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  • Originally posted by tylerzx2002 View Post
    LOL I thought Fortier was looking rather svelte the last practice I was at. Your comments must be getting to him.
    Hey, if he uses it as motivation to make improvements, good for him.

    I will be looking for photgraphic evidence, though ... ;-)
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    • Originally posted by Scott View Post
      Some more "feel good" news about UNH:
      https://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2023/09...-best-colleges
      Starting to close in on the Top 100 overall. I haven't the faintest clue on how these ratings are calculated, but always good to see the kids' alma mater zooming up the rankings! Good starts for Men's Soccer and Football too (and RIP Buddy Teevens - tough week for '70's sports icons), so the pressure will be on for the new Hoops coach and the stayed-too-long Hockey coach(es) when their seasons get cranked up in a month or two.
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      • Odd that Michigan State, which for years has been dropping because of facilities, gets a new Head Coach who has relationships with kids through the US National Program, and suddenly they have a top 5 recruiting class.

        Puck Preps
        BREAKING Our #1 ranked American 2007-born recruit Cullen Potter is officially off the board as he has committed to Michigan State. Potter will suit up for the U17 NTDP this season. The Spartans fantastic summer of recruiting continues. What a get.
        The Souza record:
        15-16 10th place
        16-17 10th place
        17-18 11th place
        18-19 8th place
        19-20 9th place
        20-21 10th place
        21-22 9th place
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        • Just to purge the final bits of preseason flashback to the glory of 1970's NHL goon hockey ... I wanted to follow up by touching on the outcome of the Glennie-Maloney incident later in 1975, which did not lack for clear video evidence of the entire sordid situation (unlike in Boucha-Forbes that was "spared" by wayward cameras and a possible commercial break). A few random comments to set the stage though ... at the time, Maloney was probably the consensus reigning "Heavyweight Champ" of the NHL for work he had accomplished earlier in his career in Chicago and then in Los Angeles, where he beat the cream of the crop heavies like Dave Schultz and Eddie Shack, and began a long history with Terry O'Reilly that would carry over later into their careers. When Marcel Dionne left Detroit after the '74/'75 season to sign with the Kings, Maloney was viewed as the key piece of compensation sent over to Detroit, and for almost three years Maloney gave the Dead Wings rare plus hockey on two bad teams, and helped lead the nearly .500 '78 Wings to a rare playoffs appearance, despite being traded to Toronto for Errol Thompson down the stretch. So at a down time in the Wings' history, Maloney was usually a rare bright spot.

          Maloney was early in his Detroit tenure when the Glennie incident occurred. In researching this, I found video of his prior game against the Rangers, when he hit NYR's Pat Hickey with a late check into the boards after a goal (easy to find if you'd like), and Maloney probably should've gotten more than the 5 minute boarding call he was given. So there's no doubt that when the featured incident occurred two days later (video linked below) with the initiating hit by Glennie on Dead Wings forward Bryan Hextall - a classic hip check that sent Hextall ***-over-teakettle to break up a Wings' rush - provoking a pair of sucker punches from Maloney, DRW#7 was a man on a mission. The clip is brief, unlike the Boucha clip, but it shows you all you need to know. The incident would lead to the de facto sequel to the Dave Forbes trial, this time in an Ontario court.

          Maloney Of Wings Acquitted - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

          A few other random things that occurred to me while going through the subject matter on the Maloney case:

          * Maloney was wearing #7 (FWIW to be worn later by other DRW's), eventually retired for "Terrible" Ted Lindsey;
          * Retiring jersey numbers wasn't as frequent then as now. Dale McCourt would wear Alex DelVecchio's #10 for years;
          * Henry Boucha wore DRW #16, a jersey that hasn't been worn since Vlad Konstantinov's post-Cup '97 limo accident;
          * Bryan Hextall - *victim* of Glennie's hip check - was traded a month later to the Stars for brother Dennis Hextall;
          * When DRW signed LA's Rogie Vachon in Summer '78, LAK asked for McCourt and Maloney (neither went/long story);
          * Leafs' owner Harold Ballard had long lusted for Dan Maloney to "toughen up" his team, and got him in late '78.

          There was another DRW-related incident in October of '78 involving the diminutive-yet-combative DRW #8 Dennis Polonich, and Colorado Rockies' F Wilf Paiement, which (after the acquittals of Forbes and then Maloney) did not see Paiement charged. Paiement and Colorado did face a civil suit, though, and perhaps relying too heavily on the Forbes and Maloney juries' lack of willingness to assess criminal penalties, the defendants rejected mediation, and Polonich was awarded a then-staggering sum of USD $850,000 by a Michigan jury. There are references in some of the media coverage as to a USD $3.5 million "settlement" paid to Boucha, but that was the same number as they demanded at the outset, so chances are that Boucha's settlement would most likely have been in the territory of Polonich's award. As both Boucha and Polonich were represented by the same Detroit area attorney in their civil cases, I recall his name coming up again most recently 20 years ago in the infamous Moore-Bertuzzi assault. I will say, NHL hockey back in the days of Slapshot ... not an exaggeration at all ...
           
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          • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
            Odd that Michigan State, which for years has been dropping because of facilities, gets a new Head Coach who has relationships with kids through the US National Program, and suddenly they have a top 5 recruiting class.
            Things that make you go hmmmm....
            Here we go 'Cats!!

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            • Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
              Odd that Michigan State, which for years has been dropping because of facilities, gets a new Head Coach who has relationships with kids through the US National Program, and suddenly they have a top 5 recruiting class.
              I thought that MS7 supposedly “had relationships” with all the hot shot Euro kids? Why cannot we be a “top 5 recruiting class”?

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              • Originally posted by Snively65 View Post
                I thought that MS7 supposedly “had relationships” with all the hot shot Euro kids? Why cannot we be a “top 5 recruiting class”?
                Well, after almost a decade's worth of recruiting work for his alma mater, MS7 seems to have finally gotten a foothold in the Baltics with the Sardarian and Skrastins (sp?) kids. His foray into Sweden was brief and unimpressive, and his dalliance in Japan short-lived. But now that he's bringing the best and brightest emerging hockey talent from the recruiting hotbeds of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia ... the sky's the limit ...

                ... or at least he and the new Hoops coach can now justify an annual joint recruiting junket to beautiful Riga ...
                 
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                • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                  Well, after almost a decade's worth of recruiting work for his alma mater, MS7 seems to have finally gotten a foothold in the Baltics with the Sardarian and Skrastins (sp?) kids. His foray into Sweden was brief and unimpressive, and his dalliance in Japan short-lived. But now that he's bringing the best and brightest emerging hockey talent from the recruiting hotbeds of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia ... the sky's the limit ...

                  ... or at least he and the new Hoops coach can now justify an annual joint recruiting junket to beautiful Riga ...
                  “Where is Kohei Sato now,” you ask? After playing his Div 1 fifth/grad season for Bentley, Kohei played for two teams in Finland last season: Jokipojat Joensun and JeuPa HT. HR, whatever happened to the rumored Finns that were supposedly coming to UNH?

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                  • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
                    Lifted from the UMaine thread ...

                    2023-24 Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association Media Poll

                    1. BU (11) 156
                    2. BC (2) 135
                    3. Merrimack (2) 135
                    4. Connecticut 102
                    5. Providence 92
                    6. Northeastern 86
                    7. Massachusetts-Lowell 83
                    8. Massachusetts 79
                    9. Maine 74
                    10. New Hampshire 26
                    11. Vermont 22
                    I went to the U so my math could be off, but 74-26 is a big spread from 9 to 10..... But we have a sponsor and new locker room so the tide will switch

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                    • Back again, here are my thoughts and questions

                      Without cheating and looking at the roster page on the website, who can name the 4 UNH goalies for this year? I saw one guy on the roster and had to ask some of the guys the other night who he was...

                      Just paid my $85 for tailgating at parents' weekend. Nothing like bending over everyone for a spot in B lot. My thought is hockey season ticket holders should have early access to tailgating tickets as a perk, thoughts?

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                      • Originally posted by norbert View Post
                        Without cheating and looking at the roster page on the website, who can name the 4 UNH goalies for this year? I saw one guy on the roster and had to ask some of the guys the other night who he was...
                        Mucinex, Foreman, you and me, norbie.
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                        • Originally posted by Snively65 View Post

                          “Where is Kohei Sato now,” you ask? After playing his Div 1 fifth/grad season for Bentley, Kohei played for two teams in Finland last season: Jokipojat Joensun and JeuPa HT. HR, whatever happened to the rumored Finns that were supposedly coming to UNH?
                          hmmm have no idea about the Finns, but isn't Kohei playing for the Belfast Giants this season, along with I think, without looking, Ara Nazarian? Just checked, yes, he is (along with
                          Nazarian). For some reason I though Liam Blackburn was heading there as well but isn't on the roster.
                          Here we go 'Cats!!

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                          • Almost time for a new thread...tossing the 'name the thread' ball out there as I can't come up with anything more than "UNH Hockey: Where will the STH's Park for the Season". Ha!
                            Here we go 'Cats!!

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                            • Originally posted by norbert View Post
                              Back again, here are my thoughts and questions

                              Without cheating and looking at the roster page on the website, who can name the 4 UNH goalies for this year? I saw one guy on the roster and had to ask some of the guys the other night who he was...

                              Just paid my $85 for tailgating at parents' weekend. Nothing like bending over everyone for a spot in B lot. My thought is hockey season ticket holders should have early access to tailgating tickets as a perk, thoughts?
                              Perks? You want perks? You get to go upstairs before games and cheaper soda...haha Muszelik and the new guy from NoDak (without looking, can't think of the name) plus
                              Forman, and one who's last name starts with a G-again, without looking...

                              Since you were speaking with the guys, what's their outlook for the season, if that came up of course...
                              Here we go 'Cats!!

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                              • Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
                                Almost time for a new thread...tossing the 'name the thread' ball out there as I can't come up with anything more than "UNH Hockey: Where will the STH's Park for the Season". Ha!
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