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Midweek roundup: AFA, CC commits; World Arena, NCHC news


Playing catch-up on first day back from vacation … Robbie Johnson (Trail Smoke Eaters) has committed to Air Force for 2017-2018 St. Thomas Academy '97 forward Christiano Versich committed to Colorado College, for perhaps as early as the 2015-16 season. Under NCAA rules, coaches cannot comment until they have signed a national letter of...

Blog: CC coaches biding their time before naming captains


The Colorado College coaching staff is taking its time before it decides which players will assume leadership roles this coming season. In years past, the new captain and assistants were named at the season-ending banquet. But new coach Mike Haviland and his staff do not know the current and incoming players well. They hope to take advantage...

Blog: Fredheim back for another year with AHL St. John's


Former Tigers defenseman Kris Fredheim re-signed for another season with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Fredheim, 27, played in 48 games for the IceCaps in 2013-14, notching five points (1G, 4A) and 46 penalty minutes with a plus-8 rating. He also recorded one assist and six penalty minutes in 11 playoff contests. For...

Blog: Schultz signs with ECHL Orlando


Former Colorado College right wing Stephen Schultz is back in North America after signing a one-year deal with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. Schultz excelled in the Germany II league last season with 50 points (32 assists) in 48 games for Kaufbeuren. He had a big season for ECHL Trenton in 2012-13 with 54 points (27 goals) in 55 games.

Blog: Former Colorado College hockey players in the pros


The North Dakota beat writer put out a list of UND players in the pros and I am not above borrowing a great idea, especially in early August. Here is a list of where some former Tigers are playing professionally in North America and overseas and the final season of their current contract. At the end, I have a list of players who do not appear...

Blog: Two 2014 graduates start career overseas


Two 2014 Colorado College graduates are starting their professional playing careers in Europe. Michael Morin signed to play next season for Amals of the Swedish Division 2 league. Archie Skalbeck has a tryout contract with the Bietigheim Steelers of the Germany II league.

Blog: CC alumnus Sauer named to 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class


Colorado College alumnus Jeff Sauer is one of four members of the incoming 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction class announced on Wednesday. Sauer will be joined by Karen Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski and Lou Vairo. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 4. “The class of 2014 is an extraordinary collection of individuals...

Blog: Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo survives Team USA cuts


Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo survived the initial cuts for the United States at its World Junior Hockey Championships evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. The USA White and USA Blue squads were trimmed from 42 players to 27 and will compete as a single U.S. team against Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic through Saturday. Carlo...

Blog: Colorado College hires alumnus away from Air Force Academy as new SID


Colorado College hired an alumnus and a fixture on the area college sports scene as its new sports information director. Longtime Air Force assistant director of athletic communications Jerry Cross, a 1991 economics graduate, was announced as the hire on Monday, replacing longtime director Dave Moross, who retired in May. Cross worked in...

Area native heads to Lake Placid for U.S. world juniors evaluation camp


The Team USA evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y begins Saturday and Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo, a defenseman for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, is among the 42 hopefuls trying to advance to the world junior championships Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2015 in Montreal and Toronto. He is on the USA Blue roster which...

Former Tiger takes over LMU club program


Former Tiger Berk Nelson is the new head coach for the Loyola Marymount club hockey team. The Los Angeles native, now an attorney, leads a program hoping to make its second straight trip the American Collegiate Hockey Association West regional tournament. He was one of the first LA players to compete in Division I hockey (1996-2000),...

Tickets on sale for hockey luncheon


The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. will hold its annual College Ice Hockey Face Off luncheon at noon Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Marriott Colorado Springs Hotel. Fans can meet new Colorado College coach Mike Haviland and listen to Air Force coach Frank Serratore as they prepare their squads for the 2014-2015 season. Tickets: $30 for AFA and CC...

In the pros: McDermott re-signs with Steelheads


The ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads announced that they have agreed to terms with former Colorado College defenseman Eamonn McDermott. He grabbed their attention by assisting the opening goal in four of his 16 games playing for the Boise-based minor league team. “Eamonn is a true competitor with great hockey sense who is mobile,” said Idaho coach...

Johnson enters NAHL coaching ranks


Former Colorado College wing Tyler Johnson has retired after three years playing professional hockey overseas to work as an assistant coach with his hometown Minnesota Wilderness of the junior North American Hockey League. During Johnson’s three-year career, he won the Champions Hockey League (Norway) championship with the Stavanger Oilers in...

Air Force announces hockey schedule


The Air Force Falcons have won 20 or more games in five of the last seven seasons. It will not be easy to make that six out of eight, judging from the 2014-15 schedule announced by the Atlantic Hockey Association program.

Midweek reading: Holka leaves, Rud feature, WCHA commissioner


St. Cloud State’s Joey Holka has left the school for the CHL’s Quad City Mallards.

Bidwill signs with ECHL Colorado


The Colorado Eagles announced Monday that they have re-signed Arthur Bidwill for the 2014-15 season.  Bidwill, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defenseman recorded three goals and 14 assists in 67 games with the Eagles last season. He would also go on to add one assist in six post-season contests.

Tigers in Europe: Guentzel, Rau, Salcido


After playing last season with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL and JYP in Finland, former Tigers defenseman Brian Salcido will play for Saipa (Finland) next season.

AFA opens season against Mercyhurst


Mercyhurst announced its 2014-15 schedule recently, and the Lakers will be the season and home-opening opponents for Air Force on Oct. 10-11.

Midweek reading: North Dakota coach; Miami’s hopes; Omaha-Pens pipeline; Robert Morris contract


The first North Dakota coach to win a national championship (1958)  passed away over the weekend. My condolences to his family and friends. Brian Coleman’s return from injury and a defense-first mentality sparked Miami’s postseason run the league title game and (almost) the NCAAs. The RedHawks are hopeful they can carry that...

Prosser signs with St. Louis Blues


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that former Colorado College defenseman Nate Prosser has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues organization.

Brian Connelly signs with Swedish team


Former Tigers defenseman Brian Connelly signed a one-year contract with Leksand of the top Sweden league last week.

Dineen heads to Denmark league


Former Tigers captain Nick Dineen recently signed a one-year contract to play for Sonderjysk Elitesport of Denmark’s Elite League. Terms were not disclosed.

Wild, former Tiger Prosser parting ways


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that former Colorado College defenseman and unrestricted free agent Nate Prosser will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Wild.

Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team


Swiss B League member EHC Visp announced it signed former Tigers captain William Rapuzzi , 24, for the upcoming season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Toby Petersen named as new AHL Springfield Falcons assistant coach


Former Colorado College hockey player Toby Petersen was hired as an assistant coach by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Marciano in Australia; Jaden Schwartz changes jersey number


Two teams of Americans and Canadians – including former Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano and 11 other NCAA alumni – are playing a five-game exhibition series in Australia. Former Tigers captain Mike Testwuide played for the U.S. on last year’s tour. Former Notre Dame star Ian Cole captains the U.S. team while former St....

Colorado College alum Kawano is program’s first director of hockey operations


It is another homecoming for the Colorado College staff with former goalie Chris Kawano named as the program’s first director of hockey operations and video coordinator.

Weekend reading: Miami rink, UNO exhibition, Chase Perry


Miami completed $2 million in renovations to its ice hockey venue recently.

Oilers sign Bachman to 1-year deal


The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Richard Bachman on a one-year contract.

Local defenseman on 2015 NHL Draft watch list


Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo is listed as one of the North American draft prospects to watch by NHL Central Scouting Service for 2015.

Air Force schedule continues to trickle in


Canisius and Niagara announced their 2014-15  schedules recently, allowing me to further piece together the Air Force schedule.  The Atlantic Hockey Association program will announce its schedule later this month.

Former Tiger is new Canucks assistant


Former Colorado College standout Doug Lidster was hired by the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach, the NHL franchise announced late Monday.

Seven Tigers competing at NHL development camps


Seven current and former Tigers are taking part in NHL developmental camps this week:

13 Falcons make AHA all-academic team


The Atlantic Hockey Association announced its 2013-14 all-academic team and a school record 13 Air Force players were recognized, including four-time honoree Adam McKenzie, pictured.

Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom signs 1-year deal with Carolina


Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina over the weekend. The deal will pay Holmstrom $600,000 in the NHL or $200,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the 2014-15 season.

Weekend reading: AFA schedule, Hlinka commits, WMU hire, NHL draft picks


Holy Cross and RIT announced its schedule as did exhibition foe McGill University of Montreal, allowing me to piece together the Air Force hockey schedule some more.

Former Tiger selected for hockey ops director


The new director of hockey operations position is filled with a July 15 announcement identifying the recent former CC player. All three finalists for that job are former Tigers, coach Mike Haviland said.

At last, the league playoffs are here


This is a great time of year for college hockey fans. Here are various links to previews and features from around the West-oriented college hockey conferences. Tigers senior goalie Josh Thorimbert, pictured, does not get enough credit for the workload he has shouldered this season. Hopefully this feature rectifies that somewhat. Here are Three...

Thursday reading: CC travel; DU's NCAA hopes


With the prospect of a three-game playoff series this weekend, Colorado College brought 23 players to Grand Forks. The only players left behind in Colorado Springs were: Jordan DiGiando, Jared Hanson, Tyler Marble, Peter Maric, and Derek Shatzer. Only Shatzer is uninjured. Here are 3 Things to Watch for the CC at North Dakota playoff […]

Omaha downs Denver in NCHC opener


OMAHA, Neb. — Senior forward Brock Montpetit scored twice, including the game-winner, in the third period, to lead third-seeded Nebraska Omaha to a 4-3 win over No. 6 seed Denver Thursday night at CenturyLink Center in Game 1 of their quarterfinal series. The Mavericks (17-16-2)  lead the best-of-three series 1-0 and need one more win...

Air Force honorees; NCHC award finalists


Air Force senior defenseman Adam McKenzie and junior forward Cole Gunner were both named to the Atlantic Hockey Association second team. Click here for all the league honorees. Two Colorado College players are one of three finalists for  National Collegiate Hockey Conference individual annual awards. Freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, named to...

Slavin reaps double honors from NCHC


Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who heads into this week’s best-of-three playoff series at North Dakota as the Tigers’ second leading scorer by a single point, is the only freshman to earn All-NCHC recognition  as both a rookie and as a defenseman. “It is a huge honor,” Slavin said. “It is...

Midweek reading: NCHC travel; LSSU early departure and coach firing


The Tigers are flying out to Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon and have a five-hour bus trip to Grand Forks, N.D. ahead of them on Thursday.  CC is taking advantage of spring break, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, to make the trip without losing class time. Through this approach, CC was able to find large enough […]

Tuesday reading: NCHC review, polls, contest


The poor nonconference record is the main disappointment so far out of the NCHC’s inaugural season. Minnesota maintained its slim lead over Boston College for No. 1 in the weekly USCHO poll. North Dakota, CC’s road foe this playoff weekend, is No. 10 while regular-season champ St. Cloud State remains at No. 4 but picked […]

17 Tigers garner NCHC all-academic honors


The NCHC announced its academic award winners with eight student-athletes named to the first league scholar-athlete team, while 133 NCHC student-athletes received Academic All-Conference honors. The scholar-athlete team has one student-athlete from each of the eight NCHC institutions. Each school selected their recipient based on criteria that...

Falcons defensemen on the mend


Air Force hockey’s injury situation is better after a bye week but whether junior defensemen Dan Weissenhofer (right leg fracture) and Alex Halloran (groin) are available for this weekend’s home playoff games against No. 6 seed Niagara is uncertain. Weissenhofer is questionable for the Friday through Sunday best-of-three Atlantic Hockey...

Brunch with a heapin' helping of crow


I am posting my NCHC preseason media poll ballot to own up to what I thought during the preseason to what transpired. Mock me if you wish, but no one saw the Miami last-place finish coming, as evident by the preseason poll. My apologies to Western Michigan and Minnesota-Duluth for underestimating your squads. My ballot […]

Air Force draws Niagara for AHA quarterfinals


The top seeds all prevailed in the first round with No. 5 Robert Morris holding off last-place Army 3-1 on Sunday to prevail in Game 3 of their series. No. 8 Holy Cros eliminated RIT 3-2 in overtime Sunday to set up the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals this weekend. Atlantic Hockey Association Best-of-three quarterfinals Friday-Sunday All […]

SCSU win sends Tigers on to North Dakota; notes and stats


By the third period, the only question was which team Colorado College would face in the playoffs. No. 4 St. Cloud State cruised to a 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday to spoil Senior Night at World Arena. As a result, CC will travel to No. 9 North Dakota for their best-of-three playoff series […]

Saturday's lines: No. 4 SCSU at Colorado College


No. 4 St. Cloud State LW-C-RW Benik-Dowd-Murray Papa-Kossila-Brodzinski Oliver-Thorson-Bertsch Tedesco-Rehkamp-Holka LD-RD Gravel-Daly Nevalainen-Prow Storm-Rabey Goalies – Faragher, Lindgren. Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson Gerdes-Bradley-Taft Aman-Heil-Wamsganz LD-RD Stoykewych-McDermott...

Women's hockey: Gross earns league award


Penn State women’s hockey senior captain Taylor Gross of Colorado Springs earned College Hockey America’s sportsmanship award as determined by the league’s coaches. PSU’s  first varsity captain tallied 15 points (seven goals) this season and committed only two penalties. The Colorado Springs native and Pine Creek High School graduate...

Notes: Senior Night memories; Jaden Schwartz


Morin will savor memories from Senior Night Senior wing Michael Morin will bask in adulation of the home fans for the final time on Saturday. “It will be bittersweet,” said Morin, who has 26 career games for three points (two goals) entering the weekend. “It’s sad to think that is probably the last game of […]

NCHC playoff scenarios aplenty


Here are playoff scenarios to keep you awake this Friday night/Saturday morning including Denver’s plausible chance at home playoff ice. CC’s playoff foe may not be determined until 10:30 p.m. MT. Courtesy North Dakota Seeded 1st with a win. Seeded 1st with a shootout win and a St. Cloud State loss, shootout...

Friday's lines: No. 4 St. Cloud State at CC


SCSU forward David Morley did not travel out to Colorado Springs. No. 4 St. Cloud State LW-C-RW Benik-Dowd-Murray Papa-Kossila-Brodzinski Oliver-Thorson-Bertsch Tedesco-Rehkamp-Holka LD-RD Gravel-Daly Nevalainen-Prow Storm-Rabey Goalies – Faragher, Lindgren. Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson...

Friday reading: Penrose Cup race; regular-season finales; WCHA race; women's hockey


CC fans can point to this stat to buoy their hopes this weekend: No. 4 St. Cloud State started the season at 11-1-2 but is  8-7-3 since Dec. 7. The Huskies remain confident coming into this weekend because they faced a similar scenario last year when they shared the WCHA title with Minnesota. Friday’s game […]

Huskies prevail in wide-open game, 7-4


Colorado College showed plenty of fight and some offense of its own. But the Tigers could not contain the offensive firepower of No. 4 St. Cloud State. The Huskies prevailed in a wild National Collegiate Hockey Conference game, 7-4, to keep pace with No. 9 North Dakota, 2-0 winners over Western Michigan earlier Friday, for […]

Plenty of seats left for final weekend


About 800 seats remain available for both Friday and Saturday’s CC hockey home games against No. 4 St. Cloud State. Fans are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. Saturday for the Senior Night pregame ceremony. Go to or the World Arena box office or call (719) 576-2626.  A sellout is not expected.

AFA's Truehl makes AHA rookie team


The play of Air Force freshman goalie Chris Truehl of Stoughton, Wis. did not go unnoticed. Truehl stepped in for injured senior goalie Jason Torf and played a big role in the Falcons increasing their Atlantic Hockey Association record eight consecutive top-four finishes. Truehl appeared in 13 games, posting an 8-3-0 record with a 2.05 […]

Midweek reading: CC-SCSU match-up; Duluth home ice issues; Nebraska-Omaha hopes; Spring break in Grand Forks?


Here are three things to watch in this weekend’s final home series for the CC Tigers. They host No. 4 St. Cloud State. Friday’s game is on CBS Sports Network. With a 4-7-3 home record (2-6-2 league), there is a little truth behind the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs’ jokes about opting out of home playoff ice. Nebraska-Omaha […]

In the pros: Jets sign M. Stuart for four years


The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with former Cc defenseman Mark Stuart on a new four-year contract worth $10.5 million. Stuart, 29, has played in 50 games with the Winnipeg Jets so far this season. In that time, the left-handed blue liner has recorded nine points (seven assists) and […]

AFA's Truehl garners rookie award


Air Force freshman goalie Chris Truehl of Stoughton, Wis. was named as the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month for February. He went 3-1 during the month including recording his third career shutout. Truehl is a three-time AHA Rookie of the Week and earned the first monthly honor of his career. Air Force (20-12-4) is the […]

In the pros: Hillen, Howe, M. Stuart


Former Tiger Jack Hillen is in Hershey for conditioning and was part of a “controversial” coach ejection. Joe Howe is 11-3-1 since joining ECHL Cincinnati at midseason. Here is an appraisal of what Mark Stuart means to the Winnipeg Jets as the NHL trade deadline looms.

Air Force taking advantage of bye week


Air Force needed to win Saturday and get a little help to record its Atlantic Hockey Association record eighth top-four finish. The Falcons (20-12-4, 15-9-3 AHA) got the victory and those breaks – both Connecticut and Robert Morris lost — which proved even bigger than usual. “To be able to re-rack each year and get […]

NCHC roundup, playoff scenarios, tiebreakers, current standings


Remember when the coaches said before the season began how tight the National Collegiate Hockey Conference would be? Give them credit for being dead-on. St. Cloud State’s 3-1 Senior Night home win on Saturday resulted in a series split and a tie atop the NCHC standings headed into the final regular-season weekend. Both teams secured […]

Tigers fall 2-1 in overtime at Omaha


OMAHA, Neb. – The Tigers can leave Omaha knowing they bounced back and played better hockey. But they left without a win and as the seventh seed in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs. Colorado College fell short in a 2-1 overtime loss at Nebraska-Omaha Saturday, one night after a 6-0 loss. The setback in […]

Saturday's lines: CC at Nebraska-Omaha


Only minor changes for Colorado College with freshman Matt Hansen and sophomore defenseman Michael King getting some ice time in place of Ian Young and Luc Gerdes who were both healthy scratches. UNO made no changes. Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson Wamsganz-Bradley-Taft Morin-Heil-Hansen LD-RD...

NCHC roundup: Victors seize control early


The second period proved decisive Friday night with three road teams using those middle frame advantages to shake up the NCHC standings once again. No. 10 North Dakota, spurred by a five-goal second, downed No. 5 St. Cloud State, 5-2, on the road in a battle of first-place teams. UND took sole possession of the […]

Mavericks' fast start dooms Tigers; stats, notes


OMAHA, Neb. – Colorado College’s momentum came to a sudden halt against a red-hot Nebraska-Omaha squad on Friday. Mavericks freshman Austin Ortega scored 11 seconds into the National Collegiate Hockey Conference game, a school record, and the hosts never looked back en route to a 6-0 victory over the Tigers. “They were really good tonight,”...

Friday's lines: CC at Nebraska-Omaha


Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson Gerdes-Bradley-Taft Morin-Heil-Wamsganz LD-RD Stoykewych-Olofsson Harstad-Slavin Young-McDermott Goalies – Thorimbert, Lockwood Nebraska-Omaha LW-C-RW Guentzel-Zombo-Archibald Walters-Montpetit-Ortega Searfoss-Lane-Davis Polk-Pearce-Simonson LD-RD Megna-Seeler...

Friday reading: CC's focus, NCHC previews


CC hopes to avoid a letdown after last weekend’s emotional sweep of rival Denver. “The kids stayed positive and worked hard and it paid off,” CC assistant Joe Bonnett said. “There is confidence now and a little positive momentum. We did stress on Monday that we have to maintain our focus and energy. It will […]

Air Force's Torf up for goalie award


Air Force senior Jason Torf and three NCHC goalies — Denver’s Sam Brittain, Minnesota-Duluth’s Aaron Crandall and Ryan Faragher of St. Cloud State — are up for the inaugural Mike Richter Award. The award is presented by the Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation and will be presented at the 2014 NCAA Men’s...

Thursday reading: Notes, Air Force, Hillen


Here are preview notes for Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha. For those of you driving to Nebraska-Omaha, this feature on Alabama-Huntsville’s travel travails should make you feel better. And if you  are sleepy after that long drive, here is away to stay awake all weekend.  Former Tiger Jack Hillen takes time out to help some D.C....

Three Things to Watch at Nebraska-Omaha


Here are three things Colorado College will need to be aware of headed into this weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference series at Nebraska-Omaha, 6:37 p.m. Friday, 6:07 Saturday, CenturyLink Center: 1. Keep track of Hobey Baker contender Josh Archibald While Boston College sophomore Johnny Gaudreau remains the odds-on Hobey favorite,...

Wild trades Connelly to Chicago affiliate


The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have acquired former CC defenseman Brian Connelly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Brad Winchester. Connelly will report directly to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. In addition, defenseman Zach Miskovic has been traded by Rockford to Iowa for future...

Midweek notes: Injuries; tickets; CC season


UNO senior Zahn Raubenheimer’s college career is over after he was helped after he broke his foot Saturday blocking a shot. (Photo by @LSchellhardt) From the article:Foot broken, Raubenheimer got up and tried to block another shot, and just missed with his right foot. St. Cloud defenseman Andrew Prochno won’t play this weekend...

Tuesday reading: Air Force streak; AHA rewind; NCHC review, Demi Lovato edition


Air Force coach Frank Serratore is rightfully more concerned about how his team plays this weekend at Niagara after losing junior defensemen Dan Weissenhofer (lower-body) and Alex Halloran (groin) to injury. But he doesn’t have to worry about one notable accomplishment since the Falcons will finish no worse than fifth in the 12-team Atlantic...

Blais impressed by Tigers' sweep of Denver


I listened in on the weekly radio show for Nebraska-Omaha coach  Dean Blais, who was impressed by Colorado College’s sweep of rival Denver last weekend. “That was not an accident,” he said during his weekly radio show. “They went into Denver and got their first road win. You’d think Denver would come out and get […]

Monday reading: Playoffs, Pairwise, polls


North Dakota has clinched home ice in the league quarterfinals for the 12th season in a row, according to Grand Forks Herald. Colorado College, once resigned to seventh place, has a chance, at least mathematically,  to overtake  Minnesota-Duluth (8-10-2-2 NCHC), 0-4 since the Bulldogs took five of six home points against the Tigers (6-9-5-1...

McDermott earns NCHC defenseman honor


Colorado College senior Eamonn McDermott was named as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman of the week with offensive honors to Nebraska-Omaha junior Josh Archibald. North Dakota freshman forward Luke Johnson was named as the rookie honoree while UND sophomore Zane Gothberg was named as the top goaltender. Here’s the league...

NCHC roundup: Wins set up UND-SCSU showdown


With four games remaining in the regular season, No. 4 St. Cloud State and No. 11 North Dakota both won on Saturday to move six points ahead of third-place Nebraska-Omaha. The Penrose Cup could be decided next weekend when UND and the Huskies play in St. Cloud, Minn. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings. No. […]

Saturday's lines: No. 18 Denver at CC


Denver LW-C-RW Moore-Doremus-Marcinew) Levin-Shore-Romig Jacobson-Tabrum-Arnold Larraza-Janssen-Loney LD-RD Butcher-Makowski Zajac-Didier VanVoorhis-Neville Goalies -- Brittain, Cowley Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson Gerdes-Bradley-Taft Morin-Heil-Wamsganz LD-RD Stoykewych-Olofsson Harstad-Slavin...

Notes: "Team win" leads CC to Gold Pan


Colorado College got contributions from throughout the lineup to pull away for a 3-1 home win over No. 18 Denver that gave the Tigers possession of the Gold Pan Trophy for the first time since the 2011-12 season. CC has won the trophy 12 times in 21 seasons. “It was a good team win tonight,” […]

NCHC roundup: Miami knocks off SCSU, North Dakota moves into tie for first place


Miami 4, No. 4 St. Cloud State 3 OXFORD, Ohio — Junior forward Blake Coleman scored two goals in his first game back from injury to lead Miami to a 4-3 upset of No. 4 St. Cloud State Friday night at Steve Cady Arena. With the win, the RedHawks (11-15-3, 5-13-1-1 NCHC) snapped a four-game […]

CC wins Gold Pan for Winkler


This one was for Winks. Saturday night’s 3-1 win over Denver was all the sweeter for the Tigers, who dedicated the victory to former Colorado College standout Scott Winkler, who passed away this summer of an undiagnosed heart condition. It would have been the Norwegian’s 24th birthday. “This one was for Scott,” said senior Alexander […]

Heil scores game-winner over Denver


DENVER – Colorado College freshman Christian Heil picked a great time to record his first goal as a Tiger. The Westminster native scored with 12:23 left in the third period for what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal in a 3-2 road win over No. 18 Denver at Magness Arena.  “It was special for […]

Friday's lines: CC at No. 18 Denver


The Tigers changed up their fourth line with junior center Jordan DiGiando unavailable due to illness. Freshman Christian Heil will get his first playing time as a college center with junior Scott Wamsganz playing his first at right wing. Hunter Fejes (lower body injury), Matt Hansen (suspension), Peter Maric and Zach Aman, both upper body...

Friday reading: Gold Pan series; NCHC, WCHA, Air Force previews


Last weekend’s goalie change may benefit Denver headed into this weekend. Here are the Gazette’s previews for this weekend: Part 1 and Part 2. DU is making a late-season push for an at-large NCAA berth. It looks like Joey LaLeggia is doubtful for Friday night, according to the Post. USCHO predicts a split this weekend. […]

Emptying the notebook


Tigers schedule among toughest in Division I According to the KRACH statistical ratings, Colorado College has the fourth most difficult schedule in Division I, trailing only Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and New Hampshire. All of CC’s opponents this season, with the exception of Air Force, which has a No. 49 rating, and ECAC Brown, have spent time...

Expect DU’s LaLeggia to play this weekend


Pioneers sophomore Joey LaLeggia (undisclosed injury) practiced with the team on Wednesday and coach Jim Montgomery expects the standout to play this weekend against Colorado College. The defenseman (19, 10 assists)  did not play on Saturday at Nebraska-Omaha. “He is day-to-day,” Montgomery said. “If it was any other player I would say he would...

Denver announces Friday sellout


The Friday night game at Denver between the Pioneers and Colorado College is officially a sellout.  DU asked fans to check in with the ticket office on Friday afternoon since limited tickets may be available due to late returns from the opposing team.  Please go to  for further information.

CC women's soccer joins Mountain West


Colorado College women’s soccer is making a move up in competition while staying closer to home. On Thursday, the Mountain West Conference announced it added CC as an affiliate member beginning this fall. The Tigers, which won the 2013 Conference USA regular-season and playoff championships, fits well into the Colorado Springs-based Division I...

About 200 tickets left for Saturday’s Denver game


About 200 tickets, valued at $20, remain for Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. Colorado College hockey game against No. 18 Denver. “We are getting low,” associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said. “We’ll sell out and will have some standing room only folks.” World Arena is limited to 200 SRO spots.

Tuesday reading: CC gets some love; radio show; polls


USCHO talks about CC’s improvement of late and Miami’s nosedive. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings. Western Michigan coach Andy Murray talks about the NCHC race and touched on why his team lost to CC on Saturday. The CC coaches show is on 1240 AM and 105.5 FM Here are the USA Hockey rankings and […]

Tidbits from CC, Denver radio shows


Note: I was unable to listen to the first half of the CC show since the DU show was from 6-6:30 p.m. Unfortunately there were a number of interruptions in the broadcast feed during the second half of the CC show. Hopefully the fans at Tony’s Bar could hear well. From the Coach Scott Owens […]

Only 350 seats remain for Saturday DU game


Only 350 tickets remain available for Saturday’s 7:07 p.m. Colorado College hockey game against Denver at World Arena. The lower bowl is sold out. For tickets go to, the World Arena box office or call (719) 576-2626.

Hansen will miss DU series after suspension


Colorado College freshman forward Matt Hansen will have to sit out this weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference series against No. 18 Denver. The league issued a one-game suspension under its supplemental discipline policy, in addition to the automatic one-game suspension for a game disqualification penalty Hansen (two points, 10 games)...

CC starts to enjoy payoff for hard work


Quietly, Colorado College has seen its fortunes slowly improve with a 2-2-2 record over its past six games including garnering four out of a possible six points this past weekend against Western Michigan. No doubt, perception of those six games are skewed by two bad periods and two shootout losses. Also, there is no one […]

Weekend review: CC accomplishes three things


Here is how Colorado College did on the three things it was focused on headed into last weekend’s home series against Western Michigan.. 1. Win the special teams battle YES The Tigers penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7 and effectively disrupted the Western Michigan power play to the point that some of the man advantages […]

Slavin garners third NCHC award


Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin earned his second National Collegiate Hockey Conference rookie of the week honor and defenseman honors once. The Erie, Colo. native dished out three assists, blocked four shots, recorded nine shots on goal and anchored a penalty kill unit that went 7-for-7 to help the Tigers earn four out of...

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Joe Paisley rejoined The Gazette staff to cover college hockey in February 2013. He worked at The Gazette for 5.5 years, including 2.5 seasons as the college hockey beat writer until Dec. 2011.

Paisley graduated from the University of Montana journalism school and began his career in Butte, Mont in 1994. He worked as an education reporter before becoming a sports writer. His first beat was covering the Junior A hockey franchise, the Butte Irish. After nearly eight years at the Montana Standard, he transferred to the Twin Falls (ID) Times-News where he was the sports editor and met his wife Tiffany.

He moved on to the Gazette in March 2006 to become the high school sports editor; a position he held for three years.

Paisley and his wife live in Old Colorado City with their cat, Dewey, and dog, Lucky.

Twitter: @Paisleyhockey