Pioneers Ready For Boston and Another Frozen Four!

Colorado Eagles Kevin McGlue… Much More Than The Man Behind The Mic!

Colorado Eagles Kevin McGlue talks about the 2021-22 season, playoffs and the labor of love that is broadcasting and communications in the American Hockey League. 

May 15, 2022

ITHSW AHL West Social Spotlight Colorado Eagles: JORDAN GROSS

Join Scott Strande as he visits with Colorado Eagles high scoring defenseman Jordan Gross! The former Notre Dame star is having a career season and was recently named a AHL All-Star.  For more, click like and subscribe, and go to www.IceTimeHockeySW.com.

April 29, 2022

ITHSW AHL West Social Spotlight Colorado Eagles: WYATT AAMODT

Join Scott Strande as he catches up with Colorado Eagles rookie defenseman Wyatt Aamodt they talk the transition from Minnesota State Mavericks to American Hockey League.  For more, click like and subscribe, and go to www.IceTimeHockeySW.com.

April 29, 2022

Denver Pushes All The WRIGHT Buttons On Their Way To 9th NCAA Title!

Denver’s only dip into the transfer portal this season paid big dividends as the Pioneers collected NCAA Championship number nine. Our own Scott Strande sat down with Cameron Wright following the championship run and celebration to recap it all!

April 23, 2021

NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton Leaves Big Shoes To Fill!

Always great to visit with the NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton, especially when this is his last NCAA Frozen Four! Fenton is leaving the NCHC to become Commissioner of the Summit League! 

April 7, 2021

Pioneers Ready For Boston and Another Frozen Four!

Expectations at the University of Denver are National Championship or bust As the team prepared for another championship run I visited with seniors Ryan Barrow, Cameron Wright, junior Bobby Brink and head coach David Carle!

April 6, 2022

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Demers At Home With Air Force Family! 

 

Grafton-Park River native, Fargo Force and Air Force native Chad Demers the Falcons Director of Hockey Operations continues his fight with brain cancer in role with Falcons! Demers diagnosed with brain cancer 3 1/2 years ago continues to live life the fullest, surrounded by his family and Air Force family. 

March 6, 2022

From The Goal Out: BRETT STAPLEY

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he talks with Brett Stapley; on this episode of  ITHSW  From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver senior from St. Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada; Stapley is a forward for Denver Pioneers Hockey.  The Montreal Canadiens drafted Stapley in the 7th round, 190th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. 

March 4, 2022

UCLA Making History With Every M2 Victory! 

 

UCLA making strides in growing the program and hockey in the west. Our own Scott Strande caught up with the Bruins Head Coach Griffin McCarty before the team’s battle for a spot in the ACHA M2 National Tournament, to get the details. 

February 27, 2022

Oregon Ducks Moving on Up!

Ducks end final season as a ACHA M2 program and set their sights on ACHA M1. Our own Scott Strande visits with Head Coach Rylee Orr. 

February 27, 2022

ITHSW Feature AHL Colorado Eagles: SAMPO RANTA

Join Scott Strande as he spends a few minutes with Colorado Eagles Forward, Sampo Ranta; talking NHL, AHL, NCAA hockey and even an Olympic Gold Medal for Finland. 

February 22, 2022

Coach Speak, Alaska Nanooks: ERIC LARGEN

Alaska Fairbanks continues their season on the road and this weekend was in our own Paul Hornstein’s backyard to play Long Island University. Listen to his visit with Nanooks Head Coach Eric Largen. 

February 20, 2022

From The Goal Out: MASSIMO RIZZO

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he talks with Massimo Rizzo; on this episode of  ITHSW  From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver freshman from Burnaby, BC Canada; Rizzo is a forward for  Denver Pioneers Hockey.  The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Rizzo in the 7th round, 216 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

February 18, 2022

Eichel debuts for Golden Knights, But Avalanche Spoil the Party! 

 

The long awaited Vegas Golden Knights debut of Jack Eichel finally arrived and our own Steven Marsh was their to take it all in.  For more, click like and subscribe, and go to www.IceTimeHockeySW.com.

February 17, 2022

Pioneers Powered by Carter’s… Mazur, Savoie and King!

Rumor has it you must be named Carter to play at the University of Denver? ITHSW host Scott Strande visits with the three Carters in the Pioneers roster to find out if that’s true! 

Cover photo: courtesy Denver Pioneers Hockey

February 11, 2022

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LONG DISTANCE THOUGHTS

By Paul Hornstein         

Yeah, I know it has been a while. It sucks when this whole life thing gets in the way of hockey. My job, for some crazy reason, expects me to show up if I want to get paid. The Nerve…

Well, this has been a very interesting season on the ice. Outside of the top four or five teams, most of the college hockey world has been beating each other up fairly regularly. Minnesota State, Quinnipiac, Denver & Michigan have more or less been the only teams that have rolled on, week after week after week, (minus a bit of cowardness from one of those teams). There have been some disappointments. I could go into them, but the previous sentence was negative enough for now. Some pleasant surprises, like Ohio State & Alaska and of course, the saving of the programs at Robert Morris & Anchorage.

Off the ice, it has been the same thing. Negative, such as investigations into “coaching styles” which to this point has cost one person their job and the permanent limbo of the program at Huntsville. On the positive side, while it is sad for those in the NCHC, we are very happy for our friend, the soon to be new commissioner of the Summit League, Josh Summit and for MidCo Sports’ Alex Heinert being named the voice of the NCHC for CBSSN.

There is one thing however, that to this point, could eventually be a “positive” but to be honest has so many questions, that it spurred me on to write this installment of the blog. And if you know me at all, you know that this could only be about ASU.


While the season on the ice has not been what everyone thought it would be, everything was gearing up to the start of next season & what was going to be the celebration of opening their brand new on campus rink that was going to be (and at least for now) a top three arena in college hockey. They were going to put in the first test sheet of ice in June, and things were well on their way to being done in time for the opening of the 22-23 college hockey season and the 24 scheduled home games.


That has all come to a seeming halt. And I say seeming, because with this past week’s announcement that the University & the Arizona Coyotes have reached an agreement for the Coyotes to use the “Multipurpose Arena” as their temporary home until they can get a new place to play build in Tempe as they have “planned”.

If you notice, I use a lot of quotation marks around things in the previous paragraph. And that is because no one has seen anything on paper that would make anyone think that this will be a good thing for the ASU hockey program. NOT ONE THING.


First of all, this whole deal is based off of the Coyotes getting the approval from the City of Tempe to even build whatever they plan to build. It was supposed to be voted on ten days ago as of the time I write this (2/13/22) but that was pushed, for now to the next meeting in a couple of weeks. And what are they voting for? Do they know? Does anyone know? Let’s however, for the sake of argument, say that the city says yes, then what? How does this affect the opening of this brand new facility & how it functions? All good questions, but not even close to the questions that need to be answered before anyone can decide if this is a good deal for ASU the school, ASU the hockey program, ASU wrestling & gymnastic and the school community at large.

The agreement calls for the Coyotes to pay for all additions and changes that have to be made for the not yet completed building plus annex that has to be built in order for the school not to violate NCAA regulations. An annex which will then be given to ASU when the Coyotes leave to play in their own building. So sharing it, is not okay, but giving it to the school when your done with it, is? Not to mention, just how much tighter it will make all of the space where the building is. Haven’t seen that plan either. 

The announcement also said that all moneys that will be owed ASU will be paid up front. Uh okay…that’s a check I will need to see to believe. I have no idea if they will do it & if they don’t who forces them out?

 

Above and beyond the money in the announcement, there are a lot of eyebrows raised by this announcement. First of all, even if this is all done behind closed doors (and it couldn’t be any other way to this point), how can you make this announcement before the Tempe city council has had a public chance to vote? Hell, how can they even have a vote on plans that no one has seen, at least not in the public. If you have seen said plans, let me know on my twitter feed (@pfh1964), I would love to see them. There certainly has not been any public forum of any kind for the residents of Tempe to get their say, one way or the other. The only people we know publicly that have had a chance to voice their opinion are the people at Sky Harbor, who have apparently had their concerns satisfied.

Secondly, this announcement was made with no statement from the coach or the athletic director, not even the president? How’s that even possible? Why is the only thing that we have heard from the ASU side of things is from the CFO? This makes no sense. If you want say, why would they say anything, there’s been no vote yet, I am fine with that, but see the previous paragraph, why would anything be said at this point?

 

 

 

On to the building itself. It took almost seven years to get it to this point, including a first failed attempt for a Coyotes/ASU combination and now before they even get a game in the building, Greg Powers and his team have to share (at worst) top billing in their own building. Not to disrespect wrestling or gymnastics, but an NHL team will get higher “billing” than they will in the eyes of the public. And maybe not this first year, but the odds are that those two teams will get screwed in the future with less attractive dates for their home matches. And I say maybe, but it is very likely that at least for the first year that the Coyotes & the NHL will go out of their way to make sure that they don’t look like bullies as a guest. And how long will this go on? This supposed agreement has no end date. Theoretically it can go on forever. Even if the city council gave approval tomorrow, there is no way that they will have a groundbreaking before the end of 2022. So, you are talking at least three years of this arraignment, more than likely five.

 

Now, don’t me wrong, it is not like over the next five years there was not going to be any non ASU based events in this building, but now, instead of concerts and those types of events, there will 41 more hockey games. I have no idea if those games will be harder on the building than a concert. And 41 more dates that ASU can’t have events that it controls.

 

Forty-one dates. Part of the plan for this building was to host youth groups & other hockey organizations, which they have already started dealing with, now what happens to any of those dates during the next season, especially dates that have already been contracted for? There’s no way that the Coyotes & the NHL will be happy with a season full of midweek games. Those weekends that hockey was not going to be home, I’m sure were already scheduled for the other wrestling & gymnastics, so now all of that is now back up in the air, if this deal goes through. Does ASU get compensated for this loss of revenue? What can’t be measured is what kid decides not to play at ASU because he was disappointed as a youth player that he did not get to have that camp or that tournament at the as of yet named “multi-purpose arena”?

 

Speaking of scheduling, the AD is often been asked about adding sports to ASU, one of the first teams he mentions is women’s hockey. How does the presence of the Coyotes effect that possibility? Is this speculative? Yes. That doesn’t mean it is not on people’s radar. I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, I have never spoken to the AD in my life, but if this was a possibility in a few years, what happens now?

 

Two pages in, and I haven’t even gotten to the big money yet.

 

Last year ASU announced that they have sold the naming rights to the “multipurpose” arena for $16M. They’re getting robbed. A Bruce Hornsby concert is a nice local event, but an NHL game, even if it involves two teams at the bottom of the standings generates far more notoriety. In the two or three days since this story hit the public, Sun Devil hockey & it’s not yet named arena have been major headlines all over the sports landscape.

 

What about the suites? The board signage? The season tickets? How are all of these things going to be figured out, if changes have to be made to the seating? If you bought a suite, I assume that they were sold to all building events. Now what? How much will al of the extra cameras and wiring that have to be added for an NHL game, does it take away from the atmosphere of the original plan?

 

How does affect any plans ASU might have had to host an NCAA regional?

 

Who runs these games? ASU people or Coyotes people? And if they are not ASU people, are they going to care about the building the way someone from ASU likely would?

 

What happens if ASU and the Coyotes have different corporate sponsors? You know, what if the soda sponsor for the school comes in a red can, while the Coyotes are sponsored by folks who put theirs in a blue can?

 

Here’s a wild card in all of this. OVG. Who is OVG? Oak View Group. This is one of the power players in arena management. They built the arena in Seattle, they built the arena here on Long Island, ASU has a 30year contract with Oak View to run their arena, what will their relationships that run across all of these lines mean?

 

So many questions, no answers. Do I think this turns out well for ASU? My guess is…no. Do I have any evidence to think this way? No. And a part of that is that we have no details. We just have some announcement saying we have a deal. I anxiously await those details

 

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Army and Air Force: College Hockey’s “Special Rivalry” Set for Cadet Ice Arena

Join ITHSW host Scott Strande for a preview and look inside the service academies rivalry series between Army and Air Force! The games set to be played January 28 and 29 at Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado Springs, CO. 

January 28, 2022

From The Goal Out: CAMERON WRIGHT

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he talks with Cameron Wright; on this episode of  ITHSW  From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver senior from Newmarket, Ontario; Wright is a forward for  Denver Pioneers Hockey. 

January 28, 2022

Coach Speak: KRIS MAYOTTE

Join College Hockey SW LIVE!  with Colorado Coach 

Head Coach Kris Mayotte talking Tigers and Olympics.

January 28, 2022

Gold Pan Rivalry 2022: DU vs CC

Join ITHSW host Scott Strande as he gets comments from both Denver and Colorado College as they prepare to do battle for the Gold Pan. One of the longest rivalries in all of college hockey! 

January 21, 2022

From The Goal Out: Bryan Yoon

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Bryan Yoon, on this episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A Colorado College senior from Parker, Colorado; Yoon is a defenseman for Colorado College Tiger Hockey. 

January 21, 2022

From The Goal Out: Blake Bride

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Blake Bride, on this week’s ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  An Air Force junior from Broomfield, CO; Bride is a forward for Air Force Falcons Hockey. 

January 14, 2022

Minot State Beavers Defeats Travel, Lopes and Wildcats During Trip To Desert SW!

Minot State Beavers Hockey completes a 3-0, 1600 mile road trip from North Dakota to Arizona after numerous travel delays and changes. In ACHA hockey three games in three days is not all that unusual, but the Beavers did three games in 2 1/2 days defeating GCU 4-0 Thursday night, the University of Arizona 3-1 Friday night and 3-2 Saturday afternoon. The number two team in ACHA D1 rolls on!

January 9, 2022

The Wildcats Look Forward To New Home In 2023

Big, exciting news for Arizona Hockey! December 3rd, the University of Arizona and Knott Development publicly announced the beginning of the new Mosaic Quarter including the IcePlex, which will be the new home of Wildcat Hockey beginning in the fall of 2023. Host Scott Strande was in attendance for the big announcement and recorded the press conference. 

Dec 24, 2021

Silver Knights “Lucky Launch”

Join ITHSW co-host Steven Marsh as he checks in on the Henderson Silver Knights as they held their first ever “Lucky Launch”, the team’s take on the popular Teddy Bear Toss.  Over 4,800 were in attendance at the Silver Knights game against the Abbotsford Canucks, with hundreds of teddy bears tossed on the ice after the first goal scored for the Knights.  Henderson ended up with the win against the Canucks with a final score of 3-1; and all of the teddy bears and stuffed animals totaling 1,253,  were gathered off the ice to be donated to Toys for Tots and distributed to kids in need at the Holiday Season. 

Dec 22, 2021

From The Goal Out: MASSIMO RIZZO

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he talks with Massimo Rizzo; on this episode of  ITHSW  From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver freshman from Burnaby, BC Canada; Rizzo is a forward for  Denver Pioneers Hockey.  The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Rizzo in the 7th round, 216 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

February 18, 2022

Eichel debuts for Golden Knights, But Avalanche Spoil the Party! 

 

The long awaited Vegas Golden Knights debut of Jack Eichel finally arrived and our own Steven Marsh was their to take it all in.  For more, click like and subscribe, and go to www.IceTimeHockeySW.com.

February 17, 2022

Pioneers Powered by Carter’s… Mazur, Savoie and King!

Rumor has it you must be named Carter to play at the University of Denver? ITHSW host Scott Strande visits with the three Carters in the Pioneers roster to find out if that’s true! 

Cover photo: courtesy Denver Pioneers Hockey

February 11, 2022

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From The Goal Out: CAMERON WRIGHT

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he talks with Cameron Wright; on this episode of  ITHSW  From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver senior from Newmarket, Ontario; Wright is a forward for  Denver Pioneers Hockey. 

January 28, 2022

Coach Speak: KRIS MAYOTTE

Join College Hockey SW LIVE!  with Colorado Coach 

Head Coach Kris Mayotte talking Tigers and Olympics.

January 28, 2022

Gold Pan Rivalry 2022: DU vs CC

Join ITHSW host Scott Strande as he gets comments from both Denver and Colorado College as they prepare to do battle for the Gold Pan. One of the longest rivalries in all of college hockey! 

January 21, 2022

Minot State Beavers Defeats Travel, Lopes and Wildcats During Trip To Desert SW!

Minot State Beavers Hockey completes a 3-0, 1600 mile road trip from North Dakota to Arizona after numerous travel delays and changes. In ACHA hockey three games in three days is not all that unusual, but the Beavers did three games in 2 1/2 days defeating GCU 4-0 Thursday night, the University of Arizona 3-1 Friday night and 3-2 Saturday afternoon. The number two team in ACHA D1 rolls on!

January 9, 2022

Coach Speak: KRIS MAYOTTE

Join College Hockey SW LIVE!  with Colorado Coach 

Head Coach Kris Mayotte talking Tigers and Olympics.

January 28, 2022

The NAHL Alive and Well in the SW Ya’ All!

Join ITHSW Sunday Special host Scott Strande as he travels to check out the North American Hockey League in Albuquerque, NM for the latest ITHSW Sunday Special.  We take a look at the unique two ice sheets at Outpost Ice Arenas;  and visit the voice of the Ice Wolves, Jason Thomas, Captain Brandon Holt and Alex Gomez before they took to the ice versus new rival, the El Paso Rhinos. 

Dec 19, 2021

UNLV Riding High, Betting on Themselves to Win an ACHA National Championship!

UNLV Riding High, Looking Forward to the Second Semester and Making a Run at a ACHA National Championship! Our own Steven Marsh visits with the Rebels before the holiday break!

Dec 14, 2021

More Than Great Tiger Coaches… Stuart & Mannino Are Best Friends!

Join Scott Strande for a great visit with the two assistant coaches at Colorado College Mark Stuart and Peter Mannino! No doubt life as a Tiger is good and getting better! 

Dec 1, 2021

Pioneers Get Two Players On Preliminary Team USA WJC Roster

University of Denver freshmen Sean Behrens and Carter Mazur earn invites to preliminary Team USA WJC roster!

Nov 30, 2021

Rebels WIN
Chicago Classic 2021

UNLV captures a second Chicago Classic; this one in grand style! The Rebels defeated numbers, 2, 4, and 6 in the ACHA National Rankings on their way!  Join ITHSW ACHA Host Scott Strande for interviews with UNLV Head Coach Anthony Vignieri Greener, Liberty Head Coach Kirk Handy,  UNLV Captain Jared Erickson,  Tournament MVP UNLV’s Zach Wickson, and Tournament Director Joe Caprio.  

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Man of Steel… JAKE LIVANAVAGE Making His Mark On
The USHL In Chicago!

Nov 20, 2021.

Join Scott Strande for a visit with another Arizona hockey player making an impact for the Chicago Steel. Gilbert Arizona native Jake Livanavage continues to impress as a 17 year old in the United States Hockey League!

From The Goal Out:
Carter Savoie

Nov 19, 2021.

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Carter Savoie, on this week’s ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver sophomore from St. Albert, Alberta; Savoie was picked in the fourth round of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers (100th Overall); and is a forward for Pioneers Hockey. 

ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week:
Arizona at Colorado

Nov 13, 2021.

Join ITHSW ACHA Host Scott Strande for the ITHSW/WCHL Game of the Week live from Boulder, CO! Tonight’s matchup features the University of Arizona at University of Colorado Boulder.   Featuring interviews with Colorado Buffaloes Coach Benny Tollar, Arizona Coach Chad Berman and Arizona player Anthony Cusanelli.

From The Goal Out: LUKE ROWE

Nov 13, 2021.

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, with Luke Rowe, on this week’s ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  An Air Force sophomore Succasunna, NJ; Rowe is a defenseman for Falcons Hockey.

From The Goal Out: DANNY WEIGHT

Nov 5, 2021.

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Danny Weight, on the latest ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A Colorado College sophomore from Lattington, NY; Weight is a forward for Colorado College Tiger Hockey.

ITHSW Feature AHL Colorado Eagles: DYLAN SIKURA

Nov 3, 2021.

Join Scott Strande as he spends a few minutes with Colorado Eagles Forward, Dylan Sikura; talking his hot start with the Eagles this season.

ITHSW Spotlight Series: MATTHEW GLEASON, Colorado College

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host Scott Strande as he talks with Colorado College forward Matthew Gleason postgame after his team’s win 8-1 over Air Force October 30, 2021. 

ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week: Missouri State at UNLV

Join ITHSW ACHA Cohost Steven Marsh for interviews with UNLV Assistant Coach Nick Robone and Missouri State Assistant Coach Cliff Cook; UNLV’s pregame “Trunk or Treat”; highlights of the ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week, as well as postgame comments from UNLV players, Forward Michael Boutoussov and Defenseman Hunter Muzzillo following their win at City National Arena Oct 30th.

New Title, Same Work Ethic for Weisman as Associate Commissioner of NCHC Hockey! 

Join Scott Strande as he visits with Associate Commissioner of NCHC Hockey, Michael Weisman.

From The Goal Out: BOBBY BRINK

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Bobby Brink, on this week’s ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver junior from Minnetonka, MN; Brink is a forward for Pioneers Hockey.

Lindenwood Lions Looking For Opportunity to Find a NCAA Home!

Join Scott Strande as he visits with Lindenwood Head Coach Rick Zombo during the Air Force at Lindwood exhibition games.  

Coach Zombo shares his thoughts on 

exhibitions and the path forward! 

Missouri State GM Ryan Armstrong Keeps the Ice Bears Going and Growing!

Join Scott Strande as he sits down with Missouri State General Manager, Ryan Armstrong 

to talk Ice Bears Hockey!

ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week: University Central Oklahoma at Missouri State

Join Scott Strande for the ITHSW/WCHL Game of the Week live from Springfield, MO! Tonight’s matchup features the top two teams in the WCHL University Central Oklahoma and Missouri State!  

From The Goal Out: WILLIE REIM

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host Scott Strande

as he sits down with Willie Reim, on this week’s ITHSW episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  An Air Force junior from North Oaks, MN; Reim is a forward for Air Force Falcons Hockey.

Pioneer Together; Freshmen Buium & Behrens Already Making Their Marks With Denver!

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host Scott Strande as he visits with University of Denver Freshmen Shai Buium from San Diego, California;  and Sean Behrens from Barrington, Illinois.  Both Buium and Behrens are NHL Draft Picks.

ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week: Utah at Colorado

Join ITHSW ACHA Host Scott Strande for interviews with Colorado Buffaloes Coach Benny Tollar, Assistant Coach Trace Jablin; Utah Coach Morgan Feenie; Utah Captain Alex King; as well as highlights of the ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week, with Utah traveling to Colorado.

From The Goal Out: MATT VERNON

By Joe Paisley

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with Matt Vernon, on the ITHSW third episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A Colorado College junior from Calgary, AB;  Vernon is a goalie for Colorado College Tiger Hockey.

Serratore And Falcons Ready To Get Back To Near Normal Hockey Season

By Joe Paisley

Join Scott Strande as he visits with

Air Force Head Coach Frank Serratore about

the return to normalcy in college hockey and his

team’s home opener vs front range foe Denver. 

 

Former Colorado College Tiger McElhinney Retires from NHL on Top!

By Joe Paisley

Former Colorado College goalie Curtis McElhinney is one of the few who can say he retired on top.

The veteran NHL netminder ended his 13-year career recently after winning two-straight Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning while serving as a valued backup behind Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Curtis McElhinney

ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week: Utah at UNLV

Join ITHSW ACHA Cohost Steven Marsh for interviews with UNLV Coach Anthony Vignieri-Greener, Utah Coach Morgan Feenie; UNLV players Brendan Manning, Max Johnson, and Zach Wickson; highlights of the first ITHSW WCHL Game Of The Week, with Utah traveling to UNLV for a midnight game at City National Arena. 

Mayotte Era Begins At Colorado College; Momentum Building!

Join Scott Strande as he visits with Colorado College Head Coach Kris Mayotte on the eve of his team’s first regular season series in the new Ed Robson Arena.

From The Goal Out:
MAGNUS CHRONA

Join College Hockey SW LIVE! Host, Scott Strande, as he sits down with MAGNUS CHRONA, on the ITHSW second episode of From The Goal Out:  Player Profile.  A University of Denver junior from Stockholm, Sweden; Chrona is a goalie for Denver Pioneer Hockey.  Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 5 (152nd Overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft;  had his rights traded to the San Jose Sharks on April 12, 2021 in exchange for Fredrik Claesson.

Colorado Natives Making Their Mark
With Falcons and Tigers

By Joe Paisley

With all the milestones surrounding the first game played at the new Ed Robson Arena, it is easy to overlook another important moment in local hockey history.

Air Force’s 2-1 win over Colorado College spoiled the Tigers’ home debut in Saturday’s exhibition game, which featured 13 Colorado natives, including eight on the Falcons’ roster.

Eleven played in the college hockey exhibition, which was the first time in the CC program’s 83-year history that the Tigers played on campus. The excitement of a state-of-the-art facility and playing a crosstown rival resulted in a sellout Saturday (3,502) with the same expected for the regular-seasonopening series next weekend against ECAC member St. Lawrence.

In Saturday’s exhibition, featuring 32 underclassmen, college experience was at a premium and it was Air Force’s lone senior, goalie and captain Alex Schilling, who made the difference. 

New Tigers coach Kris Mayotte liked that his team’s play improved as the game went on, but Schilling (29 saves) stood tall, making three huge stops in the third period (12 saves), including a stop with 5.8 seconds left with an extra Tigers attacker. 

It was too little, too late for CC.

“We were just forcing things early,” Mayotte said. “(The Falcons) were detailed, competitive and smart. As the game went on, we did a better job getting through the neutral zone. I thought we built speed instead of just going long and hoping. But once we got around their net, they blocked a ton of shots. We had a couple unbelievable looks late, but you know what? We didn’t deserve to win that game. They deserved it more than we did.”

Schilling’s performance helped the Falcon hold on for an exhibition win that meant a lot to both rivals.

“You can buy everything at Wal-Mart but experience,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “We are young and this kind of win is important for us. No wins are pretty this time of year, but we found a way to come from behind and put ourselves in position to win. That’s important for building our confidence when we face this situation again.”

The Atlantic Hockey member played a structured game, getting sticks in passing lanes and blocking shots (23 total) throughout to make it difficult for the Tigers who were unable to sustain offensive pressure until the third period.

“We just weren’t good enough,” Mayotte said. “We weren’t willing to do the hard things. We weren’t willing to go through pucks. We weren’t willing to finish hits. We weren’t willing to work to the right side of the puck. We weren’t willing to work above the puck. And they took advantage of it. They came at us hard as we knew they would. And we weren’t prepared. We wanted a line-rush game and they were willing to pay the price a little bit more than we were.”

The Falcons took control in the second period with an early goal by Parker Brown, who tucked his own rebound in behind CC starting goalie Dom Basse (nine saves) 2:09 into the middle frame. Jacob Marti scored the game-winner against Tigers reliever Matt Vernon (14 saves) with 3:24 left.

A Falcons goal late in the second was waved off and Air Force had two shots bounce off the CC posts in the first period or the close game could have been a rout. The Tigers opened the scoring on a power play goal by Logan Will just 77 seconds into the contest.

It was an historic goal — CC’s first at Robson — as was the number of Coloradans in uniform. 

Thirteen Centennial State natives in one D1 game is remarkable when you consider the state of youth hockey in Colorado before the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver and became the Avalanche in 1995.

But having 13 may soon be commonplace. Air Force’s eight Coloradans trails only the nine Minnesotans on its roster.  The Tigers have eight born in The State of Hockey and five Coloradans. 

Colorado may never be Minnesota when it comes to producing D1 talent — look at any in-state Minnesota roster — but the Centennial State has gained ground.

“No question,” Serratore said. “Now, we’re a hockey state. Before the Avs arrived, our best players all had to leave the state (starting around U16) to develop. Now we have out-of-state players coming to Colorado.”

One example from Saturday’s game is Clay Cosentino, a Californian who competed for two years with the Colorado Rampage in Monument. He was one of the top scorers (67 games, 69 points) in the North American Hockey League last season. The 21-year-old forward has said his familiarity with Air Force during his time in Colorado led to his commitment to the service academy.

The growth of Colorado youth hockey has helped the state’s colleges. Denver has no Colorado natives on its roster this season but has featured plenty in past years. 

“They have all grown up seeing (all three colleges) play and they understand what the academy is all about,” Serratore said.

The growth of youth hockey has meant more locals developing into NCAA-caliber players and perhaps NHLers – CC’s Jaccob Slavin (1994 birthdate) of Erie springs to mind. Colorado Springs native and Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, who played major junior hockey, was born a few months after the Avs hoisted their first Stanley Cup (1996). 

Those are just two recent examples of what NHL expansion has meant for nontraditional hockey markets like Arizona, Florida, Texas and perhaps soon, Nevada and Washington state.

Centennial State roll call

Here are the 13 Colorado natives in the two Pikes Peak Region programs. Eleven played Saturday.

Air Force (listed by city) — Broomfield, Blake Bride; Colorado Springs, Maiszon Balboa, Jasper Lester, and Ty Pochipinski; Highlands Ranch, Jacob Marti and Austin Park; Parker, Austin Schwartz; and Lucas Coon of Steamboat Springs.

Colorado College – Centennial, Bryan Hawkinson; Denver, Jackson Ross; Highlands Ranch, Noah Prokop; Parker, Bryan Yoon; and Jack Millar of Westminster.

Stick salute for the Falcons

Saturday’s showcase may not have happened with the assistance of Air Force, which gave a rebuilding Tigers program a place to play after the old Broadmoor Ice Palace was demolished and while what became The Broadmoor World Arena was built.

CC played all its home games for the 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97 seasons and into December of the 1997-98 campaign at Cadet Ice Arena. It was during that span that former coach Don Lucia led the Tigers to the 1996 NCAA title game and to the 1997 Frozen Four semifinals.

“We’re crosstown rivals but Air Force has always been a good neighbor,” Serratore said.

That successful stretch was a turning point for the Tigers program, which enjoyed winning records from the 1993-94 season (Lucia’s first year) until the 2012-13 campaign (18-19-5) under former coach and 2021 Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame inductee Scott Owens. One of the many reasons Robson Arena was built was the hope, much like in the mid-90s, that a new home rejuvenates the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program. 

Looking ahead

CC holds a 63-13-2 edge (just 4-5-0 since 2013) over Air Force in the all-time series, which does not include Saturday’s exhibition.  … The teams play a home-and-home nonconference series Oct. 29-30 that will determine ownership of the traveling Pikes Peak Trophy, currently held by CC after sweeping the 2019-20 games. CC won 6-2 at World Arena and then defeated Air Force, 4-2, in the Faceoff at Falcon Stadium.  The teams did not play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … CC was picked last in the eight-team National Collegiate Hockey Conference preseason media poll while Air Force was selected ninth out of 10 by Atlantic Hockey coaches. …. Air Force opens at Michigan State next weekend in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans were picked sixth in the seven-team Big Ten preseason poll. … CC opening foe St. Lawrence was selected fifth (one first-place vote) in the 12-team ECAC.

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Coyotes’ Rebuild Has Different, More Positive Feeling Heading Into Training Camp 

By Seth Askelson

The direction for the upcoming season is clear for the Arizona Coyotes – it is a rebuild year. The fans know it, the media know it. The players, head coach and general manager admitted it during Media Day on Wednesday morning, just 24 hours prior to the team’s first main training camp scrimmage.

It is the second rebuild in the last eight seasons, but this one feels a lot different. This Coyotes team is not a failed retool of a roster that was two season removed from a Western Conference Finals appearance; this is a team that is about finding that right mix of youth and veterans to compete every night, and contend within the next couple of years.

There are a lot of veterans, and winners at that, to go along with the younger core of players. The Coyotes acquired players like Andrew Ladd and Jay Beagle who know what it takes to win Stanley Cups. Loui Eriksson is a perfect guy to help the younger forwards find their strides and become a top point producer in the league.

Those types of players have something to prove, especially Laad and Eriksson, as their stays on previous teams did not have the ideal finishes. Another player like that is defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who fell out of favor in Philadelphia despite a decent showing during the 2020-2021 season.

It is a chance for players that were once at the top of their games just a few seasons ago to find their strides again. There is no pressure in like in the past three season, where occasional flashes out of a decent roster brought playoff hopes for a postseason starved franchise.

The question entering training camp that General Manager Bill Armstrong alluded to getting a lot recently is – what type of hockey team did he build? The answer is a simple one, and one that may seem cliché, but when looking at the players who will most likely be in the permanent Kachina outfits this fall, the description is right on the nose.

“We built a hungry hockey team,” Armstrong said. “Everybody that comes through the door [Wednesday] morning has an opportunity to make an impact. There’s veterans that need contracts next year. There’s American league players that want to make the jump. Everyone has something that they’re looking for this season.”

There is a new coaching staff in town, lead by new bench boss Andre Tourigny. The former QMJHL, OHL and CHL coach of the year will have to find a system that will work for some of the 10+ year veterans, along with some of the younger players and rookies that might crack the roster.

Tourigny was able to shed some light on what his system will look like for a revamped Arizona squad. The plan includes a lot of hard work out of every player, and an intensity on both ends of the ice.

“It’s a system where we want to have a lot of layers without the puck,” Tourigny said. “Offensively, we want to possess the puck. Everything we do is in order to possess the puck. You need to play really well defensively and play kind of in-your-face type hockey because you want to recover the puck.”

A lot has been made about the new acquisitions, and mainly the draft picks that came along with some of the new players. The returning players cannot be forgotten though, because there is still a lot of talent left behind from the roster reconstruction. Jacob Chychrun, Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz still have a lot of talent and games left to push this team where they want to be, and maybe earlier than expected.

As much as the outside world would like to think the players ignore all the projections and social media comments on the season outlook, the advent of smartphones and applications can keep those things right in the forefront. Forward Christian Fisher said the notification of the white Kachina jersey return was “the best one in the last couple of months” surrounding the organization. With the first training camp practice tomorrow, theopportunity is there to forget all the preseason noise and get ready for the start of the year.

“I think we have a real opportunity to turn some heads this year,” Chychrun said, “to find some people and to really start to change the culture here moving forward and develop that money mindset. We’re obviously a few years out from being where we want to be, but it starts this year, coming together as a group and really starting to evolve.”

The outlook for this year’s Coyotes team is not pretty, especially with a move to the Central Division. No matter what direction the season goes, hockey in Arizona should be fun to watch.

There are players, both old and young, looking to prove themselves, and get back to the hockey players they know they are. While another rebuild is not what was hoped for as the franchise continues its instability off the ice, this time around it feels a lot different than the last.

 

Arizona Rookie FaceOff 2021

By Seth Askelson

The Rookie Faceoff is now in the rearview mirror for the Arizona Coyotes, but it allowed the franchise to view the road ahead, as the 2021-2022 training camp is fast approaching. The team had a busy offseason, dealing away many pieces of a team that never quite seemed to reach its potential.

As hoped, ninth overall pick Dylan Guenther showed his scoring prowess, something the team has been lacking seemingly since the late 90’s. Through the early and mid 2010’s, the high draft picks never seemed to pan out, but the hope is the next few drafts are a different story.

While Guenther was becoming a social media sensation, highlighted by his bottle-popping goal in the showcase’s first game, other Coyotes made themselves known as well. Liam Kirk played a solid three games, and Tucson Roadrunners assistant coach Jim Slaney was able to notice the jump in the British-native’s play.

The player who really made himself known over the showcase was Ben McCartney. The forward from Manitoba put together an impressive final game on Monday, scoring twice and adding an assist.

The two goals McCartney scored were ones to talk about. On a powerplay, the winger stripped a Ducks prospect and wacked home the puck to finish an impressive effort play.

His second one is already a goal of the year candidate before main camp even opens. McCartney brought the puck from his own end on a penalty kill and was tripped up twice before scoring top left corner from his knees.

McCartney could turn out to be the steal of the 2020 draft for the Coyotes, a batch of picks where the Coyotes chose for the first time during the fourth round, and had to renounce that player due to racially targeted bullying.

While McCartney will most likely start the year in Tucson, where he put up four points in four games last season, and Roadrunners head coach Jay Varady took notice of the young winger. He said that he plays with a “big engine”, an excellent component to go along with his growing game.

“[McCartney] was competitive, but I don’t think his offensive upside had really shown in junior yet,” Varady said. “They went into that bubble last year and he did a good job in the Western Hockey League in terms of point production.”

Guenther failed to disappoint all weekend long, scoring three times and showcasing the shot that catapulted him into the top ten of the 2021 draft. He is a player that seemingly is not afraid to fire the puck from anywhere, and is looking like a top level scorer the Coyotes have not seen in its uniform since the Roenick-Tkachuk-Doan days.

While the games and practices are a chance for the front office and coaching staff to see what talent they have in the system, it is also a chance for the players to learn what it is like being a pro. From the Arizona side, practices and games were all held at Gila River Arena, allowing for the prospects to get a taste of the day-to-day of the NHL.

That process is important for a lot of the players, especially those who are expected to take part in a little bit of main camp. The mix of prospects ranges from fresh out of juniors to those who have had a taste of the North American professional hockey stage, and they all play a role in learning what it takes to get to the highest level with more than the physical aspect.

“I learned to be more professional,” Manix Landry said, “being with older players that have some experience in the American Hockey League… so just grasping a bit of everything and putting it together.”

While some teams brought players who were able to get a few games of NHL experience last season, there was not one player on the roster who played in the big league. This led to some of the older guys to help navigate the first time players and help them understand what its like to go through a development camp.

“In terms of helping the other guys, I think it’s trying to make everyone feel comfortable,” Cam Crotty, former Boston University assistant captain who played in Tucson last season, said. “I remember my first dev camps and when you’re getting into the organization for the first time, everyone’s a little stressed, a little nervous. So trying to create that comfort level, being a loud guy on the ice, being a loud guy in the locker room, talking to people.”

The games are against other teams are also important because an organization can only get so much out of a practice. The three games over the last four days allowed the Coyotes prospects to get a chance to play against other talent, and they seemed excited to see a different group of faces.

“It was getting old playing against other players in Coyotes jerseys for the last week and a half,” defenseman Ty Embersonsaid. “Coach Varady said ‘now is the time to prove what you have and if you want to run someone through the end wall, itsyour chance’.”

Arizona got an excellent look, and solid production, from its top prospects this week as main camp opens up Wednesday. With no expectations coming into the season from an outside standpoint, it is not too far fetched to think a couple players in Coyotes uniforms the past few days will be putting them on once again in a few months.

NCHC Media Day 2021

By Joe Paisley

You may never see a group of college hockey players and coaches so happy to be surrounded by the media again.

The return of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference media day at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center this Thursday after cancelling last year’s gathering was a welcome signpost en route to a “normal season.”

Yeah, no one is entirely sure what that means in 2021 thanks to an ongoing pandemic, but most assume upcoming games will be played in front of fans under local guidelines.

For Denver, which did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, normal means returning to the national postseason.

“There was a lot of work to get our summer back to normal,” coach David Carle said. “Last summer our building was closed off to us. This summer we were able to put in the time and work to get off to the start we are accustomed to. Failure is a really good motivator in life.”

A good start against nonleague foes would be a huge help for the Pioneers after not having any nonconference games leading into last year’s NCHC Omaha pod. It was a lack of nonconference games that contributed to DU not qualifying for the NCAAs. Denver went 18-1-1 in nonleague play the previous two seasons.

This fall, all eight NCHC schools have nonconference games scheduled and for a league with an NCAA-best .636 winning percentage, that weighs heavily into the conference’s chances for at-large berths through the Pairwise rankings.

“It’s been a huge part of our ability to move up the Pairwise,” Carle added before noting the team’s 0-3 start in the pod and 10-13-1 record last season. “We didn’t play to our standard and we take responsibility for that.”

Does that motivate the Pioneers?

“One-hundred percent,” said senior captain Cole Guttman. “When you are playing for Denver hockey you expect to make the tournament and you work toward that. Last year was very disappointing but we don’t want to focus on that.”

Instead, the Pioneers are readying for the upcoming season.

“We are looking forward to more regular preparation and our guys are hungry to put last year fully behind us,” Carle said.

Electric sophomore forward Carter Savoie turned a lot of heads with 20 points (13 goals) in 24 games as a freshman while Carle said junior goalie Magnus Chrona knows what he needs to do to return to his stellar rookie form. Guttman is the top returning scorer with 22 points.

On paper, the Pioneers look primed for an NCAAs return with a strong incoming class that includes 2021 draft picks Shai Buium, Sean Behrens and Carter Mazur.

Carle also hopes the seven returning sophomores will improve.

“To win in college hockey, you have to get it done with a really good sophomore class,” Carle said. “We had (Dylan) Gambrel, (Troy) Terry, Jarid Lukosevicius, (Blake) Hillman, (Logan) O’Connor and Colin Staub on our (2017 NCAA) championship team and they didn’t have a sophomore slump. They elevated from Year 1 to Year 2. We hope for the same from this (sophomore) class.”

It’s a winning formula for DU, which was picked to place fourth in the NCHC preseason media poll, which typically requires a near .500 league record. A strong nonconference mark determines where a team rests in the Pairwise rankings. The top 13-15 usually make the tourney field, which includes a regional in nearby Loveland, Colo.

Expectations are lower for Colorado College with a last-place preseason prediction. That’s not unusual for a program that has finished no better than sixth place in the NCHC regular season.

But this is not your usual preseason with a new coach, Kris Mayotte, and an on-campus arena creating a considerable buzz around the league.

The Tigers are looking forward to all the trappings of a full season.

“I still think it is our responsibility to make sure it keeps going that way,” Mayotte said. “It’s normal but there is still a lot of thought and planning that will need to go into it. Guys have to wear a mask in buildings at CC so it’s a constant reminder for our guys and the program that we are lucky to be doing what we’re doing.”

They are not taking anything for granted. Senior defenseman Bryan Yoon was on the bus to North Dakota when the 2019-20 season came to a sudden end.

“It’s something you have to think about and be grateful,” Yoon said. “Last year was definitely weird and the end of the prior season, especially for the seniors, was heartbreaking.”

“It will be a great feeling to get back in the swing of things. It feels like a very long summer.”

Yoon will be looking to bounce back from that weird season with transfers Danny Weight (Boston College) and Noah Prokop (Omaha) coming in to bolster a forward corps that returns sophomore Hunter McKown (six points).

Goalies Dominic Basse and Matt Vernon also return behind what is expected to be an improved blue-liner group paced offensively by Jack Millar (six points) and freshman Nathan Schweitzer, a former Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist. CC may lean heavily on its 14 sophomores.

Ultimately, the players, coaches and league officials are excited about the possibility of a regular season with few disruptions. 

Commissioner Josh Fenton said at least 90 percent of the teams are fully vaccinated. That gives him hope the league will resume a conventional schedule.

“After 18 months, that feeling has never been more apparent,” he said during his State of the NCHC speech. “We are really looking forward to what we can call a normal season followed by when we return here for the Frozen Faceoff here in March.”

Robson Ribbon Cutting

By Joe Paisley

Years of work came to fruition Saturday with the official opening of the Ed Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus.

“It’s emotional,” said CC athletic director Lesley Irvine. “You have worked so long buried in the details that today we can step out of the weeds and see the facility as a whole and witness the reaction of the fans.”

Ed Robson Arena will enhance our ability to compete, however, the opportunity to build community on campus and within the city is beyond exciting,” she added. “This was a transformational day for Colorado College.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 3,407-seat arena and adjacent Mike and Barbara Yalich Student Services Center drew 300 people who came to recognize this milestone for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.

“I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this dream realized,” said new CC president L. Song Richardson. “For the first time in Colorado College’s (83-year hockey) history we have an on-campus hockey arena. We are so grateful for the support of the city’s voters led by Mayor John Suthers.”

The $52 million complex is one of five facilities that were part of Colorado Springs’ City for Champions effort that used state tourism revenue as seed money. The state legislature made the funds available in 2013 to better draw in state and regional tourism.  The need for an on-campus facility was identified as part of the 2015 campus master plan with more alumni support after Robson donated $8 million toward a new $10 million practice rink.

City for Champions funding and that seed money led to bigger plans for the complex, which added a parking garage and the adjacent Yalich Student Services Center. That houses the student wellness center, health services and counseling, the bookstore and mail center, as well as an art studio, café, and restaurant.

The center honors the contributions of Barbara Yalich, a longtime champion of mental health services at CC and in Colorado Springs, and her late husband Milo “Mike” Yalich, who captained the 1949-50 Tigers to the NCAA national title.

The groundbreaking was on February 15, 2020.

Robson Arena is the final piece to open following the Air Force Academy visitors center, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center and Weidner Field, home of the Switchbacks pro soccer franchise. Three of the facilities are in or near downtown Colorado Springs, including Robson Arena.

“It never gets old celebrating the opening of one of our City for Champions facilities,” Suthers said. “The City for Champions effort will continue to transform downtown Colorado Springs and build upon our city’s reputation as a sports leader.”

Saturday also was about celebrating those who were instrumental in building the complex.

“I am really humbled by all this,” Robson told the crowd before he entered the facility for the first time. “Really (former CC coach) Cheddy Thompson’s name should be on it. He’s the one who put me on the right path.”

More work continues as the Robson Arena staff, some of whom started a few days ago, will finalize details before the Oct. 2 exhibition against Air Force and the official opening game on Oct. 8 against ECAC member St. Lawrence.

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