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June 12, 2012

H.S. Hockey | Some notes (and changes to Kiwanis Festival lineup)

Posted by: Feldman

Whew. That was a fun Stanley Cup Final, eh? Too bad the last game had to be the least enjoyable of all, but congrats to L.A., what a run for the Kings as a No. 8 seed. And I'm sure glad I picked them to win; it's in print and everything (but don't go back and look at my prediction, just take my word for it. Please.)

On to some local hockey stuff.

* A reminder: The Minnesota Wild Road Tour will stop in Rochester on June 25. Players Matt Kassian and Charlie Coyle will be here, as well as former player Antti Laaksonen and TV color analyst Mike Greenlay will be here. They'll stop at the Wells Fargo on 55th St. NW from 4:15-5:15 p.m. More info. on the Road Tour can be found here.

* The annual Don Lucia Model Camp began on Monday, with 108 players from around the state (and some from bordering states) divided into six teams of 18 players. Players from our area/Section 1 who are competing this year: Jared Bromberg, F, Rochester John Marshall (will be a junior this fall); Soren Colstrup, F, Owatonna (junior); Luke LIjewski, F, New Prague (junior); Ryan Jutting, F, Mankato West (senior); Andrew Scofield, F, Northfield (senior); Ryan Drazan, D, New Prague (junior); Austin Kilian, F, New Prague (junior); and Colton Schmidt, F, New Prague (junior).

For more information on the camp, including full rosters for each team, click here.

* First off, congrats to former Lakeville North goalie Charlie Lindgren, who has committed to play at St. Cloud State. The Huskies and coach Bob Motzko, an Austin native, are getting a steal. Lindgren was a pain in the side for Section 1AA teams for four years; I'm certain the Rochester teams were happy to see him graduate.

Lindgren's rise to a D-I scholarship reminds me of the path former Rochester Century standout Alex Kangas took. All of us in this part of the state realized how special Lindgren was from the time he stepped in the goal as a freshman. Two years ago, we watched him nearly single-handedly lift his team past Lakeville South in the section final, then nearly single-handedly win two consy games at the state tournament. I can't wait to see how he does in St. Cloud and the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which begins play in the 2013-14 season.

* This is pretty cool: The Ottawa Citizen newspaper recently reviewed the book "Scarlet Ice," written by Roger Dier. It's the story of the 1995 Mankato West hockey team, the issues it had on and off the ice, and more importantly, the story of its sparkplug player, John Janavaras. Just 15, Janavaras was a workhorse. He also died that year after a outbreak of bacterial meningitis swept through the school. Read the review, then check out the book. The writing is quite good in spots, not so good in others, but Dier has put a tremendous story in print.

* For college puck fans, I talked with Minnesota State, Mankato, beat writer Shane Frederick (follow him on Twitter @Puckato -- great follow) last week at the state softball tournament. I asked him how things were going so far with new Mavs head coach Mike Hastings officially on the job. He said it sounds like MSU has seen a spike in season ticket sales; the real test might be to watch the sales of single-game tickets. We know MSU can sell tickets when the Gophers, Wisconsin and North Dakota come to town. How will Hastings' presence impact the sales for games against teams like Michigan Tech or Anchorage, though? I suppose it all comes down to winning.

Frederick also said he expects that MSU assistant coaches Darren Blue and Todd Knott will be retained, at least through this season, if not longer. It would be tough for Hastings to start searching for assistant(s) now, anyway, with a short time before players report to campus. Plus, St. Cloud State is already on the hunt for a top assistant, after Steve Johnson left to join head coach Dean Blais in Omaha.

* KIWANIS FESTIVAL NEWS

I fully admit I'm a dork, and I spend time in the middle of June digging through high school hockey schedules five months in advance of the season beginning. But as I did, I noticed a handful of teams who have been regulars at the Rochester Kiwanis Festival do not have the tourney listed on their schedules for this December.

I don't have the AA field (though I'll take a guess at most of it) yet, but I do have a tentative list of teams for the Class A field. I'll post what I know (and what I think I know) and let you formulate your opinions:

CLASS AA: Rochester Century, Rochester John Marshall, Rochester Mayo and Eau Claire Memorial all have the Festival listed on their schedules. I don't know this for certain, but I'm assuming long-time Festival attendees New Richmond (Wis.) and Fargo (N.D.) South will return. Those teams are a part of the Festival; it wouldn't be the same without them here. Eastview does not have its non-conference schedule posted as of yet, so there's a good chance the Lightning could return.

The eighth team in the AA field could be Richfield. The Spartans at one point had "Rochester tournament" listed on their schedule, but it noted "vs. Rochester Century" ... that has been removed from their schedule as of now. They only have 22 games listed -- three short of the 25 allowed by MSHSL rules -- so perhaps they're seeking a different tourney, or are waiting to confirm a spot in the Kiwanis? 

Prior Lake -- a team I was really hoping would return this year -- is out. The Lakers have the Schwan's Cup Silver Division listed on their schedule.

CLASS A: Here's the way the Class A field shakes out, tentatively, I'm told. Looks like long-time tourney participant Albert Lea is out, as are St. Michael-Albertville and Northfield, both of which were in it last year. Albert Lea is scheduled to play in Simley's tournament, in Inver Grove Heights.

The Kiwanis Class A tournament appears to include the following: Lourdes (defending champ), Dodge County, New Ulm (2010 champ), Ashwaubenon (Wis.), Verona (Wis.), WSFLG (Wis.), Northland Pines (Wis.) and Kansas City.

That would mean half the field has turned over. Lourdes (defending champ), Ashwaubenon (4th place last year), New Ulm (6th) and Dodge County (8th) are back; the other four teams are new.

Verona could be a nice addition; it went 22-1 in the regular season last year and qualified for the state tournament, where it lost in the semifinals to eventual state champion Notre Dame Academy.

That's all I know for now; I'll pass on more about the tournament as I find out.

May 21, 2012

College Hockey | Spratte commits to Lake Superior State

Posted by: Feldman

Pete Spratte is proof of just how far hard work and perseverance can take a hockey player.

Don't get me wrong, Spratte is a talented defenseman, but it's probably safe to say that his work ethic is what has made him a Division I college hockey player.

On Monday morning, Spratte, a 2009 Rochester Lourdes graduate, committed to play for Lake Superior State University, beginning this fall.

Spratte played the past three seasons for the Fairbanks (Alaska) Ice Dogs of the Junior A, Tier II North American Hockey League. The Ice Dogs won the Robertson Cup (the NAHL national championship) in 2011, and advanced to the final four of the Robertson Cup tournament this past season.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defenseman/forward had his best season as an Ice Dog this year. He tallied five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 58 regular season games, then added a goal and two assists in 10 postseason games.

For his three-year Ice Dogs career, Spratte had 10-38—48 in 172 games, mostly as a defenseman.

He played defense at Lourdes, first under head coach Bob Haskins, then under coach Aaron Gill.

Spratte is entering a great situation at LSSU. The Lakers went 18-17-5 last season, losing to Central Collegiate Hockey Association postseason champion Western Michigan in a second-round playoff series.

The Lakers will play in the CCHA for one more season, then join the revamped WCHA in 2013-14. That was a big draw for Spratte, who will get to play plenty of games closer to home, with schools such as MSU Mankato and Bemdiji State remaining in the WCHA.

I talked to Pete a few minutes ago; as you might imagine, he's pretty excited and anxious to get up to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. (about 350 miles north of Detroit), to start training and getting ready for the season.

He said he wouldn't have made it to this level without all of the coaches he's had along the way, citing Haskins, Gill, Josh Spaniol, Todd Lampman (and his son, Bryce, who has played professionally), P.J. Lepler, Steve Forliti, and John Notermann.

I'll have more at PostBulletin.com later tonight and in the P-B print edition on Tuesday.

August 18, 2011

Hockey | Playing catch-up, part I

Posted by: Feldman

Amazing what can pile up when you're on vacation for a bit (Phersy should know what this feels like, since he's always on a vacation).

Here are a few notes to toss out there for now, and I'll have a post on the Lourdes boys hockey team's summer practices a little later tonight. I went over and talked to coach Josh Spaniol during their final week of summer workouts in late July. I didn't get around to posting anything, as I was waiting to hear how a couple of their players did in Junior tryout camps (not that any of them anticipated leaving high school, but I was waiting to see how they fared at those camps).

So, for some notes:

• Former Rochester Century standout d-man Connor Faupel will play for Neepawa of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League this coming season. It's a nice move for Faupel, who passed up his senior season at Century to play for the Russell Stover midget program in Kansas City. I'll put in a call to Faupel tonight and hopefully find out more about his decision.

From what I'm told, he had the chance to go to three or four other places, including another team in the MJHL (which is a Tier II league in Canada), and to Helena, which won the USA Hockey Junior A, Tier III, national championship here in Rochester back in April. Faupel leaves for Neepawa on Tuesday. Neepawa is about 45 miles northeast of Brandon, Manitoba, or about 130 miles west of Winnipeg.

• Former Rochester Mayo forward Charlie Thauwald has become the most recent Rochester native to commit to a Division I hockey program. Thauwald made it official with Minnesota State, Mankato, last week. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Thauwald could make an immediate physical impact for the Mavericks. He'll be the biggest player on the team (along with LaCrescent's Eriah Hayes, who goes 6-4, 210) and the second member of his family to play D-I hockey (his brother, Scott, played at Colorado College and now plays professionally in Australia).

Charlie left Mayo before his senior season to play with Chicago of the USHL. After suffering an injury there, he played part of the 2009-10 season with Owatonna of the NAHL. Last season, he was a key member of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' run to the NAHL (Robertson Cup) championship, along with Lourdes grads Tyler Voigt and Pete Spratte.

• The University of Maine has posted its men's hockey roster, and former Mayo defenseman Bill Norman will wear No. 12 for the Black Bears. Norman is listed at 5-feet-9, 160 pounds, so he'll have to use his speed and hockey sense — like he did at Mayo last season — to have an impact in Hockey East this year. The closest Maine comes to Minnesota this season is a two-game series at North Dakota, Oct. 14 and 15.

• Another former Century standout, goalie Alex Kangas, is officially a free agent. He wasn't signed by the team that drafted him — Winnipeg (actually drafted by Atlanta, of course, in 2006) — by Monday, so he's free to sign with another NHL team, or go overseas, if he chooses.

• Rochester native Colin Stuart re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres organization last month. Stuart reportedly signed a one-year, two-way deal, which will pay him $525,000 if he sticks in the NHL, or less if he plays with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. Stuart had 16 goals and 28 assists in 72 regular season games with Portland last season. He added three goals and four assists in 12 playoff games. He also played in three games for the Sabres, with no points and two penalty minutes.

• As Phersy noted in a previous post, the Rochester Ice Hawks are holding their final tryout camp this weekend, beginning tomorrow (Friday) and running through Sunday. They jump right into training camp on Monday.

March 24, 2011

College Hockey | Kirby, Serratore ready to lead 'underdog' Air Force in NCAA tourney

FELDY: My original intent this week was to do a story about Austin HIgh grad Tim Kirby, a junior defenseman for the Air Force Academy, and his head coach, Frank Serratore, who has a lot of ties to this area. AFA is making its fourth trip in five years to the NCAA DivisionI hockey tournament, and Kirby has been a big part of the team for three years now.

Air Force has a tough draw, facing top overall seed Yale, in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday. But, Air Force has already defeated Yale once this season, 4-3, back in November. AFA was down 3-0 in that game before rallying to win, so Kirby said the Falcons are heading east with a lot of confidence. Aside from top-ranked North Dakota, which is on a 12-0-1 stretch, Air Force might be the hottest team in the country, taking an eight-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament.

After talking with both Kirby and Serratore this week, I had so many good comments from Kirby and so many good comments from Serratore (former Rochester Mustangs and Austin Mavericks coach/GM) about Kirby that my article turned into a story strictly about Kirby.

Here is a link that the story, which is in today's P-B and Austin P-B print editions.

I was told in my journalism classes in college that your articles will be much better if you have good material that doesn't make it of your notebook; in other words, if you have too much good content to fit in the article.

That was definitely the case with this one; Kirby and Serratore both had a lot of interesting things to say that didn't make it in the article. Here's some of what didn't get into print:

* Kirby said he was quite unsure initially about going to Air Force Academy. He said a couple of things helped him make up his mind: 1) Serratore's brother, Joe, who lives in Austin, "gave me a nudge," he said; and 2) Kirby's dad was a Marine, and "I liked the idea of floowing in his footsteps and serving our country."

* Kirby, on having beaten Yale earlier this season: "That's another advantage I feel like we have going in to this game. It was early in the year and it was on our home ice, at altitude (in Colorado Springs). We're a great-conditioned team, too, and it helps to have played them before. It's not like we're going against a top team, like North Dakota, that we're not familiar with."

* Kirby, on his points total this season (he has seven goals and 16 assists, for 23 points): "Coach looks at the whole defensive corps and wants us to do that. He implements a five-man offensive system and wants us to jump into the play whenever we can. We have a very skilled defensive corps, all the way down to the guys who aren't dressing."  (NOTE: Kirby and his defensive partner, Scott Mathis, are among the top five scoring defensemen in Atlantic Hockey).

* Serratore, on the D pairing of Kirby (23 points) and Mathis (27): "I call them Butch and Sundance because they're such a terrific defensive duo. ... In our system, we expect our defensemen to get involved in the offense, and Tim is probably the most active player in our defensive corps."

* Serratore, on Kirby's leadership skills: "He doesn't talk much, but he always has a smile on his face. He's a big time lead by example guy -- big time lead by example guy -- he goes out and competes his best every day. He's a born jock."

* Serratore, on Air Force's strong finish; it's 9-1 in its past 10 games: "It just took awhile for all the lessons to be learned and we've become a true team in the second half. It takes a lot of instruments to make up an orchestra and all of those things have come together in the last 6-8 weeks."

* Serratore, on the Falcons' confidence: "We have no bad players. We have a lot of good players and a few very, very good players, and Tim is one of them. The team has been great the last 6-8 weeks. If you want to use the word 'great,' you have to do it in the team sense."

March 17, 2011

College Hockey | Rambling on about the WCHA

FELDY: Sitting at the Xcel Center last week during the state high school tournament, I was thinking back to this time of year three years ago, when Rochester Century grad Alex Kangas led the University of Minnesota to the WCHA Final Five championship game.

Kangas was named tournament MVP and set the school single season record for goals against average (1.98) after taking over for a slumping Jeff Frazee. The following week, Kangas and the Gophers went out east and lost to Boston College in an NCAA tournament first round game.

That was 2008. The Gophers haven't been back to the national tournament since. They've even missed the WCHA Final Five two consecutive years. But we all know about the issues the Gophers have, starting with the AD and trickling on down. So let's look at the teams who still have a chance to win the Broadmoor Trophy this weekend.

For a moment, back to the 2008 Final Five, when Kangas pretty much single-handedly lifted the Gophers to the title game. That was only three years ago, but how would fans have reacted at that time if they'd have been told: in 2011, Anchorage and Bemidji State will be in the Final Five, but Minnesota and Wisconsin will not.

Bemidji State?! In the WCHA Final Five?! In the words of Vincent Lombardi, WHAT THE H*** IS GOIN ON OUT HERE?

That's what we'll see today, though, when the puck drops for one of the best college hockey tournaments in the country. Bemidji State against Minnesota-Duluth. And the WCHA should be thanking its lucky stars now that BSU is in the league and in the FInal Five.

With no Wisconsin, no Minnesota and a matchup tonight featuring Colorado College and Alaska-Anchorage -- wait, what? How in the world did Anchorage get to the Final Five?! -- the Xcel Center might feel more like the girls state hockey tournament than a big-time college tourney.

What this weekend will do, I think, is show the WCHA that there's no need to keep this tournament at the Xcel Center once the Gophers and Sconnies depart for the Big Ten Hockey Conference (and for anyone who doesn't think that's coming in the near future, go ahead and keep believing that). Even if NoDak, Duluth, Bemidji, Mankato, St. Cloud and Omaha qualify for the Final Five every year (of course, the Final Five will actually go back to FIVE teams once Minny and Sconnie depart), I'm not sure The X would be packed.

Maybe it's time for the WCHA to start moving its premier event around. Play it in Denver one year, for the Colorado schools. Play it in Grand Forks the next year (11,000-capacity arena), play it at The X or Mariucci the next year.

Those worries can wait until after the season, so back to this year's tournament.

It's actually refreshing to see Bemidji and Anchorage come to The X. It's nice to see some different teams, with players who appreciate the fact that they're there (as long as it doesn't come at the expense of NoDak, of course!). And even as a Sioux fan, it would be awesome to see Bemidji or UAA make a three-day run to a tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

I'm ready to kick back and leave the TV on FSN for most of the rest of the day. I'll be up at the Final Five tomorrow and Saturday. The lone Rochester connection I can see among the six teams there, is UMD equipment manager Chris Garner, a former Mayo player. I'm going to try to catch up with him, to see how his recovery from MDS (pre-leukemia).

February 27, 2011

H.S. Hockey | Mayo's Norman getting D-I attention

FELDY: Senior defenseman Bill Norman's season with the Rochester Mayo hockey team didn't end in a good way. A turnover by the stellar two-way player led to Century's game-winning goal in Thursday's Section 1AA quarterfinal game at Graham Arena.

But Norman, a foreign-exchange student from Sweden, could have his best hockey playing days in the U.S. still ahead of him.

Two sources close to the Mayo program have confirmed that multiple NCAA Division I teams, including the University of Maine, have been in contact with Norman about playing college hockey.

Norman was a catalyst for the Spartans this season. He quarterbacked the power play, running the point. He played on the penalty kill and in 5-on-5 situations. He rarely left the ice. He was Mayo's leading scorer with 17 goals and 30 assists, for 47 points. He assisted on both of the Spartans' goals in the loss to Century on Thursday.

Now, if he chooses, Norman could possibly play D-I hockey. Norman has a brother who plays pro hockey in Sweden. Maine coaches were apparently very familiar with his brother and feel that Norman could develop into a high-end defenseman.

A couple of catches here: 1. Norman isn't done with high school. I'm told that, in Sweden, they go to school a year longer than we do in the U.S. So, Norman will return home and have one more year of high school. 2. Norman could ultimately decide to stay in Sweden and pursue pro hockey there.

From what I hear, Maine coaches would like Norman to go home, play his final year of high school hockey there, and possibly a year of junior hockey.

According to a source, one of Maine's assistant coaches was in the Twin Cities last week to scout a game, and he decided to drive down to Mayo's game against Faribault on Feb. 17. The coach then pulled Norman aside to talk about his future after the game. Norman had a goal and two assists against Faribault.

Norman may not ever suit up for Maine, or even play D-I hockey, but it looks like that option is there for him if he chooses.

February 01, 2011

Archibald commits to Omaha

FELDY: Brainerd senior forward Josh Archibald, who would have been the MVP of the Kiwanis/Think Bank Festival in December at Graham Arena, if such an award existed, has verbally committed to play college hockey at one of the WCHA's newest schools, Nebraska-Omaha.

This article at mnhockeyhub.com says Archibald intends to begin his college career next season, which is a bit of a surprise considering he told more than one media outlet in December (including me, during the Kiwanis Festival) that he would be better off playing a year of junior hockey before jumping to college. Perhaps the ability to play right away (for a team that could well contend for a conference title next season) enticed him.

It's hard to argue with his decision. UNO has clearly fit right in in the WCHA and head coach Dean Blais can work wonders with a college hockey team. Plus, Archibald already is a terrific skater and has a D-I caliber shot. He'll probably need to live in the weight room between now and next fall, but he has all the qualities needed to be a good college hockey player.

Archibald also visited Bemidji State and North Dakota, where his father and Brainerd's current head coach, Jim, played.

Josh Archibald is seventh in the state in scoring (21-34--55) and fourth in assists (34). He is the second good recruit out of Minnesota to land with UNO in the past week. Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Seeler also committed to the Mavericks.

December 03, 2010

College Hockey | Gosselin, Podein honored by UMD

FELDY: Here's an article that will appear in tomorrow's P-B print edition about two of the more famous hockey players to come out of Rochester, who are connected by more than just their Rochester roots. They're being honored this weekend by the program that is currently ranked No. 1 in Division I college hockey:

Guy Gosselin and Shjon Podein left a lasting impact on the Rochester John Marshall boys hockey program.

Gosselin went on to play on two U.S. Olympic teams (1988, 92), several years of minor league hockey, and five games in the NHL. Podein played all or parts of 12 seasons in the NHL and helped the Colorado Avalanche win a Stanley Cup in 2001.

Both also left a lasting impact on the program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a program that is about to move into the new $70 million-plus Amsoil Arena in Duluth. But the building the Bulldogs are vacating holds a lot of memories for a program that has won three WCHA regular season championships, three conference postseason championships, and has appeared in the NCAA Frozen Four three times.

Gosselin and Podein had a hand in making some of those memories in the old Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), which will play host to its final men's college hockey games this weekend. The Bulldogs play host to the University of Denver on Friday and Saturday.

During the first intermission of Saturday's game, the 21-member All-DECC team will be recognized. It was voted on solely by UMD hockey alumni, and Gosselin and Podein are both on the team.

Gosselin had a stellar career for the Bulldogs from 1982-87. He played in 160 games as a defenseman, compiling 15 goals and 34 assists, for 49 points. He was a fifth-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, and played five games with them in the 1987-88 season.

Podein played at UMD from 1987-90, appearing in 101 games. The forward scored 32 goals and had 27 assists, for 59 career points. He went on to play 12 seasons in the NHL for Edmonton, Philadelphia, Colorado and St. Louis.

Among the other players named to the UMD All-DECC Team are NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull and former Minnesota North Star Curt Giles.

Rochester native Chris Garner, who played high school hockey at Mayo and graduated in 1997, is the current equipment manager at UMD. Garner is in his third season with the Bulldogs.

UMD has played at the DECC for 45 seasons. The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs are 6-0-0 there this season. Amsoil Arena is scheduled to open on Dec. 30, when UMD plays host to WCHA rival North Dakota in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game.

November 02, 2010

Benefit auction up for Roch. native/UMD equipment mgr. Chris Garner

FELDY: Many of you who read the blog already know about Chris Garner, a 1997 Rochester Mayo graduate, who had a bone marrow transplant at Mayo Clinic back in early August, to help him beat MDS (Myelodysplatic Syndrome, formerly known as pre-leukemia).

Garner, now in his third season as the equipment manager for the University of Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey team, played hockey for the Spartans and was a senior on the 1997 state tournament team that included more than a handful of future Division I players.

He is recovering nicely, here in Rochester at his parents' home. He told me on the phone last night that he hopes to back in Duluth in two-three weeks if some test results come back in his favor. He could be back to work by the time UMD moves into its new arena in late December.

But, there are still some medical costs that he and his family could use help with. For that reason, Garner's girlfriend, Kari, and Garner's good friend Jeremiah Minkel (the equipment manager for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team) have started an online auction, with all proceeds to go to Garner.

The auction can be found here. It closes at 8 p.m. Monday.

I have a longer story prepared for The Post-Bulletin print edition, which will hopefully run in Wednesday's paper. Some of the items on the auction are already driven up in price -- which is exactly what everyone wants, right?! -- but please check it out, and if you can, help Chris. He's one of the nicest people you'll find. Great guy, great family.

There is so much cool stuff for hockey fans to drool over on the auction that I can't begin to list it all. Some of the highlights:

* There is at least one authentic jersey from 50 of the 58 NCAA Division I teams (including at least one from all 12 WCHA teams).

* Game and practice jerseys autographed by the 2010-11 Minnesota Wild

* A Chicago Blackhawks jersey autographed by Stanley Cup champion Dustin Byfuglien of Roseau

* Baseballs autographed by Rod Carew; and autographed bobbleheads of Twins greats Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer and Jack Morris

* Autographed photos of Sidney Crosby, Cam Ward and other NHL stars

* Autographed hockey sticks from Byfuglien, Zach Parise, Paul Stastny, T.J. Oshie, Drew Stafford, Alex Stalock and others.

Hockey | Mark Stuart podcast, tough news for Gophers

FELDY: First off, here's a link to today's interview with Rochester native and current Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, on 101.7 WFNX Radio in Boston. Today's topics: Playing on the road in the NHL, the play of red-hot Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, and what kind of shoes does Stuart like to wear on his size 13 feet?

Next, some bad news for Gophers hockey today. Sophomore forward Zach Budish may be done for the season after tearing the ACL in one of his knees in a moped accident. Kevin Gorg of FSN reported the news this morning on KFAN radio.

If true, it's a big blow to a Gophers offense that really clicked at Colorado College last weekend, scoring 13 goals in the two-game sweep against the Tigers. Budish was an anchor on the Gophs' second line so far this season.