One-and-Done: Turris Signs With Phoenix
was among the worst-kept secrets in college hockey history
became a formality less than 24 hours after Wisconsin saw
its season come to an end, as freshman forward Kyle Turris
signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes
Turris, who led the Badgers in scoring this
season with 11 goals and 24 assists in 36 games, was chosen
by the Coyotes with the third overall pick in last year's
NHL Entry Draft. His signing upon the completion of Wisconsin's
season had been rumored for the better part of a month.
The New Westminster, B.C. native is expected
to dress for the Coyotes' three remaining regular-season
games. Phoenix was eliminated from playoff contention Sunday.
Hobey Baker Award Finalists Announced
Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation Thursday announced
the 10 finalists for the 2008 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
This year's winner will be announced at a ceremony in Denver,
site of the NCAA Frozen Four, on Friday, April 11.
The finalists are, in alphabetical order:
The list of finalists will be trimmed to three
with the announcement of the Hobey Hat Trick on Wednesday,
Two of the top juniors in college hockey elected
to bypass their final year of eligibility and sign contracts
with NHL clubs.
The New Jersey Devils signed Alaska defenseman
Tyler Eckford to a entry-level contract. Eckford, who scored
eight goals and 31 points in 35 games this past season,
last week became the first Nanook skater to be named to
the all-CCHA first team. The Langley, British Columbia,
native is also a finalist for the league's Best Offensive
Defenseman award, which will be announced Thursday in Detroit.
Eckford was the 217th overall pick in the
2004 NHL Entry Draft. During his Alaska career, he scored
16-55—71 in 112 career games.
Michigan Tech goaltender Michael-Lee Teslak
signed a free agent deal with the Devils' Atlantic Division
rival, the Philadelphia Flyers. He's expected to be in uniform
for the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia
Phantoms, when they face Hartford Wednesday.
Teslak made 23 starts for the Huskies this
past season, posting an 8-11-4 overall record, a 2.20 goals
against average, and a .918 save percentage. For his career,
the Fernie, British Columbia, product compiled a 26-33-11
record in 73 career games. He ranks third at Michigan Tech
in career goals against average (2.66) and third in save
Also, Providence junior defenseman Cody Wild
signed an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey
League's Springfield Falcons. Wild, who was drafted by the
Edmonton Oilers in the fifth round with the 140th overall
selection in the 2006 NHL Draft, had 4-18—22 in 32
games this past season and registered 16-41—57 in
100 career games with the Friars.
Injury Ends Season For Notre Dame's Condra
Dame junior forward Erik Condra, the team's leading scorer
with 38 points in 41 games, will miss the remainder of the
season after hurting his left knee in the first period of
the Fighting Irish's 2-1 win against Ferris State in the
deciding game of a CCHA best-of-three quarterfinal series.
In addition to pacing Notre Dame in points,
Condra, a native of Livonia, Mich., leads the team with
23 assists and three shorthanded goals, and he ranks second
among Fighting Irish skaters in goals (11), power-play goals
(six), and game-winning goals (four). In 119 career games,
Condra has 38 goals and 85 assists for 120 career points.
Notre Dame, which finished fourth in the CCHA
regular-season standings, plays Miami in league playoff
semifinal contest at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Friday afternoon.
Hospitalized in Mayo ICU With Head Injury
senior forward is hospitalized in intensive care at the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with a skull fracture,
the result of an injury suffered Sunday during the Gophers'
win at Minnesota State.
Doctors at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester,
where Pohl was airlifted, performed surgery to stabilize
the fracture and stop bleeding on the brain.
Pohl was hurt a little more than six minutes
into the second period of the deciding game in the best-of-three
WCHA playoff series after he was elbowed in the head by
Maverick sophomore forward Jason Wiley. Pohl's head then
hit the boards before he went down on the ice. Wiley was
given a five-minute major penalty and a game disqualification
for the hit.
Smith Gets Contract Extension
Canisius coach Dave Smith last week agreed
to a contract extension that will keep him behind the Golden
Griffins' bench through the 2010-11 season.
Smith, a former assistant at Mercyhurst, Bowling
Green, and Miami, guided Canisius to an 11-20-6 overall
record and a 10-13-5 mark in Atlantic Hockey play, good
for a sixth-place finish in the league standings. In three
seasons with the Golden Griffins, Smith has compiled a 30-66-11
Bishop Signs With St. Louis
days after his team failed to qualify for the Hockey East
playoffs, Maine junior goaltender Ben Bishop opted to bypass
his final season of college eligibility by signing a contract
with the St. Louis Blues.
Bishop, who backstopped the Black Bears to
Frozen Four appearances in 2006 and 2007, posted a 13-18-3
record this past season along with a 2.43 goals against
average and a .920 save percentage. For his career, Bishop
registered a 55-34-7 record. He leaves the school ranked
third all-time in games played (99), second in saves (2,399),
fourth in goals against average (2.29), fifth in wins (55).
A native of Des Peres, Mo., Bishop was selected
by the Blues in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
with the 85th overall pick. He'll start his professional
career with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' American Hockey
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