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.

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 Hockey.com here and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville Times has a brief update here.

Grandma’s defending women’s champion returns; Mayor Ness to try half marathon; WCHA women’s tournament to Bemidji; Lamoureux twins sign with Nike

Defending women’s champion Everlyne Lagat of Kenya will wear No. 1 in Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon and carries the good wishes of her siblings, all nine of them. The News Tribune has her story here.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness, a former Duluth Central basketball player, is entered in Saturday’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. News Tribune writer Jon Nowacki checked in on Ness and his training for a story here.

The WCHA women’s playoff tournament is coming to Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn., in 2014. A news release is here.

Two of the top players in WCHA women’s history, twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, candidates for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team, have signed an endorsement contract with Nike following the end of their college careers. Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald has the story of the sisters here.

Goucher to be in town, as spectator; Anchorage hires coach; Crunch season ends

Duluthian Kara Goucher has a busy week, running the 10,000-meter event Thursday at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, and then driving to Duluth to watch Saturday’s Grandma’s Marathon and USA Half Marathon Championships. A News Tribune update is here.

Alaska Anchorage hired Matt Thomas on Tuesday with the hopes of ending 20 straight losing seasons. Doyle Woody of the Anchorage Daily News has stories here and here and here.

And there’s an update on Anchorage’s athletic director search here.

The Syracuse Crunch and J.T. Brown ended their season Tuesday night, losing to Grand Rapids (Mich.) 5-2 in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series in Syracuse, N.Y. Grand Rapids won the series 4-2. The Syracuse Post-Standard has stories here and here.