Up To The Minute 7/23

There’s not too much to pass along since UMass finally got their coaching situation squared away last week.

Harry Plumer updates us on Coach Micheletto’s first week on the job.  You have to like that team unity appeared to be a theme that kept coming up when Micheletto was reaching out to the team.

Micheletto was interviewed on Springfield’s ESPN station last week after he was introduced.

Hockey public address announcer Matt “Matty G” Goldstein called his second game of the year at Fenway Park yesterday.  His first was hockey’s Frozen Fenway game in January, but yesterday he got to call the Sox game.  Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like he was able to fulfill my request of replacing Sweet Caroline with a noise meter.

Casey Wellman was traded last week from the New York Rangers to the Florida Panthers.  After being traded to New York from Minnesota who signed him out of UMass, it sounds like Wellman forced his way out of the Rangers organization by not signing his qualifying offer.  Maybe the third time’s the charm for Wellman in terms of getting regular NHL minutes.

Meanwhile, Greg Mauldin will be heading overseas this season to play with HC Fribourg in Switzerland.  Mauldin played the last couple seasons with Lake Erie in the Avalanche organization.

Brown hockey took a big hit today when top recruit Kevin Roy decommitted from the program along with his brother.  It’s rumored the Anaheim draft pick may end up somewhere in Hockey East.  To my knowledge UMass does not have a spot available, but I have no idea if that change in the last few weeks with everything going on with the program.

Here’s some perspective on what today’s big news out of State College may mean to Penn State’s fledgling hockey program.

No SEC Hockey anytime in the future.  The way they’re losing free agents, things aren’t looking good for the Predators either.