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06-05-2015, 10:13 AM
Everyone seems ready for a new thread (perhaps as a means to cleanse our minds from the trauma experienced in 2014-15), but we were in the middle of a discussion, so I'll pick it up where we left off:

Was Russell's concussion severe? If so, I would temper expectations for him this season. Many players never see the ice again after sustaining one; examples are Chris Pronger and Marc Savard, both of whom were excellent players in their primes. I read an article a year ago or so in which Pronger indicated he still often wakes up and doesn't know where he is. It's tragic.

If Braedan sat out more for precautionary reasons, then his BCHL stats would indicate he should be a solid contributor going forward. Whittet loves big power forwards who can by physically imposing but also generate offense - Hathaway and Pryzbek come to mind - so I'm sure an effort will be made to get him into the lineup on most nights, assuming he's recovered fully.

By the way, other titles I considered for this thread were:
"Eyes on the Pryzbek"
"The Importance of Being Ernst"
"Brandon and the DePFEILers"

And though he's long-gone (a fact for which we continually give thanks to the Hockey Gods), I also thought of "Grillo-ing Up Some Wins"

If any of these are preferable by a consensus, or if someone has another great Brown-related pun that we collectively deem to be more amusing, I can just make a new thread. :)

06-05-2015, 10:40 AM
Oh, and another thing: I'm thinking about possibly reviving the good ol' blog this season, if there's any interest from the Brown community. However, I'd like to revamp the format a bit, as I felt my weekly commentary had gotten a bit stale by the end, and that any potential future for the blog should include some varied content.

After some quick brainstorming, I identified a few other areas I could potentially focus on, or at least occasionally address:

-Stats and analysis: Hockey at all levels is being increasingly quantified by the use of metrics and advanced stats. While these figures are still somewhat limited at the college level, I did notice toward the end of last season that College Hockey News had started to measure shot attempts for and against, which is a basic indicator of possession and the jumping-off point for most of the advanced stats community. If there is any such information available - I'm not even remotely competent at math, so there's no chance I'll be doing any calculating myself - I'll try to incorporate it into the blog as a supplemental method of analyzing games.

-Recruiting info: Others have occasionally chimed in on this forum about prospects during the season, but it would be nice to consolidate all of this information into one place. I could do some periodical reports on commits and any rumored recruits.

-Alumni reports: We actually have a fair number of former players plying their trade in the pros, and, similar to the recruiting posts, it would be nice to keep an organized log of their activities. Ryan Garbutt has become a key player for the Dallas Stars, while Bobby Farnham saw some playing time with Pittsburgh this year. Dennis Robertson is in the Carolina Hurricanes' system; I believe he was back-and-forth with the ECHL and AHL teams. Matt Lorito tore it up for the Albany Devils this year after the conclusion of Brown's season. Harry Z continues to toil around the AHL, and I believe Volpatti bounced around between Washington and Hershey this year. Mike Clemente and Anthony Borelli are playing at some level - probably ECHL - and Yann Danis, of course, shares the starting goaltending duties for the Hartford Wolf Pack with Rangers' prospect Mackenzie Skapski. I'm not sure if Scott Ford, Jeff Buvinow, or anyone else is still playing, but some quick digging should resolve those uncertainties.

-Around the ECAC: I used to do a quick preview of Brown's opponents each week, but this could be easily expanded to a weekly conference roundup. This way, it's easier to keep track of the other teams and their star players on a consistent basis, and not just the weekend before they come to Meehan.

-Other Brown athletics: The focus of the blog is obviously hockey, but there's no reason we shouldn't tip our caps to the other teams! A quick, probably weekly, recap of some of Brown's many athletic programs could be useful for fans and alums who follow the men's hockey team exclusively. The women's hockey team would probably receive the most attention in these posts.

Also, I might move the platform from Blogger over to Wordpress, which is more user-friendly and professional-looking. And I'll be thinking about possibly renaming the blog - I'm not all that fond of Meehan Madness anymore.

This is probably a lot to digest, but if you have interest in these topics and would like to see the blog up-and-running again, I'd appreciate your feedback! I'm not keen on just writing a blog for the heck of it if no one is ever going to read. :D

Mike Hutter
06-05-2015, 07:49 PM
Good title. Please, no references to Roger.

Blog is a great idea. Key is to get more info out on what is going on. Brown Hockey Facebook has some info but not much.

On additional players, Scott Ford is playing great for the South Carolina team in the ECHL, which is in the final, after leaving the AHL. If he leaves pro hockey, he could be a good addition down the road to the Brown coaching staff if openings come up.

Matt Lorito told me Borelli is playing in Italy and don't forget Hathaway who had a great season in the AHL and signed contract with Calgary.

Mike Hutter
06-06-2015, 08:58 AM
Came across this article on Bobby Farnham. Interesting with comments about the Brown degree.


06-06-2015, 12:39 PM
2015-2016 Brown Menís Ice Hockey Schedule

Saturday, October 24 PRINCETON (Scrimmage) 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 HOLY CROSS 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 6 at Dartmouth 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 7 at Harvard 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13 at Union 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 at Rensselaer 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20 COLGATE 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21 CORNELL 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 27 Belpot Cup - Brown vs. Colgate (ECAC League Game) 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28 at Festival of Ice Hockey Tournament, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland TBD
Friday, December 4 PRINCETON 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 QUINNIPIAC 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10 at Providence College (30th Mayorís Cup) 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29 Brown, Colgate, Lake Superior State, Vermont TBA
Wednesday, December 30 at Sheraton/TD Bank Catamount Cup Tourney TBA
Sunday, January 3 PROVIDENCE (30th Mayorís Cup) 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 15 at Yale 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 16 YALE 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 22 at St. Lawrence 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 at Clarkson 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 29 RENSSELAER 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 30 UNION 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 2 at UConn 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 5 HARVARD 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 6 DARTMOUTH 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 12 at Cornell 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19 CLARKSON 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 20 ST. LAWRENCE 7:00 p.m.
Friday, February 26 at Quinnipiac 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 at Princeton 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 4 ECAC
Saturday, March 5 Ice
Sunday, March 6 Hockey
Friday, March 11 Championship
Saturday, March 12 Tournament
Sunday, March 13 Herb Brooks
Friday, March 18 Arena
Saturday, March 19 Lake Placid, NY
Friday, March 24 NCAA Ice Hockey
Saturday, March 25 Championship Tournament
Sunday, March 26 Albany, NY / St. Paul, MN /Cincinnati,OH/ Worcester, MA
Thursday, April 7 Tampa Bay Times Forum
Saturday, April 9 Tampa, FL

06-08-2015, 10:43 AM
For those who prefer a web link to the schedule:


Mike Hutter
06-10-2015, 09:15 PM
Former Brown coach Mike Souza moving on:


Mike Hutter
06-21-2015, 03:29 PM
Euler - NCAA decision re Harvard players - http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2015/6/21/8820223/max-everson-patrick-mcnally-stephen-michalek-harvard-cheating-scandal-ncaa-denied - appears consistent with your prior comments about red-shirting.

06-22-2015, 03:37 PM
Euler - NCAA decision re Harvard players - http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2015/6/21/8820223/max-everson-patrick-mcnally-stephen-michalek-harvard-cheating-scandal-ncaa-denied - appears consistent with your prior comments about red-shirting.

On a selfish note - this is great news insofar that we won't have to face these players in 2015-16. I was getting really tired of Michalek!

Mike Hutter
06-28-2015, 11:39 AM
Any Brown players going to a NHL team prospect development camp this summer?

06-28-2015, 03:31 PM
Any Brown players going to a NHL team prospect development camp this summer?

@MarkDivver: Brown's Tyler Wood bound for @NHLDevils camp.

@MarkDivver: .@BrownMensHockey captain Mark Naclerio going to development camp with @NYRangers next month.

@MarkDivver: Brown's draft picks, Tyler Bird (@BlueJacketsNHL ), Max Willman (@BuffaloSabres) & Sam Lafferty (@penguins) , bound for NHL camps, too.

Mike Hutter
07-01-2015, 04:41 PM
@MarkDivver: Brown's Tyler Wood bound for @NHLDevils camp.

@MarkDivver: .@BrownMensHockey captain Mark Naclerio going to development camp with @NYRangers next month.

@MarkDivver: Brown's draft picks, Tyler Bird (@BlueJacketsNHL ), Max Willman (@BuffaloSabres) & Sam Lafferty (@penguins) , bound for NHL camps, too.

Not bad for Bruno. As for Tyler, hopefully this experience will help him take the next step to become a Robertson type D-man. Mark will benefit as well and his appearance can lead to something with the Rangers at the end of the season. RPI's Ryan Haggerty used his opportunity to sign with Hartford and Mark has similar ability to Haggerty.

Not intended as a snide comment - what are our goalies doing for the summer?

07-08-2015, 12:13 PM
Not intended as a snide comment - what are our goalies doing for the summer?

Summering, I believe. :)

07-08-2015, 02:33 PM
Not intended as a snide comment - what are our goalies doing for the summer?

Praying for better defensive play in front of them. ;)

07-11-2015, 04:33 PM

I would like to encourage supporters of Brown hockey to attend the inaugural "Belpot" Hockey Tournament, to take place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast (Northern Ireland) in late November.

Brown opens against Colgate at 4:00pm on Friday, November 27. The game will count in the ECAC standings. Lowell plays Northeastern at 7:30pm. Consolation and Championship games are scheduled for Saturday, November 28 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm respectively.

It's unclear at this point whether the Brown Sports Foundation will organize any hospitality events. I hope they do, but if not, others are prepared to take the initiative, unofficially and on their own.

I understand that Geoff Middleton (Davey's father) is coordinating the parents' arrangements.

Aer Lingus has reasonably-priced non-stop flights from Boston to Dublin (less than six hours). From the Dublin Airport it's about two hours by coach (bus) to Belfast. In Belfast, I recommend the centrally located Jury's Hotel. For those who plan to spend time in Dublin, I strongly recommend the Wynn's Hotel, which is just off O'Connell Street, a block a way from the Liffey, and a less-than-ten-minute walk to Temple Bar.

Mike Hutter
07-12-2015, 09:17 AM
Interesting observation about Ryan Garbutt from Brooks' column in today's NYPost:

"Ryan Garbutt, who went from the Stars to the Blackhawks with Trevor Daley in exchange for Patrick Sharp, is exactly the kind of hard-edged, forechecking, tempo forward the Rangers could use.

Mike Hutter
07-12-2015, 09:31 AM
Observation about Dennis Robertson from SB Nation Hurricanes Site:

The other guy who I think will surprise many is Dennis Robertson who played his college hockey at Brown (where I believe he was the captain in his final year). One of the only "plus" players for the Checkers this year, coaches spoke highly of his solid play and the way he never seemed out of position. From what Iíve seen I believe he has a bit of Ron Hainsey in him. So he too may surprise a lot of folks.

Mike Hutter
07-17-2015, 05:17 PM
From NY Devils Blog re Prospect Camp

Matt Lorito: Another guy that I think has some potential; Lorito will probably spend the season down in Albany, but if injuries arise and we need to call someone up, I'd rather have some new blood like Lorito (provided he signs an NHL deal as he is currently on an AHL only deal) instead of the same old plugs.

Mike Hutter
07-20-2015, 04:17 PM
Yesterday Larry Brooks' Hockey column in NY Post gave his choices for top 4 all-time players for each NHL team. Fun read.


One former Brown player selected: Curt Bennett '70 for Atlanta Flames. I never saw him play.

Who would you place on Mt. Rushmore for Brown? My choices: Gaudreau, Gilligan, Brewer, and Danis

07-22-2015, 10:05 AM
Yale's schedule came out in the New Haven Register, and there seems to be a discrepancy on 5-6 February. Has anyone heard anything about if those games are being swapped? If they are, is the Harvard game going to move because of the Beanpot, or like last year, is it going to remain as is?