Probably my biggest regret so far this season, other than not going for that fourth soft pretzel in the XCel Center press box, is that I haven't been linking to Eliot Olshansky's excellent Rink Rat Blog. Eliot is doing what I would love to do if I had the resources, which is travel around the country and chronicle every team. It's an excellent picture of the similarities and contrasts between college hockey arenas around the country.
CHN's Gregg Paul writes about the College Hockey Showcase. Personally, I think the format is fine as is.
Mike Eidelbes' weekly INCH column has gone full-out Simmons and is mostly him answering emails. It's still a good read though.
And now for my weekly "Mike Check Check" whereby I must counteract his Sparty bias, thus preventing the world from being a little too pro-MSU and returning the universe to an equilibrium to avoid chaos. Seriously, if I didn't do this, there would be burning couches everywhere. Anyway, if I were a Buffalo Sabres fan, I'd start booking my family vacation for early June, because nobody can lead a first place team to premature postseason failure like Ryan Miller. He did it at Michigan State, he did it in Rochester, and he'll probably complete the trifecta this year.
Let's Go DU's Damien Goddard writes about The Curse of the Seawolf. And here I thought the Curse of the Seawolf was actually having to watch UAA play.(Rimshot!)
USHL's Central Scouting has a nice write up on Arizonans Danny Heath and Andrew Hamburg.
UAA Fan Blog takes a look at the WCHA, so far.
Nebraska-Omaha's athletic director resigned, due to pressure after the fiasco UNO had this past summer. I'll be honest, I have no clue what this means for UNO hockey.
Among the near universal criticism for Dartmouth's athletic director(I may or may not weigh in on that. I think everyone knows that she's a tool by this point), INCH gets credit as the best for referencing Keggy the Keg, Dartmouth's fun-loving, but controversial mascot.
Chris Heisenberg looks at Victor Oreskovich's problems in the OHL.
After an awful weekend in Minneapolis, Colorado College is back on the winning track. They've gotten through a tough part of the season where they were extremely young, and had to deal with some injuries and illness, and they're still not out of the picture in the WCHA and in terms of the NCAA tournament. A lot of credit has to go to Scott Owens for that.
Hammy says that International Falls' Jake Youso was in attendance for the Showcase games.