Love of hockey leads Josh Fenton to NCHC

 

By Alyssa Hollenback

As the State of Hockey, it is no surprise that even the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has Minnesota roots. In July, the NCHC Board of Directors announced that Minnesota native Josh Fenton would be named the conference commissioner. Fenton played a crucial role in the formation and development of the NCHC, joining in on athletic director meetings and assisting in drafting the legal documents necessary to create the conference. Amidst the chaos of his first few months as commissioner, Fenton took time to reflect on the road that led to his new position and addressed the growing trend of players leaving their teams to join the ranks of those in more elite leagues.

Read more: Love of hockey leads Josh Fenton to NCHC

LPH Preseason Men's College Hockey Rankings

 

The puck drops on the 2013-14 NCAA men's hockey season in a little over two weeks, so it's time for a look at the preseason favorites to capture the national championship at the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia. Last season, Yale played the role of Cinderella with an improbable run in the NCAA Tournament en route to winning its first national title. After the jump, we present our look at the preseason top 10 in NCAA men's hockey.

Read more: LPH Preseason Men's College Hockey Rankings

SCSU’s Drew LeBlanc wins Hobey Baker Award

 

Drew LeBlanc from St. Cloud State University was named the winner of the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and aired live on NHL Network.

Becoming the first Hobey Baker Award recipient from St. Cloud State, Drew LeBlanc was a key cog in the Huskies’ first ever appearance in the Frozen Four. St. Cloud State came up short in losing 4-1 to Quinnipiac in the national semifinal game.

Read more: SCSU’s Drew LeBlanc wins Hobey Baker Award

St. Cloud State to name arena in honor of Herb Brooks

 

St. Cloud State University officials and a representative of the Herb Brooks family announced that the National Hockey and Event Center is renamed the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Renaming the 23-year-old arena honors the late hockey coach’s vision and legacy at St. Cloud State. The university is working with sponsors on commercial naming rights for the arena, as well as naming opportunities within the arena.

Read more: St. Cloud State to name arena in honor of Herb Brooks

The Invincibles: Gophers complete perfect season

Click here for a PDF of this week's cover of Let's Play Hockey.

 

The University of Minnesota women’s hockey team entered the 2012-13 season as defending NCAA Champions, the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation and the owner of an eight-game winning streak. Expectations were lofty for this group of Golden Gophers ... just not NCAA-record-breaking, undefeated-season, 20-shutouts, a-100-point-scorer, outscoring-opponents-by-more-than-four-goals-per game, three-Patty-Kazmaier-Award-finalists kind of lofty expectations.

Read more: The Invincibles: Gophers complete perfect season