to beat Notre Dame.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

NY Rangers logoThe New York Rangers and Connecticut Whale have some players that will be coming and at least one who will be going.

Wednesday the Rangers announced that 2010 first round (10th overall) pick, defenseman Dylan McIlrath, ahs been signed to three-year entry level contract.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

It’s never a good time to lose a lead after two periods, but Connecticut Whale picked one of the worst Saturday night.

Despite an error-prone opening 10 minutes of the second period that helped the Providence Bruins to three goals and a 3-2 lead, the Whale got goals from All-Star Jeremy Williams and defenseman Jared Nightingale 59 seconds apart to regain control.

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WHALE-FEST REPORT

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

EAST HARTFORD, CT – Like any sports program, the Trinity College women’s hockey team has written a history in its 13 years, though most of it wasn’t much to pass along for the first decade.

Then four years ago, 11 freshmen from around the country arrived on the Hartford campus hoping to rewrite that mostly forgettable history.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The Connecticut Whale enjoyed a rare day off Monday from the most hectic segment of their schedule after two workmanlike bounce-back wins following a horrid showing in Toronto on Wednesday.

But most players might have been a bit on edge while sharing time with love ones on Valentine’s Day. The NHL trading deadline was only two weeks away (Feb. 28), and while the Whale were parlaying solid defensive work and goaltending from Dov Grumet-Morris with an effective power play into a 4-1 victory over Providence on Sunday, New York Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather was telling the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that he felt the organization had stockpiled enough assets to make a deal if needed.

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

EAST HARTFORD, CT. – Howard Baldwin resembled a father with a new son.

It seemed so appropriate considering he and son Howard Jr., former New England Whalers center Garry Swain and Connecticut Whale mascot Pucky christened the new rink in Rentschler Field with a ceremonial first skate and puck drop, signifying the official opening of the historic “Harvest-Properties.com Whalers Hockey Fest.”

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FROM THE CREASE with Bruce Berlet

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

Don’t ever say hockey players, or even coaches, aren’t some of the toughest hombres in all of sports.

Getting stitched up and returning to the ice by the next period is common for most players, but Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer earned special kudos Friday night.

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