I was out of town this weekend getting away to Lake Michigan for a little R&R and was unable to post some news over the past few days. So I wanted to combine a few small stories out there catch you all up on the latest news from NCAA hockey and the release of the Five Nations Tournament USA roster following the conclusion of the Select 16 Festival covered here extensively last week.
Mike York added to LSSU staff– Head coach Damon Whitten added to his staff at Lake Superior State this weekend. Whitten reached out to a fellow Michigan State alum, Mike York, who spent last season as a grad assistant with MSU. Whitten said this about the hire:
We are thrilled to welcome Mike, Aimee, and Ivy to Sault Ste. Marie and to Lake Superior State University,” said Whitten of his Spartan teammate for two seasons. “Mike’s experience as a two-time NCAA All-American, Olympian and NHL all-star will be a tremendous asset in the development of our players. Along with his accomplishments on the ice, Mike brings a work ethic and humility that will aid us in our continued growth as a program.
Denver loses one– While Denver has had an incredible run in keeping their roster together after winning it all in 2017, they did have one departure recently. Packy Munson, goaltender, who was originally a transfer to Denver from Vermont is transferring once again. Munson did not play for the Pioneers last season as he was sitting out after transferring per NCAA rules. This would likely mean Munson is eligible immediately.
Denver keeps a big one though– Denver was able to hold onto their number one center, Dylan Gambrell, who decided to return to campus rather than sign with the San Jose Sharks. Gambrell who will be a junior this coming season has 89 points in 79 career games and found good chemistry with Troy Terry and Jarid Lukosevicius last season. Denver continues to be the runaway favorite for the 2018 season.
Five Nations Roster Set- At the conclusion of the Select 16 Festival last week in Amherst, NY USA Hockey announced the roster they will send to the Czech Republic Aug. 23-27. Performers from last week who we mentioned here at ELC who played their way onto the squad include Kyle Chauvette in net and Dylan Wendt and Arthur Kaliyev at forward.