Rink and Run blog: Olsen, Big Chill, Mason
By: Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Dylan Olsen is part of this week’s Hot List by the Hockey News, looking at players with an NHL future. Olsen was a 2009 NHL Entry Draft first-round pick by Chicago and a good bet to make the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships later this month in Buffalo, N.Y. The Hockey News story (led by a look at Don Lucia’s son, Mario) is here.
As UMD moved over to Amsoil Arena on Monday for a new ice surface, the University of Michigan team also tried a new rink….outdoors….at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines face Michigan State in Saturday’s 2 p.m. Big Chill at the Big House game which is expected to draw a hockey world-record crowd of more than 109,000 fans. Jeff Arnold of the Ann Arbor News has an update on the game here.
More than 20 games are expected to be played on the ice at Michigan Stadium, which started last Saturday as Division III Adrian (Mich.) defeated Concordia, Wis., 3-0 in a men’s game before 1,470 fans. The Detroit Free Press has a story here.
Weekend series picks in the WCHA are already available for the St. Cloud State-based WCHA Blog here.
International Falls native Bob Mason, a member of the All-DECC team, was unable to attend the final game at the Arena because of commitments as goalie coach with the Minnesota Wild. He was featured Sunday in story by Duluth News Tribune alum Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press here.