Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Among many other things, here's just a few things I've learned thus far at the United States Hockey League Fall Classic:
- Ryan Lomberg, the Jacks first-round pick and the sixth overall in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft, is a straight-up beast. OK, so maybe I've known that for awhile, having seen him twice in Muskegon - the Winter Showcase and Tryout Camp. But he's the only Jack with at least four points this exhibition slate, and opposing players don't seem to see his strength coming. Lomberg "displace" other players with ease. Great stuff. Keep an eye out for a feature story on the Richmond Hill, Ontario, native in the very near future.
- Blake Voth is a competitor. His 24-for-25 performance in a 4-1 win over Chicago yesterday certainly resonated with the Jacks' staff. If Kenneth MacLean can answer today/tomorrow, the Jacks will have a great problem on their hands as they pick their second goaltender for the upcoming 2011-12 campaign.
- You cannot, in fact, simply burn out a head cold by eating the jalapeno burger at Chili's. (note to self: next time, include sriracha hot sauce.)
- This Jacks team has a very unique sense of humor about it. And, considering the ferocity he plays with on the ice, Alex Smith couldn't be much different off it - extraordinarily humble and grateful. After every meal the guys have taken in, he's made it a point to thank the staff. Awesome stuff.
- FASTHockey will be a tremendous upgrade this season, and they're working hard to show that right off the bat. A year ago, there were no broadcasts from the IBP Ice Center, just from Tyson Events Center, where the Jacks will face the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a few hours. Be sure to tune in at 5 p.m. (ET) at www.ushl.fasthockey.com. You'll be glad you did. And hopefully you'll see the Jacks improve to 8-2-0 over two seasons of USHL exhibition play.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Let’s not forget the biggest lure – his teammates, who were most certainly going to adorn him with the most heralded letter in hockey.
Here are some notable dates in the first half of the University of New Hampshire schedule:
- Saturday, Oct. 8 – Casey and Co. will visit fellow Hockey East powerhouse Boston University, which will be the first meeting between Thrush and former Jacks standout Alexx Privitera.
- Saturday, Nov. 5 – The Wildcats will welcome former Jacks captain John Parker and the rest of the University of Maine Black Bears.
- Friday, Nov. 18 – The reunions get a little bigger as UNH hosts UMass-Lowell, which features a pair of former Jacks – winger Mike Conderman and Muskegon assistant captain Micki Mihailovich.
- Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Higher learning will be on the docket when UNH visits Harvard.
- Saturday, Jan. 7 – Thrush and Parker will be part of history when the Wildcats and Black Bears square off at Fenway Park for Frozen Fenway 2012.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
What perhaps provides the most deja vu for Priv is the expectations that come with playing for BU, one of the most storied collegiate hockey programs that's netted five national titles and 21 Frozen Four appearances.
It's just another season at the office for Priv, considering enormous expectations the Jacks had last season.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
There were plenty of intense drills dedicated to the attacking zone. And, of course, goal-scorer extraordinaire Carter Foguth appears to be in midseason form.