It's an exciting time for college hockey in the Pioneer Valley, with the UMass Minutemen rolling at 14-2, ranked No. 2 in the nation behind St. Cloud State of Minnesota and leading Hockey East at 7-0. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets of American International College come out of their semester break with a four-game winning streak. They face Atlantic Conference foe Robert Morris of Pennsylvania tonight at 7:05 and Sunday at 3:05 on MassMutual Center ice. Coach Eric Lang's Jackets stand 7-7-1, including a 4-1-1 record in home games. UMass hasn't played since Dec. 11, when it downed Yale 5-2 before a roaring crowd at the Mullins Center. After some lean years on ice and at the gate, UMass hockey has become a big draw, averaging 5,015 fans for its eight home games. The Minutemen return to action Friday, hosting always-tough UMass-Lowell in a Hockey East game. Then, next Saturday, Greater Springfield gets a chance to see coach Greg Carvel's UMass powerhouse when it visits the MassMutual Center … [Read more...] about UMass and AIC teams bring an exciting new look to college hockey
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Shortly after defeating the Philadelphia Junior Flyers 5-2 on Oct. 27, New Jersey Colonials 14-under bantam minor head coach John Morea darted into his team's home ice at Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown and began pummeling a parent of one of his players, according to police. From an outdoor camera, Morea can be seen throwing multiple punches after entering the lobby of the arena, according to video provided by police. (See the video above.) The 29-year-old coach was arrested a day later on charges of simple assault at a youth sporting event, threatening to kill, attempting to cause bodily injury to another and driving after having his license suspended or revoked, according to an arrest report from the Morris County Park Police. The motive of the alleged attack is unknown and the victim declined to comment. Police provided the video surveillance, an investigation report and five witness statements, most of which are redacted. According to news … [Read more...] about WATCH: N.J. hockey coach allegedly beat up a parent at a game. He’s still coaching
Clinton, N.Y. -- Virtually every player in the NHL has skated hundreds, if not thousands, of games in community rinks like Clinton Arena. Then they get older and move on without looking back, at least not during their playing careers. But every now and then, a little nostalgia is fun. Even for the greatest players in the world. That was the Norman Rockwell backdrop on Tuesday night in Clinton, where the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in a preseason game. The arena was the lucky host after winning the NHL's Kraft Hockeyville contest, which also came with an award for $150,000 in upgrades. The very, um, traditional barn was all shiny and bright, packed with almost 1,800 fans, an NBC broadcast crew and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (yes, he was booed upon introduction). The surroundings stirred youth hockey memories of participants from both teams. Here's a sampling of the memories triggered by 60 minutes of throwback hockey: Sabres coach Phil Housley "It just … [Read more...] about Sabres, Blue Jackets tap sticks to Clinton: ‘It’s people like this that drive the game of hockey’
Mike Davis and Lisa Kruse and Daniel LoGiudice and Bob Jordan Asbury Park Press Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 MIDDLETOWN — Youth sports is big business — and at the Jersey Shore, perhaps there is no youth sports league as big a business as the New Jersey Junior Titans. Where most youth leagues are focused on providing recreational sports for local youth, the New Jersey Junior Titans bill themselves as a developmental youth program, looking to boost its more than 200 athletes — ages 6 through 20 — to the next level of hockey, according to information posted on their site. Hundreds of parents are willing to pay to have their children skate with the Junior Titans, starting with $100 to $200 registration fees and sometimes thousands of dollars in other costs to families, all adding up to more than $2.5 million in revenue for the Junior Titans last year, according to the club's Form 990, a nonprofit tax filing with the IRS. That amount is easily … [Read more...] about Youth sports is big business, none bigger than the NJ Junior Titans
CARLTON PEAK… Ladies and Gentlemen, the best hockey tournament on the planet is about to kick off and I could not be more excited for that. We are lucky to have so much great hockey to observe every season, and especially here in The State of Hockey, how could it get any better? Youth hockey, High School, Collegiate and Professional, it is a veritable hockey buffet for us to consume every year. And the piece de’ la resistance? It can only be the Stanley Cup. No matter where this trophy goes I am amazed that everyone knows what it is and holds it in great reverence. This silver chalice gets nothing but respect wherever it goes worldwide. In fact, I saw a documentary over the weekend where a sports personality got to have the Cup for a day due to an event for a Charity he operates, and the first place he went was to meet friends at a restaurant. Getting out of his vehicle to go inside, the Cup was basically swarmed. When he finally got it and himself inside, the people in the … [Read more...] about The best hockey time of year is right here, right now!