My weekly CHN column is up for your reading pleasure.
Kyle Okposo scored a pretty amazing goal to help lead Minnesota over Minnesota State. Gophersports.com has a video of it. I've been very impressed with Okposo every time I've seen him so far. Once we get a little closer to the midway point of the season, I'll put out a list of the ten best players I've seen this year, and Okposo will definitely be on the list.
DU suffered some scary injuries on Saturday, but both aren't as severe as originally thought, and both players could be back as early as this weekend.
Dan Tormey will be going under the knife today to surgically repair a severed tendon in his left thumb, after he was cut in a collison with Minnesota's Blake Wheeler. The magic of the internets allows you to see the collison and resulting melee. It's more of an unfortunate, bad luck type of thing than anything. The only thing that probably deserves calling out is Erik Johnson for not dropping his stick when he jumps into the mess.
On a final MSU-UM note, Kudos to the Midwest Wireless Center staff member that played the sound clip of Tyler McGregor's game-winning goal for Holy Cross to beat Minnesota last season. That was hilarious. And I still think that those kids from Holy Cross' radio crew had a hell of a call on that goal.
Canada released their Selection Camp roster. Three NCAA guys are on the list, and are all fairly safe bets to play since they're returning players. No matter who they pick, it should be a very deep team that will be especially defensively.
The Scouting News has released a bunch of free articles recently on players, including future NTDP defenseman William Wrenn, Ben Hughes, Notre Dame recruit Cam Fowler, and Wisconsin recruit Nick Pryor. Also, former Denver Pioneer Craig Redmond, has a young son named Connor, who is currently deciding between the NCAA and WHL.
T.J. Hensick ran his point streak up to 7 straight games this past weekend, though the circumstances around game 6 in that streak seem a tad shady. Andrew Cogliano's second goal of the game on Friday was originally listed as an unassisted goal, and assists were later awarded to both Kevin Porter and T.J. Hensick.
Former St. Cloud recruit Jared Hummel has left the Chicago Steel. I haven't seen his name come up anywhere else, so I don't know where he's going. He's not the only player to leave Chicago this season. Mitch Carlson gave up his scholarship to Minnesota State this year after a couple weeks in Chicago. One of their leading scorers, Duluth's Scott Kozlak requested to be traded, and was sent to Southern Minnesota. The USHL Hockey Blog also reports that Brandon Coccimiglio was released, and rumors are that his father did not want him to play in Chicago anymore.
Mike Hoeffel article from USA Hockey.