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New Radio Deal In Boston; Rookie Sharks

The school announced a new radio deal with Boston station WWZN “The Zone” 1510AM to broadcast UMass sporting events in the coming year, including hockey.  The deal calls for approximately 10 hockey games to be on air as well as a select number of coaches shows.  This sounds pretty good on paper but I’m not sure how they’ll figure out how to schedule the hockey games since the station also broadcasts all of the BU hockey games and there are very few instances when the two teams aren’t playing on the same nights, but we’ll see.

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San Jose announced their rookie team which will take part in the Young Stars Tournament on the eve of training camp.  It includes Justin Braun, James Marcou, and Matt Irwin.  The tournament takes place in Penticton, British Columbia.

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Last week I posted my five ideas to improve the UMass hockey experience, one of which being an upgrade to the compressor at the Mullins Center.  I’m happy to report that the Mullins did get new chillers and a cooling tower to the tune of $500K over the summer.  I’m not exactly sure what those things do but hopefully it means improved ice this coming year.

There’s also an unconfirmed rumor that a third jersey is in the works as well.

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