WCHA members kick off the 2011-12 season Friday as Northern Alberta plays at Alaska Anchorage. There are four more exhibition games Saturday, four Sunday and one Monday. Lakehead University of Thunder Bay, Ontario, plays at Michigan Tech on Saturday and against Minnesota Duluth at 6:07 p.m. Sunday at Amsoil Arena.
Jack Connolly, a two-time All-American center, has been placed on a Top 10 list of Division I forwards for 2011-12 by U.S. College Hockey Online. That list is here.
Adam Wodon of College Hockey News talked with Colorado College athletic director Ken Ralph about the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and its status as an eight-team league. Ralph says the maximum will be nine teams. The CHN story is here.
College Hockey, Inc. has a revamped web site and wants you to take a look here.
Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press gives his view of Minnesota State Mankato’s place following conference shifting for 2013-14. That column is here.
Former Eveleth star and former UMD Al-American center Mark Pavelich is No. 56 on Minnesota Hockey Hub’s Top 100 countdown of all-time state high school players. That link is here.
Joe Stejskal of Grand Rapids, a four-year defenseman at Dartmouth through 2011, has been assigned by Montreal to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.
Former Duluth Marshall forward Zach Mausolf is on the Nebraska-Omaha roster as a walk on.
Eric Peterson of the Fargo (N.D.) Forum has an update on Minnesota State-Moorhead’s quest for Division I hockey, including budget concerns. That story is here.
U.S. Olympian and former UMD center Jenny Potter was inducted into the Edina (Minn.) Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday night. USA Hockey has an update here.
One of the best high school cross country runners in Northeastern Minnesota, Romeo Benish of Proctor, has taken quite a road to stardom, starting at his home in Guatemala. The News Tribune has a story here.