Saturday hockey at NMU

Saturday hockey at NMU

Submitted by MHNet on November 3rd, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Round 2 of Michigan/NMU.  If you didn't watch, listen, or follow last night's game, you missed a dandy with Michigan coming back from three down to tie the game with 0.6 sec left in regulation. U-M won in the shootout.  Trouba is out for tonight after the game DQ last night.  Rohrkemper takes his place.

Audio: MGoBlue.com/icehockey

NMU Audio: http://www.wnmufm.org/nmu-sports-stream

NMU Video ($): http://www.americaonesports.com/partner_members.asp?id=17

And I'm at the Berry Events Center and got a live blog at http://MichiganHockey.net

NCAA releases 2014 regional sites (Hockey)

NCAA releases 2014 regional sites (Hockey)

Submitted by lhglrkwg on November 1st, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Your 2014 regional sites are

Worcester, MA (Northeast)
Bridgeport, CT (East)
Cincinnati (Midwest) - US Bank Arena (where Michigan won the '96 title)
St Paul (West) - Xcel Center

I don't know all of the ins-and-outs of this, but the NCAA freakin loves putting regionals in Worcester, Bridgeport, and St Paul. It seems like they're there almost every year. I'm not sure why Michigan and New York state don't host more since Michigan has 7 D1 teams and New York has 10. However, I should say that these regionals will probably not be empty caverns of emptiness.

H/T: USCHO
 

OHL and CHL may be sued due to "sweatshop conditions"

OHL and CHL may be sued due to "sweatshop conditions"

Submitted by Gordon on October 26th, 2012 at 12:12 AM

The Canadian junior hockey league system, and specifically the OHL, may be sued due to a “blatant disregard for the bare minimum working standards that have been set for employees.”

CHL players have been starting talks of a proposed union, and team management has been squashing that talk, with everything up to trading players just to punish them for union discussion.

One of the main points of the case against the league?  Bad payouts on education benefits, and also bad payouts on basic minimum wage.

Read James Mirtle's article here - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/chlpa-threatens-to-sue-clubs-over-sweatshop-conditions-for-players/article4676440/

And read the actual letter sent to OHL teams here - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/article4675509.ece/BINARY/PDF%3A+CHL+Players%27+Association+letter+threatening+to+sue+clubs+for+illegal+working+conditions

Looks like the WHL and QMJHL will receive similar letters shortly.  This could be very, very interesting, especially if some OHL teams have to open up their books under penalty of perjury.

Hello: Nolan De Jong (hockey)

Hello: Nolan De Jong (hockey)

Submitted by lhglrkwg on October 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Via Michigan Hockey Net, a BCHL defenseman by the name of Nolan De Jong has committed for 2013. Doesn't appear that there's too much info on him other than what MHNet scooped up:

De Jong has posted 2-9-11 in 15 games this season with both goals coming on the power play. He also has six penalty minutes. Last season he recorded 2-15-17 in 56 games along with 20 PIM, so he’s already well ahead of his scoring pace from a year ago. Nolan was listed as a ‘B’ Skater by NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 NHL Draft (potential 2nd or 3rd round pick), just one of two ‘B’ Skaters in the BCHL. He was recently invited to the Canada West Selection Camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.

Being a 'B' skater is certainly a good sign. I'll let you read more at the source: MHNet

Also in hockey news, the hockey website Inside College Hockey has called it quits somewhat unexpectedly right after the season started. I figure those looking at hockey recruiting news may have stopped by there from time to time. It was a good website. Link.

OT: NHL Lockout News

OT: NHL Lockout News

Submitted by justingoblue on October 17th, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Two news stories are out about the NHL labor situation today. First, the NHL has released the full text of its offer to the players on NHL.com. This is pretty much what was reported yesterday, although the issue of Hockey Related Revenue is as murky as ever, with the proposal saying it is "subject to mutual clarification", which has been a sticking point since day one.

Second, Donald Fehr has written a letter to NHLPA members, and parts of it were posted online via TSN. Some interesting quotes from that letter:

They want to "clarify" HRR definition and rules. It is not immediately clear what this means, but so far all of their ideas in this regard have had the effect of reducing HRR, and thereby lowering salaries.

And part of the close:

We do not yet know whether this proposal is a serious attempt to negotiate an agreement, or just another step down the road. The next several days will be, in large part, an effort to discover the answer to that question.

 

Jon Merrill out with cracked vertebrae

Jon Merrill out with cracked vertebrae

Submitted by Worthing on October 10th, 2012 at 4:17 PM

 

Berenson: Merrill cracked his vertebrae last night. Guesses it'll be weeks.

 

Bad! #blameCanada RT @Spath_Wolverine: Just showed up at Yost and Jon Merrill is in a neck brace watching practice from the stands.