PucKato will be off for the Christmas weekend and back next week to preview the Mavericks' trip to Chicago for the Notre Dame tournament.
Make sure you check The Free Press print/online edition this week some upcoming stories on Mankato West goal-scoring sensation Ville Rantanen (the exchange student from Finland leads the state in scoring with 23 goals in eight games) and on ex-West player Nate Jose, who is keeping his hockey career alive in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League this season.
On the college scene, here are a couple of my columns from the paper: one on the WCHA at the midway point and another on MSU at the midway point.
Meanwhile, here's a good story on Gophers coach Don Lucia by former Star Tribune college hockey writer Rachel Blount. Lucia opens up about his illness and the way steroid treatments made him feel. The telling quote: "That first weekend (January, 2009), we played at Mankato and I was a madman."
The World Junior Championships begin on Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y., and seven WCHA players made the U.S. roster. Check that roster out here. Two others made the Canadian team, Duluth defenseman Dylan Olsen and Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz.