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    Michigan Tech 2016 Off-Season: Good Things are Taking Shape... The Shape of an Oval



    Well here we are once again with no Huskies Hockey to watch, but plenty of material on which to speculate until next season starts. While the Huskies seemed to have stubbed their toe to end the 2015-16 campaign, they did play their last game of the season (by most accounts) controlling their own destiny to make the NCAA tourney for a second season in a row. Other notables from this season as well as the last few:
    • First WCHA Championship / MacNaughton Cup in 40 years
    • Second consecutive year for a Husky as the leading scorer in the WHCA
    • Second consecutive year for a Husky as WHCA Player of the Year
    • Second consecutive year hosting WCHA playoff games
    • Third appearance at WCHA Final Five (second consecutive)
    • Multiple All-American selections
    • Multiple Hobey Baker Finalists
    • Desert Hockey Classic Champs
    • Winter Carnival Champs (multiple)
    • First NCAA Tourney appearance in 34 years
    • Pearson second all-time with 95 wins (average of 19 per year, more than the TOTAL wins in the previous three seasons before his arrival - 15)
    • 1st GLI Championship in 34 years
    • #1 National Ranking

    I am sure I'm missing a few other noteworthy ones, but you get the idea. Looking forward, next year's seniors would need 34 wins to be the first senior class to reach 100 wins since the 1970s. That is worth mentioning because the two winningest programs over the last four years (UND, QU) have 110 and 109 wins respectively. 100 Wins would be a serious benchmark of consistent winning. Of course 34 wins would be a stretch, but Tech will likely play more than 40 games next season. At the very least it puts the junior class as shoe-ins to do it in 2017-18.

    Let the discussion (and the winning) continue...
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    Re: Michigan Tech 2016 Off-Season: Good Things are Taking Shape... The Shape of an Ov

    For those of you planning trips to go see a Tech-NMU series next season, here's when they'll be playing and where.

    Fri 28 Oct - Houghton
    Sat 29 Oct - Marquette

    Fri 3 Mar - Marquette
    Sat 4 Mar - Houghton

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    Well here we are once again with no Huskies Hockey to watch, but plenty of material on which to speculate until next season starts. While the Huskies seemed to have stubbed their toe to end the 2015-16 campaign, they did play their last game of the season (by most accounts) controlling their own destiny to make the NCAA tourney for a second season in a row. Other notables from this season as well as the last few:
    • First WCHA Championship / MacNaughton Cup in 40 years
    • Second year in a row for a Husky as the leading scorer in the WHCA
    • Second consecutive year hosting WCHA playoff games
    • Third appearance at WCHA Final Five (second consecutive)
    • Multiple All-American selections
    • Multiple Hobey Baker Finalists
    • Desert Hockey Classic Champs
    • Winter Carnival Champs (multiple)
    • First NCAA Tourney appearance in 34 years
    • Pearson second all-time with 95 wins (average of 19 per year, more than the TOTAL wins in the previous three seasons before his arrival - 15)
    • 1st GLI Championship in 34 years
    • #1 National Ranking

    I am sure I'm missing a few other noteworthy ones, but you get the idea. Looking forward, next year's seniors would need 34 wins to be the first senior class to reach 100 wins since the 1970s. That is worth mentioning because the two winningest programs over the last four years (UND, QU) have 110 and 109 wins respectively. 100 Wins would be a serious benchmark of consistent winning. Of course 34 wins would be a stretch, but Tech will likely play more than 40 games next season. At the very least it puts the junior class as shoe-ins to do it in 2017-18.

    Let the discussion (and the winning) continue...
    Ryan J

    PS Can I get at least 1 new jersey design for 2016-17?
    Fixed...

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    Re: Michigan Tech 2016 Off-Season: Good Things are Taking Shape... The Shape of an Ov

    interesting information.
    also I note that Denver, who says on the surface they do not recruit underage kids, well the last three commits they have are under 16.

    The Oakland Jr. Grizzlies are excited to announce another Division 1 College Commitment. Tommy Parrottino, a forward for the U18 Midget Major AAA team has committed to Michigan Tech for the 2018-2019 season. Head Coach Mike Peruzzi had the following to say about Tommy,

    "The Oakland Junior Grizzlies U18 team congratulates Tommy Parrottino on his commitment to play hockey at Michigan Technological University. Tommy was among the top goal scorers and point producers in the Tier One Elite Hockey League. He is a highly skilled player and a tremendous offensive threat every time he touches the ice. His skating and stick handling abilities are among the best we’ve seen at this level. We have no doubt that with his dedication and work ethic, he will only improve and be a huge asset to the Huskies. The Grizzlies organization is incredibly proud of Tommy and look forward to watching his continued progression."

    Great job Tommy!
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    I really don't see the need to recruit a hockey player before their senior year of high school (other than to beat another school to the punch). In today's era of college hockey (well outside of the Bi6(7) where all the frosh are bright eyed 18 year olds) kids don't go on campus at age 18. So even as a 17yo they are multiple years away from playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    I really don't see the need to recruit a hockey player before their senior year of high school (other than to beat another school to the punch). In today's era of college hockey (well outside of the Bi6(7) where all the frosh are bright eyed 18 year olds) kids don't go on campus at age 18. So even as a 17yo they are multiple years away from playing.
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    Interestingly enough, MTU is trending younger. 4 of the recruits I think will be coming in this week committed before their 18th birthday, 5 players currently committed for future years committed before their 17th birthday and an additional 3 players committed while 17.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    I really don't see the need to recruit a hockey player before their senior year of high school (other than to beat another school to the punch). In today's era of college hockey (well outside of the Bi6(7) where all the frosh are bright eyed 18 year olds) kids don't go on campus at age 18. So even as a 17yo they are multiple years away from playing.
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    If you wait that long, they may already be through a year of Major Junior or, as you noted, committed elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davyd83 View Post
    If you wait that long, they may already be through a year of Major Junior or, as you noted, committed elsewhere.
    speaking of which, central scouting released their final rankings and unless there was a decommitment, there are THREE players that made the final list whom are not currently committed. There are 5 additional players that dropped from being listed on the midterm list to the final that are not committed.
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    I'm fine with 17 yr olds and I'm ok with 16 yr olds, but 15 seems to me to be too young. So when they get three consecutive recruits under 16, well,.....
    one was from the Oakland U 16 team and another from BC.
    also of note. I know for a fact Quinnipiac recruits heavily in BC, so does Bentley, PSU, ASU, Denver, CC, and any number of others. I'd bet there are over 20 teams up there.
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    I've got some family that attend St. Anthony, MN HS (The Huskies). Noticed this logo on their gear. Coincidence? Or conspiracy?
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    I would say that is more Washington Huskies than Houghton.
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    Now if we were recruting from New Market, you would have a legit case. Piano Dog will live on...
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    I would say that is more Washington Huskies than Houghton.
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    Now if we were recruting from New Market, you would have a legit case. Piano Dog will live on...
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    as I've said before, recruits are dead to me until they show up on ice at the SDC. however, if tMel wants to recruit 6 year olds to 26 year olds, I'm ok with that.
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    Brett Olson gamer for anyone interested:
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    All Scott, all the time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    "[Scott] asked the Canadiens for his No. 22 jersey, packed it inside his equipment bag and flew home."
    I guess that is why the Canadiens didn't return my email.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnsonsJerseys View Post
    "[Scott] asked the Canadiens for his No. 22 jersey, packed it inside his equipment bag and flew home."
    I guess that is why the Canadiens didn't return my email.
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    Impressive coming from the same team that told Mike Cammalleri to do like the fans and buy his jersey from the team store if he wanted it that badly.

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    Picked up a cool little group of vintage Huskies gear. Now I just have to figure out if it all came from the same player (likely) and who that might be. Based on the style of the pants and gloves, I'm starting my guess with late 70s or 80s pre-Cooperalls. Early 1980s was the Cooperall long pants and then they had the breezers with stripes again until the late 1980s. However the last set of striped breezers were by Checkmate and had a large logo on the left leg. The gloves don't seem to be 1980s as every glove I see in the 80s for Tech was Koho or Cooper. The longer cuffs on the gloves makes me think 1970s.

    Any help would be appreciated.
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    any word on next season's scheduling?

    John Scott is in Traverse City and skating with the local peeps. a friend of mine played with him a couple of days ago.
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