USA Whites win again

     This Saturday from USA Hockey from the U.S. Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. More information here:

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.) and Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) each scored twice, as USA White defeated USA Blue, 4-2, in the second of three intrasquad scrimmages here at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The contest featured 42 U.S. players auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Palmieri started the game’s scoring for White with his second goal of the camp. After a clean faceoff win by Drew Shore (Denver, Colo.), Palmieri snapped a quick shot past the blocker of Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y.) less than two minutes into the contest.

The 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp will feature one more U.S. intrasquad scrimmage tomorrow (Aug. 1) before switching to international games between the United States, Finland and Sweden Aug. 2-7.

Forbort has assist in win

   A release below from USA Hockey on the opening of a U.S. Junior Evaluation Camp on Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Duluth defenseman Derek Forbort had an assist in Friday’s first intrasquad game, on a Kyle Palmieri goal. Full camp coverage, including a blog, photos, videos, stats and rosters are here.

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.) and Zane Gothberg (Grand Forks, N.D.) combined to stop 23 of 24 shots, as USA White knocked off USA Blue, 4-1, in the first of three intrasquad scrimmages here at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

     The contest featured 42 U.S. players auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

     After Campbell made several acrobatic saves early in the game to keep USA Blue off of the scoresheet, White took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Brock Nelson (Minneapolis) burst into the offensive zone on a two-on-one rush and banked a shot from behind the net off of goalie Michael Houser‘s (Wexford, Pa.) back and over the goal line.

     White extended its lead to 2-0 lead less than three minutes later. Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) collected the puck at the top of the left circle and snapped a wrist shot that beat Houser over the right shoulder for a power-play goal.

Flygh Named Yale Women’s Coach

     This from the Yale University sports information department on the naming of former Minnesota Duluth women’s assistant as Yale University women’s head coach:

Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Joakim Flygh. (photo by Sam Rubin ’95, Yale Sports Publicity)

New Bulldog Leader Has Been to NCAA Tournament Five Times as an Assistant Coach

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Joakim Flygh, who has been to the NCAA Division I tournament in five of the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard and Minnesota Duluth, has been named Yale’s head women’s ice hockey coach. Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett made the announcement Wednesday. Flygh’s nine-year career as an assistant coach has been marked by consistent success; teams he has coached for have a combined winning percentage of .701 (176-69-21) and he has been a part of six seasons of 20 or more wins.

A native of Tyringe, Sweden, Flygh graduated from New England College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management from New England in 2002. He is married to Duluth native Angela Francisco Flygh, a 2001 Harvard graduate and former Crimson women’s ice hockey captain.

Flygh served as an assistant coach at UMD for three seasons, working with the defense and penalty killing unit. The Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament every year that he was there. They advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game in 2007 and posted an overall record of 72-26-9.

Over Flygh’s tenure, UMD ranked fourth nationally in goals allowed per game and third in penalty killing. During his first season in 2004-05, the UMD penalty kill unit allowed just 16 goals in 206 power plays, leading the country with a 92.2-percent efficiency.

Flygh had a pair of stints leading Harvard while head coach Katey Stone was away coaching for USA Hockey. The Crimson went 4-0-1 in those games. His primary coaching responsibilities included working with the defense and the penalty-killing unit. Harvard was ranked in the top four in the country in scoring defense each year that Flygh was there, and led the nation in that category in 2007-08 (1.00 goals per game). Harvard was also ranked in the top six in penalty killing each year that Flygh was there.

Follow the U.S. Junior Camp

      Defensemen Derek Forbort of Duluth and Justin Faulk of South St. Paul, a Minnesota Duluth recruit, are taking part in the USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp which starts Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

     Below is a release from USA Hockey and links to all sorts of information, including a camp blog:

     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forty-four of the top U.S. players under the age of 20, including 29 first- or second-round NHL draft selections, will descend on Lake Placid, N.Y., beginning Friday for the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

      The camp, which will continue through Aug. 7, includes practices, intrasquad scrimmages and international competition between teams from the United States, Finland and Sweden. The 44 U.S. players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y.

     FASTHockey will webcast five international games (see schedule later in this release) from the camp. Games will be available on a pay-per-view basis at

. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Users who want to watch one or more games must first sign up for a free account at Users may then buy game credits – a single game ranges from $6.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $4.99 (when 100 game credits are purchased). Game credits can be used to watch live games or on-demand archives and never expire.

      In addition, will provide exclusive coverage of the camp, including live stats of the international games, camp statistics, videos, photos and feature stories. The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp homepage can be found here.

     More information can also be found during the camp at the USA Hockey World Juniors blog here.

     NOTES: For the full list of players invited to the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, click here… The U.S. roster will be trimmed Monday (Aug. 2) in preparation for the international games against Finland and Sweden … The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. Additional information including a full preliminary-round tournament schedule and ticket details can be found at…The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp that will begin in mid-December … Keith Allain, head men’s ice hockey coach at Yale University, will serve as head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. Allain will be assisted by Mark Osiecki (Burnsville, Minn.), head men’s ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy’s ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter (Saline, Mich.), USA Hockey’s national goaltending coach … Mark Carlson, head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, and Greg Brown, assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Boston College, will also participate in Lake Placid as camp coaches … Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of the U.S. National Junior Team for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.), former U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men’s ice hockey team head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA’s director of player personnel.

                                 2010 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp Schedule
                                                   July 30 – Aug. 7 — Lake Placid, N.Y.

Date Event* Time
Fri., July 30 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 3 p.m.
Sat., July 31 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 3 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 1 Blue vs. White Scrimmage 3 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 2 Finland vs. Sweden 3 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 3 USA vs. Sweden** 3 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 4 USA vs. Finland** 3 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 5 Finland vs. Sweden** 3 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 6 USA vs. Sweden** 3 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 7 USA vs. Finland** 3 p.m.

UMD Adds Goalie

Goalie Christian Gaffy is willing to take a chance on Minnesota Duluth.

After a superb senior year at Forest Lake (Minn.) High School in 2009-10, he talked with Division III University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and Alexandria (Minn.) in the North American Hockey League. Gaffy, 18, was leaning toward junior hockey, when UMD called in May. Sophomore goalie Brady Hjelle was leaving the Bulldogs to return to the U.S. Hockey League.

UMD desperately needed a third goalie for 2010-11, a position that promises no playing time and almost no scholarship money.

“It’s worth taking a risk to come to UMD. I have the chance to go right to a Division I program, to a team that’s in the WCHA. The time I spend there will make me a better goalie,” Gaffy said Wednesday. “You take a risk no matter where you go. Junior hockey isn’t a sure thing and Division III isn’t a sure thing.”

The Bulldogs, who begin dryland training Aug. 9, return two goalies, junior Kenny Reiter and sophomore Aaron Crandall. After splitting time with Reiter last season, Hjelle chose to return to Cedar Rapids (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League, where he played in 2007-08.

“If I had to do it all over again, I would have stayed (in Cedar Rapids) and played a second year, but I didn’t,” Hjelle told KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids last month. “I wasn’t happy at Duluth. That’s really all I can say about that.”

Gaffy’s first varsity season came as a senior. He finished 13-3-2 with Minnesota’s second-best goals-against average (.935) and eighth-best save percentage (1.74). Forest Lake won the Suburban East Conference for the first time (gaining a three-way title tie)  and advanced to the Section 7AA semifinals before losing to Elk River 5-0 at the DECC.

“Christian was one of the most athletic goalies in the state last season,” Forest Lake coach Aaron Forsythe told the Forest Lake Times earlier this month.

Gaffy, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, had been accepted as a student at UMD in March, even though he was still undecided on plans for 2010-11. He was an A student already taking college credit courses while at Forest Lake.

At UMD last season, Reiter, from Pittsburgh, was 13-10 with a .912 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average. Crandall, from Lakeville, Minn., didn’t see any playing time. UMD has a commitment for 2011-12 from goalie Matt McNeely of Burnsville, Minn., who will be with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., for a second year in 2010-11.

Stalock Highlight Video

     If you’re looking for 76 seconds of impressive goaltending highlights on a summer day, the Worcester (Mass.) Sharks of the American Hockey League are featuring Alex Stalock’s all-star rookie season of 2009-10 on their website. The video is here. Stalock hopes to battle for a backup position with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL when camp opens this fall.

     Staclok, 22, a former Minnesota Duluth All-American, set an American Hockey League record for wins by a rookie (39), which was a league high for the season, and helped Worcester (Mass.) to a franchise record for wins in a season (49).

UMD Alumni Weekend

     The Minnesota Duluth website and assistant coach Brett Larson note that hockey alumni will be gathering in town starting Friday. Here’s the information:

     Former Minnesota Duluth pucksters young and old will converge on the Twin Ports on Friday and Saturday for Bulldog Hockey Alumni Weekend. The ninth annual event kicks off with a barbeque and social Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Duluth Heritage Center and Clyde Iron Restaurant before shifting to Nemadji Golf Course in Superior the next day for an 18-hole tournament. About 75 Bulldog alums are expected to be on hand at Nemadji, including nearly one dozen current or former NHL players. A tour of the new Amsoil Arena is scheduled for Saturday along with a breakfast at the Great Harvest Bread Company in Duluth.

     For more information or to make a reservation, contact Bulldog assistant coach Brett Larson at (218) 726-8195 or

And now Leddy is gone

      The latest update on Who is Leaving the Gophers Now? again comes from Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune who is reporting Tuesday that sophomore-to-be defenseman Nick Leddy of Eden Prairie, Minn., has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks for $2.7 million over three years. A link to that story is here.

     The Chicago Tribune has a story here.

     Earlier Tuesday, Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a statement that winger Josh Birkholz had left the team. Augustoviz also has details on that departure.

Birkholz leaves Minnesota

     This brief statement Tuesday from the University of Minnesota on sophomore forward Josh Birkholz of Maple Grove, Minn., who is leaving the program. Birkholz had these stats in 2009-10 –five goals and one assist in 36 games. He was a third-round pick by Florida in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He played at Blake.

     From the Gophers:  University of Minnesota men’s hockey coach Don Lucia announced today that sophomore forward Josh Birkholz, who was facing suspension for a violation of team rules, has decided to leave the program.

     Lucia will have no further comment on the matter.

     Also, from USA Hockey, the Select 17 and 18 teams are preparing for tournaments:


The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will practice at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the training facility of the Washington Capitals, in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 3, prior to departing for the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will practice at the Iceplex on Friday, Aug. 13, before departing for the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament.

Media availability will follow each practice.

WHERE: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, Va. 22203

Tim Army, head coach of the 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select Team, is a former assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (1997-2002), while Matt Herr, assistant coach of the 2010 U.S. Under-17 Select Team, played two seasons with the Capitals (1998-99, 2000-01) … U.S. Under-18 Select Team goaltender Jay Williams is a native of the Washington, D.C. area (McLean, Va.) … The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will compete at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament from Aug. 9-14, in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia, and will be coached by Army, with Chadd Cassidy and Jay Varady serving as assistant coaches. More information on the 2010 U.S. Under-18 Select team can be found here … The U.S. Under-17 Select Team will compete at the 2010 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Aug. 18-22, in Huttwil, Switzerland. Sean Tremblay will serve as head coach for Team USA, while Herr will serve as assistant coach. For more information on the 2010 U.S. Under-17 Select Team, click here.

Bemidji’s Kinne Recovering from Stroke

     Senior left winger Ben Kinne of St. Paul is recovering from a stroke suffered Friday while working out in St. Paul and is hospitalized. The Bemidji Pioneer had a story Monday here.

     The Bemidji State athletic website has an update here.

     Kinne, 22, played at St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall, including on the 2006 Class AA state championship team. He scored a goal at the DECC against Minnesota-Duluth on Jan. 23 with 1.6 seconds remaining for a 4-4 tie, before Bemidji State’s Jordan George scored 36 seconds into overtime for a 5-4 victory.