Tidbits of Interest

From the Department of Bad Timing comes news that the Alumni Association and Athletic Department will be hosting a Celebrate UMass Basketball event on September 11th at the UMass Club in downtown Boston featuring Coach Kellogg as well Coach Cal.  I go to a lot of these events (though they never seem to have any hockey related ones) and they are usually a pretty good time.  The UMass Club is a quality facility with amazing views and usually pretty good food as well.  They’ve even expanded the beer selection beyond Bud Light for these things (prior to that I actually had to resort to wine, a very sad situation).  But the main reason I wanted to mention this event is the hockey connection.  As it is being held on the hallowed date of 9/11 a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, the charity started by former Minuteman captain Peter Trovato.  The MLSFund contributes towards the college tuition of children of Massachusetts soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Trovato started the fund while still a student at UMass.  Click here for more information on the MLSFund and the good work they do.

Former UMass goalie, now current UMass infielder, Matt Gedman was named MVP of the Oldtime Baseball Game, a charity event organized by UMass alum and Herald writer Steve Buckley.  Matt went 3 for 5 with a homer and a double.

A bit of a shakeup north of the border as the unwieldy Ontario Junior Hockey League will split into two distinct leagues this coming season.  Not a big surprise considering that in its current form the league had 36 teams.  Yes, 36 teams.  I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Gary Bettman is using it as a model for some future NHL plans.  Joel Hanley’s Newmarket Hurricanes will join the other 20 teams of the old Central Division in a league to be named later.  So don’t be surprised when you see some new and exciting acronyms in recruiting updates.