When Minnesota Duluth first reached No. 1 in hockey, in January of 1979, the Rink and Run editor was in his first year at the Duluth News Tribune. Gus Hendrickson and Mike Sertich were behind the bench and on the ice were guys like Curt Giles, Mark Pavelich, John Harrington, John Rothstein, Keith Hendrickson, Glenn Kulyk and Bill Perkl.
UMD scored 213 goals in 40 games (still the third-highest goal total in school history) and finished 22-14-4 and third in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. However, only five teams were chosen for the NCAA tournament at that time and UMD lost to two close games to Minnesota in the league playoffs and dropped out of consideration. In the 1979 NCAA championship game, Minnesota beat North Dakota 4-3 in Detroit.
The 2010-11 Bulldogs reached No. 1 this week and the News Tribune has some reaction from the team in a Thursday story here.
U.S. College Hockey Online‘s WCHA Blog writes on the same subject here.
The Wisconsin-based blog: Sixty minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets, takes a look at the Badgers and the Bulldogs leading to this weekend’s series in Madison in a posting here.
Wisconsin got the OK for a new practice facility (and swimming venue) Wednesday and a press release is here.
Ohio State, with new coaches Mark Osiecki and Steve Rohlik, are off to a 5-6 start. The CCHA Blog at U.S. College Hockey Online has a look at the Buckeyes here.
Former Denver assistant Seth Appert, now head man at Rensselaer Polytechnic, gives his side of the story following a one-game suspension by the ECAC, talking with the Troy (N.Y.) Record here.
Chris Dilks at Western College Hockey takes a look at the upcoming Minnesota High School season with some rankings and a few questions here.