Warm in Pittsburgh for Frozen Four; Drew Olson; Norm Bazin; Tim Whitehead; Lina Backlin; Morris Kurtz

As a spring snowstorm bears down on Minnesota, the forecast for Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Thursday is for highs in the mid-70s with the Frozen Four getting underway.

(Minnesota Duluth Note: senior defenseman Drew Olson of Brainerd, Minn., has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Peoria (Ill.) Rivermen of the American Hockey League.)

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has Frozen Four stories here.

The St. Cloud Times features sophomore goalie Ryan Faragher of Fort Frances, Ontario, in a story here.

Thursday on ESPN2, Yale (20-12-3) faces Massachusetts-Lowell (28-10-2) at 3:30 p.m., and Quinnipiac (29-7-5) meets St. Cloud State (25-15-1) at 7 p.m. The title game is 6 p.m. Saturday. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award presentation is 5 p.m. Friday.

INCH Writer Mike Eidelbes previews Yale and Lowell here.

Lowell coach Norm Bazin, a former Colorado College assistant, has been named Division I coach of the year in a news release here.

News outlets are reporting that Wisconsin sophomore forward Brendan Woods, a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has signed with Carolina. He had 5-7-12 this season and 22 points in 75 career games.

Longtime Bangor (Maine) Daily News writer Larry Mahoney has an update on Tuesday’s firing of Maine coach Tim Whitehead after 12 seasons here and possible candidates for the job here.

On Tuesday, two years after Minnesota Duluth won the 2011 Division I title, Kenny Reiter remembered the day with a Twitter photo here and there is always video of the winning goal here.

The United States beat defending champion Canada 3-2 Tuesday in the Women’s World Championships title game in Ottawa, Ontario (and Russia beat Finland 2-0 for the bronze medal). From the IIHF web site, a USA-Canada game recap here and video highlights here.

The IIHF web site also has a feature on UMD recruit Lina Backlin, a defenseman for Sweden, here.

Former St. Cloud State athletic director Morris Kurtz has joined the Penn State athletic staff as a special assistant and will help with the school’s new varsity hockey teams. The school has a news release here.

3 thoughts on “Warm in Pittsburgh for Frozen Four; Drew Olson; Norm Bazin; Tim Whitehead; Lina Backlin; Morris Kurtz

  1. Olson was one of the few bright spots this year, truly a great all around d-man the past few years… good luck Drew… I’ll miss your grandparents sitting in the drink rail seats at every Amsoil game!!!

  2. It would be awesome to have a certain defenseman who recently de-committed from Denver to slide into Olson’s place this season :)

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