Monday, July 27, 2015

Another Surprise Player: Sean MacTavish for 2015-16

Over The Boards tweeted yesterday that Sean MacTavish (20yo, 6ft, 190lb right-hander), the son of former Edmonton Oiler's player, Head Coach and GM Craig MacTavish, is coming to UAA after previously giving a verbal commitment to Boston University. Thanks to Anon for the comment in the last post for giving the heads up.

The tweet says, "Nice pull out of the USHL for UAA."  And I certainly can't disagree. Sean had good numbers his first two junior years in the AJHL with Sherwood Park scoring near 1ppg over those seasons. Last year he played for three different USHL teams and seemed to struggle statistically except while with Lincoln where he bagged 3 goals with 4 assists in 14 games. Good work from the UAA staff (I'm assuming this is Josh Ciocco's handiwork) securing this. 

The addition of another forward to the UAA roster brings the total number to 20.  Not to put too fine a point on it but there's 12 guys that dress for a game. Before this announcement there was going to be boatloads of competition for playing time. Now there's even more. 

Welcome to UAA Sean.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Louis Mass Met and Greeted

Last evening (Wednesday) the UAA Athletic Department held a "Meet and Greet" with new Seawolf Assistant Coach Louis Mass at the Alaska Airlines Center's Varsity Grill. It was a good event that was reasonably well attended for the middle of July. Louis seemed pleased with the turnout.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

North Dakota Selects "Sundogs": Great Day For College Hockey and the LGBTQ Community!

Unless you've been stuck in total isolation in a backwoods collapsed hovel like Fairbanks, you're probably well aware that a few years ago the NCAA forced the University of North Dakota to drop it's existing nickname because it was hostile and abusive to aboriginal Americans.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sullivan Arena Renovation Update

Had a chance today to talk with someone in the know regarding the progress of the Sullivan Arena renovations. Thought I'd take a moment to share.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kurt Haider's Parting Words

I just checked my email for the first time in a week and found the following note from Kurt Haider to Seawolf fans. I hope Kurt can forgive my lateness. It's a great thanks to everyone from a great guy.
Seawolf fans-
First, THANK YOU so much for all the kind words since my departure from UAA hockey and iHeart Media became public. I appreciate it very much. 
Let me say that my leaving the Seawolves has nothing to do with the program or the university. To be sure, I love UAA hockey and its been a love affair for 19 years. I see the program doing great things in the near future, and I'll be right there cheering them on! 
The Aces gig is great career opportunity that I could not pass up. My thanks to Matt Thomas, Keith Hackett, the late Dr. Steve Cobb and Dallas Baldwin and her sports information staff at UAA for all the cooperation and support over the years. To former coaches Brush Christianson, Dean Talafous, John Hill and Dave Shyiak and their staff for the same. 
To the Blueliners, past and current players, and most of all TO ALL THE FANS AND PARENTS that spent all those winter nights with me on the radio and internet as we went from Houghton to Colorado Springs, Fairbanks to Huntsville and many arenas in between. It's beenan honor and priviledge to get to know the boys and broadcast their games. 
If you come to an Aces game, please stop by and say hello!
See you at the (new and improved!) Sully!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UAA's New Assistant Coach: Louis Mass

Photo Credit: Dennis Sorenson
This morning UAA Head Coach Matt Thomas introduced Louis Mass as his new Assistant Coach following the departure of T.J. Jindra at the end of the season.  The last time I had any association with Louis in a hockey context we both had hair on the tops of our heads.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kurt Haider = UAA's Doc Emrick

The universe is dynamic. It cannot be argued otherwise. Our example today; Kurt Haider is moving from UAA to the Aces. For 19 years, Kurt has been a light in a sometimes dark Seawolves hockey tunnel. His calm energy and prescence as our play-by-play man has been the one constant over those years that we fans came to depend upon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seawolves 2015-16 Tickets Announcement

Today the UAA Athletic Department showed excellent responsiveness to fan concerns which were expressed here at season's end.  We talked about wanting 10 dollar tickets and we talked about expanding the "wet" section. Both of these things got implemented and were announced in today's release. Thank you (Big Ups ... Mad Phat Props ...) to the Athletic Department for making this happen.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wanna Buy an AAC Brick? I do ...

Seawolves Athletics just announced a fundraiser related to the Alaska Airlines Center.  For 250 bucks you can buy a 4 inch x 8 inch brick with 3 lines totaling 60 characters. For 350 bucks you can buy an 8 inch x 8 inch brick with 6 lines of text totaling 120 characters. Or for the same 350 bucks you can get an 8 x 8 with Seawolf logo and 4 lines of text.

It's all tax-deductible of course and all the revenue raised goes to support the Athletics Department at UAA. I'm all for supporting my hockey team's Athletic Department. So who's with me? 

Let's buy a brick together and come up with something really sweet to put on it, eh?

Names I'd suggest we could use:
Whereda Hockeyarena
Builda Hockeyrink
Oncampus Hockeynow
Nohockey Hereforever 
Whyno Hockeyrink
Whendo Wegethockey
Mr. and Mrs. Buildus A. Hockeyarena
A'ithing Cepthockey

I'll kick in 25 bucks as my share. Does this interest anyone else? There's gotta be another 9 people that want to do this too. 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

2015-16 Season Schedule ... 36 games?

The Seawolves 2015-16 schedule is up on the UAA website.  The preseason game is in Soldotna on Oct. 2nd. Then we face newly-minted D-1 Arizona State Wildcats in their first NCAA D1 game just before we get to put a hurting on SCSU. Then it's off to Fairbanks as usual, to face RPI and AIC at the Carlson.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UAA Press Release On Incoming Freshman: Renouf Bros Will Play This Year

UAA Seawolves Head Coach Matt Thomas introduced the 2015-16 Seawolves incoming freshman class in this release today. Let's delve into his comments a bit, but first it's clear now that Jonah and Nathan Renouf will be suited up for the squad this fall. My last entry assumed that to be the case initially, but then I corrected/edited it based on NCAA transfer rules. It was unknown to me that both players redshirted last season and hence are indeed eligible this season to play for UAA.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Seawolves Land Suprise Transfers: Renouf Twins (Nathan & Jonah) For 2015-16

Twin forwards Jonah and Nathan Renouf (5'8" 155lbs) from Mississauga, Ontario are transfering from Quninnipiac U to UAA for this coming season. The twins didn't play as freshman at the Q in 2014-15. 

I heard about this transfer about a week or 10 days ago. Unfortunately, my chance encounter with someone in the know didn't include names. I spent more than a few hours doing searches which I'd hoped would enlighten me as to the names. 

Well, I couldn't be more surprised. D1 transfers usually include a year where the player has to sit out. But it seems that Rand Peckold at the Q has given these two players the release which allows them to play right away for the Seawolves. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Early Off-Season Thoughts

Who is everyone going to cheer for in the Frozen Four? I gotta go with Providence. I liked the way they got there; they executed their game plan very nicely. Go Friars. It's unfortunate that the WCHA couldn't get out of the first round but a #16 seed beating a No. 1 overall seed is always a good time. I was sorry though for Michigan Tech since it was the first time in 34 years (or something like that) since they'd made the NCAAs.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015-2016 Seawolves Recruit Update

Here's the promised update on the Seawolves incoming recruits for the 2015-2016 season. I've listed 8 players here but only 7 of them are going to show up next season. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

2014-2015 Season Over

Mercifully the season is over with tonight's loss to UA_. It was as tough season for a fan to go through as we've ever had. And I say that having gone through some pretty awful seasons. I thought this weekend was a pretty good example of what we've seen all year from the Seawolves. We saw some guys giving it their all and some guys not giving their all. We saw individual players try to do too much themselves. We saw guys take selfish and dumb penalties.

There was persistence and character displayed by our guys at times. Just as there was through the whole season. We saw some nice skills and some well executed plays. But none of the positives were anywhere near enough to have any consistent success.

There's more than a few reasons for this awful year. I've touched on some of them here but it serves no purpose at this point to rehash all that. It'll be a year from now before we see how many of the causes can be rectified.

In case you didn't notice, I gave up on the season more than a couple of weeks ago. Blame my high expectations coming into the season for the crash in my fandom.

I'll have a comprehensive recruit update forthwith. Time to look forward to next year and start with all the guessing and speculation and hoping.

All the best to the Seniors in their hockey and non-hockey futures. There can be nothing but respect toward 4 year student-athletes. It takes loads of character and dedication and organization to make that happen. Congratulations to those guys and I hope they always fondly look back on the last 4 years.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

You Can't Win Dressed In A Laundry Bag

I've made up my mind that these home sweaters we're wearing are the absolute worst I've ever seen on a Seawolves player. They are "laundry bags". Ever see a G.I. laundry bag? Here's why I use those two words

Friday, February 13, 2015

MTU 5 - Seawolves 1

I've got not much more than some smart-assery here tonight. This loss was pretty ugly. Granted that MTU is a pretty nice squad that has been playing good hockey all season long, but that doesn't satisfy the frustration of watching your team play badly. Here's my notes from the game which should indicate my complete and utter disillusionment.

Friday, February 06, 2015

#42 UAA Faces #1 Mankato

Man, I honestly don't even know what to say. I deftly avoided talking about the two losses to Northern (honestly ... no BS here; those were embarrassing) by just not posting. It's doing a disservice to Chris Lawrence who submitted a nicely written "intro to UAA hockey" which I will post here soon because it's better than anything I have to add to the Seawolves hockey discussion right now.

It was sorrowful that our guys couldn't manage any point's in Marquette. I honestly (swear to god) think they deserved more than they got but at this point in the season with the current record THAT MEANS SQUAT

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wildcats Are Made To Order

This weekend's series in Marquette is the perfect fan test for the Seawolves at the perfect time. They've only won a single game since the beginning of December 2014. And they're still tied for 4th place. What I mean by fan test is that you and I have a chance to substantially better judge our guys by the results. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

WCHA: Tatchell and Mantha POTW Awards

Forward Blake Tatchell was named Offensive Player of the Week and Goaltender Olivier Mantha was named Rookie of the Week by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association today. Tatchell nabbed the OT game winner on Saturday night and on Friday night he provided the first assist on both Seawolves goals. Mantha faced 83 shots on the weekend and stopped 80 of them. His season save percentage is currently .928. 

Both of these awards are excellent recognition for two guys who had excellent weekends on the Carlson Center ice. I think it's fair to extend the congratulations to the whole team. This weekend I saw more team oriented play than I've seen this season. Guys were giving it up blocking shots and digging hard for loose pucks. They won lots of battles and survived some tough onslaughts collectively. 

Let's hope this is the start of this squad playing that way down the stretch. If they can do that then perhaps they can gain some sort of respectability in the standings by the end of season.

Congratulations on the awards to Blake and Olivier. They were well-deserved recognition.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Seawolves Sweep Nanooks

That's a real nice team win to secure the sweep. The team was disciplined tactically in their own zone. They were very opportunistic offensively. They killed penalties well. And Mantha was nothing less than terrific. And they got lucky a couple of times. It was inspired all around. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Intercourse The Nanooks

What a despicable display we saw tonight, eh? The FAIRBANKS Nanooks went seriously overboard tonight. The team attitude ... from the BENCH to the ice was worthy of league sanctioning. Seriously, if the WCHA doesn't step up and sanction UA_ for the end of that game tonight then we're in a truly crap league. Dallas Ferguson should be righteously ashamed of his team. The freaking Assistant Coach got TOSSED with 8 seconds left.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Seawolves Lose 3-2

Good jump in the first couple of shifts but the energy could be negated by a tripping call that shouldn't have been called against Azurdia. Allen, Tatchell and Cameron generated a good shot (but an easy save) within the first 15 seconds of the puck drop. They continued to possess the puck and make trouble.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

... You're Gonna Have a Bad Time; UAA 1-4 Ferris State

Ugliest sweaters in Division 1. They could be minimalist cool, if the red didn't come off looking so orange but they just look awful to me.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Thoughts On Being Swept: UAH out UAA'd, UAA

I didn't give UAH anywhere near enough credit for their sweep of our boys this past weekend.  Specifically, they reminded me of some of the best play we saw from the Seawolves over the last decade.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Sweep ...

See ya Thursday.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Excremental Recap of Excremental Hockey

Alabama Bound? Speaking of "bound"; I've seen more movements from a constipated dog than I saw from the Seawolves tonight down in 'Bama. That was just awful. Thank god for the UAH play-by-play guy giving us lots to laugh about or we'd have had zero joy. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Seawolves: Alabama Bound

If the team has been as inactive as this blog over the holidays then it could be seriously bad news for our guys in Huntsville this weekend. Don't think for a moment that this Chargers team isn't capable of some WCHA points against UAA this weekend. Cos they are. Let's hope that the Seawolf players relaxed and recreated over the holidays but stayed competitively focused. 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Brett Cameron 4 - The Beav 4

Sitting here during intros just hoping for a better performance tonight. I don't think last night was bad but I also think this team is honestly capable of much more. Let's see if they can repeat their game from two weekends ago eh; dominate them guys! Please.