Amsoil Arena seats being installed

The installation of seats in the lower bowl of the new Amsoil Arena is being completed and other fine tuning continues to take place, according to the DECC website. A bunch of photos from the DECC are available here and an update from the DECC is below along with a photo of installed seats:

August 26 from the DECC

Seat installation on the lower bowl will be complete this week. Upper bowl seat installation will take place during the next two weeks. The terrazzo floor in the ticket lobby is being laid and will soon be sanded. Cabinets and tile flooring was recently installed in the private suites. Carpeting, countertops and other finishes will be completed in the suites by the beginning of September. Work continues on the exterior siding and finishes. Trees, shrubs, perennials and other landscaping materials have been put in the areas surrounding the AMSOIL Arena. Concrete curbs and sidewalks have been poured in the areas between the AMSOIL Arena and the Auditorium/Convention Center/DECC Arena. Pavement was also laid in that area. See the progress beginning with the ground-breaking in our photo gallery.

Kastor joins expectant mothers

Kara Goucher, Paula Radcliffe and now American marathon record holder Deena Kastor are among distance running stars who are expectant mothers.

Kastor was to run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, but now will await her first child in March. Goucher and Radcliffe have identical due dates of Sept. 29. Kastor won the U.S. women’s half-marathon title in Duluth in 2004.

A Kastor story by Runner’s World is here.

Beardsley files bankruptcy

A story from the Fargo (N.D.) Forum on a Chapter 13 filing by marathoner Dick Beardsley and his wife, Jill, of Austin, Texas.

This link from the Forum: Runner Beardsley files for bankruptcy

Dick Beardsley a legendary marathon runner who recently sold his interest in a Fargo retail store that bore his name …Dick Beardsley is a two-time winner of Grandma ’s Marathon in Duluth. He still holds the course record with a 2:09:37 in 1981 …His experiences led him to create the nonprofit Dick Beardsley Foundation which educates about chemical dependence and helps addicts find …In April 2007 Beardsley opened the Dick Beardsley Running Co. at 1801 45th St. S. in Fargo. …This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Dick Beardsley Half Marathon in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Catching up with Pat Micheletti, Adam Goucher

Pat Micheletti, a Hibbing High School contemporary and teammate of Scott Sandelin, was a stick boy for the University of Minnesota team when his older brothers played for the Gophers. He followed his brothers to Minnesota and left as the school’s No. 2 career scoring leader.

The Minnesota athletic website recently caught with Pat Micheletti, 46, and had a question-and-answer session that can be found here.

Also an update from Kara Goucher on what may be next for her husband, Adam, following a recent injury and the thought of Adam retiring as a professional runner, which is here.

UMD picked third in WCHA

As far as I know this is the first of the preseason prognostications in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for 2010-11, done by the College Hockey Blog here. I don’t know much about the College Hockey Blog, but it may not be the definitive word (in the paragraph on UMD it lists Rob Bordson as returning this season).

Also, Inside College Hockey profiles UMD defenseman Brady Lamb here.

The new 12-team league is ranked this way: 1. North Dakota, 2. St. Cloud State, 3. Minnesota Duluth, 4. Colorado College, 5. Bemidji State, 6. Denver, 7. Nebraska-Omaha, 8. Minnesota, 9. Wisconsin, 10. Minnesota State-Mankato, 11. Michigan Tech, 12. Alaska Anchorage.

College Hockey Blog also makes a stab at preseason All-WCHA teams:

Preseason Awards

Player of the Year – Garrett Roe, St Cloud State

All WCHA 1st team

F – Garrett Roe, St. Cloud State

F – Jason Gregoire, North Dakota

F – Justin Fontaine, Minnesota Duluth

D – Chay Genoway, North Dakota

D – Matt Donovan, Denver

G – Mike Lee, St. Cloud State

2nd Team

F – Jack Connolly, Minnesota Duluth

F – Danny Kristo, North Dakota

F – Brett Olson, Michigan Tech

D – Brady Lamb, Minnesota Duluth

D – Ben Blood, North Dakota

G – Brad Eidsness, North Dakota

UMD women ranked in cross country

The NCAA Division II women’s preseason cross country poll has Minnesota Duluth at No. 6. The poll for men and women is here.

The Bulldogs, led by junior Morgan Place, are No. 2 in the Central Regional poll behind Adams State of Colorado. Paul Nisius takes over as head coach at UMD season, moving over to his alma mater, after coaching at Wisconsin-Superior. Longtime Bulldogs coach John Fulkrod has retired.

UMD finished seventh in the 2009 Division II meet and Place was sixth individually. Adams State won the women’s team title.

The Division II regional rankings are here.

Rud takes over at Green Bay

This Tuesday press release from St. Cloud State indicating that assistant coach Eric Rud has taken the position as head coach with Green Bay in the U.S. Hockey League Denver assistant Steve Miller was also said to be a finalist:

The Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL have hired St. Cloud State assistant coach Eric Rud as the team’s head coach-general manager.  He will be the team’s fifth head coach-GM.  Rud, 37, has spent the past five seasons at St. Cloud State and helped the Huskies to three NCAA tournament appearances, four trips to the WCHA Final Five and 105 victories.

“We hate to lose Eric (Rud) because he has done an outstanding job for us over the past five seasons,” St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko said.  “He has become a great friend and was one of our team’s top assets.  This is a well deserved job opportunity for Eric and a chance to run his own program in a great league.  We certainly wish him the best at Green Bay.”

“I’m excited to be the head coach for an outstanding organization like the Green Bay Gamblers. The USHL is a great league and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Rud.   “Green Bay is a great family town and that was a big part of it for me,” added Rud who has a wife and three children.

Before his tenure as an assistant under Motzko at St. Cloud State, Rud served as an assistant coach at Colorado College during the 2004-05 season. He helped the Tigers win a share of the WCHA title with a 31-9-3, 19-7-2 WCHA record last winter. CC also went on to win its NCAA regional and gained a berth in the 2005 NCAA Frozen Four.  Before his tenure at Colorado College, Rud was an assistant coach with Cedar Rapids of the USHL from 2002 to 2004. He was responsible for recruiting many members of the Cedar Rapids team that won the 2005 USHL league title.

“The process was difficult because we had an unbelievable pool of candidates applying for this job, but the easy part was saying yes to Eric Rud,” said Gamblers President Brendan Bruss.  “He exemplifies Gamblers Hockey with great character and we’re confident he’ll be an outstanding coach.”

Originally from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Rud was voted the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and earned all-league honors in his final two campaigns at Colorado College.  He helped lead the Tigers to the Frozen Four as a junior and senior – including an appearance in the NCAA championship game in 1996. As a college player, Rud appeared in 168 consecutive games as the Tigers won WCHA regular season titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and posted a 111-43-14 record during that run from 1993-97.

Rud was also a standout player with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers (1991-93) prior to his collegiate playing days. At Des Moines, Rud gained league MVP honors (1992-93) and helped the Buccaneers win a national title (1991-92).

Rud graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He went on to play professional hockey with the San Antonio Dragons (IHL), Quebec Rafales (IHL), Florida Everblades (ECHL), Kansas City Blades (IHL), Utah Grizzlies (IHL) and the Idaho Steelheads (WCHL).

Blais likes what he sees

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais added former University of Minnesota assistants Mike Hastings and Mike Guentzel to his staff for 2010-11, and likes what he sees. The Omaha World-Herald had a Sunday story taking a preseason look at the Mavericks here.

Nebraska-Omaha, which begins WCHA play this season, started school Monday.

Chris Garner this week

A Saturday update on Minnesota Duluth men’s equipment manager Chris Garner, 32, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant to combat a blood cell disorder.

Chris Garner Support and Benefit Page This week has been filled with great results in Chris’ blood counts. The doctors feel Chris’ body is responding very well to the transplant. The only thing that was not so fun for Chris this week is the few mouth sores from the chemotherapy treatment, although that has not stopped his eating.

Michigan Tech ends tour

Michigan Tech is returning from a five-game trip to Europe. The Huskies ended with a loss Wednesday. The Huskies are in Duluth on Nov. 12-13 this season. Here’s a release from the school’s sports information office:

KLAGENFURT, Germany – After playing five games in six days and playing without three skaters Michigan Tech ran out of gas as Klagenfurt posted a 7-2 win Aug. 18. The Huskies finished their European Tour with a 2-3 record.

The Dragons jumped onto the scoreboard with an even strength goal two minutes into the game and added another midway through the opening period.

The Huskies enjoyed a few chances of their own with Brett Olson accounting for two break away chances.

Klagenfurt would add three more goals in the second period before Tech notched their first. Olson busted up the Dragon shut out when he tipped in a pass coming across the face of the goal. Bryce Reddick and MilosGordic assisted on the goal.

The third period opened with a power play goal by Klagenfurt but Tech would answer with one of their own. Steven Seigo fired a shot on net that was tipped past the Dragon netminder by Evan Witt. Tommy Brown also assisted on the goal.

Klagenfurt added one more goal to skate to the 7-2 win.

The Dragons out shot the Huskies 40-34 in the game.

Kevin Genoe gave up all seven goals before being replaced by Corson Cramer.

Tech will open up the 2010-11 season with an exhibition game against Nipissing on Oct. 2.