Former UMD players in the news; Brown update; Goucher on the Trials

A few items on former Minnesota Duluth players making news:

Is Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk a candidate for the 2012 NHL Calder Trophy, for top first-year player? The Hurricanes think so. A story from the Charlotte (N.C.) News and Observer is here.

Goalie Alex Stalock, returning to hockey a year after a severed nerve injury, is back with Worcester (Mass.) in the American Hockey League. He had a successful rehabilitation stint with Stockton (Calif.) in the East Coast Hockey League. The Worcester Telegram has a story here and the Sharks web site has a release here.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has an update on Houston Aeros rookie forward Justin Fontaine being suspended for a Twitter slur. Fontaine is the second-leading scorer for the Minnesota Wild affiliate at 11-23-34. The Star Tribune story is here.

Also, UMD winger J.T. Brown, suffering an upper-body injury Saturday against North Dakota, was being examined Monday and wasn’t at practice. Coach Scott Sandeln was not expecting the injury to be season-ending, although he was unsure how long Brown could be out. Freshman winger Justin Crandall missed last weekend’s series, also with an upper-body injury, and could be back this weekend when UMD plays at Minnesota State-Mankato.

The PairWise Rankings changed a bit following Boston College’s third straight Beanpot Championship victory Monday, 3-2 over Boston University in overtime. The game is already regarded as a classic and the Boston Globe has a story here.

The PairWise Rankings are here.

BU senior center Chris Connolly of Duluth is among the candidates for the 2012 Walter Brown Award, which goes to the top American-born college player in New England. U.S. College Hockey Online has an update here.

Let’s Play Hockey was reporting Monday that the Target Center in Minneapolis is aggressively looking to host the National College Hockey Conference inaugural post-season tournament in 2013-14.

The UMD Statesman has a Jack Connolly video interview here.

The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that an outdoor game between Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota will be played the weekend of Feb. 8-9, 2013. The official announcement is set for Tuesday. The story is here.

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-called defenseman Dylan Olsen. A release from the team is here.

Chris Peters of the U.S. Of Hockey has some college notes and thoughts, including dangerous hits, in a post here.

Kara Goucher, in her, looks back one month to the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon race in Houston as she qualified for the 2012 Summer Games in an entry entitled Never Count Yourself Out here.