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Jankowski chooses Providence over NHL


Mark Jankowski, who was the first high-school hockey player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, has decided to attend Providence College in the fall and play for the Friars.

The 17-year-old center was picked in by the Calgary Flames with the 21st overall selection.

(courtesy of Providence athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Friars play in the Hockey East Conference. They’ve played in the Frozen Four in 1964, 1983 and 1985. They’ve appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1964, ’78, ’81, ’83, ’85, ’89, ’91, ’96 and 2001.


Info compiled from Providence College & Internet news

Ohio State, Sports Commission bidding for 2013 hockey regional


(courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State University and the Columbus Sports Commission have submitted a letter of intent to bid for the 2013 NCAA men’s hockey regionals, which would take place in Nationwide Arena on March 28-30.

The city is not new to hosting college hockey events.

Columbus played host to the Frozen Four in Value City Arena in 2005 but has never been the site of a regional.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & internet reports

Miami of Ohio, five other schools form new hockey league


(file photo)

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio will join a new hockey conference for the 2013-14 season, according to published news reports, radio and TV news.

An official news conference will be held Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The conference will also include Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota.

Miami’s hockey program has been elevated to elite-status in recent years. The RedHawks have played in six consecutive NCAA tournaments, including Frozen Four appearances in 2009 and 2010. They’ve been a a member of the CCHA, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for several years.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV news reports

Miami loses in NCAA hockey regional


(courtesy of Miami athletics)


Kevin Goumas scored twice as the Wildcats of New Hampshire upset top-seeded Miami University of Ohio, 3-1 in an NCAA Tournament Northeast Regional semifinal in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Mike Sislo also scored for New Hampshire (22-10-6) to break a 1-1 tie early in the third period.

Wildcats goaltender Matt Di Girolamo stopped seven key shots to halt Miami’s chances.

Miami (23-10-6) fell short of making a third straight appearance in the Frozen Four.

compiled from Miami athletics

COMMENTARY: John Markell out as Ohio State Hockey Coach

When I heard Ohio State did not renew John Markell’s contract as men’s hockey coach, it came as no real surprise to me. I had heard all season from media who cover the team on a regular basis, that it was going to happen if the Buckeyes didn’t at least get to the CCHA  Championship Game.

I used to cover the hockey Buckeyes’ home games on a regular basis until the Columbus Blue Jackets came to town. Since then I would cover at least 5-6 games a season.

I will tell everybody for a fact, that yes, I am a member of the media and have been for over 30 years and I do root for the teams I cover. I am a fan who happens to be a member of the media. Personally, it upset me when one of my fellow members of the media told me in a Facebook Chat on Tuesday that reports all over Columbus were saying that Coach Markell had been fired.

I know Coach Markell to be a good, kind and professional gentleman. He was always nice to me when I would show up at practice or a game and he would say, “nice to see you” and Thanks for coming”. Also, he knew I was covering the Blue Jackets more than the Buckeyes and after a long drought in coverage, he would say “glad you could fit us in.” I appreciated him pointing me out.

Another interesting moment with Coach Markell came when he took over on an interim basis back in 1994-95, I showed for one of his first practices and some arrogant, unprofessional reporter asked me “why was I there at practice. She had never seen me before.” Coach Markell interrupted and told her that “everybody was allowed to come to practice and that the hockey sports information director and him would decide if somebody belonged or not”. After that I became a John Markell fan and I never judged him or the program after that. I wanted him to succeed and stay on forever. Call me a “homer” if you want but I truly liked the guy.

John Markell won 280 games (osu)

In 15 years as head coach, Markell was 280-269-56 at Ohio State. He led his team to 6 NCAA Tournament berths, including the program’s first Frozen Four appearance in 1998, and to a CCHA Tournament Championship in 2004.

When he took over as the interim coach, OSU was averaging 9 wins a season and were the laughingstocks of hockey because, their home ice rink, seated 1,900.

After he became the permanent coach, the program started to grow averaging almost 20 wins a season; Value City Arena was born which aided in recruiting and produced current NHL stars: Dave Steckel of the Washington Capitals, R.J. Umberger of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Rod Pelley of the New Jersey Devils.

But there have been several things that have hurt Coach Markell and the OSU Hockey program: Miami of Ohio, one of their rivals in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association has passed them up recruiting-wise and having sellouts at most of their games. The Buckeyes practice most of the time in the 50-year old OSU Ice Rink and Value City Arena, once a big help in pushing Ohio State Hockey forward on a national level, is now holding it back because it is too big, has no intimacy like most smaller arenas, Munn Ice Arena and Steve Cady Arena. Also, if OSU finishes 5 through 8 in the CCHA standings, they’ll host any first round home games at the OSU Ice Rink because Value City Arena has a contract with the Ohio High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships. What’s more important, your hockey program or High School Wrestling?

So no matter if Markell was going stay, or whoever they bring in to replace him, these are the obstacles that are and will continue to hamper the hockey program. Opposing coaches will use these obstacles in the recruiting game.

To be honest with you, I’m surprised Markell stayed as long as he did, considering all that he had to deal with.

I haven’t heard many rumors about a possible replacement, but Paul Pooley’s name comes to mind because after all, his number is hanging in the rafters at Value City Arena and that would be quite fitting, a former Buckeye coaching the Buckeyes!

As for John Markell, I wish him well and thank him for all the kind gestures he extended to me and the other members of the media. Don’t be surprised if we see him on an opposing CCHA team’s bench in the near future!