USCHO Spotlight

USCHO Spotlight

USCHO Spotlight features conversation with a coach, player, or journalist who covers the sport with an in-depth interview. It’s a chance to sit down and go deeper with top personalities in college hockey.

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April 9, 2021 40 min
Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) of Hockey Sense with Chris Peters and Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski), USCHO.com editor emeritus and writer for the Wisconsin State Journal and madison.com.

In a free-flowing conversation, they wrap up Thursday night's Frozen Four semifinal games between St. Cloud State and Minnesota State and between UMass ...
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Hockey writer Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) from hockeysense.substack.com joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview the 2021 NCAA men's D-I ice hockey semifinals between Minnesota State and St. Cloud State and between UMass and Minnesota Duluth.
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ESPN's John Buccigross joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to preview this weekend's NCAA D-I men's ice hockey regionals.

Buccigross will have the play-by-play in the Bridgeport regional and in the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh alongside Barry Melrose and Colby Cohen.
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No men's D-I hockey conference was more impacted by COVID-19 than ECAC Hockey, which saw eight of its 12 teams elect not to play this season.

Commissioner Steve Hagwell joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) for a wide-ranging discussion, including how the remaining four teams have adapted, what short- and long-term outcomes there may be from pandemic protocols and student-athlete transf...
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American International clinched its third consecutive Atlantic Hockey regular season championship – no small feat for a team that few had heard of five years ago. Head coach Eric Lang joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about the growth of the "Gonzaga" of college hockey, a team that lost 10 seniors but which didn't skip a beat, the recovery of Eric Otto from cancer, m...
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Last weekend, North Dakota clinched the NCHC regular season trophy, the Penrose Cup. Fighting Hawks head coach Brad Berry joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about this year's team, the competitiveness and rivalries in the conference, keeping talented seniors for four seasons, and the challenges of a single-elimination Frozen Faceoff this season.
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With a commitment to making this season's tournament happen, the NCAA men's D-I ice hockey committee has had a lot on its plate. Committee chair Mike Kemp, associate athletic director at Omaha, joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to answer questions about the 2021 tournament, including selecting the field of 16, whether there will be fans allowed at the regionals and the Frozen Fo...
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NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) in a wide-ranging discussion about this season in the NCHC, including plans for a Frozen Faceoff at North Dakota's Ralph Engelstad Arena, the NCHC Pod in Omaha that started the season, and dealing with COVID-19 since the end of the Pod.

Other topics include this season's implementation of 3x3 overtime, Fenton's p...
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After a 1-4-1 start, UConn is 6-2-1 in its last nine games, including a weekend sweep of Merrimack.

Huskies head coach Mike Cavanaugh joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about this year's team, the World Juniors appearances by Vladislav Firstov and Yan Kuznetsov, playing on campus instead of in Hartford, and some positives that have resulted even amid COVID-19 limitations.
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With four straight wins, including 5-of-6 points from then-No. 17 Robert Morris, Mercyhurst has been playing well. Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about his team, as well as how they've adjusted to COVID-19 restrictions and a schedule in flux. We also touch upon the impact of the pandemic beyond the rink, including the extra year of eligibilit...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson, whose Fighting Irish swept then-No. 1 Minnesota last weekend. Jackson speaks about this year's team, the Big Ten's response to the pandemic and how his team has adjusted, about analytics vs. the "eye test," and about this weekend's series with Michigan.
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Alabama Huntsville won its first two games of the season, and first home wins, with a weekend sweep of Ferris state.

First-year Chargers head coach Lance West joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about the weekend, future plans which include a new arena and a new league home, filling 13 open spots on the team during the offseason, and recruiting.
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Robert Morris is off to a strong 8-3 start overall and 6-1 in Atlantic Hockey play. Head coach Derek Schooley joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about this year's team, playing a compressed and changing schedule, recruiting the best talent from around Pittsburgh, and about the planning that's going on for the 2021 Frozen Four in the Steel City.
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The semester break in college hockey signals that it's time for the IIHF Under-20 Men's World Junior Championship. Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by ESPN's Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) to preview the tournament. Topics include the USA roster, its coaching staff headed up by Providence's Nate Leaman, prospects for team USA, and COVID-19's impact on the tou...
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After dropping its first five games, Penn State has won three in a row, including a pair of overtime games last weekend against Arizona State.

Nittany Lions head coach Guy Gadowsky joins hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) to talk about his young team, COVID-19 adjustments, rule changes this season, and playing in an empty Pegula Ice Arena.
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Boston College head coach Jerry York to talk about this year's team, how they are dealing with pandemic protocols, a coming milestone in career wins, and about losing some players to the World Juniors.
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Rochester Institute of Technology was the first Division I team to cancel its 2020-21 season but also the first to restore it.

Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) talk with RIT head coach Wayne Wilson about the process that led to the restoration of this year's campaign, what he expected this season from his team and what he learned about the Tigers from a weekend split against Clarkson. We ...
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Michigan head coach Mel Pearson to discuss this year's Wolverines team, preparations in an extended preseason, precautions in the face of the pandemic, and a compressed Big Ten schedule.
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Hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) are joined by Steve Metcalf, chair of the NCAA men's D-I ice hockey committee, deputy director of athletics at New Hampshire, and incoming commissioner of Hockey East.

Metcalf discusses the whirlwind of decisions that were made as news changed very quickly last week. Also discussed are the future of Detroit hosting a Frozen Four, the possibility of providi...
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Just hours after deciding that league playoffs would be played with no spectators in attendance, five of the six men's D-I hockey conferences announced that they were canceling their postseason tournaments altogether.

With this news, hosts Jim Connelly (@jimmyconnelly) and Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) sat down to discuss the news and its implications, as well as what might come next.
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