Miami’s Fenton named NCHC commissioner; 2013 NHL Entry Draft wrap; A farewell from Rink and Run

Miami of Ohio senior associate athletic director Josh Fenton has been named commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The league has a news release here.

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft had a one-day run Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Grand Rapids senior-to-be forward Avery Peterson, featured in Sunday’s News Tribune, was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round, going 167th overall.

Peterson, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, led the Thunderhawks in scoring with 27 goals and 35 assists last season.

“When the Wild came up and my name got called, I was pretty excited about that, obviously, being a Minnesota kid,” Peterson said in a video interview on the Wild website.

Updates on Wild picks from Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and the Wild web site here.

Bruce Ciskie has some draft musings here. 

UMD recruits taken in fifth round

Two Minnesota Duluth defenseman recruits were taken in the fifth round: Carson Soucy of Irma, Alberta, was 137th overall, going to Minnesota; and Blake Heinrich of Cambridge, Minn., was 144th, going to Washington.

Soucy, 6-foot-4 and 191 pounds, had five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 35 games in 2012-13 for Spruce Grove in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The UMD athletic web site has a Soucy update here.

Heinrich, 5-11 and 192 pounds, a former Hill Murray High School player, had three goals and 17 assists for 20 points in 42 games for Sioux City (Iowa) in the U.S. Hockey League.

Updates on Heinrich from the Russian Machine Never Breaks blog here and the Capitals web site here.

College Hockey Inc. has a list of 63 players representing 29 schools drafted by 27 NHL teams here.

Monday marks the end of the line of a nearly year-long farewell tour by the Rink and Run editor. By late afternoon Rink and Run will walk out of the News Tribune offices for the final time as an employee after approximately 35 years, 2 months and three days.

This blog is expected to be reborn later this year as the News Tribune sports staff approaches the 2013-14 academic year. Please continue to follow at duluthnewstribune.com here.

Sports editor Rick Lubbers fires the last salvo of going away columns, most penned by Rink and Run, in a final farewell here.

And some extra Bruce Ciskie here.

Two final-day assignments by Rink and Run appeared in Monday’s News Tribune with the Reidar Lund Memorial golf tournament here and a Kara Goucher update following the U.S. Track and Field Championships here.

Thanks to all for following the News Tribune and Rink and Run.

Bylsma named 2014 U.S. Olympic coach; Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids ready for NHL Entry Draft

USA Hockey named Dan Bylsma head men’s coach for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A news release is here.

Kevin Allen of USA Today has a story here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey blog has a post here.

Grand Rapids High School forward Avery Peterson will likely be taken in Sunday’s 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Rick Weegman of the News Tribune has a look a Peterson, and his family, in a Sunday feature right here and Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey and SB National has a feature here.

LeBlanc and the ESPYs; a video look at Minnesota all-time best prep players

Is an ESPY in Drew LeBlanc’s future? The St. Cloud State athletic web site has the details here.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News has the details on a new Hockey East playoff format here.

Spend 7 minutes and 30 seconds and enjoy a video look at the Top 100 players in the history of Minnesota boys hockey (picked by Minnesota Hockey Hub) right here.

USCHO looks at Anchorage coach; Will Nebraska add hockey?; Tech selects captains; Rink and Run cuts a cake

U.S. College Hockey Online takes a look at new Alaska Anchorage coach Matt Thomas here.

Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey blog sees the University of Nebraska as a college hockey varsity program candidate in a post here.

Michigan Tech, which opens the 2013-14 season at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 11-12, has named its captains for the upcoming season. A news release is here.

The News Tribune had a retirement bash for the Rink and Run editor on Thursday in Duluth. Rink and Run will be in operation through Monday and then head to the blogosphere hereafter as the editor collects his thoughts, and belongings, and heads to Arizona. Here’s a cake photo:

Photo: News Tribune farewell gathering for sports reporter Kevin Pates  this afternoon after 35+ years at the paper.

Amsoil Arena to make NCAA Regional bid; Thoughts from Ciskie; UMD season tickets on sale; Gophers to seek another outdoor game; Sleeper buses in the WCHA

Amsoil Arena’s Jeff Stark said Wednesday that a  bid for Division I men’s regionals in 2015 and 2016 will be submitted on behalf of the DECC and Minnesota Duluth. The News Tribune has an update here.

Bruce Ciskie provides insight on the regional tournament bid process here.

UMD 2013-14 season tickets for men’s and women’s hockey, and football, went on sale Wednesday. Information from the school is here.

Let’s Play Hockey is reporting that the University of Minnesota is in talks with Intersport on hosting an outdoor game versus Ohio State at TCF Bank Stadium on Jan. 18, 2014 in Minneapolis. Intersport, based in Chicago, among its services, produces live sporting events.

The reconfigured 10-team WCHA will have some particularly long road trips, and not just to Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. The Bowling Green (Ohio) State Falcons, in anticipation of being on the road for many hours, will use a sleeper bus, which will also reduce travel costs. Instead of flying to Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State, the Falcons will drive overnight. Kevin Gordon of the Bowling Green Sentinel has an update here.

Blackhawks have long NCAA alumni list; Canadian perspective of NCAA hockey; Hockey East to have new playoff format

College Hockey Inc. reports that the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have strong ties to the NCAA in the front office, on the ice and among alumni in a story here.

Former Minnesota Duluth teammates Norm Maciver and Bill Watson are among those listed.

From the web site Hockey Now a story on Canada’s perspective of NCAA Hockey is here.

U.S. College Hockey Online reviews the recent NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee discussion on rules enforcement in a story here.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News is reporting Hockey East athletic directors voted Tuesday to finalize a new playoff format with an extra round of play, according to two coaching sources.

Name the Minnesota hockey tournament contest underway; Ice Hockey Rules Committee update; Ohio State loses 2 recruits; USA women’s national team named

When Minnesota’s Division I teams get together for an inaugural tournament Jan. 24-25 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, a name is needed for the event. Name submissions from the public are being taken through Friday and then voting will begin. To submit a name idea go here.

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee recently met and what they talked about is here.

Todd Milewski of U.S. College Hockey Online has some thoughts on a possible change of Frozen Four games to Saturday and Monday here.

Andy Johnson of SB Nation is reporting that Ohio State coaches Steve Rohlik and Brett Larson have lost two recruits in the wake of Tom Osiecki’s firing. That news is here.

The International Ice Hockey Federation takes a look at the U.S. National Team women’s roster announced Monday here.

U.S. College Hockey Online also has a report on the women’s team here.

Scott Keenan oversees his final Grandma’s Marathon; 2014 U.S. Women’s team announced

Duluthian Scott Keenan, who has led Grandma’s Marathon from its first step in 1977, said goodbye to the race Saturday after 37 editions of the event.

The News Tribune has an update here.

The 2013-14 U.S. women’s national hockey team, leading to the 2014 Winter Olympics, was announced Monday morning. All of the information from USA Hockey is here.

Ethiopian short of course record in Grandma’s Marathon victory; Women’s course mark is demolished

Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku lived up to his favorite tag Saturday in winning the 37th Grandma’s Marathon from Two Harbors to Duluth. The News Tribune has an update here.

The Grandma’s Marathon women’s course record was demolished by Kenya’s Sarah Kiptoo. A News Tribune story is here.

Marathon wheelchair winner stories are here and here.

USA Half Marathon Championships stories are here and here.

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon stories are here and here.

Photo galleries from the race are

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Grandma’s Marathon race day predicted to be cool and wet; William A. Irvin 5K results

The races of Grandma’s Marathon get underway at 6:15 a.m. Saturday with the USA Half Marathon Championships. The marathon is at 7:45 a.m. The News Tribune will have updates and video during  the day at Duluth News Tribune.

The weather is predicted to be favorably cool in the 50s and 60s, yet rain is also likely along the North Shore.

The News Tribune offers an editorial as race executive director Scott Keenan looks toward retirement after a 37-year association with the marathon here.

There were 1,653 finishers in Friday night’s William A. Irvin 5K in Canal Park. Winners were Matthew Grey, 25, of Minnetonka, Minn., in 15:25 and Savanna Plombon, 20, of Frederick, Md., in 17:36. Jon Nowacki of the News Tribune details the race here and photos of Grey here and Plombon here and Complete results are available here.

One of the News Tribune’s own, computer whiz Dan Moller, won the 2013 Marsh Nelson Media Award from Grandma’s Marathon on Friday. His story is here.