Back from a week away, and, naturally, there were some mid-summer hockey happenings. Here are a few things that happened ...
• The WCHA hired Katie Million as its next vice president and women's league commissioner. She signed a three-year contract and will begin work on Sept. 2. Million replaces Aaron Kemp, who resigned in February. She comes from Lake Placid, N.Y., where she has been an executive with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority.
• College hockey's NCAA rules committee decided to table a proposal to change overtime to 4-on-4 play. Proposed as a way to increase scoring, the idea of playing 4-on-4 wasn't well-received by coaches. On their own, conference can, however, play 3 on 3 following the five-minute 5-on-5 OT in order to break ties for league standings (those results will still be considered ties for national consideration).
• All's quite on the Minnesota State-to-NCHC proposal right now. No matter what happens, the Mavericks do believe they've made themselves into a player that cannot be ignored any longer. Here's a link to my column on that subject that ran last week.
• The Free Press' Mark Fischenich on Monday covered the lease situation between Minnesota State and the city of Mankato/Verizon Wireless Center, the details of which are still being haggled over. Minnesota State could pay as much as $872,000 annually for use of the facilities, although that price could be lowered significantly with some incentives that are built into the yet-to-be-agreed-upon contract.
• Finally, the Dan Meyer Blue Line Club Golf Classic was held on Monday at the Mankato Golf Club, and it appeared that there was a good turnout for the fundraiser. Notably, some hockey alumni participated in the tournament, including Tim Jackman, Andy Hedlund, Peter Holoien, Brett Stern and Bryce Gervais.