State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament; LeBlanc’s pitch; Referee moves; Syracuse Crunch loses; WCHA media package; Big Ten considers off-site video replay

Do you know about the State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament? It debuts Jan. 24-25 at Xcel Energy Center: Minnesota Duluth vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, and Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State. Tickets through UMD are available here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch are in a deep hole after losing 4-2 Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup final championship series. Grand Rapids leads 3-0. A game story from the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard is here.

Drew LeBlanc threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Minnesota Twins home win over Philadelphia. On Twitter LeBlanc reported:

I’ll be honest, I chickened out and lobbed one in there #nerves #rubberarm but the twins won and the madhouse got to go crazy #greatsuccess

Gopher Puck Live is projecting that WCHA referees Derek Shepherd, Brad Shepherd, Todd Anderson and C.J. Beaurline are heading to the NCHC, with Marco Hunt going to the Big Ten.

Nathan Wells of SB Nation, via Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer, is projecting a media package for the WCHA, including video streaming of games in a report here.

Off-site video replay is being discussed by the Big Ten as the league debuts in 2013-14. Reports from Chris Solari of the Lansing (Mich.) Journal here and Wells with SB Nation here.

5 thoughts on “State of Minnesota Hockey Tournament; LeBlanc’s pitch; Referee moves; Syracuse Crunch loses; WCHA media package; Big Ten considers off-site video replay

  1. I can’t believe the Shephard’s are going to the NCHC. Very disappointing news for all NCHC fans. I thought for sure none of the coaches in the league would allow this.

  2. I agree with the previous posts. These folks are not very consistent or reliable referees. I wonder what the AD’s and coaches were thinking. These guys need a lot of ongoing training and development…… WOW!

  3. I think no matter what referees we would have gotten in the league, we would have complained. The officiating in every league from every ref team is complained about by the fans of that league. At least now we know what kind of officiating we’re going to get. The Gophers aren’t in our league anymore, so that should at least make things a little more even.

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