The WCHA held it's teleconference this morning at 8 a.m. Here's how it went ... They all said some version of ... "guys worked hard in off-season ... excited to get going ... not sure how good our team will be ... and there's no i in team .. give a hundred percent". Ok ... so I took some liberties with my paraphrasing. But yeah the theme was established and pretty much adhered to.
Mel Pearson is happy to be at MTU.
Mike Eaves says his team has lots of "young people".
Scott Sandelin knows he lost a lot of scoring; he mentioned that early. Naturally, like three questions for him were about that.
Sounded like Don Lucia was putting the dog out or something when his turn came up. Then he came on after Bruce McLeod called him ... and said mostly the same stuff as the rest.
Bob Motzko worries mostly about his defense. This weeks trip will be all about the team bonding and he plans to get everyone ice time. Milan and Holka are the two freshman he likes.
Troy Jutting said some stuff. I was distracted by my utter disinterest in any of it.
Tom Serratore says he has 4 fairly balanced lines and he'll be leaning on Dan Bakala to "win some ball games" as he did last year. And I hereby award him 83,181 internet points for that metaphor. Don't make too much of the points awarded. I once gave 700,000+ points to someone for a particularly timely and appropriate fart reference.
Dean Blais looking for leadership out of his returning vets and scoring from his underclassmen.
Dave Hakstol also had to answer questions that he'd already addressed in his opening statement.
George Gwozdecky mentioned how everybody said the same stuff about being young. Then he described how DU is young. He doesn't think his off season elbow injury will keep him from crossing his arms.
Scott Owens had the best phone or maybe he's just the only coach that wasn't using his speakerphone.
Dave Shyiak welcomed T.J. Jindra to the staff. Good depth on the backend. He'll continue to spread playing time around this weekend. Likes the leadership group. Building on the push they made at the end of the season. He mentioned in his opening that the new players were pushing the vets in practice and creating competition. So naturally after I figured out how to properly unmute my phone I asked him to talk about the freshmen.
Next season I doubt I'll get up early for this again.