NCHC official roster

The NCHC released its officials roster and it includes a popular referee from the old WCHA days.

Butch Mousseaux, based out of Colorado, has joined the NCHC for this season. Mousseaux was popular among fans and players in years past. He reffed in the WCHA last season.

The league has two other new officials: Jarrod Ragusin and Ian Croft. Both have AHL experience.

Three officials from last season are no longer on the roster: Andy Thiessen, C.J. Beaurline and Brian Thul.

Longtime referee Mike Schmitt will continue as an official supervisor for the league.

NCHC officials roster 2014-15

2 Dan Dreger
3 Derek Shepherd
4 Todd Anderson
8 Tom Sterns
12 Butch Mousseaux
13 Nick Krebsbach
15 Jarrod Ragusin
17 Timm Walsh
18 Steve Patafie
21 Joe Sullivan
22 Ian Croft
27 Brian Aaron
29 Scott Bokal
33 Brad Shepherd

Single-game tickets on sale tomorrow

Single-game tickets for UND hockey games go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Friday).

Nearly 800 single-game tickets are available for every home game with additional seats being available for the exhibition games and holiday series when students are out-of-town on break.

Season ticket packages have sold out again, but fans can add their name to the waiting list by making a refundable $100 deposit.

Prices are below.

Friday games

$40 – adults
$25 – youth

Saturday games

$45 – adults
$30 – youth

Exhibition games

$25 – adults
$10 – youth

NCHC unveils streaming package

The NCHC has unveiled a new league-wide streaming package, where fans can watch all league games during the season for $81.95 (if you order by Sept. 25, if not, the price rises $8).

Fans can sign up and watch the streams at www.nchc.tv.

Fans have the option of just purchasing a streaming package for one program for $74.95, but it seems to make more sense to pay an extra $7 and get every game in the league (unless you are not interested in non-UND games).

Games also will be available on demand.

For fans who have already purchased UND Insider packages, their account will automatically be changed to the conference package at no extra charge and it will be honored for the duration of their original subscription.

Games at Denver’s Magness Arena won’t be available due to a previous contract signed by the school. Neither will games on CBS Sports, but I’m hearing that there will be fewer than 10 games on CBS this season.

Vegas releases national title odds

Caesars has released its odds for the 2014 college hockey national championship. Twitter user @irik101 posted a photo of them, showing that Minnesota is the heaviest favorite to win it all, followed by Boston College, North Dakota and Providence.

Of note, Providence comes to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Oct. 24-25.

Here you go….

3/1 — Minnesota (opened at 9/2)
4/1 — Boston College
6/1 — North Dakota (opened at 10/1)
10/1 — Providence
12/1 — Union
15/1 — Wisconsin
18/1 — St. Cloud State
20/1 — Colgate
20/1 — Michigan
20/1 — MSU-Mankato
25/1 — Denver
25/1 — UMass-Lowell
25/1 — Miami
25/1 — Quinnipiac
30/1 — Ferris State (opened at 40/1)
40/1 — Maine
40/1 — Ohio State
40/1 — Cornell
40/1 — Notre Dame
40/1 — New Hampshire
40/1 — Bowling Green (opened 60/1)
40/1 — Boston University (opened 60/1)
50/1 — Minnesota Duluth
50/1 — Yale
50/1 — Vermont (opened 60/1)
50/1 — Northeastern (opened 60/1)
60/1 — Clarkson
75/1 — Western Michigan

My thoughts?

– Vegas made good calls on Providence and Colgate. I think both should be big factors in the national picture.

– I think the most surprising call is Wisconsin being that high after losing so many key players.

– If you’re looking for a couple of dark horses on the list, I like Northeastern, Boston University and Minnesota Duluth. I think the Terriers have a huge bounce back year, there’s a lot to like with Northeastern and the Bulldogs will be very potent up front.

DU ditches ticket policy

Tickets for the UND series at the University of Denver on Dec. 12-13 are now on sale, and the Pioneers have decided not to use the ticket policy of last season, which required fans to purchase tickets in bulk (either 20+ per game or tickets to other series).

Fans will have the ability to purchase single-game tickets for that series this season.

Tickets to the UND series are the most expensive on Denver’s schedule — yes, even more than when in-state rival Colorado College comes to town.

It appears that the DU ticket staff made the right call there, too. According to the select-a-seat feature on the ticket site, there are fewer tickets available for the UND games than the CC games.

To purchase tickets to that series, go here.

Last year’s ticket policy irked some UND fans but didn’t deter them from coming out to the series. The teams split that series in Magness Arena.

The roster specs

UND’s official roster has been updated with new heights, weights and bios for the players. There are a few items of note:

Johnny Simonson is listed as both the shortest (5-foot-8) and lightest (170 pounds) player on the team. Tucker Poolman checks in as the tallest player on the roster at 6-foot-3. Stephane Pattyn and Gage Ausmus tie as the heaviest players on the team at 215.

Andrew Panzarella is listed as a D, not a D-F. I’m not sure if there’s a whole lot to read into that. If UND needs a forward, or if the coaches want to add some grit up front, I don’t think they would hesitate to put Panzarella back up there. He played very well in that role at the end of last season.

– It hasn’t been updated yet, but UND sports info director Jayson Hajdu told me that Drake Caggiula’s hometown will now be listed as Whitby, Ont., instead of Pickering, Ont., as his family has moved.

Zane McIntyre’s name change has been reflected on the roster.

– As previously reported, no numbers have been changed for this upcoming season.

– UND has hired Eric Kupka to replace Andy Rannells as the new equipment manager. Rannells has accepted a job with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL, where he will work with Brett Hextall and likely Chris VandeVelde. Kupka is a St. Cloud State graduate like UND women’s equipment manager Kevin Vaughan.

THN’s annual rankings

Each year, The Hockey News publishes a yearbook that includes a top 50 players in the world list as well as a top 10 prospect list for each team. Two UND players ended up on the top 50 list, while six ended up on the prospect list.

Jonathan Toews was ranked the No. 3 player in the world, only behind Sidney Crosby and Drew Doughty. THN says that he’s the best leader in the game and the one player no team worries about handing a long-term contract to.

Zach Parise, meanwhile, checked in at No. 30. They mentioned that his numbers weren’t huge in Minnesota, but nobody works harder for goals.

In the prospect rankings, freshman Nick Schmaltz is the highest-listed UND prospect on the list.

Of all the UND prospects, I think Jordan Schmaltz was the most underrated, listed at No. 7 for the St. Louis Blues. He was tremendous in the second half of last season.

The Hockey News’ top prospects for each organization

3. Nick Schmaltz, Chicago (first-round pick)

6. Rocco Grimaldi, Florida (second-round pick)

5. Derek Forbort, Los Angeles (first-round pick)

7. Danny Kristo, New York Rangers (second-round pick)

7. Jordan Schmaltz, St. Louis Blues (first-round pick)

7. Andrew MacWilliam, Toronto (seventh-round pick)

Grimaldi, Forbort, Kristo and MacWilliam are already in the system for all of their pro teams. As you can see, the magazine usually ranks these prospects by their draft position, so for MacWilliam to make the list, it tells you that he made some waves with the Marlies in his first pro season.