Very interesting news coming out of far west Canada: Simon Fraser - who is currently the only Canadian school in the NCAA - is taking a hard look at fielding a Division I hockey program.
SFU, the only non-U.S. school within the NCAA’s 1,121-school membership, currently competes as a Div. 2 school and are members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 15 sports including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and track and field as well as football, softball and women’s volleyball. However association rules allow them to compete in one men’s and one women’s sport at the Div. 1 level.
I didn't know about that rule that allowed them to compete at the DI level. Interestingly, the DII league that SFU is in now (GNAC) is also home to UAF and UAA so I'm certain SFU would find a home in the WCHA immediately should they pursue. Would be a fascinating development to see the first Canadian school join DI. Implications abound.
So we surprisingly don't have an open thread yet, but the wings are about to start the third period with a 2-0 lead. Obviously this is a must-win game.
EDIT: Game over. Wings win. Shutout by Mrazek. Next game Tuesday.
Wings Bolts Game 2
No major Lineup changes for the Wings or Bolts are expected. Howard will be starting in goal again. No matter who the goalie the team defense needs to be stronger infront of him. Red Wings haven't come back from being down 0-2 since 2002 Vs. Vancouver they also won the cup that year.
Let's Go Red Wings!
It's day 1 of the greatest playoffs in all of sports. The journey to Lord Stanley's Cup begins now.
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The Red Wings kick off the rematch series tonight against Tampa Bay, who are missing two key players Stamkos and Stralman. Howard gets the start in net, and the Eurotwins are reunited on the top line.
Other games tonight:
Rangers vs. Penguins (0-0) 8:00 pm
Blues vs. Blackhawks (0-0) 9:30 pm
Mentioned on the front page, but a hello is a hello.
Michigan Hockey will be getting a foreign import come September.
Gustaf Westlund, born in Paris, France but from the country of Sweden, will come to Ann Arbor for the 2016-17 season.
After playing Tier II Midget during the fall season, the Swedish native made his first real impression on the myriad of NHL scouts and college coaches in attendance for Monday's Berkshire Jamboree. Playing center, he showed off his wheels. He's a tremendous skater who has a good first step and can really move around the sheet. It will be interesting to see how he continues to adjust to the style of play over here, but he's an athletic, raw talent that should be watched closely. A few NHL scouts were very high on him after seeing yesterday's games against Kent and Northwood.
Gustaf Westlund is an intriguing prospect as this was his first season playing in North America. The Parisian-born Swede came over to attend prep school in the U.S. and helped lead The Gunnery to a New England Prep School Elite Tournament Championship.
The left-shot center is a true athlete who oozes potential. He's also a very good soccer play, having played on the school's varsity team in the fall, which prevented him from playing Tier I in the split-season. He, instead, played for Yale Midget Hockey's Tier II team.
It's absurd to compare anyone to Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel, but there are similarities in his skill set to that of the former BU Terrier. Westlund is a very good skater. He has a long, smooth stride that appears effortless. He can really get going quickly and seems to have that extra gear.
Westlund is eligible for this year's NHL Draft.
Here is Michigan's updated incoming freshman class from what I've gathered.
Hayden Lavigne signed years ago but he's finally coming to Michigan after posting a .914 save percentage in the USHL.
|Jack LaFontaine||G||6-3/214||Janesville Jets|
|Hayden Lavigne||G||6-3/203||Bloomington Thunder|
|Will Lockwood||F||5-10/172||US NTDP U-18|
|Griffin Luce||D||6-3/214||US NTDP U-18|
|Luke Martin||D||6-2/201||US NTDP U-18|
|Christian Meike||D||6-0/165||Sioux City Musketeers|
|Steve Merl||F||6-3/201||Bloomington Thunder|
|Nick Pastujov||F||6-0/196||US NTDP U-18|
|James Sanchez||F||6-2/190||US NTDP U-18|
|Gustaf Westlund||F||6-0/170||Gunnery Prep|
So my new position that I have been in for about a month allows me to have Friday and Saturday's off work. I love hockey, especially the college game, and I was really interested in possibly getting season tickets for this fall.
I was wondering, is there a waiting list like football? how expensive are they? Where can I expect my seats to be? How do I go about signing up for them? Any other information is appreciated. Thanks!