UMD: A team to watch

U.S. College Hockey posted a Todd Milewski story Sunday about five teams with a chance to win the 2011 Division I title — including Minnesota Duluth. These are programs that have yet to win an NCAA championship. That story is here.

Also, Chris Dilks at Western College Hockey continues his position-by-position look at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for 2010-11, focusing on defensemen. UMD gets high grades in the story here.

And, the UMD women’s team of 2009-10 was at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon to celebrate with other NCAA championship teams. President Obama threw a party and the News Tribune caught up with coach Shannon Miller by phone afterward. That story by Lisa Baumann is here.

And there are reaction stories to Penn State’s expected announcement of adding varsity men’s and women’s hockey. Western College Hockey has something here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has something here and here.

College Hockey News has something here.

The News Tribune has a reaction story here.

Also the Upper Midwest High School Elite League began play last weekend with the North team, coached by Coleraine’s Pat Guyer, going 3-0. Minnesota Hockey Hub has an update here.