The 2011 NCAA Frozen Four opens a week from Thursday with a 4 p.m. semifinal game between Minnesota Duluth and Notre Dame, followed by a 7:30 p.m. game between North Dakota and Michigan at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.
Two WCHA schools recognized most for hockey — UMD and North Dakota — against two CCHA schools recognized most for football — Notre Dame and Michigan.
U.S. College Hockey Online features Notre Dame goalie Mike Johnson in a story here.
College Hockey News anointed Notre Dame forward T.J. Tynan as Division I rookie of the year in a story here.
USCHO takes a look back at last week’s Regionals and the Frozen Four entrants. A review of Notre Dame‘s Northeast Regional success is here. One USCHO writer projects a North Dakota versus UMD NCAA title game match up. That story is here.
The Western College Hockey blog also looks at the Frozen Four finalists here.
Earlier this week the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune gave their Notre Dame fan readers a primer on UMD here.
The South Bend Tribune also looks at the future of the CCHA in light of the formation of the Big Ten hockey conference, and how popular the Fighting Irish may be in any Division I realignment here.
The three finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award were named Wednesday, a day earlier than scheduled, which included North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin. The Grand Forks Herald story is here.
U.S. College Hockey Online takes a look at the Hobey Hat Trick finalists choices here.
The Denver Post has an update on Denver sophomore defenseman Matt Donovan signing with the New York Islanders here.