Doing a little bit of catching up on the link roundup …
- Check out the rest of this site and IndyFuelHockey.com for the latest in Fuel updates.
- A few weeks back, the ECHL announced its 2015 Hall of Fame Class: Former players Darren Colborne and Louis Dumont, league executive Scott Sabatino and team executive Carl Scheer.
- Two players with Indy ties signed national letters of intent during the recent early signing period – 2013-14 Ice player Denis Smirnov (Penn State) and Speedway native Mason Jobst (Ohio State).
- Sean Kuraly and Blake Coleman each had big games as No. 7 Miami beat Western Michigan last week. Coleman now has 20 goals in his last 25 games. Christian Hilbrich had the GWG for Cornell in a 3-2 win over Yale last Friday, which got a goal from Ryan Obuchowski. And on Tuesday, Jon Gillies and Providence shut out Army 3-0. Army’s Tyler Pham had the best shot at beating Gillies, hitting the post on a 2-on-1.
- Torey Krug is known for his hard, heavy shot, his mobility and his ability to quarterback the Boston Bruins’ power play, but he adds “fighter” to the list after dropping the gloves with Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk on Saturday.
Indy hockey related news
- Dominik Hasek, a former Indianapolis Ice goaltender, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last weekend. He becomes the 17th person who has either played, coached, owned or managed for an Indianapolis hockey team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Coverage from the Detroit Free Press, TSN, Yahoo!, WIVB-Buffalo (covering his speech) and ESPN.
- USA Hockey had a feature on the Indy Fusion youth program, which is setting a great example for the growth of girls hockey in the United States.
Elsewhere in hockey
- Some Silly Season-level stuff. Some Wichita investors are looking to build a casino in southeastern Kansas with a rink that “could feature a minor-league hockey team.” We’ve heard that before, and will hear it again. Right now, the only league operating anywhere near Kansas is the ECHL, but that would be a very small market.
- According to several sources, the NHL already has an ownership group lined up for an expansion team in Las Vegas, if the NHL ever decides to expand there (it’s headed by the Maloof family, former owners of the NBA Sacramento Kings). Las Vegas is currently an ECHL market, whose Wranglers are taking a year off while they seek a more permanent home.
- The desert southwest gets its first NCAA Div. I hockey program, as Arizona State plans to move to the top level of college hockey after fielding a successful club program for years.
- The NHL decided to get rid of the dry scrape before OT, a well-intentioned idea (clean up the ice before 4-on-4), but which added several minutes to games.