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Up To The Minute ▲ Assistant News; Recruit Update; State Of The Triangle

This will be a mixed bag of a post since there’s a few things to catch up on.  It makes sense to start off with this story that ran in the Collegian by Ross Gienieczko where he covers a lot of ground with Greg Carvel who has jumped into the everyday work of being the UMass hockey coach.  In the article Carvel talks about filling in his staff, Toot Cahoon, and the fate of committed recruits.

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Weekend Preview ▲ Minutemen Head West To Open Season Against Colorado College

Colorado College Tigers 0-0-0 (0-0-0) T-1st NCHC

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Massachusetts Minutemen 0-0-0 (0-0-0) T-1st Hockey East

The Massachusetts hockey program travels to the foot of the Rockies to open the 2015-16 season.  The Minutemen taking on the Colorado College Tigers to kick off the season won’t be seen as one of the marquee opening weekend matchups, but it is a very interesting one.  And while I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying whatever happens this weekend will be a precursor to the entire season, it should at least give UMass fans a glimpse of what the team may be capable of in the early going.

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View From Section U ▲ UMass Freshmen By The Numbers

The Massachusetts hockey team has a very large, hopefully talented freshman class this year that could be the key to turning around the team’s fortunes on the ice.  Regular FTT readers have become acquainted with them through the regular Recruit Update posts and the recent player features as we count down to the Dalhousie game.  But each year I like to run down each freshman and compare their numbers against other recent Minutemen who have come out of the same junior leagues to see how they stack up.

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Recruit Update: Renyard Named RBC Player of the Year, Chukarov Crowned NAHL Champ

The hockey season has wrapped up for the Massachusetts hockey recruits, but they definitely finished strong as one future Minuteman won a major award these past couple weeks while another won a league championship.

I had previous passed along the news that Nic Renyard was nominated for CJHL Goaltender of the Year.  Not only was Renyard named the Goaltender of the Year for all of the various Junior A leagues in all of Canada he ended up being named the RBC CJHL Player of the Year.  The release celebrating his selection as the top Junior A player in all of Canada follows his windy, challenging road through juniors and eventually to the NCAA scholarship he desired.  Previous winners of the RBC CJHL POTW?  Guys like Mike Comrie, Kyle Turris, Dany Heatley, and Paul Kariya (he had a pretty good Hockey East career).

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