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UAHStatman
07-14-2013, 02:20 PM
Now that we have our new coach it appears we have everything in place for 2013-14, so it's new season thread time.

This is UAH's 29th season of varsity hockey and 35th overall. This is the 21st season in Division I (16th since rejoining in 1998), and first in the WCHA.

Our beautiful schedule:
10/11-12 at Northeastern
10/25-26 vs. Bemidji State*
11/1-2 vs. Ferris State*
11/8-9 at Alaska-Anchorage*
11/15-16 vs. St. Cloud State
11/22-23 at Northern Michigan*
11/29-30 at Shillelagh Tournament (Notre Dame)
12/6-7 at Bowling Green*
12/13-14 vs. Minnesota State*
12/27-28 at Wisconsin
1/3-4 vs. Bowling Green*
1/10-11 at Notre Dame
1/17-18 vs. Alaska-Anchorage*
1/31-2/1 at Alaska*
2/7-8 at Michigan Tech*
2/14-15 at Minnesota State*
2/21-22 vs. Lake Superior State*
2/28-3/1 at Bemidji State*
3/7-8 vs. Northern Michigan*
3/14-16 WCHA First Round
3/21-22 WCHA Final Five

Our recruits (via Chris Heisenberg (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AoPLTHefMmmTdGt1bWNTcUNqRm1SaUNZbG5jMi1PS 2c&gid=1)):
Brent Fletcher-RW Merritt (BCHL) 6' 190 5-9-92
Brandon Carlson-LD Dubuque (USHL) 6' 170 6-15-92
Brandon Clowes-LW Olds (AJHL) 6'1 180 4-10-92
Wade Schools-D Springfield (EJHL) 6'3 215 -92
Cody Marooney-RD Brookings (NAHL) 6' 185 7-7-92
Matt Salhany-RW Boston Bandits (EJHL) 5'10 175 1-8-93
Joakim Broberg-LW Linkoping Sweden 6'2 205 3-10-93
Matt Larose-G Wellington (OJHL) 6'3 205 8-15-92
Steve McKenna-LW NH Jr. Monarchs (EJHL) 6'2 175 4-21-93

Our new coach:
http://uahchargers.com/coaches.aspx?rc=105&path=mhockey

October can't get here soon enough!

UAHStatman
07-14-2013, 02:22 PM
Sebastien Geoffrion has a great time at Nashville Predators development camp:
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130711/SPORTS02/307120033/Nashville-Predators-take-look-Sebastian-Geoffrion

vizoroo
07-14-2013, 04:43 PM
Kudos to you Charger fans who didn't give up on your team through those difficult times.
This should be a great year for you. Good Luck in the WCHA!

gfmorris
07-14-2013, 04:51 PM
Obviously my career situation dictates what I can do, but given a chance, I want to either go to the Shillelagh or to BG the next weekend. I won't be able to afford more than one roadie this year no matter how things turn out, and I know that those are both makeable drives, as I've done both (although I've never gotten closer to BG than seeing their football stadium while motoring down I-75). Anyone planning to make any big trips?

One thing that I really like about the recruiting class is that few of them are over-age. Looks like some punch up front, some bodies in back, and a big kid in Larose in net. I'm ready to roll with these guys.

GFM

davyd83
07-14-2013, 06:40 PM
Obviously my career situation dictates what I can do, but given a chance, I want to either go to the Shillelagh or to BG the next weekend. I won't be able to afford more than one roadie this year no matter how things turn out, and I know that those are both makeable drives, as I've done both (although I've never gotten closer to BG than seeing their football stadium while motoring down I-75). Anyone planning to make any big trips?

One thing that I really like about the recruiting class is that few of them are over-age. Looks like some punch up front, some bodies in back, and a big kid in Larose in net. I'm ready to roll with these guys.

GFMBG is always an enjoyable trip. Nice town, terrific people and most teams stay within walking distance of the rink, with a Tim Hortons, BWW, Chipotle and Waffle House adjacent to the hotel. Plus the BG coach, Chris Bergeron has Alabama hockey ties, having played for the ECHL Birmingham Bulls from 1994-96. Notre Dame is pretty cool as well, especially if you are staying near the campus. For UAH fans looking at any of the road trips, feel free to ask for suggestions and/or recommendations, as I've been to all but Anchorage and Mankato. We may not be the league with the glam schools or glam cities, but these are all some pretty good towns with terrific fans that are more than willing to share the experience.

gfmorris
07-14-2013, 07:44 PM
BG is always an enjoyable trip. Nice town, terrific people and most teams stay within walking distance of the rink, with a Tim Hortons, BWW, Chipotle and Waffle House adjacent to the hotel. Plus the BG coach, Chris Bergeron has Alabama hockey ties, having played for the ECHL Birmingham Bulls from 1994-96. Notre Dame is pretty cool as well, especially if you are staying near the campus. For UAH fans looking at any of the road trips, feel free to ask for suggestions and/or recommendations, as I've been to all but Anchorage and Mankato. We may not be the league with the glam schools or glam cities, but these are all some pretty good towns with terrific fans that are more than willing to share the experience.

I like to think of Our Fair Leagues as We're College Hockey Admirers. We wouldn't still be doing this if we didn't love the sport. It would be so much easier to let the big schools duke it out, but I don't see any quitters in this league.

GFM

stuckinwi
07-14-2013, 09:42 PM
Obviously my career situation dictates what I can do, but given a chance, I want to either go to the Shillelagh or to BG the next weekend. I won't be able to afford more than one roadie this year no matter how things turn out, and I know that those are both makeable drives, as I've done both (although I've never gotten closer to BG than seeing their football stadium while motoring down I-75). Anyone planning to make any big trips?

One thing that I really like about the recruiting class is that few of them are over-age. Looks like some punch up front, some bodies in back, and a big kid in Larose in net. I'm ready to roll with these guys.

GFM

You're playing us for Carny. I would highly recommend Tech as your road trip. :) If you get to Appleton on Friday by noon I'd even offer to drive you last 4 hours.

davyd83
07-14-2013, 10:25 PM
You're playing us for Carny. I would highly recommend Tech as your road trip. :) If you get to Appleton on Friday by noon I'd even offer to drive you last 4 hours.

That's what I meant about fans being eager to share the experience. And Ambassador pizza and KBC beer are easily comparable to Alabama's Dreamland BBQ or a trip to Jim n Nicks!

FadeToBlack&Gold
07-14-2013, 10:31 PM
You're playing us for Carny. I would highly recommend Tech as your road trip. :)

This.

The carny experience is fun. Amateur snow statues you'd be hard pressed to see anywhere else on this continent. Two microbreweries (three if you have a car to get to Calumet). The outdoor broomball tourney.

In fact, I would make the drive to Houghton next year if gfmorris will. :D

davyd83
07-15-2013, 05:36 AM
This.

The carny experience is fun. Amateur snow statues you'd be hard pressed to see anywhere else on this continent. Two microbreweries (three if you have a car to get to Calumet). The outdoor broomball tourney.

In fact, I would make the drive to Houghton next year if gfmorris will. :Dthe Winter Carnival experience is certainly well worth it!

GetOutDaKitchin
07-15-2013, 10:28 AM
I have heard from a source that wishes to name anonymous that Gregg Gruehl will not be coming back. His offer was reportedly revoked under the KK regime. Can anyone back this up or confirm to the contrary? This would be a huge blow to the team.

bigblue_dl
07-15-2013, 10:46 AM
This.

The carny experience is fun. Amateur snow statues you'd be hard pressed to see anywhere else on this continent. Two microbreweries (three if you have a car to get to Calumet). The outdoor broomball tourney.

In fact, I would make the drive to Houghton next year if gfmorris will. :DI'm planning on being there as well. Didn't make it last year, and I try to go every-other year.

MikeAnderson
07-15-2013, 01:28 PM
Obviously my career situation dictates what I can do, but given a chance, I want to either go to the Shillelagh or to BG the next weekend. I won't be able to afford more than one roadie this year no matter how things turn out, and I know that those are both makeable drives, as I've done both (although I've never gotten closer to BG than seeing their football stadium while motoring down I-75). Anyone planning to make any big trips?

One thing that I really like about the recruiting class is that few of them are over-age. Looks like some punch up front, some bodies in back, and a big kid in Larose in net. I'm ready to roll with these guys.

GFM

I recommend the bolded trip for completely altruistic and non-selfish reasons having nothing to do with living on the general route between Huntsville, Ala. and Bowling Green, Ohio.

gfmorris
07-15-2013, 06:35 PM
I would do Carny but for cost. If the money comes available, I'll consider doing it. One of my very good friends is a Tech alumnus, and he sounded a little giddy when he found out when we were making the trip.


I recommend the bolded trip for completely altruistic and non-selfish reasons having nothing to do with living on the general route between Huntsville, Ala. and Bowling Green, Ohio.

You want to snuggle. I know it to be true. The question is to whether you can get free of all of your responsibilities. I can only hope.

GFM

COHockey
07-17-2013, 06:19 PM
Not even one page into feeling like a real D1 program again and already here comes the snuggling.

gfmorris
07-17-2013, 09:44 PM
Not even one page into feeling like a real D1 program again and already here comes the snuggling.

Mike and I did radio together a decade-ish ago. We were a student operation. It was close quarters.

GFM

gfmorris
07-17-2013, 10:34 PM
So, let's come up with questions for me to ask when I'm back in Huntsville. I'll come up with some starters.

1. Who's the other assistant going to be?
2. What is the Gruehl situation? [I know what I've heard, and I'll just leave it at that.]
3. How many players are we bringing in? We'll never get a "who's coming" list until they're ready to release the entire set, but if they say "11", we know that they have more irons in the fire.
4. What style of play are we going to see? I know that I'm going to be depressed if we're chipping-and-chasing, but we don't have a ton of offensive skill right now, and that may mean that's our approach as our guys just work their asses off to get to 50-50 pucks. [And we know our guys will do all they can.]
5. Will there be a volunteer assistant? Steve Briere is an obvious choice, especially because he has paying jobs that keep him busy (including teach a class or two at UAH to boot).

Others?

GFM

GetOutDaKitchin
07-18-2013, 10:56 AM
This is quite low on the list of priorities, but I want to know the jersey situation. When will UAH see a set of home and away (possibly a 3rd jersey) that stays consistent? And what they look like this year and for years to come? They need to get that classy college hockey jersey look in the likeness of the BUs, Maines, and Cornells of the world. I say this really because I want to get one that won't go out of style after a year.

Also, what, if any, improvements have the coaching staff and university done to improve player development (i.e. strength and conditioning programs, facility upgrades, nutrition plans, etc.)?

Lastly, is the university organizing any trips for fans of the program to attend away games? I know myself and a number of others down here in Birmingham are very interested in attending the Notre Dame tournament.

That's all I've got. Hope some of these can be answered. Thanks for your help, Geof.

UAHStatman
07-18-2013, 03:20 PM
This is quite low on the list of priorities, but I want to know the jersey situation. When will UAH see a set of home and away (possibly a 3rd jersey) that stays consistent? And what they look like this year and for years to come? They need to get that classy college hockey jersey look in the likeness of the BUs, Maines, and Cornells of the world. I say this really because I want to get one that won't go out of style after a year.

Gavin told me back in the spring they were working on jerseys that they wanted to be the "final" versions. That is, the redesign to end all redesigns. There was a prototype (not final) version of the home jersey at the banquet, which was a white version of the new blues the team wore in the second half of this past season. (Those blues, by the way, are being improved upon. For example, the word "Huntsville" will have separate letter stitching instead of a nameplate.)

What I want to know regarding jerseys is when they are signed off, when will they be available for sale on campus, around town and online (I'm looking at you, former wchashop.com now at CollegeHockeyGear.com (http://www.collegehockeygear.com/?Click=7)).


Lastly, is the university organizing any trips for fans of the program to attend away games? I know myself and a number of others down here in Birmingham are very interested in attending the Notre Dame tournament.

I'm still more concerned about getting more at home games, particularly students. And, getting the student section in the upper deck with the pep band so they can really be heard.

Speaking of VBC ambience, what is there being planned in terms of arena "decorations"? A WCHA banner? WCHA team banners? Right now all we have are banners for '96, '98, and Doug Ross -- hardly enough to commemorate the history the program has. I'd like to see these banners raised, using a new standard template that will work for the arena:

* 1982 National Club Champions
* 1983 National Club Champions
* 1984 National Club Champions
* 1994 NCAA Division II Tournament
* 1996 NCAA Division II National Champions
* 1997 NCAA Division II Tournament
* 1998 NCAA Division II National Champions
* 2001 CHA Regular Season Champions
* 2003 CHA Regular Season Champions
* 2007 CHA Champions/NCAA Midwest Regional
* 2010 CHA Champions/NCAA Midwest Regional

FlagDUDE08
07-18-2013, 03:29 PM
Gavin told me back in the spring they were working on jerseys that they wanted to be the "final" versions. That is, the redesign to end all redesigns. There was a prototype (not final) version of the home jersey at the banquet, which was a white version of the new blues the team wore in the second half of this past season. (Those blues, by the way, are being improved upon. For example, the word "Huntsville" will have separate letter stitching instead of a nameplate.)

What I want to know regarding jerseys is when they are signed off, when will they be available for sale on campus, around town and online (I'm looking at you, former wchashop.com now at CollegeHockeyGear.com (http://www.collegehockeygear.com/?Click=7)).



I'm still more concerned about getting more at home games, particularly students. And, getting the student section in the upper deck with the pep band so they can really be heard.

Speaking of VBC ambience, what is there being planned in terms of arena "decorations"? A WCHA banner? WCHA team banners? Right now all we have are banners for '96, '98, and Doug Ross -- hardly enough to commemorate the history the program has. I'd like to see these banners raised, using a new standard template that will work for the arena:

* 1982 National Club Champions
* 1983 National Club Champions
* 1984 National Club Champions
* 1994 NCAA Division II Tournament
* 1996 NCAA Division II National Champions
* 1997 NCAA Division II Tournament
* 1998 NCAA Division II National Champions
* 2001 CHA Regular Season Champions
* 2003 CHA Regular Season Champions
* 2007 CHA Champions/NCAA Midwest Regional
* 2010 CHA Champions/NCAA Midwest Regional

I could see banners for 82/83/84, MAYBE the CHA champions ones, but I've always been against participation banners. I personally find them to be dumb. History shows well in your championships.