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  • My predictions by groupings (within that group, the top listing has my slightly stronger ranking).

    1.BU
    2.BC
    3-4.Providence
    U.Conn
    5-6.Northeastern
    U.Mass
    7-9.Merrimack
    Lowell
    Maine
    10-11.UNH
    Vermont


    Next Monday also opens the window for recruiting rising juniors in HS. The top pickings usually go to the teams with stronger reputations, with the lower ranked teams making more targeted offers. UNH continues to fall into the latter category, although last year, for the first time, UNH got two commitments, one from Sadowski, and the other from Tournas. Both are highly ranked, if not quite at the elite level, with Sadowski having the obvious UNH/Souza tie, and Tournas being a bit of an unproven kid playing Connecticut HS hockey, so UNH took an early chance with him.
    Let's see how they fall this year.
    Last edited by NCAA watcher; 07-25-2023, 10:48 AM.
    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
    22-23 10th place

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    • 1. BC
      2. BU
      3. Northeastern
      4. Providence
      5. UMaine
      6. Lowell
      7. UConn
      8. Merrimack
      9. UMass
      10 UVM
      11 MS7U
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      • Originally posted by Whalers View Post
        Dont speed read - Vingegaard had an EPIC two days on the Tour. The time trial and the follow-up day, WOW!! To see Pogacar break and then admit it on the team radio, Vin was just stomping on his opponent and waiting for them to tap out. You could say Lance and "The Look" were similar but we all know what fueled that scenario. Maybe LeMond's Paris time trial ride to win against Fignon? The look on Fignon's face (and most of the french fans) was priceless.

        With everything that has gone on in cycling over the years, you dont want to question, but you almost have to.
        Right? Epic Tour overall with many compelling story lines. It went from one the closest in years to one of the biggest blow outs in years in two stages. Gotta love Tadej's first word in the post race interview after he bonked: "F@#$ed". Speaking of interviews, Mohoric's was one of the best sports interviews of all time.

        The question popped into my head too, but I think Jonas is clean. He seems too genuine and the sport has changed. Lance was beating riders who were being caught doping. At the time you knew he couldn't be clean. The similarity is Lance and Jonas were singularly focused on the Tour while Tadej wants to enter and win every race there is. Interestingly though Jonas is going to the Vuelta, likely because Jumbo Visma can win the triple and needs a new sponsor next year. The analysts mentioned that Jumbo gets the team organization nod over UAE and Cervelo is no doubt better equipment than Colnago.

        I ended up mostly watching the world feed. I like the NBC coverage, all the on air talent and Phil is the voice of July, but the commercial breaks were too much for me. Also the world feed is more informative for veteran viewers and those with some cycling experience.

        Vive Le Tour!
        I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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        • A Statement from Patrice Bergeron:
          https://www.nhl.com/bruins/news/a-st...on/c-345429764
          I will not be out cheered in my own building.

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          • Originally posted by Darius View Post
            Class act. He's definitely going to be missed.
            UNH

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            • 1 BU
              2 BC
              3 NE
              4 UConn
              5 PC
              6 Me
              7 MC
              8 UMass
              9 UML
              10 UNH
              11 UVM
              As I have stated previously, we will be better this year but moving up will continue to be hard. Conmy is just so important (as a potential goal scorer) but they could be a fun team to watch. My fear is that instead of 2-1 overtime games we may be seeing 5-3 games.

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              • Originally posted by Scott View Post

                Class act. He's definitely going to be missed.
                really deserved better...1 cup but that's not the main emphasis on what a fantastic player and leader he is. Man, he will be missed...dearly. Thank you Saint Patrice!!!
                Here we go 'Cats!!

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                • Originally posted by After the Whistle View Post
                  1 BU
                  2 BC
                  3 NE
                  4 UConn
                  5 PC
                  6 Me
                  7 MC
                  8 UMass
                  9 UML
                  10 UNH
                  11 UVM
                  As I have stated previously, we will be better this year but moving up will continue to be hard. Conmy is just so important (as a potential goal scorer) but they could be a fun team to watch. My fear is that instead of 2-1 overtime games we may be seeing 5-3 games.
                  Agree with this prediction. I do think the heady start to the season and most of them home games will be a big challenge but they will surely 'learn' from it and could surprise. Gonna be a hard
                  pull to be 'champions of November' but you never know. I don't have big time expectations if I'm being completely honest. I'd rather set them lower and hope for the best. It's almost October, right??
                  Here we go 'Cats!!

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                  • Originally posted by Darius View Post
                    Sigh...well think we all expected this. Not the kind of news I need. Heading to Boston in just a few to get some needed medical stuff done. Should wear my Bergy T!!!
                    Here we go 'Cats!!

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                    • Was just listening to a heated discussion elsewhere in whether or not Bergeron belongs on the Bruins' "Mount Rushmore" (simple answer is, not even close, but some folks don't "get" history - Orr, Bourque, Schmidt, Shore, Esposito, maybe even Bucyk and/or Neely ahead of Bergy?), but it made me think, who is on the "Mount Rushmore of UNH Hockey"?

                      Charlie Holt
                      Dick Umile (yup)
                      Jason Krog
                      Ralph Cox? Gordie Clark? Whoop Snively??

                      Leaving out two year guys like Langway, Miller and JvR, just because. I think the first two are solid, Krog (Hobey and FF Finals '99) the most prominent player, and the 4th slot could arguably be between at least a half-dozen candidates, if not more. I don't think we've done this before, so now seems a good time to thrash it out. Enjoy!!

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                      • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
                        Was just listening to a heated discussion elsewhere in whether or not Bergeron belongs on the Bruins' "Mount Rushmore" (simple answer is, not even close, but some folks don't "get" history - Orr, Bourque, Schmidt, Shore, Esposito, maybe even Bucyk and/or Neely ahead of Bergy?), but it made me think, who is on the "Mount Rushmore of UNH Hockey"?

                        Charlie Holt
                        Dick Umile (yup)
                        Jason Krog
                        Ralph Cox? Gordie Clark? Whoop Snively??

                        Leaving out two year guys like Langway, Miller and JvR, just because. I think the first two are solid, Krog (Hobey and FF Finals '99) the most prominent player, and the 4th slot could arguably be between at least a half-dozen candidates, if not more. I don't think we've done this before, so now seems a good time to thrash it out. Enjoy!!
                        Fun idea Chuck!

                        Ok so I don't have the fan longevity...but I'd put TyK on that prestigious list! (Though I'm biased just thinking of 4 year guys as you seem to think that's important :-) of course I am sure in the vast ocean of UNH superstars there are others just as/ more deserving!

                        Wouldn't mind seeing different scenarios/years for this not necessarily "all time"..

                        Ps As to Bergie...hes a first ballot HOF player and deserves to have his OWN mountain...God Bless Saint Patrice!!
                        Last edited by HockeyRef; 07-25-2023, 07:49 PM.
                        Here we go 'Cats!!

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                        • Mt Rushmore's are annoying because four is too few to have a real encompassing of a program's greatness. A couple of weeks back, something - I don't even remember what - inspired me to think about an all-time UNH Hockey team. And since its already written down I'll share it here. I didn't want to get into eras I did not experience or players I did not watch; due to age my fandom/awareness began during the Bob Kullen transition - so I will only consider Wildcats from that point forward (15 F, 8 D, 3 G)...

                          --

                          JVR - Krog - Haydar (UNH's best NHL goal-scorer with two of the best playmakers in program history)
                          Bekar - Mowers - Boguniecki (A combined 226 career goals over 11 seasons - Bekar in '99 the program's big what if?)
                          Nicklaus - Kelleher - Poturalski (Remember what TK & AP did for Dan Correale, a middling offensive player? Nicklaus, the '98 what if, might score 75 goals on their wing...)
                          Collins - Gare - C. Hemingway (Teammates for the 2023 run; Collins didn't have the elite sidekicks as an upperclassman and could have been even better statistically)
                          Nolan - Amodeo - Flanagan (Swapping Nolan into Mitrovic's place on one of the most underrated lines in program history - one which keyed the early 90's rise)

                          Missed the cut: Mitrovic (the biggest omission) - Micflikier - Poole - Callander - Radja - Fornataro - Winnik - Sislo - Goumas - Thompson - B. Hemingway - Downing - Saviano - Butler - Souza - Winnes - Flinton

                          Muir - Stafford (A big NHL/Int'l defender & the best puck rusher in recent UNH history, IMO)
                          TVR - Pesce (A standout pair in college and still establishing themselves in the NHL)
                          Fillipowicz - O'Brien (The best pair on the best team in program history)
                          Dean - T. Murray (Another big defender with NHL pedigree and a steady, quiet presence with play making ability to round out the corp)

                          Missed the cut: Gildon (probably should be on this team by talent, and likely is if he plays in a better era of UNH Hockey) - Kessel - Hall - Mounsey - Teplitsky - Yandle - Cleland - Flaishans - Knodel - Schmidtke - Russell - Huard*

                          Conklin (Easily...)
                          Regan (Dominant for some great teams)
                          Desmith (Lifted some so-so teams to NCAA Tournament success and had good numbers - edges the others because of his limited supporting casts)

                          Missed the cut: Ayers, Matile, Levy

                          --

                          Great forwards to choose from. Awesome goaltending. Defense a less standout group (and harder to parse) that could use a Rod Langway type but he's out of my range...

                          So, where am I wrong?




                          * Only one active player gets consideration in the missed cut category. Telling.
                          Last edited by Dan; 07-26-2023, 02:36 AM.
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                          • Originally posted by Dan View Post
                            Mt Rushmore's are annoying because four is too few to have a real encompassing of a program's greatness. A couple of weeks back, something - I don't even remember what - inspired me to think about an all-time UNH Hockey team. And since its already written down I'll share it here. I didn't want to get into eras I did not experience or players I did not watch; due to age my fandom/awareness began during the Bob Kullen transition - so I will only consider Wildcats from that point forward (15 F, 8 D, 3 G)...

                            --

                            JVR - Krog - Haydar (UNH's best NHL goal-scorer with two of the best playmakers in program history)
                            Bekar - Mowers - Boguniecki (A combined 226 career goals over 11 seasons - Bekar in '99 the program's big what if?)
                            Nicklaus - Kelleher - Poturalski (Remember what TK & AP did for Dan Correale, a middling offensive player? Nicklaus, the '98 what if, might score 75 goals on their wing...)
                            Collins - Gare - C. Hemingway (Teammates for the 2023 run; Collins didn't have the elite sidekicks as an upperclassman and could have been even better statistically)
                            Nolan - Amodeo - Flanagan (Swapping Nolan into Mitrovic's place on one of the most underrated lines in program history - one which keyed the early 90's rise)

                            Missed the cut: Mitrovic (the biggest omission) - Micflikier - Poole - Callander - Radja - Fornataro - Winnik - Sislo - Goumas - Thompson - B. Hemingway - Downing - Saviano - Butler - Souza - Winnes - Flinton

                            Muir - Stafford (A big NHL/Int'l defender & the best puck rusher in recent UNH history, IMO)
                            TVR - Pesce (A standout pair in college and still establishing themselves in the NHL)
                            Fillipowicz - O'Brien (The best pair on the best team in program history)
                            Dean - T. Murray (Another big defender with NHL pedigree and a steady, quiet presence with play making ability to round out the corp)

                            Missed the cut: Gildon (probably should be on this team by talent, and likely is if he plays in a better era of UNH Hockey) - Kessel - Hall - Mounsey - Teplitsky - Yandle - Cleland - Flaishans - Knodel - Schmidtke - Russell - Huard*

                            Conklin (Easily...)
                            Regan (Dominant for some great teams)
                            Desmith (Lifted some so-so teams to NCAA Tournament success and had good numbers - edges the others because of his limited supporting casts)

                            Missed the cut: Ayers, Matile, Levy

                            --

                            Great forwards to choose from. Awesome goaltending. Defense a less standout group (and harder to parse) that could use a Rod Langway type but he's out of my range...

                            So, where am I wrong?


                            * Only one active player gets consideration in the missed cut category. Telling.
                            Great post, and an exhaustive list of most of the players in my era as well (started just a little sooner than you). I've bolded the points where I'm in agreement, and bolded the players I would have chosen. From goalie on out ... I would put Ayers in front of Regan, if only because with Ayers you have the guy who won both of UNH's tourney titles, whereas Regan was very good by the numbers, but I can't recall any specific big game where he belongs with Conklin OR Ayers, and I give DeSmith the nod over Regan for your "supporting cast" comparison.

                            You definitely hit the nail on the head in pointing out the disparity between the depth and quality of forwards over defensemen. As we were all living through some of Coach Umile's better late-stage teams, I've often wondered if he had guys like TvR, Pesce, Kessel and Knodel as a group with some of the years he had "the goods" up front, we wouldn't still be in search of an NCAA title. Those guys were big, moved the puck and could provide some much needed secondary scoring. FWIW, I would flip for a Gildon/Hall pairing on the backline (Hall admittedly partly for his rarity of transferring out of BC in the midst of L'Affaire "Count" Cedorchuck but who was a darned good two way player who was part of teams that formed the bridge between the Snively and Whittemore eras). Half of the overall defenders you mentioned - as much as I loved 'em when they were playing - really don't belong on any all-time lists (Mounsey, Russell, Schmidtke, Flashians) but that's admittedly quibbling.

                            Forwards ... what a great reminder of what we had, and what we no longer have. All in all, we agree on 80-90% of the players, and differences are minor. I'd pop in Saviano in place of Gare, mostly because the former was notable for big game performances (a rarity in the program) and Gare was slightly better stats-wise, but (unfairly) is probably remember a lot for missing the end of the '03 postseason. And as an admirer of Mitrovic, I pop him in place of JvR (you guys know my thoughts) and move some of the other guys further up the depth chart - possibly even Joe Flanagan up to the second group, and Mowers up to the first line? In another shocker, I'm more convinced by your argument in favor of Poturalski than JvR so I leave him there with Kelleher. Mitrovic on that line would have been dynamite.

                            The fact that I included the two most prominent coaches on my "traditional" four-person Mount Rushmore just reflects the reality of importance of coaching/leadership in the program building that's SO important in the college game. If you're doing a BC "Mount Rushmore" how do you not include Jerry York? BU and Jack Parker/Jack Kelley? Lowell and Normie? Providence and Lamoriello? UMaine and Walshy, and maybe even Harold Alfond?? But if we carve out the coaching piece, and I had to go with four players only, mine would be Krog, Ralph Cox, Mark Mowers (really tough call over Bogey and several others) and Rod Langway (despite being the proverbial two year guy, he was THAT good).

                            Looking forward to many more responses, including 'Watcher, and Snives' dive into the UNH CHDA (College Hockey Dark Ages) slant. Days like this, we really miss Greg Ambrose and many others like him who've fallen off our radar. And we are collectively poorer for lack of their insights.
                            Last edited by Chuck Murray; 07-26-2023, 07:18 AM.
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                            • Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post

                              Great post, and an exhaustive list of most of the players in my era as well (started just a little sooner than you). I've bolded the points where I'm in agreement, and bolded the players I would have chosen. From goalie on out ... I would put Ayers in front of Regan, if only because with Ayers you have the guy who won both of UNH's tourney titles, whereas Regan was very good by the numbers, but I can't recall any specific big game where he belongs with Conklin OR Ayers, and I give DeSmith the nod over Regan for your "supporting cast" comparison.

                              You definitely hit the nail on the head in pointing out the disparity between the depth and quality of forwards over defensemen. As we were all living through some of Coach Umile's better late-stage teams, I've often wondered if he had guys like TvR, Pesce, Kessel and Knodel as a group with some of the years he had "the goods" up front, we wouldn't still be in search of an NCAA title. Those guys were big, moved the puck and could provide some much needed secondary scoring. FWIW, I would flip for a Gildon/Hall pairing on the backline (Hall admittedly partly for his rarity of transferring out of BC in the midst of L'Affaire "Count" Cedorchuck but who was a darned good two way player who was part of teams that formed the bridge between the Snively and Whittemore eras). Half of the overall defenders you mentioned - as much as I loved 'em when they were playing - really don't belong on any all-time lists (Mounsey, Russell, Schmidtke, Flashians) but that's admittedly quibbling.

                              Forwards ... what a great reminder of what we had, and what we no longer have. All in all, we agree on 80-90% of the players, and differences are minor. I'd pop in Saviano in place of Gare, mostly because the former was notable for big game performances (a rarity in the program) and Gare was slightly better stats-wise, but (unfairly) is probably remember a lot for missing the end of the '03 postseason. And as an admirer of Mitrovic, I pop him in place of JvR (you guys know my thoughts) and move some of the other guys further up the depth chart - possibly even Joe Flanagan up to the second group, and Mowers up to the first line? In another shocker, I'm more convinced by your argument in favor of Poturalski than JvR so I leave him there with Kelleher. Mitrovic on that line would have been dynamite.

                              The fact that I included the two most prominent coaches on my "traditional" four-person Mount Rushmore just reflects the reality of importance of coaching/leadership in the program building that's SO important in the college game. If you're doing a BC "Mount Rushmore" how do you not include Jerry York? BU and Jack Parker/Jack Kelley? Lowell and Normie? Providence and Lamoriello? UMaine and Walshy, and maybe even Harold Alfond?? But if we carve out the coaching piece, and I had to go with four players only, mine would be Krog, Ralph Cox, Mark Mowers (really tough call over Bogey and several others) and Rod Langway (despite being the proverbial two year guy, he was THAT good).

                              Looking forward to many more responses, including 'Watcher, and Snives' dive into the UNH CHDA (College Hockey Dark Ages) slant. Days like this, we really miss Greg Ambrose and many others like him who've fallen off our radar. And we are collectively poorer for lack of their insights.
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                              • With our offseason hockey discussion apparently on pause ... time to circle back to the real world and a previous discussion about the objectivity of "Non-Fringe News Providers", in light of one such NFNP (CNN) taking a direct hit in its credibility this week from a GOP congressman, who had the intestinal fortitude to portray the NFNP's propaganda presenter as having a "base" to the left of his own base. To save you folks a few minutes of UFO-related talk - something NFNP's until recently used to mock a certain Tucker Carlson for doing well ahead of them - go to the midway point of the attached video and watch the NFNP's contorted attempt to protect the Magoo Crime Syndicate:


                                 
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