This hockey season, with this absence of the NHL I have focused on the game of college hockey while the NHL and the NHLPA decided to act like a bunch of children, and hence, the two sided ended up causing the cancelation of 40% of the NHL Hockey season. Now that the NHL is back up, and running, I would urge fans to continue watching the Division I college hockey.
This season, I have tried keeping up with the ever changing NCAA Division I hockey schedule, and for the most part it’s been difficult because the national college hockey television schedule is very fluid, they continually add games, and obviously delete games. So, I have decided to do it more by a week-to-week basis.
Programing note, for UND hockey fans that are looking for tonight’s game to show up on their DirecTV lineup, there is one change, DirecTV is not picking up Friday’s game between the Wisconsin Badgers. This was announced by the UND Sports Information Director Jayson Hajdu.
If you watch the NHL during the week, you will see numerous former college hockey fans lighting up NHL goalies all over the NHL.
On Wednesday 30, 2013, there was a game between the Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues and it looked like all WCHA reunion as there were nine former players from North Dakota (2X), Wisconsin (4X), Minnesota State, Saint Cloud State, Colorado College. What I didn’t mention is the other schools that were represented in that game as well.
Last night, former Minnesota Gopher Thomas Vanek torched Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for three goals and lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Bruins. Vanek is currently leading the NHL in points with 15. Former Wisconsin Badgers forward Joel Pavelski is sitting in fourth place with 12 points.
In the offseason, The Minnesota Wild signed former Fighting Sioux All-American Zach Parise, the Wild are seeing instance results from Parise, who’s currently leading the Minnesota Wild in scoring with (5g-4a—9pts).
In Toronto last night, former Fighting Sioux forward Matt Frattin scored the game winning goal for the Toronto Maples Leafs as they beat the Washington Capitals 3-2. Frattin is currently third in the NHL with 2 game winning goals.
I think that it’s safe to say, that the future of the NHL is on stage every Friday and Saturday on a television channel near you.
So, if you don’t have the NHL package or you’re one of those fans that have refused to spend the $50.00-$60.00 to get this package, you have options, especially if you have DirecTV.
*NESN = New England Sports Network. FCS= Fox College Sports. NBCSN = NBC Sports Network. DirecTV requires the “Sports Pack” to view the Regional sports Networks.
|Fri.||Feb. 1||Michigan State at Michigan||BTN||6:35 p.m.||610 / 439 (C)|
|Fri.||Feb. 1||UMass Lowell at Merrimack||NESN||7:00 p.m.||628 / 434|
|Fri.||Feb. 1||Dartmouth at Union||NBC Sports Net.||7:30 p.m.||603 / 159|
|Sat.||Feb. 2||Michigan vs. Michigan State (JLA)||FS Detroit||3:00 p.m.||663 / 430|
|Sat.||Feb. 2||University of Wisconsin at UND||FCS/Midco||7:07pm||626|