I’m back from vacation and I realized I haven’t updated the blog in more than a month. My bad.
Here’s some stuff you may have missed while you were out catching Pokemon:
Three Beavers at NHL Development camps (so far)
It’s after the NHL Draft, which means teams are conducting their annual prospect development camps with both draftees and non-drafted college players they want to get a closer look at.
Although some teams (like North Dakota, for example) have numerous players participating in these camps, the Beavers don’t always have a ton.
This year, though, there are a handful: Two future and one former BSU player participated in NHL camps this summer.
Future BSU goalie Jack Bugart, who will be an incoming freshman this season, is currently participating in the Chicago Blackhawks development camp.
Another incoming freshman, Swedish forward Hampus Sjodhal, went to camp with the Dallas Stars.
And finally, former BSU forward John Parker was there with the Washington Capitals.
I think that’s all the Beavers who are in NHL camps, but if I see any more I’ll obviously let you know.
Belisle leaves for LA
This happened at the end of June, and you may have already read the story on it, but: longtime BSU assistant coach Ted Belisle has left the program to take a job scouting with the LA Kings.
The job is essentially the same as what he’s doing now (namely, watching junior hockey players in the US and Canada) only now he’ll be doing it with an eye to the draft.
He’ll be greatly missed on the coaching staff — he’s a guy who played under Tom Serratore and knows the ins and outs of how he likes to run a program — but it’s a great opportunity for him.
I haven’t seen the job posted yet on the Bemidji State website (it’s possible that it was posted and taken down already while I was on vacation) but I’m guessing this will likely be an “emergency hire” like it was when Travis Winter was hired to replace Bert Gilling in 2014. Gilling left in early May of that year and Winter came on about a month later.
Women play just two nonconference series
I noted this in the story about a month ago, but the women open their season Sept. 30 at Syracuse.
Unfortunately, that Syracuse series is one of just two nonconference matchups all season for the Beaver women. They also play Rochester Institute of Technology Dec. 9-10. That series is also on the road. Both RIT and Syracuse are members of College Hockey America.
It’s kind of a bummer that the Beavers — who were a bubble team and missed the NCAA tournament by percentage points, essentially — only get to play four games out of the conference. (They do have a set of exhibition games at home with the Minnesota Whitecaps, but obviously those don’t count for the NCAAs).
It’s not a dealbreaker for BSU’s tournament chances, it just means the Beavers have to be that much better in the regular season.
Galen Nagle Golf Tournament this weekend
The final thing: The 19th-annual Galen Nagle Memorial Golf outing will be played Friday the the Bemidji Town and Country Club. The registration deadline is technically tomorrow (July 14), so if you’re interested, be sure to contact BSU.