I’m taking a quick postseason vacation trip today through Monday to Las Vegas, but fear not, I am bringing the lap top so I can watch the World U18 games bright and early in the morning after I finish crushing the poker tables.
While I’m watching the games, I may have an update or two.
One update I want to post is a quick preview for the coaches meetings in Florida. They start on Monday. I believe it begins with conference meetings, then moves to the national meetings.
UND coach Dave Hakstol is on the board of College Hockey Inc., and will have meetings for that as well.
You have to believe that there will be some good discussion on the NCAA regional format. Obviously, we could go into a lot of detail on that, but we’ll save that for another post.
The offseason got off to a poor start for UND with three 20-year-old freshman players getting underage drinking citations.
Hakstol was not pleased about this and is taking away “significant” scholarship money from the players, just as he threatened to do before the season started. Per privacy laws, Hakstol was not allowed to divulge the exact dollar amount or percentage of scholarship that would be lost. Regardless, he is clearly growing tired of players getting minors.
In the USHL, it’s John Marks vs. Cary Eades in the Western Conference Finals.
Fargo and Sioux Falls both reached the finals by winning Games 4 and 5 to advance. Fargo won it in dramatic fashion, on an overtime goal by Gabe Guertler, who proceeded to do the Theo Fleury “ride the stick” celebration.
In the East, it’s Dubuque vs. Youngstown.
UND recruit Troy Stecher is a finalist for the top defenseman in all of Canadian Junior A hockey. Stecher, the captain of the Penticton Vees, already has been named the top defenseman in the BCHL.
Derrick LaPoint tweeted that he’s coming back to UND to go to graduate school. Hopefully, he’ll also give lessons to the youngsters on giving quotes. LaPoint was one of the media’s go-to guys.
Ohio State stayed internal to hire a replacement for Mark Osiecki, hiring assistant coach Steve Rohlik.
There’s more turmoil in Alaska as both its Hockey Association and hockey-playing alums have placed no-confidence votes in athletic director Steve Cobb. Read more on that here.