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Superstition is the Way

A dedicated Chowderhead, born Midwesterner with raised Seattle flair and surly Philadelphian are speeding down I-95 between Boston and Providence in a borrowed, burgundy Dodge in the mists of early April, making that highway run with such speed that the leaves on the trees would be whipped right off their branches — provided there were any, since Spring doesn’t arrive until late in Eastern New England, and provided we could be so easily distracted by something like weather with a matter life and death on the line. Stevie Wonder is a musical genius, and though he once sang “if you …

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Future Flyers Report: Lauridsen in the NHL, Yale ruins Frozen Four dreams, OHL/WHL playoff updates

Oliver Lauridsen experienced a sample size of professional hockey with the Adirondack Phantoms in the 2010-2011 season before spending the entire 2011-2012 campaign with the club. Due to several of the Philadelphia Flyers’ defensemen being out of action because of injuries, Lauridsen got his first taste of the NHL this weekend. At 6″6′, 229 pounds, Lauridsen is a gigantic blue liner that uses his size to his advantage by being a physical, stay-at-home defender. From 2008-2009 to 2010-2011, the defenseman spent most of his time with St. Cloud State University where he had seven goals and 15 assists along with …

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College Hockey Roundup: Avs assistant David Quinn named BU head coach; NCAA hockey predictions and more

Well that didn’t take too long did it?  Less than 72 hours after Jack Parker’s final game guiding the Boston University men’s ice hockey program, the school found his replacement — and they decided to keep in the family. At a Tuesday morning press conference former Terrier defenseman and current Colorado Avalanche assistant coach, David Quinn was introduced as the man who will succeed Parker. Quinn, a native a Cranston, RI, was a first-round pick (13th overall) of the Minnesota North Stars back in 1984 out of Kent High School in Connecticut. Interestingly enough, Quinn was one of four American players taken …

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Penn Hockey: One more for the Vine

The University of Pennsylvania hasn’t played a meaningful Division I hockey game since March 4, 1978. Nonetheless, Penn hockey has existed for the last three decades as a successful club team, moving through a succession of divisions and maintaining rivalries with virtually every other program in the region that’s not its traditional rival and neighbor Princeton. But with the seismic changes coming in the college hockey world next season, and the fact that Philadelphia is poised to host the Frozen Four in April of 2014, isn’t it time that the Quaker City features the Quakers themselves to represent it on …

Yield and Increase in College Hockey

Like Kurt Vonnegut wrote many times:  So it goes. The University of Alabama-Huntsville heard the death knell for its men’s hockey program two weeks ago, thanks to an outgoing interim chancellor with a fetish for finding local talent to stock its athletic programs — something which does not compute when you slide “Alabama” next to “hockey” by any logic. RIP Chargers. Please select your resting place alongside such former luminaries as Illinois-Chicago, Fairfield, Findlay, Iona, Kent State, Wayne State and MIT. Aside from feeling the gut punch from having yet another school’s hockey program fall by the wayside without so …