Olympic women’s hockey tryouts are going on in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the national team is expected to be announced on Monday. There will still be a few more cuts from that squad, but at that time we will know which players will miss this college hockey season.
The Lamoureux twins are expected to be on the final roster, and Nike is putting its money down that they will. Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux have signed endorsement deals with Nike. Here’s the story in the Herald.
This is a very unique opportunity for women’s hockey. I’ve heard that no other players on the U.S. Olympic team have a Nike sponsorship.
The Lamoureuxs’ agent expects more sponsorship opportunities in the future, too.
Hockey Canada announced its centralized roster for the Olympics and it has three current college players: Minnesota Duluth defenseman Brigette Lacquette, Boston University forward Marie-Philip Poulin and Cornell forward Brianne Jenner.
Poulin is a lock to make the squad and I think Jenner is likely to make it. Lacquette is more up in the air. Hockey Canada could make some cuts by early in the season, and if Larocque is one of them, she will return to the Bulldogs.
Also of note, UND plays Clarkson this year and neither of Clarkson’s standouts — forward Jamie Lee Rattray and defenseman Erin Ambrose — were centralized. That will be a very difficult road series for UND.
The big news out of the college hockey world is that former Denver coach George Gwozdecky was spotted in Huntsville, Ala. USCHO posted a story citing a report from a local television station.
Alabama Huntsville, which will join the WCHA next season, is looking for a head coach, and you have to believe that if they are able to land Gwozdecky that would be a huge coup.
Jonathan Toews answered the bell in a big way during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night. He scored a goal and was creating havoc on top of the crease during three others, including the overtime winner as the Blackhawks evened the series with the Bruins 2-2.
Game 5 is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Chicago.
The photos below are from the Associated Press. The first two are of Toews’ tip-in goal. The last one is Toews celebrating Brent Seabrook’s game-winner.