Good evening. I am going to introduce what I hope will be a recurring feature on this blog. Every week I’ll try and round up a bunch of stories you might find interesting or relevant about Bemidji State sports. We’ll call it the “Reading Room.”
I don’t have a dedicated reading room in my home, but hopefully this can be your place. It doesn’t smell of rich mahogany and there aren’t many leatherbound books here. (Most of mine are tattered Kurt Vonnegut novels and collections of Milton poetry, because I am an English nerd.)
Anyhow, the pickings may be slim during the summer but I follow a bunch of blogs and if something interesting catches my eye, I’ll post it here. Here goes. Queue these up before you watch Mad Men tonight:
Bruins passed on Read – Boston Globe
This is a long post about the NHL combine, and most of it doesn’t directly relate to Read or BSU, but it’s still worth a read. The relevant bit:
As early as 2008, the Bruins believed a no-name Bemidji State freshman was deserving of a closer look. That July, Matt Read, who had completed his first season with the Beavers, participated in the Bruins’ development camp at Ristuccia Arena. Nearly four years later, he wrapped up a rookie season in Philadelphia that indicates a solid future.
In retrospect, he made a wise decision by remaining at Bemidji State for four years. As a sophomore, Read and the Beavers advanced to the Frozen Four. Because he signed with the Flyers on March 23, 2011, he eluded the NHL’s entry-level system. Had he signed in 2010, Read would have had to sign a two-year, two-way contract. Instead, he got a three-year, $2.7 million one-way deal. Read will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the contract.
The rest of the article, from the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa, is a roundup of Bruins notes that includes talk about the NHL combine, a discussion of Team USA’s goalie situation, and other random musings.
NCAA to move to 3/4 visors? – NBC Sports
This was discussed during the various coaches meetings that were taking place as I was starting this job. But the gist of it is that full cage masks restrict peripheral vision, and thus mean that players skate around more with their head down. The NCAA is surely looking to cut down on concussions, which is a reason for the proposed switch.
Mankato tops St. Cloud for NSIC baseball title – Mankato Free Press
Mavs swept Huskies 9-7, 11-9 to take the tournament. They have a chance to host the NCAA regional tournament, too. The selection show starts at 9 our time… so if you really want to know how Mankato is going to do, head here.
Huschle wins Summit League newcomer award – Sioux Falls Argus Leader
This doesn’t have anything to do with BSU sports, but Bagley native Analisa Huschle was recently named the Summit League’s Female Track Newcomer of the Year. The South Dakota freshman helped lead the Coyotes to a second-place finish at the conference championship. She won three titles in the process. Basically, she hasn’t skipped a beat since high school.
Anglers have varying success in fishing opener – Bemidji Pioneer
Also not BSU related, but of course you’re curious how the fishing opener went, right? Brian Matthews has the story in the Pioneer.
Read anything interesting lately? Send me a link at jhittinger [at] bemidjipioneer [dot] com.