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UMass to Forgo Exhibition Game

So Dick Baker confirms what I speculated earlier in the week, that Toot Cahoon will be skipping an exhibition against a CIS team in lieu of an intra-squad scrimmage.  Hopefully said scrimmage will be open to the public as I mentioned in my last post.  I’d actually be a little disappointed without being able to watch some kind of game in the practice rink to start the season.  Watching the team there is a lot of fun.  You can stand and actually have something to lean against.  You’re at great risk for losing teeth, which adds excitement.  You can hear everything on the ice.  And, everyone on the ice can hear what you’re saying.  It’s satisfying to be able to watch Tim Benedetto laugh at whatever good-hearted ribbing you send his way.

Herald HS Hockey guru and UMass alum Jim Clark reports that new assistant coach Blaise MacDonald will be one of the featured speakers at the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association clinic.

FTT reader Amy pointed out that Chase Langeraap will be returning to the South Carolina Stingrays this season, the ECHL team that he signed with following the college season last year.  Pretty much all the UMass alumni you’d expect to sign or re-sign have, with the notable exception of Alex Berry.  How are AHL or NHL teams not clamoring for a guy who racked up 34 points and 150 PIM last year in the AHL?  Oh and he was also nominated for AHL Man of the Year for his work off the ice.

As a college hockey fan it’s incredibly sad and at the same time infuriating that with all the conference shuffling going on right now there’s no place at the table for Alabama-Huntsville and they may have to shut down their program.  Come on.  Somebody step up and do what’s best for college hockey in general.

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  1. heavydrexler

     /  September 8, 2011

    My Tim Benedetto ribbing is rarely good-hearted.

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  2. Daniel

     /  September 8, 2011

    the atlantic hockey league should take alabama-huntsville in they already have Air Force which is much further than alabama.

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    • I don’t disagree with you. I always thought UAH would’ve fit well into the CCHA. But with those teams now merging with the remnants of the WCHA, Atlantic Hockey does make the most sense. Hopefully if travel is a concern they could come up with some kind of arrangement that benefits everyone.

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