Thursday, June 11, 2009

Still No Official Word

So after all of this that has gone on, there is still no word on the final WCHA slots. Forrest Karr said in a radio interview that it sounded like UNO would be getting the last spot, and the CCHA was trying hard to keep us where we are (still looking for a reference on that). It kind of satisfies the butterflies in my stomach, as we would need about 7 more Joe Sova-types to keep up with the smash-your-face-in-if-you-have-puck style hockey that seems to be so popular in the WCHA. But in the end, the WCHA has kept pretty quiet

On another happy note, Trevor Hyatt, Senior LW from the 2008-09 season was awarded the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American honor on Monday (6/9). I won't go into detail in regards to all of the awards that he has won in his last two seasons, the write-up at the Alaska Nanooks website does a nice job of that. But definitely a big congrats to Trevor on that one. It adds yet another first for our hockey team.

On the recruiting front, we have a lot of new faces coming in this year. Dallas got a pair of new faces signing LOIs in May, both from the BCHL. Most notable is the addition of yet another goaltender, Collin Rundell. A descendant of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in
Port Alberni, he moved up to the BCHL to play for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. In the 08-09 season, he went 9-17 with 1,437 minutes played, allowed 97 goals, for a 3.94 goals against average, and an 88.34 save percentage. Not a superstar, but definitely not a slacker either. BCHL plays some pretty fast paced hockey with high scoring games not anything out of the realm of the ordinary. He turns 21 in August.

I'm still digging up dirt on the newest addition, Left Wing, Chad Gehon from the Westside Warriors (again, BCHL). The BCHL stats page isn't doing a whole lot for me at this point, but at 26 goals and 41 assists over the course of the season, I'm happy to welcome another scorer.

Hopefully, in the near future, I'll have another collaborator on this blog to help out with some of the recruit tracking.

September 26th can't seem to get here soon enough...


mmf said...

Thanks for taking this on GoNooks314. Keep up the good work.

Do you know if Forest would happen to have an executive summary of what the arrangement is between UAF and the CCHA. I'm curious if we still provide the same travel subsidy for each CCHA team that we used to? is there any sunset clause? and what other cost sharing or revenue sharing arrangements are in place?

I would assume that a version of that summary has been written a couple of times for various reasons over the last few years.

Donald Dunlop said...

I should have been the first to comment. Welcome to Blogville.

GoNooks314 said...

Thanks Donald. Got a long ways to go yet to build a following like yours, but hopefully word will spread.

mmf, I'm sure he does. Last I heard, UAF was subsidizing 25 round-trip tickets per team coming to Fairbanks. And Donald may have to correct me, but the WCHA agreement with UAA is somewhere between 10-15, with 12 being what I think is the correct number. So if UAF does jump ship, we might get to save some money by paying for ~125 less plane tickets per season.

Another post coming tonight/tomorrow.

GoNooks314 said...

@mmf, in checking that News-Miner article a bit closer, looks like my numbers in regards to the travel subsidies are accurate. I'm going to ask Karr more in depth questions in regards to travel costs and savings included with the switch.