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ExileOnDaytonStreet
04-28-2010, 09:58 PM
My second interview was with USNTDP U-17 defenseman Joe Fiala (http://www.wissports.net/sports/hockeyb/blog/message.aspx?f=89&id=1151488) who UW has shown interest in.
I'm assuming you've had some interest from Division I College Programs? When did you start hearing from them, and if you don't mind sharing it with us, who have you heard from?

I have had offers for visits from Miami, Wisconsin, Yale, Maine, Quinnipiac, Northeastern, Alaska-Anchorage, RIT, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross. I have had interest from Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha, and Bowling Green. I visited Mankato, but it wasn’t the right fit for me. I am visiting Miami on the weekend of Mother’s Day. There have been a couple of coaching changes with CCHA schools that I might be interested in now. I plan to make my decision in the spring or the summer. I started hearing from colleges in the beginning of my freshman year.

*Looks at the bolded text* oh ****.

Chuck Schwartz
04-28-2010, 10:07 PM
*Looks at the bolded text* oh ****.

Yeah well he also listed Bowling Green and they had a change. And the guy who drafted him to the Indiana Ice, Blashil, took the job at Western Michigan. But you can bet that Oz will be on him. Good catch.

ps...told you he was visiting Miami!

DPlaya
04-30-2010, 06:01 PM
Found an article on a goaltender the Badgers have been talking with...The Badgers are listed among many colleges on goaltender Billy Wager's (http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100430/HOCKEY01/304309912/-1/BASEBALL) potential college list, along with the Major Junior option.

MadCityRich
04-30-2010, 06:54 PM
Found an article on a goaltender the Badgers have been talking with...The Badgers are listed among many colleges on goaltender Billy Wager's (http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100430/HOCKEY01/304309912/-1/BASEBALL) potential college list, along with the Major Junior option.

It could be major,

if we sign Billy Wager. :D

Chuck Schwartz
05-04-2010, 12:31 PM
BU forward Vinny Saponari has been kicked off the team for some issues. He's an elite Sophomore forward who had 30 points this season. When he was being recruited it came down to us and BU for his services. Although we were the favorite for much of the way, he went to BU where his brother was playing.

I would LOVE to have this kid on the team. He deserves a second chance.

Wisconsin Hockey: Back 2 back BU transfers?

Edit: That said...the kid will probably go pro, but we'll see.

ExileOnDaytonStreet
05-04-2010, 12:41 PM
BU forward Vinny Saponari has been kicked off the team for some issues. He's an elite Sophomore forward who had 30 points this season. When he was being recruited it came down to us and BU for his services. Although we were the favorite for much of the way, he went to BU where his brother was playing.

I would LOVE to have this kid on the team. He deserves a second chance.

Wisconsin Hockey: Back 2 back BU transfers?

Edit: That said...the kid will probably go pro, but we'll see.

My offer of buying him lunch at Fraboni's every day still stands.

Chuck Schwartz
05-04-2010, 01:31 PM
Easy Exile...even though everyone knows your joking...the NCAA doesn't care....

Puck Swami
05-04-2010, 03:17 PM
I would LOVE to have this kid on the team. He deserves a second chance.


If a 35+ year veteran coach like Jack Parker kicks a 30-point producer all the way off his team, this problem probably goes much deeper than a drinking violation, or a missed bike/ride or practice. This likely goes far deeper than second chances would likely correct, or would have been served with suspensions.

This move was likely in the team's best interest.

In other words, you probably would not want him on your team or at your school, either.

aktick
05-04-2010, 09:15 PM
Why was Bennett let go by BU?

solovsfett
05-05-2010, 12:02 AM
If a 35+ year veteran coach like Jack Parker kicks a 30-point producer all the way off his team, this problem probably goes much deeper than a drinking violation, or a missed bike/ride or practice. This likely goes far deeper than second chances would likely correct, or would have been served with suspensions.

This move was likely in the team's best interest.

In other words, you probably would not want him on your team or at your school, either.

I would tend to concur. Coaches rarely take this bold a step as to kick 2 players, brothers yet, off the team entirely.

they must have a pattern of some reckless behavior.....and not adding 2+2

markwojo
05-05-2010, 08:49 AM
I would tend to concur. Coaches rarely take this bold a step as to kick 2 players, brothers yet, off the team entirely.

they must have a pattern of some reckless behavior.....and not adding 2+2

The brothers thing probably has little to do with it. Victor raised some eyebrows that BU would even take him to begin with...with some opinoining that it was done to entice Vinny to pick them. If you are going to boot Vinny, then it is no suprise the Victor would not be welcomed at that point.

As to looking at Vinny at UW if he does not simply turn pro or go the MJ route, I would certainly kick the tires. Sometimes a slap in the face is the wake up call kids need and then sometimes they never wake up regardless of how many slaps they get. I would do some investigating and maybe even sit down with the kid if he were interested in looking at continuing in college.

Chuck Schwartz
05-05-2010, 01:28 PM
Ryan Walters Update
(http://noalibisnoregrets.blogspot.com/2010/05/walters-update-wisconsin-in-serious.html)
I've spoken to anonymous sources familiar with the situation and they have said that they believe Walters has spoken with up to 18 college hockey teams since his de-commitment. They also mentioned that it sounds as if Walters will be taking some visits to see these schools as soon as today.

I've been told that Wisconsin is a "strong consideration" for Walters services. Wisconsin issued a press release today announcing their 2010 recruiting class. That recruiting class includes 6 incoming freshman forwards to replace 8 out going forwards (7 seniors, and Thurber). That would leave us at 14 forwards, or about 1 forward short. Eaves has played it pretty coy as to the number of forwards we will roster this season. I'm fairly certain that he's making a strong push to get a commitment out of Walters to fill out the roster.

And trust me, this would be one HUGE commitment.

Timothy A
05-06-2010, 12:26 PM
If a 35+ year veteran coach like Jack Parker kicks a 30-point producer all the way off his team, this problem probably goes much deeper than a drinking violation, or a missed bike/ride or practice. This likely goes far deeper than second chances would likely correct, or would have been served with suspensions.

This move was likely in the team's best interest.

In other words, you probably would not want him on your team or at your school, either.

I think players deserve a second chance when they demostrate they have learned from their past mistakes. Look @ Bennett. Bennett's 2nd chance worked out from non-playing perspective. He didn't whine or cry when Goody became the full time starter. By his own account, he said he matured a lot since his days @ BU. He could very well unseat Goody next year.

Hopefully Thurber has learned from his mistake @ UW and flourishes @ NM with his second chance.

So in that vein, if Vinny can demonstrate he's learned from his mistakes, give him a second chance at someplace new. If they bring him in and he's a ******, they can let him go too. Eaves' may have a shorter fuse than Parker. I think it's a low risk, high reward deal.

kiwi
05-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Hello Wisco fans! BU alum here. Reading your thread with some amusement. Followed Bennett's body of work this year from afar. I don't discount the growth ( physically or mentally) of twenty somethings and noticed where BB didn't have a half-bad year for you guys ( although Gudmanson did beat him out for the starting role.) The consensus of BU fans was that his unfocussed play almost singlehandedly kept us out of the NCAA tourney his last year here. Obviously became a decent player but hasn't yet lived up to his much ballyhooed hype. Jury's still out. Now, regarding Vinny Saponari. Take him, he's yours for the asking. I don't have any more info than what's already posted on the BU thread. ( As I said, I'm an alum, not on campus, and with no pipeline into the coaching staff.) But I did see him play a significant number of games the last two years. (I'm an Agganis season ticket holder.) The guy is maturing, albeit slowly. He is big-bodied but has stone hands. He missed more open nets than I care to remember. Did show some better marksmanship later in the season and will probably become a first line wing in his junior or senior year if given a chance somewhere else. Not Hobey Baker and certainly not Colin Wilson. Thankfully we have a few serious snipers coming in with this freshman class. Lord knows we'll need them. My question to you is this- Under NCAA rules, does he (or anyone who transfers under such circumstances) have to sit out next year? If so, can he receive an athletic scholarship for that down year? Does he have to pay his own way for that year? Is Wisco in a position to give him a scholarship if he's not on the roster next season? I think we see you next year. Hope I don't get confused by your uniforms and root for the wrong team.

aktick
05-07-2010, 10:44 AM
I'm pretty sure he does have to sit out a season when transferring to another D1 school, even though he was dismissed from the team. UW had to kick a player off the team this season, and he has to sit out next season after transferring to Northern Michigan.

Chuck Schwartz
05-07-2010, 02:52 PM
He does have to sit out a season and yes it is possible to get a scholarship in the season you have to sit out, although it is rare. A player of his quality might get it though.

Chuck Schwartz
05-11-2010, 12:54 PM
If you're not following me on twitter or the blog, Ryan Walters will be in for a visit soon. So that is positive news on the recruiting front.

solovsfett
05-11-2010, 11:14 PM
If you're not following me on twitter or the blog, Ryan Walters will be in for a visit soon. So that is positive news on the recruiting front.

H-e-l-l-s yeah!

I hope Coach Eaves can get Mr. Walters to come to UW. that would be a great get, not to mention I can picture him cupping his ear as he skates past the rat bench in the mooch after scoring any of a number of goals for UW vs rodents next season

FueledByRamen
05-12-2010, 12:52 PM
H-e-l-l-s yeah!

I hope Coach Eaves can get Mr. Walters to come to UW. that would be a great get, not to mention I can picture him cupping his ear as he skates past the rat bench in the mooch after scoring any of a number of goals for UW vs rodents next season

Having a crappy day at work until reading this. :)

solovsfett
05-12-2010, 09:31 PM
Having a crappy day at work until reading this. :)

;) it's a nice thought for the break