The 2011-12 college season is two months and two weeks from starting, and Inside College Hockey has a preseason Top 10 here.
Last month, INCH also projected candidates for the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. See if Jack Connolly is on the 10-player list here.
Blogger Timothy Boger takes a statistical look at the WCHA for 2011-12, team by team — points returning and points lost — here.
The Chicago Express of the East Coast Hockey League has a release on the signing of Cloquet native Tyler Johnson, a former Colorado College foward, here.
Duluth native Josh Mizerek, a defenseman who has been playing in Europe, recently signed with the Hull Stingrays in England. A team release is here.
Also former Bulldogs Josh Meyers and MacGregor Sharp are said to be headed to Bozen-Bolzano, Italy to play in 2011-12. Both have played minor league hockey the past two years and spent time together last season with Abbotsford (British Columbia) in the American Hockey League.
Much discussion is taking place this month after a number of NCAA-recruited players have instead chosen to play with Canadian Major Junior teams. Some of the reaction from:
Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald here.
Chris Peters U.S. Of Hockey here.
Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey here.
Bruce Ciskie here.
Michigan blogger Tim Williams, following the loss of goalie John Gibson, in a post here.
And, although this is a few weeks old, University of Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, who was in goal in the 2011 NCAA title game versus UMD, had this July 6 tweet:
“I had the most vivid dream last night that we won the national championship. The banner said 2012, looking ahead not back.”