Yes one final farewell column; Marty Sertich update; Michigan Tech unveils new scoreboard

Yes a third, and final, farewell column by the Rink and Run editor with a look back at 35 years of covering Grandma’s Marathon right here.

Minnesotan Marty Sertich, a former Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and nephew of former Minnesota Duluth coach Mike Sertich, is featured on the Colorado College web site here.

A new video scoreboard at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at Michigan Tech was unveiled recently. Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette has an update here.

First-time marathoner prepared for Grandma’s; Syracuse Crunch stays alive in AHL playoffs; McLeod looking forward to WCHA of 2013-14

A first-time marathoner from Duluth (Vinnie Surges) and a runner from Superior entered in his 106th race (Tim Sandor) are featured in the News Tribune leading to Saturday’s 37th Grandma’s Marathon here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch stayed alive in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 5-2 road victory Saturday night against Grand Rapids (Mich.) The series returns to Syracuse, N.Y., on Tuesday. Grand Rapids leads 3-2. A Saturday game story from the Syracuse Post-Standard here.

Commissioner Bruce McLeod is looking forward to the new look WCHA in 2013-14. Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press talked with McLeod for a story here.

Grandma’s Marathon week arrives; Kara and Shalane; Berlo’s NCHC jersey

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon and 23rd Garry Bjorklund, not to the mention the USA Half Marathon Championships, will be run along the North Shore on Saturday, June 22.

The News Tribune kicks off its race coverage Sunday with two stories: a Father’s Day piece on Scott Pearson of Poplar, Wis., who suffered a heart attack in the 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and lived to tell the tale here and a look back 35 years, to the 1978 Grandma’s Marathon, the first covered by the Rink and Run editor here.

Duluthian Kara Goucher, the 2012 USA Half Marathon women’s winner, is making a stop with training partner Shalane Flanagan in Madison, Wis., this week on the way to the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. A fun Twitter photo of Kara and Shalane is here.

Minnesota Duluth athletic director Josh Berlo shows off a new NCHC jersey in a Twitter photo here.

Syracuse Crunch avoids sweep; Grandma’s Marathon may add 2:05 runner

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch avoided being swept out of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series with a 3-2 win Friday night over Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids leads the series 3-1 and Game 5 is Saturday in Grand Rapids.

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

The 37th Grandma’s Marathon is one week from Saturday, on June 22. It’s possible the race could feature an Ethiopian runner with a personal best of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The News Tribune has an update here.

Ice out at Amsoil Aena; PairWise may be tweaked; CC’s Scott Winkler; Constantine returns to Everett

Summer officially begins June 21 and a sure sign is the ice going out at Amsoil Arena. Hockey operations guy Jeff Stark has 35 seconds of video of ice demolition right here.

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee is considering some PairWise Rankings changes, talked about last week in Indianapolis. Todd Milewski of U.S. College Hockey Online has an update here.

Former Colorado College center Scott Winkler was found dead at his family home in Norway on Wednesday at age 23. Joe Paisley of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Gazette has a story here.

International Falls native Kevin Constantine, 54, has returned to coach the Everett (Wash.) Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. He previously coached the team from 2003-2007. He was introduced Thursday and the team has press conference video here and a news release here.

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.

Stanley Cup connections; NCAA APR report; NCHC commissioner chatter

As the Stanley Cup championship series opens Wednesday, the Minnesota Duluth sports information office reminds fans there are two UMD-connected front office members from Ontario when spent time at UMD in the mid-1980′s: Chicago’s Norm Maciver, the assistant general manager, whose biography is here and Boston’s Wayne Smith, director of amateur scouting, here.

Academic Progress Rates have been released by the NCAA for 2012-13. Chris Dilks of Western College Hockey has the rankings of men’s hockey right here.

Let’s Play Hockey is reporting that Miami of Ohio senior associate athletic director Josh Fenton is being considered to follow Jim Scherr as NCHC commissioner. Fenton oversees hockey at Miami and is on the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee. His biography on the school’s web site is here.

Todd Milewski of the Madison Capital Times takes a look at home attendance figures for Wisconsin athletics here.

J.T. Brown scores goal, putting puck through net; Syracuse trails 2-0 in Calder Cup; LeBlanc to throw out first pitch at Target Field; WCHA meetings update from Bemidji

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch trail 2-0 in their American Hockey League Calder Cup championship series versus Grand Rapids (Mich.) following a 6-4 home loss Sunday. The Syracuse Post Standard has an update here.

Brown shot a puck THROUGH the net Sunday and, upon further review, is called a goal. The video is here.

Hermantown’s Drew LeBlanc is throwing out the first pitch of Wednesday’s Minnesota Twins 7:10 p.m. home game with Philadelphia. A St. Cloud State news release is here.

An update from Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer on WCHA meetings going on in Bemidji right here.

Syracuse Crunch loses opener; WCHA meeting in Bemidji; Grandma’s Marathon official numbers

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch opened the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series at home Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd losing 3-1 to Grand Rapids (Mich.). The Syracuse Post-Standard has a game story here.

Presidents and athletic directors from the 10 schools of the revamped WCHA are meeting in Bemidji, Minn., on Sunday and Monday. Jack Hittinger of the Bemidji Pioneer has the details here.

The official entry numbers are out for Grandma’s Marathon weekend of June 21-22.

The figures are slightly ahead of last year, race officials announced Saturday.

A field of 17,402 has registered: 7,338 in the 37th Grandma’s Marathon, a record 7,835 in the 23rd Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, 231 in the USA Half Marathon Championships and a record 1,998 in the 20th William A. Irvin 5-Kilometer run.

In 2012, there were 17,208 entrants.

The numbers reveal that the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has overtaken Grandma’s Marathon in participants for the first time.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has approximately 200 more entrants than in 2012 and 600 more than in 2011.

Grandma’s Marathon continues to face dwindling figures, about 300 fewer entrants than in 2012 and nearly 1,000 fewer than in 2011.

The half marathon distance remains the most popular in the United States with an estimated 1.85 million timed finishers in 2012, a record high. There were 487,000 marathon finishers in the United States in 2012, down slightly from a record 518,000 in 2011.

The William A. Irvin 5K is June 21, while the other three races are June 22.

Scott Keenan retiring from Grandma’s Marathon; JT Brown and Crunch in Calder Cup final; Junior Evaluation Camp; Old Engelstad Arena being demolished

The man behind the success of Grandma’s Marathon the past 37 years, race director Scott Keenan of Duluth, said Friday he’s retiring after the 2013 race on June 22. The News Tribune has an update here.

J.T. Brown and the Syracuse Crunch open the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup championship series Saturday night at home against the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins. Behind the Grand Rapids bench is first-year coach Jeff Blashill, a former Western Michigan coach. Peter Wallner of the Grand Rapids Press has a Blashill feature here.

USA Hockey’s news release this week on the Junior Evaluation Camp invitees, including Minnesota Duluth recruit Dom Toninato, is here.

The old Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., previous home for University of North Dakota hockey, is being demolished. The school has a news release here.