Minnesota State received a verbal commitment from Dan Carlson, a 6-1, 201-pound forward who has played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., the last two seasons (U17 last year, U18 this year). A native of Corcoran, Minn., Carlson was also chosen for the 22-player roster that will play in the U18 World Championships in mid-April in Germany. It appears that team is primarily made up of the USNTDP team. It looks like Carlson, who will turn 18 in May is coming to MSU in '12, which means he'll probably play a year of junior hockey first.
Former Maverick and good guy Tim Jackman, who is enjoying his finest season in the NHL, has been honored by the Calgary Flames, who gave him the J.R. McCaig Award. The award goes to a Flames staff member and a player who "best exemplify ... virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals." Of Jackman, the Flames' press release called him a "fan favorite" and a "tenacious, determined and hardworking winger who embodies the meaning of this award in his on-ice performance as well as his off-ice actions. Highly respected among his teammates and the definition of friendly and courteous to everyone he encounters."
Another former Maverick, Kael Mouillerat, was named to the ECHL's all-rookie team. In 59 games, Mouillierat has 24 goals, 35 assists and 59 points, ranking second in scoring among all league rookies.
The Hobey Baker's "Hobey Hat Trick" was announced this week, and the finalists for college hockey's are Boston College's Cam Atikinson, North Dakota's Matt Frattin and Miami's Andy Miele. PucKato is a former Hobey voter (2002-2004) and, if I had a vote this year, would have to go for Frattin. Of course, I've seen him play several times and haven't seen much of the others. Miele leads the nation in scoring, but Frattin not only leads the country in goal scoring but simply seemed to score big goals at big times for the Sioux. Character is one aspect Hobey voters are supposed to consider. Frattin had issues at North Dakota, getting kicked off the team last year. But his road to redemption sure seems to be a lesson lots of young people should learn from. Read more about that in Brad Schlossman's story on Frattin from December.
Folks will get to see Frattin in action next week in St. Paul during the Frozen Four. Minnesota Duluth and Notre Dame will play in Thursday's first semifinal, while North Dakota and Michigan will play in the second. I think it's a pretty intriguing field of western teams. I wrote about that in my Tuesday column for The Free Press. Read that here.