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Penn State to Play Army on Friday

After almost a week a speculation, Army will indeed travel to Happy Valley this Friday to take on Penn State in the Pegula Ice Arena opener. College Hockey News reported yesterday that Army received the okay to travel to Penn State, citing two sources. Army Hockey confirmed this report today by tweeting out a statement on their official Twitter page. Army will open the 2013-14 season this Friday at @PennStateMHKY. Puck will drop at 8 PM at the new Pegula Ice Arena! #GoArmy #PennStatebound — ArmyHockey (@army_hockey) October 9, 2013 Penn State’s games next weekend with Air Force are still …

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Report: Penn State Seeking Replacement for Home Opener

With the government shutdown in full effect it’s unclear whether or not Army will be able to travel to Penn State Friday to play the Nittany Lions in the Pegula Ice Arena opener. Mike McMahon of College Hockey News reported Monday on Twitter that Penn State was searching for a replacement team and may have actually found one. Kyle Rossi of Thank You Terry examined a couple possible solutions Penn State can go with should Army not be able to travel to University Park. My hunch is that Penn State will open Pegula on Friday as scheduled.  It won’t be …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: WHL Preliminary Top 10

There are 33 WHL skaters and 2 goaltenders listed on the NHL Central Scouting North American “Ones to Watch” list. On the list, players are classified as A, B, or C skaters respectively. Seven players from the WHL were listed as “A” skaters and all seven of those are on my list including potential number one overall pick Sam Reinhart. According to the WHL’s website, 20% of all players who played in the NHL last season played juniors in the WHL. A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including eight in the first round. …

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Will Penn State prove the naysayers wrong this season?

The Wisconsin Badgers, as voted upon by the B1G coaches, were chosen as the preseason favorite for the inaugural B1G hockey conference. Not much of surprise, since the Badgers return nine seniors and seven juniors after reaching the NCAA tournament last year. The Minnesota Gophers were voted to finish second, with Michigan slotted for third, Michigan State and Ohio State projected to tie for fourth and Penn State to finish last. Penn State fans may object to where their team is ranked, but in all honesty, it’s where they should be right now. The key word is right now. Like …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: QMJHL Preliminary Top 10

The QMJHL had a banner year last year with the Halifax Mooseheads dominating the CHL en route to a Memorial Cup victory in Saskatoon. The “Q” also saw six players taken in the first round and produced a total of 31 players overall. The 2014 draft class certainly does not have the star power of 2013, but there are a few players who could be top 15 selections come June. Click here for my OHL rankings. 1. Ivan Barbashev (C/LW) Moncton Wildcats He was the first overall pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft and showed the individual skills that …