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

Aug 19, 2014

Playing catch-up on first day back from vacation … Robbie Johnson (Trail Smoke Eaters) has committed to Air Force for 2017-2018 St. Thomas...

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Blog: CC coaches biding their time before naming captains

Aug 9, 2014

The Colorado College coaching staff is taking its time before it decides which players will assume leadership roles this coming season. In years...

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

Aug 8, 2014

Former Tigers defenseman Kris Fredheim re-signed for another season with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Fredheim, 27,...

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Blog: Schultz signs with ECHL Orlando

Aug 7, 2014

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....

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Blog: Former Colorado College hockey players in the pros

Aug 4, 2014

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....

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Blog: Two 2014 graduates start career overseas

Aug 6, 2014

Two 2014 Colorado College graduates are starting their professional playing careers in Europe. Michael Morin signed to play next season for Amals...

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

Aug 6, 2014

Colorado College alumnus Jeff Sauer is one of four members of the incoming 2014 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction class announced on...

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Blog: Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo survives Team USA cuts

Aug 5, 2014

Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo survived the initial cuts for the United States at its World Junior Hockey Championships evaluation camp in...

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

Aug 4, 2014

Colorado College hired an alumnus and a fixture on the area college sports scene as its new sports information director. Longtime Air Force...

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

Aug 1, 2014

The Team USA evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y begins Saturday and Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo, a defenseman for the Tri-City...

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Former Tiger takes over LMU club program

Aug 1, 2014

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...

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Tickets on sale for hockey luncheon

Aug 1, 2014

The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. will hold its annual College Ice Hockey Face Off luncheon at noon Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Marriott Colorado...

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In the pros: McDermott re-signs with Steelheads

Jul 31, 2014

The ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads announced that they have agreed to terms with former Colorado College defenseman Eamonn McDermott. He grabbed their...

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Johnson enters NAHL coaching ranks

Jul 30, 2014

Former Colorado College wing Tyler Johnson has retired after three years playing professional hockey overseas to work as an assistant coach with...

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Air Force announces hockey schedule

Jul 29, 2014

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...

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Midweek reading: Holka leaves, Rud feature, WCHA commissioner

Jul 29, 2014

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

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Bidwill signs with ECHL Colorado

Jul 28, 2014

The Colorado Eagles announced Monday that they have re-signed Arthur Bidwill for the 2014-15 season.  Bidwill, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound...

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Tigers in Europe: Guentzel, Rau, Salcido

Jul 26, 2014

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

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AFA opens season against Mercyhurst

Jul 23, 2014

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....

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

Jul 22, 2014

The first North Dakota coach to win a national championship (1958)  passed away over the weekend. My condolences to his family and...

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Prosser signs with St. Louis Blues

Jul 29, 2014

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

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Brian Connelly signs with Swedish team

Jul 20, 2014

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

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Dineen heads to Denmark league

Jul 18, 2014

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

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Wild, former Tiger Prosser parting ways

Jul 17, 2014

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that former Colorado College defenseman and unrestricted free agent Nate Prosser will not be...

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Former captain Rapuzzi signs with Swiss team

Jul 29, 2014

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...

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Toby Petersen named as new AHL Springfield Falcons assistant coach

Jul 14, 2014

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

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Marciano in Australia; Jaden Schwartz changes jersey number

Jul 14, 2014

Two teams of Americans and Canadians – including former Tigers defenseman Joe Marciano and 11 other NCAA alumni – are playing a...

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

Jul 11, 2014

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

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Weekend reading: Miami rink, UNO exhibition, Chase Perry

Jul 11, 2014

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

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Oilers sign Bachman to 1-year deal

Jul 9, 2014

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

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Local defenseman on 2015 NHL Draft watch list

Jul 9, 2014

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

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Air Force schedule continues to trickle in

Jul 9, 2014

Canisius and Niagara announced their 2014-15  schedules recently, allowing me to further piece together the Air Force schedule.  The...

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Former Tiger is new Canucks assistant

Jul 8, 2014

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

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Seven Tigers competing at NHL development camps

Jul 7, 2014

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

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13 Falcons make AHA all-academic team

Jul 7, 2014

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

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

Jul 7, 2014

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...

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

Jul 3, 2014

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

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Former Tiger selected for hockey ops director

Jul 2, 2014

The new director of hockey operations position is filled with a July 15 announcement identifying the recent former CC player. All three finalists...

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At last, the league playoffs are here

Mar 14, 2014

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...

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Thursday reading: CC travel; DU's NCAA hopes

Mar 13, 2014

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...

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Omaha downs Denver in NCHC opener

Mar 13, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Senior forward Brock Montpetit scored twice, including the game-winner, in the third period, to lead third-seeded Nebraska...

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Air Force honorees; NCHC award finalists

Mar 13, 2014

Air Force senior defenseman Adam McKenzie and junior forward Cole Gunner were both named to the Atlantic Hockey Association second team. Click here...

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Slavin reaps double honors from NCHC

Mar 12, 2014

Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who heads into this week’s best-of-three playoff series at North Dakota as the...

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

Mar 12, 2014

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...

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Tuesday reading: NCHC review, polls, contest

Mar 11, 2014

The poor nonconference record is the main disappointment so far out of the NCHC’s inaugural season. Minnesota maintained its slim lead over...

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17 Tigers garner NCHC all-academic honors

Mar 11, 2014

The NCHC announced its academic award winners with eight student-athletes named to the first league scholar-athlete team, while 133 NCHC...

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Falcons defensemen on the mend

Mar 10, 2014

Air Force hockey’s injury situation is better after a bye week but whether junior defensemen Dan Weissenhofer (right leg fracture) and Alex...

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Brunch with a heapin' helping of crow

Mar 9, 2014

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...

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Air Force draws Niagara for AHA quarterfinals

Mar 9, 2014

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...

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

Mar 8, 2014

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...

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

Mar 8, 2014

No. 4 St. Cloud State LW-C-RW Benik-Dowd-Murray Papa-Kossila-Brodzinski Oliver-Thorson-Bertsch Tedesco-Rehkamp-Holka LD-RD Gravel-Daly...

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Women's hockey: Gross earns league award

Mar 7, 2014

Penn State women’s hockey senior captain Taylor Gross of Colorado Springs earned College Hockey America’s sportsmanship award as determined...

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Notes: Senior Night memories; Jaden Schwartz

Mar 7, 2014

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...

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NCHC playoff scenarios aplenty

Mar 7, 2014

Here are playoff scenarios to keep you awake this Friday night/Saturday morning including Denver’s plausible chance at home playoff ice....

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

Mar 7, 2014

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...

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

Mar 7, 2014

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...

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Huskies prevail in wide-open game, 7-4

Mar 7, 2014

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...

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Plenty of seats left for final weekend

Mar 6, 2014

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...

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AFA's Truehl makes AHA rookie team

Mar 6, 2014

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...

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

Mar 5, 2014

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...

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

Mar 5, 2014

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...

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AFA's Truehl garners rookie award

Mar 5, 2014

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...

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In the pros: Hillen, Howe, M. Stuart

Mar 3, 2014

Former Tiger Jack Hillen is in Hershey for conditioning and was part of a “controversial” coach ejection. Joe Howe is 11-3-1 since...

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Air Force taking advantage of bye week

Mar 3, 2014

Air Force needed to win Saturday and get a little help to record its Atlantic Hockey Association record eighth top-four finish. The Falcons...

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NCHC roundup, playoff scenarios, tiebreakers, current standings

Mar 2, 2014

Remember when the coaches said before the season began how tight the National Collegiate Hockey Conference would be? Give them credit for being...

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Tigers fall 2-1 in overtime at Omaha

Mar 1, 2014

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...

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Saturday's lines: CC at Nebraska-Omaha

Mar 1, 2014

Only minor changes for Colorado College with freshman Matt Hansen and sophomore defenseman Michael King getting some ice time in place of Ian Young...

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NCHC roundup: Victors seize control early

Mar 1, 2014

The second period proved decisive Friday night with three road teams using those middle frame advantages to shake up the NCHC standings once again....

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Mavericks' fast start dooms Tigers; stats, notes

Feb 28, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. – Colorado College’s momentum came to a sudden halt against a red-hot Nebraska-Omaha squad on Friday. Mavericks freshman Austin Ortega...

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Friday's lines: CC at Nebraska-Omaha

Feb 28, 2014

Colorado College LW-C-RW Krushelnyski-Rothstein-Roos Skalbeck-Collett-Hanson Gerdes-Bradley-Taft Morin-Heil-Wamsganz LD-RD Stoykewych-Olofsson...

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Friday reading: CC's focus, NCHC previews

Feb 28, 2014

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,”...

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Air Force's Torf up for goalie award

Feb 28, 2014

Air Force senior Jason Torf and three NCHC goalies — Denver’s Sam Brittain, Minnesota-Duluth’s Aaron Crandall and Ryan Faragher...

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Thursday reading: Notes, Air Force, Hillen

Feb 27, 2014

Here are preview notes for Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha. For those of you driving to Nebraska-Omaha, this feature on...

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Three Things to Watch at Nebraska-Omaha

Feb 27, 2014

Here are three things Colorado College will need to be aware of headed into this weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference series at...

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Wild trades Connelly to Chicago affiliate

Feb 26, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have acquired former CC defenseman Brian Connelly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for...

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Midweek notes: Injuries; tickets; CC season

Feb 26, 2014

UNO senior Zahn Raubenheimer’s college career is over after he was helped after he broke his foot Saturday blocking a shot. (Photo by...

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

Feb 25, 2014

Air Force coach Frank Serratore is rightfully more concerned about how his team plays this weekend at Niagara after losing junior defensemen Dan...

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Blais impressed by Tigers' sweep of Denver

Feb 25, 2014

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...

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Monday reading: Playoffs, Pairwise, polls

Feb 24, 2014

North Dakota has clinched home ice in the league quarterfinals for the 12th season in a row, according to Grand Forks Herald. Colorado College,...

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McDermott earns NCHC defenseman honor

Feb 24, 2014

Colorado College senior Eamonn McDermott was named as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defenseman of the week with offensive honors to...

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NCHC roundup: Wins set up UND-SCSU showdown

Feb 23, 2014

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...

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Saturday's lines: No. 18 Denver at CC

Feb 22, 2014

Denver LW-C-RW Moore-Doremus-Marcinew) Levin-Shore-Romig Jacobson-Tabrum-Arnold Larraza-Janssen-Loney LD-RD Butcher-Makowski Zajac-Didier...

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Notes: "Team win" leads CC to Gold Pan

Feb 22, 2014

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...

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

Feb 22, 2014

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...

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CC wins Gold Pan for Winkler

Feb 22, 2014

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...

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Heil scores game-winner over Denver

Feb 21, 2014

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...

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Friday's lines: CC at No. 18 Denver

Feb 21, 2014

The Tigers changed up their fourth line with junior center Jordan DiGiando unavailable due to illness. Freshman Christian Heil will get his first...

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

Feb 21, 2014

Last weekend’s goalie change may benefit Denver headed into this weekend. Here are the Gazette’s previews for this weekend: Part 1 and...

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Emptying the notebook

Feb 21, 2014

Tigers schedule among toughest in Division I According to the KRACH statistical ratings, Colorado College has the fourth most difficult schedule in...

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Expect DU’s LaLeggia to play this weekend

Feb 20, 2014

Pioneers sophomore Joey LaLeggia (undisclosed injury) practiced with the team on Wednesday and coach Jim Montgomery expects the standout to play...

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Denver announces Friday sellout

Feb 20, 2014

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...

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CC women's soccer joins Mountain West

Feb 20, 2014

Colorado College women’s soccer is making a move up in competition while staying closer to home. On Thursday, the Mountain West Conference...

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About 200 tickets left for Saturday’s Denver game

Feb 19, 2014

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,”...

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

Feb 18, 2014

USCHO talks about CC’s improvement of late and Miami’s nosedive. Here are the latest Pairwise rankings. Western Michigan coach Andy...

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Tidbits from CC, Denver radio shows

Feb 18, 2014

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...

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Only 350 seats remain for Saturday DU game

Feb 18, 2014

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....

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Hansen will miss DU series after suspension

Feb 18, 2014

Colorado College freshman forward Matt Hansen will have to sit out this weekend’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference series against No. 18...

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CC starts to enjoy payoff for hard work

Feb 18, 2014

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...

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Weekend review: CC accomplishes three things

Feb 17, 2014

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...

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Slavin garners third NCHC award

Feb 17, 2014

Colorado College freshman defenseman Jaccob Slavin earned his second National Collegiate Hockey Conference rookie of the week honor and defenseman...

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Blogger Bio

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

Email: joe.paisley@gazette.com.

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