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Shirtless Guy
09-17-2012, 03:57 PM
You guys thinking that the season won't be cancelled certainly have a lot more faith in the owners and players than I do, both sides are being greedy and would rather punish the fans and cancel the season than give in.I really don't think the players are being all that greedy. Its not their fault the owners want to throw money at players. I find it amazing that these systems are setup basically to keep the owners from over spending because they can't control themselves...

bose301s
09-17-2012, 08:45 PM
I really don't think the players are being all that greedy. Its not their fault the owners want to throw money at players. I find it amazing that these systems are setup basically to keep the owners from over spending because they can't control themselves...I think the owners are being more greedy than the players but when someone is *****ing about getting paid $5 million a year vs. $6 million I would call that greedy as well, seriously, you're getting paid to play a game while the fans who watch you have real jobs making 1/100th what you do, you should be happy with getting paid $1 million a year.

bose301s
09-17-2012, 08:47 PM
As for the new jerseys, does anyone have an in with the team etc. so we can get group buys on them with customization for cheaper? I remember in spring/summer 2010 they did that and they were significantly cheaper than in the store, like $119 or $129 vs like $159 or whatever University Images sells them for.

JohnsonsJerseys
09-18-2012, 11:10 AM
Got an email this morning that UND suspended ALL of their captains for the first game of the season for violation of team policy. It didn't say what the issue was but the ENTIRE team now has to attend a weekly alcohol education program for an undisclosed length of time and do community service work. Also the entire team was placed on probation. I guess the boozing and hockey isn't limited to BU.

On one hand, good for the school for taking charge of the situation, on the other hand a pretty toothless penalty missing the opening non-conference game of the season, alcohol education and community service. I'm sure the guys will still make the trip and play the second night of the tourney in AK. How about sit them down for the entire first WCHA weekend and see if that gets their attention.

As for the Tech jerseys -tough to get jerseys for the fans when the team is still waiting.
:-)
Ryan J

eye4talent
09-18-2012, 11:12 AM
Look at the most "loaded" MN HS team from last year: Benilde. Jake O'Borsky played on their first line. This year, he's been a healthy scratch, and played sparingly in one game for Wenatchee. Jake Horton was their best defenseman and played every other shift. This year, he's not even the best defenseman on a bad NAHL team. Benilde's third line had a senior that's not even playing hockey anymore, and a kid that was born in 1997. Any NAHL team would mop the floor with them.

Look up how the Minnesota kids in that league are doing now, compared to what they did in high school. The only ones having real success were top line/all-state types two years ago. There's just way too much difference in age and depth for a game like that to be close in any way. Statements like that are as ignorant as Canadians saying Khaira is wasting his time because he's not playing on a team with NHL draft picks.

Amen.

UpNorthHockey
09-18-2012, 11:42 AM
Got an email this morning that UND suspended ALL of their captains for the first game of the season for violation of team policy. It didn't say what the issue was but the ENTIRE team now has to attend a weekly alcohol education program for an undisclosed length of time and do community service work. Also the entire team was placed on probation. I guess the boozing and hockey isn't limited to BU.

On one hand, good for the school for taking charge of the situation, on the other hand a pretty toothless penalty missing the opening non-conference game of the season, alcohol education and community service. I'm sure the guys will still make the trip and play the second night of the tourney in AK. How about sit them down for the entire first WCHA weekend and see if that gets their attention.


USCHO says that they'll be missing the AK game not the AIC game. Stings a little more, but probably is a slap on the wrist. MTU has been pretty lucky with our recruits and culture....we've had relatively few such incidents, despite a healthy love for beer.

stuckinwi
09-18-2012, 11:52 AM
New guy commiting for 2015:

https://twitter.com/TristanRostagno

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-18-2012, 11:59 AM
Every school's athletes throw parties and drink :rolleyes:. In the case of North Dakota's hockey team, they just happen to get the vast majority of the 'local celebrity' media attention in Grand Forks.

How quickly we forget John Scott and his SUV. :p

EDIT:


Arrowhead HS & TW U16 d-man @TristanRostagno has committed to Michigan Tech for 2015. 6'2, 185. 9/25/1996

http://blog.insidemuskegonlumberjacks.com/2012/05/getting-to-know-tristan-rostagno.html

He will play his sophomore year at Arrowhead, then move to Muskegon.

eye4talent
09-18-2012, 12:41 PM
New guy commiting for 2015:

https://twitter.com/TristanRostagno

nice. i heard Tech was in early on the Poganski kid from St. Cloud Cathederal. hopefully Mel can land him.

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20120822/SPORTS03/308220012/Team-USA-hockey-berth-has-Cathedral-s-Poganski-demand

mtu_huskies
09-18-2012, 01:32 PM
The Gophers published their TV schedulel today and FSN is making the trip to Houghton. The last time UMN was in Houghton, maybe 2 seasons ago, they skipped it.


On Monday Tech posted a video that will be a series called In the Crease, Mel answers some questions. It doesn't give me much hope for quality video this season for the games! I would think this would be the easy part, purchase an affordable HD flip camera, interview Mel and post the quality recording on the Athletics website, maybe my standards are too high, but the video seems dark/blurry, looks poorly done.

stuckinwi
09-18-2012, 02:01 PM
The Gophers published their TV schedulel today and FSN is making the trip to Houghton. The last time UMN was in Houghton, maybe 2 seasons ago, they skipped it.


On Monday Tech posted a video that will be a series called In the Crease, Mel answers some questions. It doesn't give me much hope for quality video this season for the games! I would think this would be the easy part, purchase an affordable HD flip camera, interview Mel and post the quality recording on the Athletics website, maybe my standards are too high, but the video seems dark/blurry, looks poorly done.

Yeah, the lighting was crap, too bright on Mel's face.

And it figures... when I make the trip home the game will be on TV... grrrrr.

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-18-2012, 02:49 PM
It looks to me like they're doing these interviews in the locker room, and they're either trying to create a dramatic look (and failing miserably), or they don't want us to see very much of it. Simply turning on the lights in there would improve the video quality a bit.

huskyfan
09-18-2012, 05:15 PM
it was a bit odd. it didn't even look like Mel.

mtu_huskies
09-18-2012, 06:55 PM
My attempt at notes from the Mel Pearson show on Monday, plenty of typos in there I'm sure.

Mel Pearson show summary from Monday 9/17: October 1st is the official 1st Mel Pearson show of the season

Can be on ice with team 2 hours a week.
Great event with Blueline club on Sunday, encourage anyone out there to join and get involved with them.

Cautionsly optimistic, another tough schedule. We're not going to sneak up on anyone this year. Opposing teams wont look past us, it'll bring the best out of us as well.

What has Mel and assistants been doing:
Sept. very busy with recruiting, junior leagues have started, BCHL and NAHL have started regular season.
Couple weeks ago Mel was gone, Billy and Damon were just recently gone for 5 days. Muckalt has been gone most of September.
A lot of kids are making college commitments, it's going very well
We're expecting a few verbals in next few weeks.

On Freshmen:
We're excited, they'll add excitement and energy, we like this class
They're good student athletes, all doing well in school so far, good solid people
They're all clean cut, very serious about hockey, it's a good thing
We have a blend of speed, size and skill
We have 2 athletic/talented goaltenders
Returning guys will lead this team, freshmen will follow at first

Dirk - Do all freshmen have a shot as day in day out players?
Yes, everyone brings somethign to the team, we have good competition in every area.

On Reddick - tried to get a 5th year, just starting to come into his own, unfortunately NCAA denied, Mel doesn't get it, UMD has a player going into 6th year, Mel looked at his case
It took a long time to get an answer from NCAA tough on Bryce blowing in the wind all summer, they had to keep submitting evidence and on Aug 29 got denied.

Tommy Brown - Dirk saw him in captains practice as a Forward, coaches haven't been on ice with him, Mel's not sure if he's been takign shifts up there, they're out there doing their own thing, we've discussed it with him late in the year, we have 9 Dman, if we need a guy to play Forward, he would be one
Someone might have to play forward and he'd be a candidate

Oct 7 game against Canada school - good solid team it will be a good game for us

LSSU - Game on Thursday at LSSU and back home Saturday, important to get them on schedule, we had a chance to get another home gome and worked it out with LSSU, it'll be Hall of fame game


Jujhar Khaira - he's on campus, for fans/coaches good to see him on campus, until you start school you never know who will make it to campus, major juniors apply a lot of pressure, they were trying
Good family that values education, he's happy he's here

Ever get a sense if a freshmen is handling the school work well? Mostly yes, sometimes a kid is quiet and if they're struggling you don't know. Get a feel for that now that coaches can be on the ice and talk to them. Some players haven't been in school for a few years, like Petan. It's an adjustment.


Steve Shields joined the show:
We're in good shape, 3 guys that believe that they can be starting. Not sure on their weaknesses yet, have a lot of time before decisions on playign time are made. Copley and Phillips have a great ability to compete, both highly recruited and willing to come in and become teammates and compete for time. They're both big goalies.
Are these three goaltenders going into season all even? Yes, it's wide open, Kevin has experience, played well with his opportunities. Mel has some say in who starts, but listens to Steve.

Shields has been credited with Robinson's strong performance last year. Do you see Genoe getting the same confidence? Credit to Josh, he was prepared to come in and have a good senior season, expecting the same thing from Kevin. Kevin's biggest challenge is his ability to be consistent.

Any differences in coaching for Steve? Learned a lot about coaching last year. Have had experiences good/bad over last 20 years with goalie coaches, tries to be a coach that adapts to the student. Genoe an opposite style to what Jamie/Pheonix play, wants to manage his time and think about how all three play.

Has Steve enjoyed his time in Copper Country? - Steve wouldn't have considered coming back if he didn't enjoy it, a big part of why he did come back (about a month ago) is because he wanted to enjoy some of the summer and not just be here for hockey. Really like it up here, the fishing/snowmobiling etc. Road trips are long, but overall good.

Did Shields feel he'd get so into the games as much as he did? Dirk thinks he gets emotional in press box. Cares about how these kids do, it's about seeing the team win. He might not do everythign the right way (sitting stoic in the press box) but that's not who he is.

After Steve left, Mel wants to emphasize how important Steve Shields is for this team. He's almost like the goalies father, he's into it.


Intrasquad game October 7 at Collesium in Calumet, it'll be in the afternoon. There will be the scrimmage and then autographs afterwards and skate with the huskies. Picnic/grilling etc, Athletics department will issue info soon.

Blake Pietila still in running to make the team. Mel thinks he has a great shot to make it. Need a bit of everything on a team like that, and Blake can play a role on that team. He can play anyway you want, PP, PK, checking line etc.
Blake muscles his way to get the puck on net, even if Dman taking away space. He's strong and stubborn, he'll try to beat you one on one. Good shot and release, Mel would like to see him shoot it quicker and use his speed more.

How much does Mel carryover Dman pairing like Seigo/Sweeney. Do they go into camp as partners? Yes and no, it's in your pocket, you know what they can do but you want to look at other pairings. Will move things around a bit early in the year to see how they do.

Uniforms: Dirk saw the socks, loves them. Can't wait until the jerseys get here. We hope we get them here before the 1st game. Wanted some of the past/history on the jerseys.

Overall on the schedule: happy for the most part, it is what it is. Good hoem game early vs. LSSU, the '62 team will be honored. Get your tickets, it'll be a neat event. The follow week are Gophers, Mel thinks they'll be unanimous #1. We had a few sparks last year in Minneapolis, will be fantastic, may be a tailagate before Saturday game.

What can Mel tell us about scheduling for first few yeras of new WCHA? Been working hard to get quality opponents, can say until contracts are signed. A couple Big Ten schools that have not been here for a long time, hopefully. Very excited. We will try to go to some areas downstate that we haven't been to other than GLI as well.

Mel wants to say Thank all fans for last year, he knows things are off to a good start. Exciting team, good pace of play, and a lot of good teams coming in here. Come out and support the kids, they like a packed house.

manurespreader
09-18-2012, 07:57 PM
great job on the notes.
Does anyone know if the video interviews are going to be made available for free like last year or if they will be only for those signed up for the streaming.?

Second question, now that the ice has been in for a bit, how does it compare to last years ice. Is there more snow is it harder? etc.
thanks in advance.
third question- have they done the Mt Ripley run yet?

This could be quite a season.

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-18-2012, 08:50 PM
third question- have they done the Mt Ripley run yet?

More than they would like to, judging from the Twitter comments. :p

FadeToBlack&Gold
09-18-2012, 09:40 PM
This admission was too good not to post :p:

http://i6.***********.com/albums/y227/association330/nmu%20admits%20it_zpsf660ceb9.jpg

bigblue_dl
09-18-2012, 10:03 PM
This admission was too good not to post :p:

http://i6.***********.com/albums/y227/association330/nmu%20admits%20it_zpsf660ceb9.jpgThat's a proud moment for my high school.

huskyfan
09-18-2012, 10:06 PM
this admission was too good not to post :p:

http://i6.***********.com/albums/y227/association330/nmu%20admits%20it_zpsf660ceb9.jpg

lol

JohnsonsJerseys
09-18-2012, 11:13 PM
Here is a teaser for my lastest add to the collection.
<img src="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/temp/photo.jpg" width=200>

No more teasing, here it is. Josh Robinson 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.
I really wanted the one with the lift bridge on it, but my guess is Josh has it.
This one somehow made it to the East Coast, only a year after it was last used.
I don't know how it got there, but I've learned not to ask questions, just say thank-you.
You can click on the image to view a larger version in a new window.
Ryan J

<a target=_blank href="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu30_11m_b.jpg"><img width=800 src="http://www.johnsonsjerseys.net/hockey/mtu/mtu30_11m_b.jpg"></a>