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. 


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.



  1. Ryan

     /  August 10, 2010

    D’Amigo can sign as early as Wednesday but it is not a positive yet. Seth Appert said that he would be doing the right thing in leaving. Sad thing is he is probably headed to the OHL as he has junior rights there.

    My favorite from the list was certainly #64. Travel to the Beanpot at Fenway Park


    • D’Amigo leaving for the “right reasons” doesn’t change the fact that college hockey is losing it’s stars at an alarming rate.


  2. General Disarray

     /  August 10, 2010

    And the NCAA doesn’t give a shit about college hockey losing players because it occupies a spot between crew and softball on the totum pole.

    Hopefully the rumored varsity program at Penn State may stop the bleeding of programs and give inspiration to the likes of Syracuse, Penn, Navy, Pitt, and Illinois. Its great to have an alum whose a fan and suddenly gets $4.6 billion from Royal Dutch Shell. So has anybody reading this blog recently made some scratch and is willing to make a nice donation for a football upgrade and to refurbish Mullins?


    • Glad to see members of the armed forces reading FTT, General. 😉

      You’re 100% right about the NCAA not caring about the state of college hockey. Probably because they’re too busy counting their football/basketball driven, tax exempt revenues. Nothing shows their indifference to the sport more than the conferences having to hire Paul Kelley to be the advocate that the NCAA isn’t.

      I hope you’re right about Penn St potentially initiating a mini growth spurt. Personally I’d love to see Syracuse and Navy with teams.

      Regarding a big donor, Jack Welch Stadium anyone? Unless I win the lottery and then it’ll be Field.


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