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purpleinnebraska
05-21-2015, 02:54 PM
http://mankatofreepresshockey.blogspot.com/

Rochester's Riese Zmolek, son of Doug, commits to MSU. I'm guessing we're looking at USHL this fall.

It's good to get in the running for more in-state talent. For the first 2 North Star Cups, our roster has had the fewest Minnesota kids of the 4 teams competing. Not to complain too much - we've been getting good results with the guys we have. But there's a heck of a lot of instate talent, and it helps to build local enthusiasm if we're bringing in kids locals are familiar with.

Bale
05-25-2015, 09:34 AM
Any buzz on how good this kid is? What other schools he was cosidering?

Also, Jared Spooner committed yesterday. Anyone know anything about him?

icehawk
05-25-2015, 12:09 PM
A kid I use to coach on 2 summer teams has committed to the Mavs. Jared Spooner from Bismarck, ND who played for the Bismarck Bobcats this past season will join the team I believe in 2016. Wish him all the best.

icehawk
05-25-2015, 12:11 PM
Any buzz on how good this kid is? What other schools he was cosidering?

Also, Jared Spooner committed yesterday. Anyone know anything about him?

Just saw this post after I posted mine. I think he will be a third or fourth line type guy but he has improved quite a bit this past season. Good kid outside the rink.

BlueOx
05-25-2015, 03:09 PM
Kind of random but it's the offseason: has there ever been talk of the whole athletic department moving from DII to DI? Could the school financially support it? Kind of odd Minnesota only has one DI school.

MavsFan
05-25-2015, 04:02 PM
Kind of random but it's the offseason: has there ever been talk of the whole athletic department moving from DII to DI? Could the school financially support it? Kind of odd Minnesota only has one DI school.The university did a feasibility study a few years back. They came to the conclusion that it would not work. I doubt that it will be explored again any time soon. They seem happy competing for national championships at the D-II level rather than being ust another small D-I school.

Bale
05-26-2015, 02:04 PM
I don't think it's likely in the near future. Look at the programs that went from the nchc to d1. Outside of ndsu football, the rest have been pretty lackluster save for the random football win against the Brewster led gophers. It wouldn't make much sense financially to even think about it when the u of m gets and will continue to get the bulk of the state funding.

purpleinnebraska
05-26-2015, 03:26 PM
I don't think it's likely in the near future. Look at the programs that went from the nchc to d1. Outside of ndsu football, the rest have been pretty lackluster save for the random football win against the Brewster led gophers. It wouldn't make much sense financially to even think about it when the u of m gets and will continue to get the bulk of the state funding.

And look at the UNO experience in "upgrading." Do we want to kill off football, our most consistent winner, just to go D1 in track, etc.? Or to be one of the 350 D1 basketball programs? As long as the hockey team can stay D1 by itself, I'm not sure the D1 benefits outweigh the costs

BlueOx
05-27-2015, 02:41 PM
Interesting thoughts, the one thing I would expect to change with a D1 jump is more money for the athletic department both in revenue and support. With no knowledge about the hockey program or athletic department at all, are they in need of significant infrastructure upgrades?

MavsFan
05-28-2015, 12:28 AM
And look at the UNO experience in "upgrading." Do we want to kill off football, our most consistent winner, just to go D1 in track, etc.? Or to be one of the 350 D1 basketball programs? As long as the hockey team can stay D1 by itself, I'm not sure the D1 benefits outweigh the costs
Baseball and wrestling have been, by far, the most consistent winners. Football was pretty bad for a long time not very long ago.

Bale
05-28-2015, 01:04 PM
Interesting thoughts, the one thing I would expect to change with a D1 jump is more money for the athletic department both in revenue and support. With no knowledge about the hockey program or athletic department at all, are they in need of significant infrastructure upgrades?

Football needs a new/upgraded stadium. As for funding, I was told that for a d2 school, msu is near the top (especially comparing it to other nscc schools). on the other hand hockey is near the bottom especially with the Verizon center lease. Funding more than they already do and having modest increases each year isn't realistic. Msu does not and will not get funding in the same stratasphere as the u. The only other way to move up would be to increase the funding by student fees...and that's not happening Especially with the school projecting a $7 million shortfall in the near future.

MavsFan
05-31-2015, 12:18 AM
Good timing on MSU's part. I was in a totally hockey frame of mind, waiting for the start of game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Championship, and my season-ticket renewal package came in the mail. I'm ready for the 15-16 season, as soon as the Blackhawks wrap up the Stanley Cup.

Bale
07-06-2015, 12:52 PM
Per the press conference today, renovations 50%+ done. Currently fundraising for a new scoreboard.

Bigger news....Make Hastings signs an 8-year extension.

MavHockey14
07-06-2015, 01:03 PM
Huge!

Guy in Section 111
07-06-2015, 01:19 PM
Per the press conference today, renovations 50%+ done. Currently fundraising for a new scoreboard.

Bigger news....Make Hastings signs an 8-year extension.

Does it sound like the new scoreboard would be installed by the start of this upcoming season or would it be a project that would happen next offseason?

Bale
07-06-2015, 01:35 PM
I wasn't there, but it would seem to be a stretch to get it that quickly. Maybe someone that was there could give a more definitive answer.

MavHockey14
07-06-2015, 02:23 PM
I wasn't there, but it would seem to be a stretch to get it that quickly. Maybe someone that was there could give a more definitive answer.

It's a work in progress. I'd expect it for the start of the 2016-2017 season.

Also, it's being reported that Mike's base salary is $290,000/year. I'm curious as to what his incentives are, but nothing available yet.

gfmorris
07-06-2015, 02:33 PM
That's a big pile of money for Hastings, but I'd say that he's earned it.

GFM

Bale
07-06-2015, 02:41 PM
Anyone know where that ranks him in the conference? Nationally?

blackswampboy
07-06-2015, 05:47 PM
That's a big pile of money for Hastings, but I'd say that he's earned it.

GFM

hell yeah, well deserved. this conference keeps raising the bar, and it starts with a bunch (gaggle? swarm? pride?) of really good coaches!