The State of Hockey Roundup is a weekly collection of hockey stories from around Minnesota. If you have a story you’d like to share, please add a link in the comment section below.
Wild prospect and Plymouth resident Mario Lucia is one of three Minnesotans invited to the U.S. National Junior Team (via Wild.com) and is the CCHA Rookie of the Week for his three-goal weekend (via CCHA official site).
State of Hockey legend and U.S. Nat’l Junior Team Head Coach Phil Housley stopped by the PONDcast to talk World Junior Championships. Speaking of the PONDcast, Kevin Falness, Wild radio host, has a weekly State of Hockey Report airing every Thursday (via Wild.com).
Story on how the undefeated University of Minnesota women’s hockey team knew they’d be good, but maybe not this good (by Cory Hall, via Let’s Play Hockey).
Coaching can give young men grey hairs, but 64-year-old Hermantown boy’s high school hockey coach Bruce Plante continues to spend his golden years behind the bench (via Rick Weegman, Duluth Tribune News).
South St. Paul native and University of Minnesota of Minnesota goaltender Adam Wilcox was named the HCA National Division I Rookie of the Month for November. Rosemount native and University of Nebraska Omaha forward Ryan Walters was named Player of the Month (via WCHA official site).
WCHA Players of the Week skating in the State of Hockey include: UMD freshman forward Austin Farley (Offensive POW); Minnesota State University defenseman Brett Stern from Lino Lakes (co-Defensive POW); and MSU netminder Stephon Williams (Rookie) (via WCHA official site).
On the women’s side of the WCHA, UMD forward Zoe Hickel is the Offensive Player of the Week, while Minnesota goaltender Noora Raty was named the WCHA Defensive POW (WCHA official site).
Edina native and Notre Dame junior forward Anders Lee was named the CCHA Player of the Month with a league-best seven goals, while International Falls native Brady Hjelle was the Goaltender of the Month (via CCHA official site).
A new State of Hockey-centric website with a colorful cast of writers launched this week: Minnesota Hockey Magazine.com. The site covers all levels of hockey in Minnesota; even beer… err, adult leagues.
Minnesota Hockey is accepting submissions for its Hockey Education Program Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “I play hockey because…” with three finalist getting air time on FOX Sports North during Hockey Day Minnesota (via Minnesota Hockey official site).
Everyone should know why The Lighthouse loves hockey, but in case you’re new to the blog, instead of a full-blown essay, we’ll give you a little hockey haiku of why we play the game (and, yes, ‘celly’ is one syllable):
Top cheddar, stupid tender
Fist pump celly, you bet