FloHockey Sits Down With Notre Dame Coach Jeff Jackson
Oct 19, 2021Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson ranks second nationally among active Div-I coaches with 530 career wins. Although he has led the Irish to two NCAA title games, he will forever be remembered for his dynastic Lake Superior State clubs of the early ’90s. This past weekend Jackson returned to the Upper Peninsula, leading No. 17-ranked Notre Dame to a sweep of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. FloHockey’s @TeeRaps caught up with the living member of the Mt. Rushmore of college hockey coaches to discuss the state of hockey in the U.P., a link to his glory years up in the Soo, and his future in the game.
CCHA Reasons To Watch: Notre Dame Vs. MTU; Lake State Vs. St. Thomas
Oct 14, 2021College hockey reuturns and so does inter-conference play.
CCHA RinkRap: Ferris State "Off The Schneid"; MNSU's Rollerblader
Oct 5, 2021This week on CCHA RinkRap: Ferris State’s wise elder is “Off the Schneid” after 20 long months; a rollerblader from Florida helped the Mavericks slay a dragon in Massachusetts; and CCHA clubs bask in the return of the Pairwise.
CCHA Media Day: Lake Superior Eyes Mason Cup, MTU Returns Goalie Duo
Sep 24, 2021The new CCHA just staged its inaugural media day, a platform for coaches to tell the hockey world what to expect from their respective squads. Part One of the media day recap includes Michigan Tech, Bowling Green, Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State.
Every CCHA Team's Preseason Rookie of the Year Candidate For 2021-22
Aug 27, 2021The 2021-22 CCHA season is just over a month away and as programs start up and prepare for the upcoming schedule, players will begin making their case for ice time and top-line roles.
Lake Superior State Head Coach Damon Whitten Addresses New Transfer Reality
May 14, 2021Damon Whitten’s first coach’s show radio broadcast should have been a time for a victory lap, an opportunity to acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of his 2021 WCHA tournament champs. And while there were a few platitudes handed out by radiomen Bill Crawford and Matt Pocket, Whitten spent most of Tuesday’s hour-long show explaining the new world order of the transfer portal, and what it will mean to the Lake Superior State Lakers and other small schools going forward. The days of respecting the sanctity of fellow coaches’ players are over.
NCAA Hockey Transfer Portal Chaos For Lake Superior State & The CCHA
Apr 28, 2021The era of NCAA free agency has swept through college hockey like a thunderclap. Also known as the “Transfer Portal,” it has delivered both pain and pleasure to Division I teams, depending on what side of the portal you are on.
Minnesota State, Lake Superior & Bemidji Carry WCHA Banner To NCAA Tourney
Mar 24, 2021During last Sunday’s NCAA hockey selection show, WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson was tucking into a well-deserved feast at his favorite steakhouse. He was celebrating his 60th birthday, surrounded by friends and family. At 6 PM Minneapolis time he beamed ESPN onto his mobile device. Somewhere between his appetizer and his ribeye, he got the best birthday present imaginable: three WCHA teams selected into the national tournament, a first for the WCHA since the 2013 realignment.
Lake Superior State Ends 25-Year Drought With WCHA Championship Win
Mar 22, 2021March is not a pretty month in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan: the potholes haven’t been repaired. only one tee box is open among the city golf courses, and the sun still cuts a low arc to the south. But on Saturday, the Soo’s venerable Christopher Columbus Hall felt like Mardi Gras. A robust collection of college hockey lovers gathered to root their beloved Lake Superior State Lakers into the NCAA tournament. It had been 25 years since the former champs attended college hockey’s marquee event.
WCHA RinkRap: Minnesota State Heavyweight & Bemidji Goaltending Clinic
Mar 16, 2021This week on RinkRap: a sleeping giant rumbles, a wake-up call for the league heavyweights, a goaltending clinic in Bemidji, and a dangerous floater steeled by adversity.
WCHA Preview & Predictions: Minnesota State Arrives A Heavy Favorite
Mar 10, 2021With full appreciation to the efforts of the WCHA league office and its member institutions, a full league schedule was played. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that this hockey season was defined by its uncertainty.
WCHA RinkRap: Surprise Minnesota State Hero & Lake State's Ashton Calder
Mar 8, 2021This week on the WCHA RinkRap: a practice player makes good in Mankato, a Soo local carries the hopes of Laker Nation, and three-on-three overtime takes a hiatus
Michigan Tech, Lake Superior & Northern Michigan Revitalize The UP
Feb 19, 2021Although Minnesota State lords from atop the standings, the soul of the WCHA (and next year’s CCHA) resides in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Whether it is the seven Division I championship banners distributed across its three universities or the fact that pro hockey was born on this rugged spit of land, Yooper hockey is the frozen bedrock of whatever conference that adopts them
WCHA RinkRap: Ugly Ending In Mankato, Bemidji Goal-Fest & Goalie No. 5
Feb 8, 2021This week on the WCHA RinkRap: an ugly flashback in Mankato, a goal-fest by Bemidji has hockey historians reaching for new terminology, and Northern Michigan’s fifth goalie comes up aces.
WCHA RinkRap: Yuki Miura, Reloading Mavericks & Bowling Green Hits 1,000
Jan 18, 2021This week on RinkRap, Bowling Green’s hockey program reaches a magic milestone as it unveils another Hobey contender, Minnesota State transfer Sam Morton punctures the scoresheet at last, and a bow to a hockey ambassador from the Land of the Rising Sun.