Michigan hockey player and noteworthy American JT Compher was injured again blocking a shot again at the World Juniors.
Compher was hurt blocking a shot during a late 5-on-3 penalty kill. His left hand and thumb were heavily wrapped when he arrived at the rink for the United States' game Thursday against Finland.
USA Hockey would not reveal the full nature of the injury.
"We got him looked at and we'll leave it at that for now," Jim Johansson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States for 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, told NHL.com.
No word yet on if this will hold him out to start our season but that doesn't sound particularly good.
(Note that this is SPENCER Hyman, brother of alternate captain Zach Hyman.)
A few bits of information via the Yost Post. Mike Szuma and Spencer Hyman will not be with the team this fall:
Mike Szuma... Has met with Coach Berenson and has decided to not return to the program this year. Szuma will stay enrolled at Michigan and work on completing his studies.
All credit due to Jeff Weinstein, Michigan's hockey SID, for the info that Spencer will be playing at the University of Toronto this season.
Solid landing spot for Spencer in my opinion. Both were well buried on the defensive line chart so this isn't terribly surprising. Good luck to them both.
Additionally, someone met Brian Wiseman this summer and he had this to say on B1G expansion:
I was lucky enough to meet and have dinner with Brian Wiseman, Beilein, Hoke, and Brandon in June. A great highlight for my son and I was all the time Brian spent with us. We talked B1G hockey expansion. He stated that Northwestern and Nebraska have both inquired about membership. He also believes Illinois will make the move.
Very surprising to me that Northwestern inquired. Given that 'inquired' could mean they were curious without any serious intent to join. They would've been about at the bottom of my list of Big Ten teams likely to pick up DI hockey. Illinois and Nebraska are not surprising to me at all. I expect them to be the next two teams on board.
Drink from the flowing Fire hydrant that is Michigan Hockey news this week.
|10/4||at Ferris State|
|10/6||vs US NTDP Under-18 (ex)|
|10/9||vs Wilfred Laurier (ex)|
|B1G/Hockey East Challenge|
|10/17||vs New Hampshire|
|10/18||vs New Hampshire|
|10/25||at Boston University|
|10/31||at Michigan Tech|
|11/1||at Michigan Tech|
|11/14||vs American International|
|11/15||vs American International|
|11/21||vs Penn State*|
|11/22||vs Penn State*|
|12/13||at Boston College|
|50th Great Lakes Invitational|
|3/6||at Penn State*|
|3/7||at Penn State*|
|B1G Tournament (Detroit, MI)|
|3/19||First Round (if applies)|
|NCAA Tournament (if applies)|
|3/28||Regional Final/First Round|
|4/9||Frozen Four (in Boston, MA)|
|4/11||National Championship (in Boston, MA)|
The first series against state has the sites as TBA. One will be at Yost and the other will be at JLA with Michigan as the designated road team.
Had to come on and post this before I left for A2 today for my birthday! Been waiting for this one awhile.
So I don't think many people realize this, but rivals 'The Yost Post' is basically the greatest source of free insider information in Michigan sports ime. It's the home of a bunch of really well connected guys (Michael Spath, Bob Miller, as well as I believe the bloggers responsible for yostbuilt and MHNet).
He just dropped some great info over there which I will share with you: LINK
As for this year's hockey team, there is a lot of excitement at Yost these days. As one person put it, 'This team has come from a B- to an A' thanks to the signing of stud defenseman Zach Werenski. At the moment, he is penciled in as a top-four defenseman along with sophomores Michael Downing and Kevin Lohan, and likely senior Andrew Sinelli.
Up front, the Wolverines are giddy. Junior Andrew Copp, sophomore JT Compher and freshman Dylan Larkin give U-M its best top-three centermen since the 1990s, according to one opinion. There are great two-way guys in senior Zach Hyman and sophomore Tyler Motte too. Hyman may not be a 20-goal scorer (though 10-12 is expected) but he's going to be a big part of this team. Multiple sources have told me if not for Copp, Hyman would be wearing the 'C'. The good news too is that there are enough 'shoulder' guys - players that can carry the team and know how to embrace that responsibility - that players like junior Boo Nieves, sophomore Evan Allen, sophomore Alex Kile and freshman Dexter Dancs can go about their business without much pressure at all, and that should allow them to realize their potential. For Nieves that's 15-20 goals and 30 assists (as a winger most likely).
Perhaps most importantly, as has been reported by me in the past, the locker-room issues are now fully gone. There were a few real issues the past two years but those players are gone. When I spoke to someone that had lower expectations than normal the past two years (and was proven right) because he knew about the locker room issues and some of the big holes on the roster (goalie two years ago, defense and scoring last year), he stated very strongly that he expects Michigan to compete for the Big Ten title and to be a national championship contender. 'With the roster in place right now, Red has two years left [before he is expected to retire] and he's going to have two great chances to go out on top.
So as was strongly rumored the lockerroom problems seem to have left Yost. Hallelujah. As has generally been the case since the early 90's, Michigan is more than talented enough to win the national title and this may be our most talented team in several years.
Plans have been published for the new Arena District. Lots of interesting stuff included. Crains Detroit has a series of 6 articles. You can check them out here
Deconstructed design: Most arenas are built as a big box with the playing surface and seating ringed by concourses, concession stands, team offices and restaurants. But the new arena will be “deconstructed” with the outer-ring functions moved into structures just set off or pulled away from the core inner playing surface and seats. They won’t be separate buildings, but linked by a first-ever interior streetscape.
Glass covered streetscape: The area between the seating bowl and the outer buildings will be covered by glass to create a “covered via,” or interior streetscape, filled with trees, retail, dining and other amenities. Bridges and walkways will connect the outer buildings to the seating bowl through this covered interior street.
Lighted roof design: The roof of the arena will be fashioned with the most modern programmable lighting so that different images can be produced for a given event. In the rendering provided by Olympia Development, the roof shows the Red Wings logo as it will on hockey nights. But the roof could be green for St. Patrick’s Day or something else for a concert by Kid Rock or Eminem, Ilitch said. He described the desired effect as “classy, not gaudy.”
Playing surface: The playing surface will be set about 32 feet below ground level to lower the profile of the building, producing a more human-scale environment in the district where most buildings will rise just two to four stories. That follows the practice at Comerica Park and Ford Field, where the playing surfaces were set below ground level.
A DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEART OF DETROIT will begin in September, when the Ilitch family breaks ground on the construction of a $450 million Detroit Red Wings arena concurrently with another $200 million in apartments, restaurants, office buildings, parks and shops over 45 blocks. This is the city’s entertainment district, super-sized.
This could be huge for Detroit and it seems like the Illitches are really committed to seeing the full plan happen. Chris Illitch even went so far as to commit to spening "10's of millions" beyond what they had already guranteed.