Catching Up

It’s been about a week since I last posted so I thought I’d pass along some links that caught my attention recently.

First was one passed along by the guys at UMassathletics regarding Jon Quick in his home state on Connecticut making an appearance at a community program for local kids.  He even brought along his silver medal for the kids to check out.

Also found on UMassathletics was this link regarding the signing of former Michigan standout John Madden means Casey Wellman will have to perform well to earn a spot out of Wild training camp.

Fear The Triangle favorite Obi Aduba will be returning to the Quad City Mallards of the CHL where he played last season.

In more general college hockey news a report last week says that Penn State is “close” to adding DI hockey.  Penn State has been a traditional power on the club level so it’s no surprise that they’d look into moving up.  It also helps that they have a wealthy alum willing to drop up to $80 million on an arena.  I think this is great news and really hopes it goes through.  College hockey needs more schools adding hockey as too many schools have dropped their programs over the past decade.  And with a football powered athletic department a program in State College would likely remain stable for years to come.  They also would likely have a strong conference to call home as a Penn State team would likely usher in the much discussed Big Ten Hockey Conference.  While the conference shakeup would be unnerving to those teams left in the Big Ten’s wake, it hopefully would allowed Alabama-Huntsville the opportunity to find a spot in the conference(s) that are formed afterwards.

It looks like freshman phenom Jerry D’Amigo will be leaving after only one year at RPI.  I’ve been following D’Amigo’s career for a number of years since he was recruited by Coach Cahoon to come to UMass and was thoroughly impressed by him when he made his college debut at the Mullins last fall, scoring a goal for the Engineers.  Sadly he’s yet another talented college player to leave school early this offseason. 

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Non-hockey related but I thought I’d pass along this list of “100 Things To Do Before You Graduate From UMass” list featured on the Alumni Association website.  I highly recommend numbers 2, 5, 31, 32, 44, 46, 57, 67, 80, 81, and 82.