WCHA Power Rankings; Badger Bob; St. Thomas; Christyn May, body builder; Colt Goucher, astronaut

College Hockey News has weekly WCHA Power Rankings here.

U.S. College Hockey Online looks at this week in the WCHA here.

A significant moment at the Kohl Center is set for Friday with the dedication of the Bob Johnson Rink, honoring the late coach and Minneapolis native, who started Wisconsin’s hockey program. The Badgers face Colorado College in a weekend series. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal reflects on the spirit of Badger Bob Johnson in a story right here.

I don’t claim to have known Bob Johnson well, but did cover the WCHA in his final years (through 1982). When the Badgers won the 1981 NCAA title in Duluth, I walked with Johnson on a blocked off Superior Street as Badger fans celebrated. And when he coached the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the News Tribune was covering the 1991 Stanley Cup playoffs, I walked into the Civic Arena Igloo in Pittsburgh on an off day just as Johnson was leaving. I was hoping to talk with him and he headed right back to his office, and chatted and chatted for about a half hour. A good guy all the way around.

The NCAA has chosen Wisconsin-Superior (and Wessman Arena) as host school for the 2013 Division III women’s Frozen Four. A news release from UWS is here.

An NCAA release on championships in various sports awarded through 2015 is here.

And U.S. College Hockey Online takes a look at MIAC favorite and 2011 NCAA playoff entrant University of St. Thomas (my alma mater) in a story here.

The NCAA reviewed the idea of holding the Division III men’s championship game at the site of the 2014 Division I championship, but it was turned down. Updates from the NCAA here and U.S. College Hockey Online here.

UMD assistant volleyball coach Christyn May receives an in-depth profile treatment from NCAA.org in an excellent story on her success in body building right here.

And in Portland, Ore., on Halloween night, a photo from Kara and Adam Goucher as two-year-old Colt Goucher headed out for some Trick and Treating as a NASA astronaut:

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