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.

Grandma’s weekend starts out wet; Beardsley says course record could fall; Security increased for marathon; Goucher fifth in 10K; Gwozdecky and Alabama-Huntsville

The Summer Solstice has arrived, yet spring-like weather remains in Northeastern Minnesota. Rain and 50 degrees Friday, the eve of the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships. A 60 percent chance of rain is predicted for Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Is Dick Beardsley’s 1981 marathon course record in jeopardy? The News Tribune has some thoughts here.

Security will be increased at Grandma’s Marathon, especially in the finish line area in Canal Park. Mike Creger of the News Tribune has an update here.

Kara Goucher finished fifth in Thursday’s U.S. Track and Field Championships women’s 10,000-meter event in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teammate, Shalane Flanagan, won the race. The Portland Oregonian has all the details here.

Former Denver coach George Gwozdecky is in the mix for the vacant Alabama-Huntsville job according to U.S. College Hockey Online here and UAH here and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times has a brief update here.