Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Tuesday Report

We interrupt our Hockey Weekend Across America celebration to actually do our job which is report on prospect news some good and some bad.

Mooseheads Lose Again

We start with the bad news which is yet another bad loss by Ryan Hillier and his Halifax Mooseheads who have now dropped 6 of their last 9 games. The Mooseheads have been struggling as of late giving up double digit goals twice in the previous 10 days.

Tuesday evening was perhaps the worse of all the recent losses as the Mooseheads lost by 7 goals 9-2 to the Quebec Remparts on the road. Hillier was scoreless in this the 3rd loss in a row for his Mooseheads. It is interesting to note Hillier has also gone scoreless in all 6 losses.

Top of The Polls Again

The Good News was that as expected Carl Hagelin's Michigan Wolverines returned to the top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. This past weekend the Wolverines won and tied the previous number one Miami of Ohio. This marks the 3rd time that the Wolverines were number one in the polls.

But there is even more good news as the Wolverines also found out that thanks to both the tie they had with Miami and a loss by Bowling Green clinched a first round bye in the CCHA tournament along with getting to host a quarterfinal round. When the Wolverines do in fact host that series they will mark 20 straight seasons with home ice advantage in the CCHA Tournament.


Since nobody else seems to care, we will report that yet another player suffered a skate cut to the head area this time it was Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers who is alright after being cut by Marion Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild over his right eye.

While the cut was another accident sooner or later someone's luck is going to run out. The saying is "Things Happen in Threes" hopefully will mean this is the last such scary moment for the NHL.

The NHL has to consider itself very lucky that we are not all talking about a major tragedy in the sport and hopefully will be smart enough to sit down with players and on-ice officials to try to find ways to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again.

Really the NHL has enough trouble selling the sport in the USA as it is, the last thing they need is to have another black eye. We know that these are all accidents but that does not mean the results could have been worse.

PLEASE let us not wait until someone dies a death that could have been prevented before someone realizes something needs to be done by improving safety equipment.

Just Two Days Left

Registration for Hockey Weekend Across America's Great Prize Giveaway will come to a close at 11:59 p.m. MST on Thursday, Feb. 14. The prize giveaway is part of Hockey Weekend Across America (Feb. 15-17), a new nationwide initiative led by USA Hockey to celebrate the game at all levels and expose hockey to new audiences.

The Great Prize Giveaway, sponsored by USA Hockey and Reebok Hockey, features one grand-prize winner each day during Hockey Weekend Across America. That winner will receive a head-to-toe Reebok prize package valued at approximately $3,000, including 9K Pump Skates, 9K O-Stick, 9K gloves, 8K helmet, 9K shoulder pads, 9K shin guards, 9K elbow pads, 9K jock shorts, 8K bag and performance apparel items. In addition, each grand-prize winner will receive an authentic, signed jersey by an NHL player.

Entry is open to U.S. citizens ages 13 and older and those eligible may register one time only at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

In addition to the grand prize each day, 12 other prizes will be awarded daily, including USA jerseys and sticks signed by past Olympians and Reebok all-purpose sport bags.

A complete list of rules and prizes is available at HockeyWeekendAcrossAmerica.com.

We will have more about the upcoming events tomorrow.

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