Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Linkorama

Summer gig for blueliners
Defensive partners, longtime teammates (U.S. NTDP and other programs prior to BU) and Colorado Avalanche draft picks Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk will be together again for part of the upcoming summer as counselors at the East Coast Select Elite ’95 Camp in Buffalo.

East Coast Selects is an offseason tournament and and development program that competes in tournaments all over North America. Shattenkirk and Cohen were members of ECS ’89 teams that won numerous tournaments. The ‘89s also included BC’s Nick Petrecki, Harvard’s Alex Biega (although he was an ’88), and Vermont’s Jack Downing. Both freshmen Corey Trivino and 2009 recruit Alex Chiasson participated in the ESC ’90 program.

ESC president Travis Howe notes that Colby has been a counselor the past few summers and Shattenkirk did so last summer. Howe, grandson of NHL legend Gordie, plans to attend the 2009 Beanpot where he’ll see seven ESC alumni on the ice. The ECS Web site presents “development” photo features of both Cohen and Shattenkirk.

799 and counting
As Coach Jack Parker approaches the milestone of his 800th career win, our colleague Sean Pickett (THIS DATE IN TERRIER HOCKEY) has posted Parker’s coaching record data on the BU Hockey Archives Web site.

Back on campus
Jay Pandolfo and the New Jersey Devils practiced yesterday at Agganis Arena, but the return to campus was bittersweet for the former Terrier captain and All-American wing. He’s been a healthy scratch the past three games, ever since Brendan Shanahan rejoined the Devils. And he's not in the lineup tonight for the Devil's match-up with the Bruins. For the past decade, Pando has been a defensive force for New Jersey, combining with John Madden as one of the NHL’s best penalty-killing duos.

League dispersing
Two of the four remaining schools in the College Hockey America conference—Niagara and Robert Morris--will be joining Atlantic Hockey, beginning with the 2010-2011 season. A third CHA school, Bemidji State, is expected to apply for admittance in the WCHA, which recently ended its moratorium on expansion. And now word comes that the remaining CHA school, Alabama-Huntsville, has applied to join the CCHA. The only D1 school in the South, Alabama-Huntsville also has the distinction of playing in a rink named for a genuine rocket scientist—Werner Von Braun. The breakup of CHA began in 2007 when Wayne State discontinued its hockey program. College Hockey News columnist Adam Wodon offers commentary on the dissolution of CHA.

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