Yes, I realize it’s only May, but the Twitterverse has granted us two reminders that hockey season is only five months away.
EDIT: Of course neither of these videos embedded correctly the first time.
A few other hockey notes, while I’m on the subject:
- Beaver recruit James Hansen and his Waterloo Black Hawks are still alive in the USHL playoffs. The Hawks forced a decisive Game 5 in the Clark Cup Championship series with a 5-3 win over the Green Bay Gamblers. Hansen has only two points for the playoffs but the defenseman is +3 overall with two assists. Game 5 is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Green Bay.
- Former BSU defenseman Riley Weselowski will return to the CHL’s Rapid City Rush next season. He resigned with the club after winning the CHL’s ‘s Man of the Year and Defenseman of the Year awards last year.
- One other former Beavers is still playing hockey right now: Andrew Martens. He’s currently playing with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, who are currently in the Calder Cup playoffs. Well, “playing,” is the operative word. He hasn’t gotten into a game this postseason. But there’s an interesting feature in the Toronto Stat about the Marlies that interviews Martens. He’s being carried as an alternate defender in case of injury. Despite not playing much, he seems pretty happy to still be playing the game. The whole article is well worth the read. The Marlies lead Oklahoma City 2 games to 1 in the Western Conference finals.
One other news item, this time a basketball clip. As I Tweeted Tuesday, the St. Cloud Times reported that BSU recruit Joe Burt has committed. He’ll be going to Sioux Falls instead, where he’ll suit up with Augustana. The Times reported that the main reason why Burt switched schools was because of the departure of former BSU coach Matt Bowen, who is now at Minnesota-Duluth.