No NHL but tonight is the Frozen Four NCAA Tourney

I usually don’t post other articles can’t seem to find any other articles in regard to the NCAA Frozen Four about todays contests:

Game 1:

Colorado College vs Denver—2pm espn2

Game 2:

North Dakota vs Minnesota—7pm espn2

With the N.H.L. Frozen Out, Focus Shifts to the Frozen Four

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/07/sports/h…y/07hockey.html?

By JOE LAPOINTE

Published: April 7, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 – Down the street from the Jack Nicklaus Museum and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is the Jerome Schottenstein Center, the focus of hockey in North America, at least for this week.

It is the icy stage for the Frozen Four, the N.C.A.A. Division I championship, the most important current hockey competition in a season lost to the National Hockey League lockout.

On the rosters of the four participating teams – the defending champion Denver, Colorado College, Minnesota and North Dakota – are more than two dozen players who have been drafted by N.H.L. teams and others who had hoped to be in June until the N.H.L. postponed its draft.

While the absence of the N.H.L. could raise the profile of Thursday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game, the lockout has been a mixed blessing for the players.

“I think it’s really helped college hockey,” said Brett Sterling, a junior left wing for Colorado College, who was drafted in the fifth round by Atlanta in 2003. “You’re getting a lot of people out here watching the game that would be normally watching N.H.L. hockey. People realize how fast and how dedicated the players are and how much emotion they play with.”

On the negative side, Sterling added, “It definitely hurts the players because guys who are drafted and guys who want to go as free agents don’t have anywhere to go now besides Europe.” (They have the option of playing in American minor leagues as well.)

Denver’s Matt Carle, a second-round draft pick of San Jose in 2003, said that “we definitely have more of a fan interest this year” without the Colorado Avalanche playing. But, Carle, a sophomore defenseman, said the lockout worried seniors looking for work next season because players of N.H.L. caliber might take jobs in the American Hockey League.

Kellen Briggs of Minnesota said the lockout had been inconsequential for fan support in the Twin Cities because “we sell out every game,” even with N.H.L. competition from the Wild. Drew Stafford of North Dakota, a first-round choice of the Buffalo Sabres in 2004, said, “I’d love to be watching the Stanley Cup playoffs as a fan.”

For his teammate Travis Zajac, a freshman and a first-round choice of the Devils in 2004, the lockout could be a blessing in disguise because it lessens the temptation to turn pro too soon. “I’ve got lots of time to develop at North Dakota, and I’ve committed to four years,” Zajac said.

All the teams in the Frozen Four are from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. That will place an emphasis on already intense rivalries, but interest in this tournament tends to peak nationwide when there is representation from several regions.

Mark Bedics, the N.C.A.A. coordinator here, said requests for news media credentials were down to 275 from 400 last spring, when Boston College, Maine and Minnesota-Duluth, along with the eventual champion, Denver, played in the Frozen Four in Boston.

Colorado College and Denver tied for the regular-season title in the W.C.H.A., and Denver beat Colorado College, 1-0, in the championship game of the league tournament.

Minnesota finished tied for third and North Dakota was fifth in the league, and there has been some grousing that the two Colorado teams must play in the less-prominent 2 p.m. slot on Thursday, while the Golden Gophers and the Fighting Sioux play at 7 p.m.

The reason is television. Minnesota and North Dakota are more prestigious programs and are expected to draw a larger audience. Tom Jacobs, the N.C.A.A. director at the site, said that “ESPN had a preference.”

The N.H.L. general managers meet on Thursday in Detroit to discuss rules changes in a session that will include several players, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow, the executive director of the N.H.L. players union.

One item could involve elimination of the center red line for offside passes to liberalize puck movement between zones and bring the N.H.L. into step with collegiate and international hockey.

Denver Coach George Gwozdecky said he would support the change to create excitement. “I’ve always been amazed that they have been so slow to incorporate this,” Gwozdecky said.

The effect would be most noticeable in transitions after turnovers, he said. “All of a sudden – zing! – there goes a 150-foot pass up the ice,” Gwozdecky said. “Once they played with that rule, they would love it.”

NCAA/HTR Challenge Standings:

Hockeyhead: 13

Yzerman19: 11

Big Booty: 10

Mantaray: 10

Phenom3150: 6

Good Luck tonight people.


14 Responses to No NHL but tonight is the Frozen Four NCAA Tourney

  1. hockeyhead says:

    come on ND and CC.

  2. ranford4life says:

    “Down the street from the Jack Nicklaus Museum and the Woody Hayes Athletic Center is the Jerome Schottenstein Center, the focus of hockey in North America, at least for this week.

    It is the icy stage for the Frozen Four, the N.C.A.A. Division I championship, the most important current hockey competition in a season lost to the National Hockey League lockout. “

    Leave it to an ignorant American reporter to presuppose that American College hockey would take precedence in the hockey world over the three CHL league playoffs. Sidney Crosby begins his run to the Memorial Cup Friday, the wrecking crew out of London takes on a streaking Windsor team Thursday, and the top 3 scorers in the WHL from Brandon take on a Calgary team with one of the best attendance figures for any hockey team in North America.

    We’re setting up for one of the best Memorial Cups in recent years, and the “focus of hockey in North America” is on the Frozen Four? Not likely.

    Proponents of college hockey may want to check out this article:

    http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_Story.asp?ID=120417

  3. 19Yzerman says:

    This reporter would have left you with nothing to gripe about had this reporter not used the words North America and simply wrote America.

    I think you may have been a little harsh by saying that this reporter is ” an ignorant American” considering that all the reporter said was,” the most important current hockey competition” and managed to included Canada by using the word North when indicating the region in which the Frozen four would be watched.The Frozen Four here in the USA is being highly publicized and is ,” the most important current hockey competition in AMERICA”. I don’t think it was the intention of that reporter to belittle any other current hockey competition but ,only to promote the Frozen Four as hockey here in the USA is skating in thin ice. You put a link on your post which brought me to a page that shows Chris Bourque is going to leave School and go to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. WHY would he choose not to get an education?

    “College was a good time, but it wasn’t for me,” he tells the Boston Globe. “I wasn’t a big fan of going to school and going to class. It’s not the place for me.”

    “I didn’t think it was going to be as hard or as serious as it was.”

    What?????? Oh I get it take the easy route Chris!!!!

    If there is an easy route to the net in the NHL we can be sure with that mentality Chris Bourque will try to find it.

    Why point out this move by Bourque? Was that to validate that QMJHL is a higher skill level? Since NCAA hockey players are student athletes a lot of them are going to be professionals in something other then hockey and QMJHL teams are likely more skilled from top to bottom. However I must point out that NCAA players have one thing that can help them excel and that is an education which would make them smarter players and more rounded human beings. Another point would be which would draw better TV ratings in their respective regions NCAA or QMJHL.

  4. hockeyhead says:

    his dad (who i love) didn’t even graduate high school…..

    i love my intelligence and love to learn new things but sometimes i wish i was not as smart and wealthy.

    maybe the kid isn’t that smart for boston university…..but i have heard stories about student athletes first hand and how they have tutors that give them sex and do their work.

  5. 19Yzerman says:

    Yea well some one down there in Buckeye land forgot to tell Maurice Clarete that what happens in Columbus stays in Columbus.

    I love wealth but sometimes I wish I was more smarter. So I could be the better bestist at saving my money instead of spending it on woman.LOL

  6. hockeyhead says:

    nice dandoeagle yup yup.

  7. mikster says:

    Let’s use common sense here instead of throwing some hopefuly unintended offensive remarks.

    You are saying that the Frozen Four is not, or should not be, the main ice hockey event right now in North America.

    Right?

    Wrong.

    First of all, it is both Canada and US that take coverage on the Frozen Four.

    Here in the US, we have no idea about the “Q” league. We don’t get that kind of coverage. The only way to “follow” it is to look at the draft picks that come from the “Q” and understand the kind of level they play in.

    I do that, and for the past few years my opinion about the QMHL is that it is very overrated. It fits Crosby, absolutely, but how would Crosby perform in the NCAA? Or the OHL? In the WHL he’d be better off since it is also a scoring league.

    NAA is a national event. QMHL is a regional event.

    So, the so called “ignorant” American reported turned out to be correct as the Frozen Four is the #1 hockey tournament to follow at this time.

    Heck, i even doubt that western Canadians could give a rat’s ass about the Q. The only reason why i’d watch it is for Crosby, other than that….i don’t have much interest in it.

    As for Bourque….he just proved to be a rich boy who thinks he can get away with life by being *****y and show poor leadership, and is already proving he is a poor role model.

    School is not fit for him……that’s a laugh. I would have never drafted him for that alone. Oh yeah, taking classes…….such a stressful thing to do, why would anyone need college? Chris has daddy’s name and his money.

    I think he did a major mistake with this.

  8. mikster says:

    I was greatly upset that CC played poorly and got their asses kicked by Denver. Makes me think how and why on earth Michigan lost to CC, being up 3-0.

    I can’t believe it. Michigan could have won it all.

    I guess i was partially wrong about Denver. I said that they unimpressed me, and they did though. I expected Denver to not struggle as much before playing CC. They are still a solid team, and they could definitely beat ND.

    As i said though, i like ND.

    Stafford was impressive to watch and it makes me wonder if he really should have been picked 13th overall.

    I think the Sabres hit the jackpot by installing Drew Stafford and Tomas Vanek in their system for the future.

    I finally got to see Zajac’s goods now and he is one nifty player. Devils are finally starting to draft players with capable offensive skills and good intelligence. This is what’s so great about the NCAA, players, even if they are below average students, at least have some sort of education and are influenced by it.

    I like Zajac, and he’s got a wicked wrister.

    Of course, i was greatly impressed by Jordan Parise, as i mentioned him a couple of times before.

    Tonight he played almost perfect, and you want to see how goalies perform when they are on their game. He has some bad habits behind the net and hugging the posts (he shouldn’t stay too far down as if he is crouched).

    I think he will be a well known player next year, and i’d like to see the Devils draft him in the near future.

    And good heavens, is Barry Melrose a pimp with those clothes he is wearing?

  9. ranger_fan says:

    Pardon myself here, and the writers of Ace Ventura, but Barry Melrose should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell!

  10. hockeyhead says:

    that’s his zoot suit man (hope i spelled that right,,,, i wasnt around in the 1920’s)

  11. 19Yzerman says:

    Your right about Chris having daddy’s name on the back of his jersey which will open doors for him that may not have been there for other players of equal skill level. The expectations are going to be monumental for him perform at the level of his HOF father. Only time will tell what his hockey career will have in store for him. At best he will be an outstanding NHLer and the need for an education will be nothing more then being able to speak when they put the microphone in his face during an intermision and all he has to say is, “I thought both teams played well and things were about even but, we need to get things going in the secound period.”

    So far I only know 2 things about Chris.

    1: He came to the A2ICE3 thats the Ann Arbor Ice cube to try out for the USA 17 and under developmental team a couple years ago and did not do very well.

    2: He has left an opertunity that most 18 year old hockey players would cherish.

    Whats puzzling about it all is that there is a USA dev. 17 and under program in exeter NH so why come to A2? Why is it taking him so long to find a place, a team or a program which is best for him? Most hockey players have these things figured out soon after high school and they get on with it. I would think that his father would have been able to help figure this stuff out sooner. I just don’t get it! Maybe his father is the reason for Chris’s unsettled moving around.

  12. 19Yzerman says:

    When The Wolverines went up 3-0 on CC I thought they would turn that game into a big blow out.

    They have an outstanding offensive core and a pretty good defensive team. A great goalie.

    Sometimes its not always the best team that wins a championship but, the one who gets on a hot streak at the right time.

  13. hockeyhead says:

    he signed a amature tryout with the portland me. pirates today.

  14. 19Yzerman says:

    Pirates Sign Chris Bourque, Son of NHL Legend Ray Bourque

    04/07/05 – American Hockey League (AHL) Portland Pirates

    PORTLAND, ME- The Portland Pirates have signed center Chris Bourque to an amateur try-out agreement (ATO), it was announced today by Head Coach Tim Army. He will join the Pirates today and remain with the club through the team’s final six games of the regular season.

    Bourque, 19, was selected by the Washington Capitals in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft. The 5′ 7″, 175-pound Boston native appeared in 35 games for Boston University this season, recording 10 goals and 13 assists, and ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 23 points. He also led the Terriers in shots (115) and ranked second in penalty minutes (50). Bourque was selected for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and represented the United States at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships, recording one goal and one assist in three games.

    Prior to joining Boston University, Bourque attended Cushing Academy and in two seasons, appeared in 59 games and recorded 68 goals and 79 assists for 147 points. His father is former NHL defenseman Ray Bourque.

    This will be interesting to see if he makes the team and how well he does against AHL skill level players.

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