Yay it's July. But somewhat of a shame that the summer hasn't been a bit nicer weatherwise. It hasn't been the worst ever though. I took the pic above (and the new banner background) at 11:42 PM on June 21st from the roof of a 5 story building in west Anchorage.
I feel somehow obligated to say something about John Hill's severance from the University of Minnesota hockey team. If you didn't know, Hill was the UAA Seawolves HEAD Coach (his words here -- "my dream job") and voluntarily left the program to return to UofM and once again shine his friend Don Lucia's shoes as an ASSISTANT Coach. And on the way out the door, he threw the program under the bus.
Apparently, Hillers was responsible for the Gopher's defensive game. With long time fans failing to renew season tickets and the once long wait list to get season tickets gone; the administration figured they needed to change something.
John Hill now knows exactly what it's like to be thrown under the bus. That reality does not pain me. In the least. I take no pleasure in the man's professional demise but it's somehow a fitting end. I also find it a bit ironic to think that they dumped the Alaskan from their staff after UAA swept them in the playoffs to end their season. If only they were that spiteful. That'd be sweet.
Best of luck John. I hear there are assistant coaching opportunities available right now in Europe.
I've become aware that two players from last season's squad will not be returning to UAA this fall. Drew Darwitz and Justin Kirchhevel will not be back Word is that Justin will transfer to Penn State. I don't know what if anything Drew might be doing related to his hockey.
Kirchhevel had some ankle issues that hindered his fitness throughout last season and Darwitz was just unable to crack the lineup consistently. Best of luck to both of them.
Speaking of Penn State, I'd put money on either UAA or UAF being their first Division 1 opponent. Their AD mentioned a while back that they'd like to take a trip up here. And since former UAF coach Gadowsky is running the PSU ship, it sorta follows. And with both UAA and UAF's tournaments being season openers for most opponents ... well. Who knows?
I'm once again hoping to take a road trip with the team this season. Looks more plausible to me this year versus past seasons. I think I've decided to go to St. Cloud on the weekend of February 17th and 18th. My only other real option is Madison on Jan 20th and 21st. Now I know that Madison is alleged to be THE great party road trip with all the State Street hoohaw and I know my fine friend Richard goes to Madison every year but I just can't feature me in that rink.
For the St. Cloud trip I'll need to borrow someone's Polaris satin jacket.
See Limitless. Best movie so far in the 21st century. No doubt about it.
This probably won't be my only post in July but don't expect more than a couple more. Sometime nearer the end of the month I'll do my yearly "Letter" to the incoming class. I also plan to stop in on the folks at the UAA Athletic Department and check on a couple of things. So I'll have whatever information that comes from that in the next couple of weeks or so.
Now I'm just going to toss an idea out there. Mario Lucia has got to be the most coveted prospect for college hockey. tDon's kid doesn't appear to be desirous of the coach/son concept and is reportedly all about CC or Notre Dame.
Um ... Uncle Brush? You wouldn't mind watching out for Donnie's boy would ya? Most likely it would be a 2 year at most kind of situation. I'm just throwing it out there ya know? Hey Mario, do you like fishing? Ever been kayaking? Want to shoot some wild animals?
Hey ... the kid was born in Alaska. Spending some important developmental years up here from 18-whatever could be a great thing for the young man. Alaska puts hair on your chest.
I'm enjoying my off-season. I hope you all are too.