OK, so PucKato's taken some time away from the blog. But things are starting to heat up as students return to school and captains practices get underway.
Check out Inside College Hockey's featurette on Minnesota State's Kael Mouillerat that popped today as part of INCH's annual A to Z summer feature that leads us into the season. Mouillierat, a junior, had 11 goals and 11 assists last season.
In today's Free Press, I wrote about the CCHA's decision to add a shootout to replace ties in regular-season play. Although the games will count as ties for national-tournament implications, they will be shootout wins and losses in the conference standings. Should the WCHA or all of college hockey add this? It seems to have worked for the NHL. What say you, PucKato faithful?
From earlier this month, former MSU Reporter hockey guy and current sports editor for the Twin Cities' Press Publications Dan Myers sat down with MSU 2009 recruit Tyler Pitlick, a senior at Centennial High, to discuss his future with the Mavericks and his chance to play for the U.S. Under-18 national team. The team played in an international tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last week. Pitlick scored two goals and one assist as the U.S. went 1-1 in exhibition play and 1-3 in the tournament.
In other news, former MSU goalie and graduate assistant Chris Clark has left Mankato to be the goaltenders coach for the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild, the new team in the North American (Junior A) Hockey League. He joins his old teammate Ryan McKelvie, who is the Wild's associate coach. ... Looking around the WCHA ... It's come to this on the recruiting trail: Wisconsin got a commitment from a 14-year-old!