Reaney Leaves College For Pro Contract
Niagara University center Les Reaney signed a professional
contract with the Edmonton Oilers organization on Saturday
and was assigned to the Oilers' top minor-league affiliate,
the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Reaney was a junior for the Purple Eagles,
who had 15 points in 25 games this season for Niagara. For
his career, Reaney had 99 points in 97 games.
As a Purple Eagle, Reaney was a two-time member
of the All-CHA second team. Following his sophomore campaign,
Reaney ranked third in the conference with 44 points and
28 assists. Reaney also finished the regular season tied
for 13th in the nation for point scoring.
As a freshman Reaney was named Co-CHA Rookie
of the year with teammate Ted Cook, and finished the season
being ranked fourth in the nation with 1.14 points per game
as a rookie.
for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Announced
Ten finalists today were announced for the
2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Now in its second year for
college hockey, the honor is presented to a senior who exemplifies
excellence on and off the ice.
The finalists are Colgate's Mark Dekanich,
Bryce Hollweg of Army, Denver's Peter Mannino, St. Cloud
State's Marty Mjelleli, Justin Pesony of St. Lawrence, Michigan's
Kevin Porter, Frank Schiavone of Air Force, Cornell's Topher
Scott, Princeton's Landis Stankievech, and Notre Dame's
Mark Van Guilder.
Fans are able to cast their votes through
March 28 at www.seniorclassaward.com.
The winner will be announced during the Frozen Four in Denver.
Denver Player Brock Trotter Signs With Montreal
with the Montreal Canadiens confirmed to Inside College
Hockey on Thursday, and the University of Denver announced
that former Pioneer forward Brock Trotter has signed a three-year
contract with the NHL organization.
Trotter, who was missing from Pioneers practice
and games for the past week, led the team offensively with
31 points in 24 games. The sophomore from Brandon, Manitoba,
played six games two years ago before sitting out the rest
of the season with a severed tendon in his leg. Last season
he scored 40 points in 40 games and was named INCH's WCHA
Freshman of the Year, becoming the first DU freshman to
lead the team in scoring since Dave Shields in 1986-87.
Trotter, an undrafted free agent, signed an
entry-level contract with the Canadiens. According to DU's
release, Trotter will be assigned to Hamilton of the American
"We’re really happy for Brock and his opportunity
with the Montreal Canadiens," Denver head coach George
Gwozdecky said. "Brock accomplished a lot in his three
years with our program and we wish him continued success
during his professional hockey career."
— Jess Myers
Dakota Coach Hakstol Benched Two Games
Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol was suspended for the Fighting
Sioux's next two games by the university for inappropriate
actions during Saturday night's game at Minnesota. During
the game, Hakstol made a vulgar gesture toward an official.
He issued an apology on Sunday, and the ensuing suspension
was announced by the school on Monday.
The disciplinary action was determined by
the University of North Dakota and was made independent
of any decision or action by the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association. The WCHA accepted North Dakota's punishment
of its coach and will not issue further reprimand.
“We hold all University of North Dakota
coaches and student-athletes to the highest standards of
sportsmanship, conduct and ethical behavior,” co-acting
athletic director Betty Ralston said. “We expect our
coaches to keep themselves and their teams in control at
all times. Profane language and poor behavior on the part
of our coaches and student-athletes is unacceptable.”
UND President Charles E. Kupchella said, “Obviously
we were disappointed by the grossly inappropriate actions
of Dave Hakstol last Saturday. There is simply no excuse
for such displays, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances."
North Dakota is 8-0-1 in its last nine games,
and does not play this weekend. Hakstol will serve his suspension
during the Feb. 15-16 series at Denver.
Suspends Referee Indefinitely
commissioner Bruce McLeod confirmed to INCH that referee
Randy Schmidt has been suspended by the league. McLeod said
no formal announcement would be made and the terms of the
suspension were indefinite, but Schmidt is not expected
to work any more games during the 2007-08 season.
McLeod added that whether or not Schmidt will
work as a WCHA referee next season or ever again has not
been decided. The decision was made by McLeod in consult
with WCHA supervisor of officials Greg Shepherd after the
league twice issued apologies for errors made by Schmidt
Most recently, the WCHA issued a statement
saying an apparent goal by Wisconsin in the final second
of the Badgers’ game at Denver Jan. 11 should have
counted. The play, which would have tied the game at 3-3
and forced overtime, was initially ruled a goal by Schmidt,
then after a review he incorrectly ruled that time had expired
before the puck crossed the goal line, giving Denver a 3-2
The Wisconsin State Journal reported
that Schmidt met privately with Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves
to apologize for the error the next day. Schmidt, who works
as a police officer in North Dakota full-time, has been
a WCHA official for 14 years.
— Jess Myers
Brown Semifinalists Announced
The Gridiron Club of Boston announced the
list of semifinalists for the Walter Brown Award. The award,
presented annually since 1953, is given to the top American-born
Division I hockey player in New England.
Providence had three nominees, the most of
any school. Boston College, Boston University, and New Hampshire
each had two semifinalists. This year's winner will be announced
the week of March 24.
The complete list of semifinalists.
Boston College: F Benn Ferriero,
F Nathan Gerbe
Boston University: F Bryan Ewing, F Peter
Harvard: F Jon Pelle
Maine: D Bret Tyler
Massachusetts: F James Marcou
New Hampshire: G Kevin Regan, F James vanRiemsdyk
Providence: F Jon Rheault, G Tyler Sims,
D Matt Taormina
Quinnipiac: F Ben Nelson
UMass Lowell: G Nevin Hamilton
Yale: G Billy Blase
Four Skills Challenge Voting Underway
is underway to select the players who will participate in
this year's NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Denver.
Fans visiting the NCAA
Skills Challenge website can select six skaters and
two goaltenders to determine the lineup for four teams —
the East men's and women's squads, and the West's men's
and women's units. Voting ends Feb. 14.
The NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge takes
place on Friday, April 11, at the Pepsi Center.
Quick Dismissed From Team
coach Red Berenson announced Friday that freshman defenseman
Kevin Quick has been dismissed from the team.
"This decision was made because Kevin
violated our team rules and the trust of the team,"
Berenson said in a news release.
Quick, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., played in
21 of Wolverines' 26 games this season, scoring two goals
and two assists and amassing 12 penalty minutes. In INCH's
annual preseason recruiting rankings, Quick was rated the
seventh-best freshman defenseman in the country.
The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Quick in
the third round of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry
Vermont Set to Play in Quebec Next Season
Vermont and Rensselaer have agreed to play
a regular-season game in Quebec City in October. The contest,
which will take place on Oct. 11 at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse,
is part of Quebec's 400th anniversary celebration.
Each school will also have a legendary hockey
alum as an honorary captain — both of whom are Quebec
natives. Rensselaer will be represented by Joe Juneau, a
two-time All-American who scored 213 career points for the
Engineers prior to embarking on a 13-year National Hockey
League career. Serving as UVM's honorary captain is Martin
St. Louis, Vermont's all-time leading scorer and a three-time
All-American and winner of the NHL's Hart, Ross, and Pearson
trophies in 2004.
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