Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jared Linnell Commits...verbally

North Pole offensive stud Jared Linnell says he want's to follow in his dad's footsteps. The junior Patriot has apparently been on the phone with some of the folks in the UAF Athletic Department, as well as some media outlets. The descendant of former Nanook Derek Linnell was the top scorer for North Pole last season, boasting 53 points from 16 goals and 37 assists. Not too shabby. The high schooler was selected in the futures draft byCedar Rapids of the USHL back in early May. Will he decide to forgo juniors, and head straight into D-1 hockey? Probably. But the 5' 10" 160lb forward has a lot of work to do.

He's slated to attend a few skate camps this summer, including the Lions camp, as well as the the Fairbanks Ice Dogs camp. All the opportunities that come his way, he should take advantage. I've seen him skate, and he is definitely pretty quick on his feet for being 16 years old. He's got two more seasons with the Patriots, and I'm pretty anxious to see this kid take off. Props for staying and helping out the home team.
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So I didn't want to make a separate post about this, but this, at least deserves to be a nice footnote. So here is the would-be headline: Ex-UAA commit Spencer Bennett stuck it to Coach Shyiak and the UAA "Seawolves" just after the NHL draft. Bennett was selected in the 2009 NHL draft 141st overall by the Calgary Flames, and apparently, decided UAA wasn't good enough after riding the hind end of the WCHA for so long. So he dropped them like a stinky pair of underwear. But rather than sign with the Nanooks, he signed with my former hometown major junior league team, the WHL Portland Winterhawks.

Man, those guys in Anchorage were just getting over John Hill, now this? I love off-season drama...

10 comments:

SeawolvesFan said...

Okay, let me get this straight. You put a link up to John Hill that's 4 years old? Your calling out our former coaches? Remind me again why your last two/maybe three coaches got fired. Spencer got persuaeded to go to the WHL after talking to Brent Sutter. Brent has been known to bash and generally dislike the WCHA. Back in your days who would you listen to....a Stanley Cup winner and Head Coach of a team in the world's greatest league, or the coaches from a NCAA team? And, remember you has won the last three Governer's Cup's. 9th Place in WCHA<4th Place in CCHA

SeawolvesFan said...

And, remember who has won the last three Governer's Cup's. 9th Place in WCHA<4th Place in CCHA. The fire in my eyes is not letting me type correctly

Sue said...

Too bad the WCHA didn't think that _airbanks was good enough for them. It would have been sweet watching UA_ get beat 4 times a year by UAA, but I guess we will just have to settle for 2. When was the last time UAF actually won a game against UAA? LOL

Donald Dunlop said...

That's a crazy long "would be" title ...

How about any of these instead ...

UAA Recruit Gives Shyiak the Bird ...
NHL Directs UAA Recruit to CHL ...
Flames Suck But Have More Clout than UAA ...
Flames Sutter Knows UAA Doesn't Need Recruit to Throttle UA_ ...

Yeah .. .that last one is a little long, huh?

GoNooks314 said...

@SeawolvesFan I like how, after attempting to correct yourself, you still said that 9th place in the WCHA is LESS THAN 4th place in the CCHA. I must agree.

@Sue Had UAF decided to apply for the spot, it would have been a different story. UAF didn't apply for the WCHA.

@Both The last time UAF beat UAA was the 06-07, 05-06, 04-05, 03-04, and 02-03 seasons. Back when UAF played the same style of hockey. Worked very well against UAA, but not so much against CCHA-style hockey opponents. Which is why, during those years, UAF sat at the bottom of the CCHA totem pole. Being in the same conference would give some actual meaning to the Govenor's cup, preparing for and playing the same style of opponents each year makes it a true contest. Two years ago, under Doc, was a horrible season in comparison. Team morale was low, discipline was low, which amounted to a less than successful season.

I figured this would start a flame war. Time to put it out though before it gets out of hand. I'll leave out the jabs from the articles in the future. Cheers.

GoNooks314 said...

@Donald Either of those would work. Bennett was a good recruit for you guys, and it is a shame you lost him. But it is pretty funny. Sutter could care less about UAA, he's concerned about his player and his growth. As he should be.

Donald Dunlop said...

Don't leave out the jabs in the future. Seriously. Such things are necessary between teams that hate each other. The fires of rivalry must be stoked.

Just set aside your journalistic leanings that somehow you must be "fair". This isn't journalism. Also ... don't think you have to answer anything you say. You don't.

And just FYI, UAF was much closer to being a WCHA member than you might think. From reading certain accounts and after having talked with Steve Cobb it's clear that some last minute wrangling by SCSU's AD got UNO accepted instead of UAF (i.e... "get this done today or you'll miss out on the gravy train").

Donald Dunlop said...

And um oh yeah ...

Check out my lastest post ... "UAA Seawolves to the CCHA" ...

Donald Dunlop said...

"lastest"?

SeawolvesFan said...

Yeah, I'll admit, I'm a little rusty, just like your team's skates last Feb. 27/28, and Oct. 19/20 Dec. 28/29, and dont forget Oct. 20/21 or Dec. 29/30. Wait, don't forget the other 72 losses you hand delievered us.