Hockey Columns

Roman Augustoviz

Hockey star Chase Polacek plays big despite his early critics

by Roman Augustoviz February 14, 2011 in Hockey

Throughout his youth hockey career and into high school, Chase Polacek kept hearing that he was too small, that he would never succeed at the next level of hockey. He never made an A team in any age group his first year of eligibility. He always had to wait a year. Even in his one season immediately before high school, Polacek was placed on a B team. Polacek’s last rebuff came before his senior season at the Academy of Holy Angels, a Catholic prep power in Richfield, Minn.  After tryouts… Continue Reading

Jess Myers

The fog of injury has lifted for North Dakota’s Chay Genoway

by Jess Myers January 27, 2011 in Hockey

Ice hockey, especially at the college level, is a game played with the hands and the legs and the body. But mostly, it’s a game played with the head. The lightning-fast on-ice action requires the reflexes of a cat, and the ability to think fluidly, and make decisions that can change the nature of a game in seconds, and mean the difference between winning and losing. So what is a student-athlete to do when the doctors tell a thinking man’s hockey player to stop playing hockey, and, for the… Continue Reading

Tim Rosenthal

Hockey winner Greening approaches leadership role with business in mind

by Tim Rosenthal April 19, 2010 in Hockey

As a co-captain of the Big Red with Michael Kennedy his junior year in 2008-09, Cornell University forward Colin Greening couldn’t have asked for a better transition from his junior year to his senior year in 2009-10 both on and off the ice. And to cap off his senior season, Greening is the recipient of the 2010 Lowe’s Senior Class award. “The only real transition was from last year’s class to this year’s class both on the ice and off,” Greening said. “Mike had a very similar… Continue Reading

Matt Caracappa

Fatherhood doesn’t deter hockey star from his duties on ice and in classroom

by Matt Caracappa March 08, 2010 in Hockey

As the Quinnipiac University men’s ice hockey team prepared for its regular-season opener against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, last October, one of its star players was noticeably absent. It wasn’t because of an injury or anything on the ice. Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin simply had a more important place to be – at home, with his wife, Candace, for the birth of the couple’s son, Roderick. If one would think that the new addition to the Beaudoin family would affect the new father… Continue Reading

Roman Augustoviz

St. Cloud State hockey standout has waited patiently for his turn

by Roman Augustoviz February 22, 2010 in Hockey

Bob Motzko was in his first season as head hockey coach at St. Cloud State University when he recruited Garrett Raboin. “We wanted to add some depth and we told him to trust us,” Motzko said. Raboin did, joining the Huskies as a walk-on paying his own way. He was undersized for a college defenseman even at 5-11, 175 pounds, which he is listed at, but he wanted a chance. He was 21 then, finishing his third season with the Lincoln (Neb.) Stars of the U.S. Hockey League. Most players in the… Continue Reading

Jess Myers

Hockey leaders from different coasts “meet in the middle” for success

by Jess Myers February 08, 2010 in Hockey

Along a stretch of Interstate 25, in the region of Colorado known as the Front Range, two of college hockey’s most electrifying players toil less than 60 miles apart. What’s most notable about that distance is that the University of Denver’s Rhett Rakhshani and the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Matt Fairchild could hardly hail from father apart, but they’ve “met in the middle” so to speak. Rakhshani hails from the seaside Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Beach, while Fairchild comes… Continue Reading

Elliot Olshansky

Four C’s or One?

by Elliot Olshansky March 17, 2009 in Hockey

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is presented to a player who makes achievements in four C’s – classroom, character, community and competition – but in the end, it all comes down to just one. Certainly, we want our student athletes to reach their potential in the classroom, excel in competition, and be active in the community. However, for the college athlete, it is strength of character that serves as a driving force behind the other three C’s. It doesn’t always take strength of… Continue Reading

Mike Eidelbes

The message could not have been clearer … or timelier

by Mike Eidelbes February 26, 2009 in Hockey

Preparing to write this column this week, an article appeared on the front page of the sports section of my local newspaper trumpeting the accomplishments of this season’s Michigan State hockey team. The Spartan hockey team, which won the national championship in 2007, isn’t having a banner year. In fact, MSU is in the midst of its worst regular season showing in more than 30 years and is battling to stay out of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association cellar. Instead, the article detailed… Continue Reading

Adam Wodon

Staying Put Pays Off

by Adam Wodon February 02, 2009 in Hockey

It’s easy to question the loyalty of a student-athlete that decides to skip out after only a season or two, and take their chances on a lucrative pro deal. But this age-old debate need not get bogged down in such simplicities. Only because athletes are under such a microscope do they hear these kinds of criticisms. Fact is, we are in a free society, where such opportunities should be taken advantage of when they can. The bigger issue for the student-athlete is determining if they are in fact… Continue Reading

Scott Bondy

One “C” Inspires All Other “C’s”

by Scott Bondy January 08, 2009 in Hockey

Quite possibly more than any other major sport, hockey poses the biggest gap between the college and pro ranks. Fewer college standouts are drafted to the NHL than say the NBA, NFL or MLB. When you have a game so distinctly separate from its professional counterpart, it’s easy to assume college hockey’s purity. Purity means playing for all the right reasons. Purity accounts for the respect for the game. Purity is what every sport, at any level, hopes to achieve. Problem is, in order to… Continue Reading

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