Random Updates: Beavers In The Pros, Goeb Update, Minnesota Hockey Tournament

The fall sports season is almost upon us and I promise you that this blog will not lay dormant once they do begin. The BSU football team is scheduled to begin fall practice Aug. 15 in anticipation of its first game Sept. 5 at Winona State.

In the meantime, a few updates on former Beavers who have gone onto the pros.

-First, the very newst news: former BSU power forward Mason Walters has signed a contract with German squad Bodfeld Baskets. At least, I think that’s the team’s name, it’s hard to tell. If you read it in translation, the press release will make you chuckle.

Walters will be joining former teammate James Ellisor in Europe. Ellisor, a former D-II national player of the year, played for Planeta-Universitet in the Russian Basketball Superleague last season, where he averaged 11.3 ppg and 4 rpg.

-A number of former BSU hockey players are getting the chance to play in the pros.

Recent BSU grad, forward Jordan George signed a try-out contract with Tampereen Ilves of the Finnish Elite League (SM-Iiiga); while defensemen Matt Carlson and Jake Areshenko both played in the ECHL for the end of last season.

Finally from the “former Beaver hockey player” update, the Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Brad Hunt to a two-way minor league contract. According to most in the know he’ll most likely play most of the season for the team’s minor league affiliate in Oklahoma City for most of the season but could see some NHL time if the Oilers need some help on the blue line.

-Former Bemidji State athletic director Rick Goeb is a finalist for the same job at University of Nebraska at Kearney. Goeb met with the public Monday for a question and answer session at the school’s student union. According to Kearney’s KHAS-TV, the school plans to make a hire by Nov. 1.

-Final update for now: Not sure if fans can still vote for the Minnesota College Hockey Tournament (of which BSU will not be participating this year, but will in the future) but the page with the seven finalists is still online here at the Minnesota website.

I didn’t vote but if I did I’d probably go for the “Herb Brooks Classic”… because duh.