Gwozdecky, Omaha, Reiter, Hjelle

A few items as less than three weeks remain until the drop of the puck to the college season.

With Penn State officially adding varsity hockey, a head coach will be the next order of business in University Park, Pa., and the rumor mill is already starting. How high-profile will be the first coach of the Nittany Lions? Mike Chambers of the Denver Post suggests that Denver’s George Gwozdecky could be a candidate and the University of Denver should get busy with a new contract. That blog entry is here.

And continuing the Penn State theme, if a Big Ten hockey conference is formed, and three teams leave the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, the CCHA may not be the place to be. The Omaha World Herald notes that Nebraska-Omaha’s decision to join the WCHA looks even better now. That blog entry is here.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Kevin Reiter, the older goalie brother of Minnesota Duluth goalie Kenny Reiter, is headed back to the Fort Wayne Komets of the Central Hockey League. Kevin Reiter, who played at Anchorage, spent a couple seasons in the Great Britain-based EIHL. Reiter in 2007-08, when Fort Wayne still was in the International Hockey League, was named the IHL’s Goaltender of the Year with eight shutouts.

As the college hockey season prepares to open, the U.S. Hockey League is also getting ready to start later this month. Former UMD goalie Brady Hjelle is back with the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) RoughRiders. Hjelle joins Cody Campbell in goal for what Cedar Rapids is calling the U.S. Hockey League’s best tandem. A press release on the prospects for Cedar Rapids this season is here.

And some weekend highlights from the Upper Midwest High School Elite League which made a stop at Mars Lakeview Arena is here and here.

The Elite League website is here.