Recruit Update

Kenny Gillespie – RW – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2012
23 GP / 3 G / 4 A / 7 Pts / 37 PIM / 0
Gillespie had a multi-point game over the weekend, scoring a goal and an assist as the Lancers beat Cedar Rapids 7-0 on Saturday.  Gillespie is also playing a game against Sioux City as I type this.

Willy Smith – LW – Springfield Pics (EJHL/EmpJHL) – 2014
EJHL: 21 GP / 1 G / 1 A / 2 Pts / 28 PIM
Empire: 22 GP / 7 G / 18 A / 25 Pts / 24 PIM
Smith did not register any points in the two Empire level games he played over the weekend.

Shane Walsh – LW – South Shore Kings (EJHL) – 2012
Dubuque (USHL): 23 GP / 5 G / 7 A / 12 Pts / 0 PIM / –8
South Shore (EJHL): 9 GP / 7 G / 6 A / 13 Pts / 4 PIM
Walsh had a goal and two assists in his three games with the Kings this past week.

Also on the recruiting front I’ve heard, but can’t confirm, that recruiting target Alex Minter who plays for Governor’s Academy is out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL.  Very unfortunate news.

I’m not totally sure yet, but the subject of tomorrow’s View From Section U weekly column may feature recruiting as well.

Mike Pereira and Danny Hobbs are both mentioned in Joe Meloni’s Three Up, Three Down feature on College Hockey News.  Pereira for his recent hot streak, Hobbs for his inability to get on the scoreboard during that same time.  I’ve been wondering about Hobbs’ lack of points recently as well.  One has to wonder if maybe the groin injury that plagued him during the first half of the season is acting up again.  One interesting thing to note, even though he has missed some conference games due to injury he’s still 7th in Hockey East in total shots.  So he’s definitely been active on the offensive end but has been unable to find the back of the net.

Boston University defenseman Max Nicastro pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape today in court.  The Daily Free Press, BU’s student paper, also tweeted this afternoon that Nicastro is no longer enrolled in school.

Paul Kelley, who was in charge of College Hockey Inc. and its efforts to promote the NCAA game, surprisingly resigned yesterday amid reports that he was forced out for trying to get support to raise the profile of the organization directly from schools instead of the league commissioners who oversee CHI.  College Hockey News says losing the high profile Kelley, who was head of the NHL’s Player Association earlier in his career, is no cause for alarm.  Late today it was announced that Nate Ewell is being elevated from his current post as head of Communicates for CHI to interim Director.  From what I can tell Ewell seems to be a strong advocate for college hockey and is well respected among the NCAA hockey community.