Throughout the week, the Bruins Daily staff will be posting their guide to surviving the 2012-13 NHL Lockout. Today, we will look at ways to follow college hockey.
Now that the NHL has officially cancelled its pre-season slate through September 30th due to the lockout, many hockey fans are looking for a fix. Well, thankfully for those folks living in New England has its fine share of college hockey talent.
Starting in Boston, all eyes will be focused on head coach Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles after capturing their third national championship in five years this past April. Goaltender Parker Milner – who was invited to participate in this year’s Bruins Development Camp – returns after an historic NCAA tournament, while junior forward Kevin Hayes (a 2010 first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks) and newcomer Michael Matheson, a first round pick of the Florida Panthers in June, is one of five freshmen defensemen on the roster. Expect BC to be one of the national powers again along with Minnesota, North Dakota and Michigan, just to name a few.
Down the other end of Comm Ave. the Boston University Terriers are dealing with the aftermath of a task force report – brought in from the school – stemming from sexual assault charges earlier in the season. On the ice, BU will have to replace goaltender Kieran Millan after four years, but head coach Jack Parker brings in a talented recruiting class, including defenseman and Bruins third round pick Matt Grzelcyk.
Not to be lost in all this in Boston, Bruins prospect Alex Fallstrom looks to lead Harvard to the next step after a third place finish in the ECAC last year, while Northeastern hopes to return to the Hockey East playoffs after a ninth place finish in 2011-12.
In addition to the collegiate teams in the Boston area, UMass-Lowell looks to improve on last year’s historic season that ended with a loss to Union in the East regional finals; Merrimack is looking to bounce back after a second half slump; Providence looks to capitalize on a surprising run ot the Hockey East semis; and New Hampshire and Maine look to keep its supremacy in the league before it adds Notre Dame (in 2013) and UConn (in 2014) as part of the ever-changing college hockey landscape.
So you have your outlook here on Bruins Daily for the college hockey landscape, but we are not leaving it at that. Let’s take a look at some websites and personalities to follow for comprehensive NCAA coverage.
Since 1996, USCHO continues to be a go-to place for many readers for all your college hockey needs – from game recaps to editorials. Every Monday the website, in coordination with CBS Sports Network, releases its top 20 rankings, and every Tuesday, local scribe Jim Connelly and Executive Editor Todd Milewski debate the hot topics with Tuesday Morning Quarterback.
For a good alternative, College Hockey News is a great stop for commentary and features. Their Hockey East coverage, led by editor Joe Meloni and staff writer Scott McLaughlin, is top-notch, and Managing Editor Adam Wodon always provides insightful analysis. During the regular season, the site is best known for its team of the week feature and is a must read for any fan.
Led by editor Joe Gladziszewski Inside College Hockey continues to “capture the spirit of the thing” with weekly conference notebooks, power rankings and weekly wrap-ups. Their A-Z series published every summer provides extensive details about a player or new coach for each of the 59 college hockey teams.
And of course, here’s a list of members of the college hockey media to follow on Twitter during the season.
@uscho (official website Twitter account)
@ToddMilewski (Executive Editor)
@jimmyconnelly (Hockey East columnist)
@DHWriter (Dave Hendrickson, long-time Hockey East columnist)
@chrislerch (Atlantic Hockey columnist and voice of RIT hockey)
@SullivanHockey (Brian Sullivan, ECAC Hockey columnist)
@paulacweston (Paula Weston, CCHA columnist)
College Hockey News
@chnews (CHN official Twitter)
@CHN_AdamWodon (Adam Wodon, Managing Editor)
@MikeMachnikCHN (Mike Machnik, Senior Editor and radio color commentator for Merrimack college)
@CHNJoeMeloni (Joe Meloni, Hockey East editor)
@smclaughlin9 (Scott McLaughlin, Hockey East/WCHA reporter)
@CHN_Justin (Justin Churchill, ECAC reporter)
@jillsaftel (Jill Saftel, Hockey East reporter)
@joshseguin24 (Josh Seguin, Hockey East reporter)
Inside College Hockey
@slapschotts (Ken Schott, Union and RPI hockey correspondent for The Daily Gazette)
@MikeMcMahonET (Mike McMahon, Merrimack beat writer for The Eagle Tribune)
@nateewell (Nate Ewell, Director of Communications for College Hockey Inc. and former Washington Capitals Communications Director)