Liam McCanney to Stevenson: Read what he brings to the Mustangs

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When you look at the 2000 birth year players of the Northeast Generals you see a lot of common traits among them. Common among all of them is the amount of honesty and levity they bring to any group they play for. Liam McCanney is no exception. The power forward always brings a sense of leadership and a physical game, and that is no doubt part of the many reasons why the Mustangs offered him a spot on their team, one of the up and coming squads in Division Three.

In a year where hundreds remain in the transfer portal, one program folding for good (Robert Morris…. we hope this is reversed), and one program on suspension pending conference acceptance (Alabama Huntsville), and a glut of players taking their allowed extra year of eligibility afforded to them for playing in in the 2020-2021 campaign, the Mustangs are getting a Division One caliber player to join them.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said ” Liam is the D3 steal of the year. He is the poster boy for kids that got looked over or pushed out because of the 5th year, the portal and teams folding. But it’s a great school and opportunity. I have a great relationship with Coach Dawes and Coach Peffall. 2 great guys that do an awesome job. They are a good team so I never want to assume anything but I full expect Liam to be a top producer on Day 1. Just a great hockey player who is also an amazing kid. But when we look at programs to help our kids Stevenson is on a short list of programs we love. ”

Erikson added in the press release about McCanney’s commitment to attend Stevenson:

” But this is not a simple backup plan.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Liam to go to a great school that has a great hockey program led by 2 men that will get a ton out of Liam.  They do things the right way.  Our former goalie Marko Sturma is there and just loves it.  It’s a great school that will allow Liam to continue to play high level hockey and get a great education.  I am really proud of and happy for Liam.  I am going to miss him.”

The Mustangs will be a tough lineup to earn playing time in for McCanney, but his game should transfer well right away in an environment poised to help him develop on and off the ice.

As of now, the Generals have one 2000 born player yet to commit, Jonathan Young. The two way forward looks to have options at the Division One and Division Three levels, and hopefully soon Erikson can have helped find a home for all of his 2000 birth year players.

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Hunter McCoy playing for Army West Point: “A no brainer”

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To get admitted in to West Point, and be an officer in the Army, you need to appreciate structure, and do things with a purpose of service, among several other things. Hunter McCoy has those traits. The former Maryland Black Bear committed to West Point a bit later in his recruiting journey, and brings a structured game to Brian Riley’s group. The six foot tall power forward is adept at driving the net, and killing penalties among several other things. Wherever he played for the Black Bears he was noticeable at driving the pace of play and in making smart decisions under pressure, another key component of an Army Officer.

When Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie and the Army staff saw that Hunter was no longer heading to Brown University, the fit became obvious pretty quickly. As Zack said ” We have had our eye on Hunter for several years, as far back when he was playing in the NCDC and have always liked his game. At the start of the year he was a guy that we were targeting but he came off the board pretty quick so when he became available the second half of the year we felt he was a no brainer for our team.” As McCoy said of the staff ” they have the same goals I do. Hunter also praised how transparent and communicative all of them have been with him and his family. Hunter is a power forward with a good release, and is expected to compete for penalty kill time right away. Over time he could grow into a top six power forward with the ability to help out in any spot on the ice, at any time.

McCoy will report to Cadet Basic Training on Sunday, June 27th, ready to take his first steps in the Army, and as part of the Class of 2025. For Riley’s team, this class coming in will be a big one to fill the large shoes left by his eight departing seniors. One thing McCoy will miss during his time in Cadet Basic Training, where he is looking forward to adapting to the structure of West Point, and learning what it takes to be in the United States Army, is his dad’s steak tips. When asked what his last meal would be, he picked it without hesitation, and had his dad ship them frozen to him all over North America, regardless of where his junior hockey career took him. With stops in the USPHL, BCHL, and finally with the NAHL, those steak tips have gone quite a distance.

As for McCoy himself, he models his game similar to Charlie Coyle. He is a plucky forward that knows how to walk the edge between playing a tight checking game, while playing with the needed discipline. As for why he chose West Point, he said “for me West Point is known to be one of the best colleges in the country, and “its always been important to me and I’ve wanted to serve my country. ” Despite being in Cadet Basic Training for six weeks, McCoy is not worried, while he will train at the highest level he also added on getting a few weeks off the rink after his long season just ended “I actually think it will be good to get off the ice for a little bit.” When he talked with program alums, and the staff he noted a common theme of why those who talked to him came to West Point. He said ” they (program representatives) all say you’re set for life.” In addition, Hunter wants to lead and help others, and this program and how it develops people to lead in the Army seem to be an ideal fit for Hunter both on and off the ice. Academically,McCoy, for now, has interests in business and economics but is open to taking advantages of the unique academic offerings of one of the most prestigious schools in the world.

McCoy knows what Army Hockey means, and mentioned the fact that he hails from Newburyport Massachusetts, the same home town as Derek Hines. As Zach McKelvie said of Hunter’s maturity “He’s a great person and comes from a great family. Mature beyond his years so we feel the transition to West Point will be smooth for him. He will fit in very well with our group and it wouldn’t surprise anyone here if he wears a letter one day here.” Hunter knows he will need to get up to the speed of the Division One game quickly, and has every confidence in his ability, and the tutelage of the staff and program itself to help him get there.

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The Generals make a series of moves to prepare for 2021-22 Campaign: Read More

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Ever since Matt Dibble took over the General Manager spot for the Northeast Generals, he has made the needed moves to improve the club. With the defense a priority, he made a series of moves yesterday to give some of the veterans of this club with less time in junior hockey left a chance to play, while improving the group in Attleboro this upcoming season.

Hear from Dibble on the players leaving Attleboro

“Trading away Matt Yeager, Dalton Wright, and John Musella was not easy. John is a long time general. Matt and Dalton are from Western NY like myself and I have known them both for years. Ultimately, it was about putting the kid before the team in these deals. Matt and John will head to Corpus Christi, where I am familiar with the group running the team and fully trust that they will give them the fresh start they need. Dalton heads to Springfield where he was originally drafted a couple years ago with a great coaching staff.

We want to thank all 3 of these young men for there efforts and loyalty with the Generals. With moving players away, we are happy to pick up assets in return to help continue building our roster for the 21-22 season as we set our goal on winning the east division and competing for the Robertson Cup.”

Head Coach Bryan Erikson added more saying ” John and Matt were great Generals. John has been here for 2 years starting with our U18 NAPHL team. Just a great kid. He was in a numbers crunch up front this past year and did a great job playing D (a position he never had played) filling in for some guys we lost to injury. As an 01 we wanted to give him a chance to be in the lineup everyday as a Forward and with Corpus coming back after being dormant it made sense to move him to a team with a lot of openings where he could be a leader and get the ice time he deserves! Matty Yeager has shown outstanding improvement. We asked a lot of him and he listened and worked very hard. I think with his size and his grit he will be able to find a ton of success in that heavy south division. Just an awesome kid who is great off the ice and an asset on the ice.”

The group aquired Air Force Academy commit Joe Schubert as a do it all center. As Dibble explains

” Joe Schubert is a kid I tendered while I was in NJ, and we tried to get at the deadline this year. We are super excited to get him. He comes from a military family where is dad was a colonel in the US Air Force. Joe will follow that path through playing at Air Force. We think Joe is a guy that can play in a lot of different spots in the lineup and are excited to get him to Attleboro.”

Finally the team added a big defender, as Dibble explained

” Martin Marnauzs is a kid who became available after struggling to see the lineup as much as he wanted in Lonestar, as they had a very strong blue line. When he became available, a couple of the guys on the team who knew him were able to vouch for his character and work ethic. This off season upgrading our blue line has been a priority and I think this move continues to do that. I am very excited about Marty adding to what should be a very competitive defensive core.”

Dibble and Head Coach Bryan Erikson believe strongly in finding the right fit for players and recruiting players that meet the mold of what a General is. Both got two more players that meet those requirements yesterday that will chip in right now in the upcoming season. In addition, they gave players in danger of not playing a lot in their final junior hockey seasons a chance to earn more ice time and secure a better future elsewhere.

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Opinion: Men’s College Hockey needs more conferences-Here’s Why

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To put it nicely, to grow the game with consistency, the Men’s College hockey game at the Division One level needs more conferences. While it is true that Atlantic Hockey is entertaining expansion pitches this month, the truth of all of the growth of this sport is simple.

Atlantic Hockey cannot, nor should not be asked to shoulder the sole burden of adding new members to the game.

For this sport to grow, in the long run, we need more schools willing to form conferences with new members.

Why?

Well, as more members come in from different parts of the country, especially in the south and pacific northwest, travel costs for the incumbents in this sport will skyrocket. In addition, fans in this sport often are rivals with schools closest to them, regardless of conference, if they are at the same level.

In addition, take a look at the rebirth of the CCHA under its current iteration. That conference formed in part because its members wanted to consolidate their footprint, and keep costs down to some level. We would argue that Atlantic Hockey has some of that cost containment at its core, and as the league gets more members wanting to join, over time the members of a conference that grows beyond 12 conferences could be served to bring back another conference, College Hockey America.

Why?

Well, that conference with six or seven members could work in concert with Atlantic Hockey to do a couple of things. First, they could create a scheduling alliance to occupy some non conference games every year, and ensure robust competition, giving both members of the new conference more opportunities to boost their pairwise standing than they have now ( eight to ten non conference games in total, compared to a maximum of six non exempt games now).

In addition, bringing back the CHA would drive down costs for members of Atlantic Hockey who may not want to take longer bus trips, or plane trips any more. If we posited that Navy (the Midshipmen have been in talks to join the Division One game for years) would join this conference with the Army and Air Force, that gives us three schools with a rich history. Now, add in Lindenwood, who is planning to join the Division One scene in two years, and we find ourselves at four with a conference already starting with a strong foundation. You could then add in Alabama Huntsville for five, and, should their feasibility study go well, and the school back it, Tennessee State could join to make a six team conference. You could also extend invites to Liberty, who has a win over a Division One program, an ESPN deal, and a beautiful facility already, Long Island as well, given that the Sharks are expanding their Division One footprint rapidly and gaining notoriety for how well they support the growth of opportunities for their student athletes. This would allow other members in Atlantic Hockey more cost control over their own budget, and provide room for that conference, should more teams want to join it, a seventh conference with an automatic bid to guarantee at least two schools Air Force Academy Hockey Head Coach Frank Serratore referred to as ” have nots” to join as well. In addition, the success of the reborn CHA could spark the ideas of forming other new conferences throughout the game.

Take the west coast. If we know that Arizona State would be a part of any Pac-12 conference (we do), we could then look to Las Vegas. UNLV produced the first line center for the three time Atlantic Hockey Regular Season champs (AIC) in Elijah Barriga, and has a big foot print in the area already. That gives us two schools, and an impasse once again. If this Pac 12 worked with the Kraken and Golden Knights to form programs in their areas (UNLV, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State) and work with ones already in their areas (Alaska, and Alaska Anchorage) then you get another strong conference with regional viability pretty fast. Now, if you look at what we have already, there are always opportunities for schools to move around, where it makes sense for both new school and conference alike. The dynamic of forming new conferences like these two would create a framework for members looking to join, and for ones like Augustana who have announced intentions, more options to join a conference best for them, compared to one that will have them. It gives more power and viability to new programs to compete right away, and a lasting infrastructure that will support them, and do the thing we all want to do, grow the game, while hopefully providing administrators with the money and encouragement to do so.

Remember, there are about eight or nine teams of players in the transfer portal right now, and a lot more uncommitted players about to age out of junior hockey with Division One talent, but no home. For a sport that has a myriad of junior hockey lockers, and interest in the game, it is incumbent on those looking to grow the game to continue to search for new ways to do that both inside and outside of the framework they currently have. It cannot be on one conference or school to figure things out, it is on all members of this great game, and on all of us to continue to support schools looking to get into this game that is one of the best parts of sport in North America, not just at the college level.

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Generals wrap up strong showing at Top Prospects Tournament: Read more

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Despite being shutout, the East Division side, featuring three Northeast Generals, Anton Castro, Jonathan Young, and Liam McCanney, all had good final showings for their 2020-2021 campaigns today in Blaine Minnesota at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Young and McCanney are looking for college homes, while Castro is looking to earn an NHL Entry Draft selection some time on the second day of the draft (he is ranked 13th by NHL Central Scouting among North American Goalies).

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the day, in which the East Division lost in a shutout to the Central Division.

Anton Castro

” 18 saves on 21 shots doesn’t tell the entire story. First 2 goals he made ridiculous saves on and didn’t get help cleaning up the rebounds. 3rd one was a great shot that barely beat him. I thought he did a great job showing his athleticism and ability to make every type of save. Kid is a stud. ” Castro has been supporting his family at home for the past little bit due to the incredibly tragic passing of his father. For the first time in months he has played games on back to back days in part due to the incredibly tough times he has been dealing with, and also due to the success of Hugo Haas, who would have been at this tournament if not for travel issues.

Liam McCanney

McCanney was good today. Didn’t have the puck a ton but used his speed very well and had some big hits. He played a simple game that I think showed well.”

Jonathan Young

“Young was very quick in transition today. Made some nice plays and passes. Didn’t get a lot of puck luck but I thought he was very good in all 3 zones!”

As for pitching the value of Castro to the NHL scouts assembled, Erikson had this to say

” As for Anton I think his athleticism is insane and his feel for big saves is special. And he’s only an 03 that is going to be a big time goalie. Goalies usually develop a little later but I think Anton is ahead of that curve. It’s his first year draft eligible and a team could get him late in the draft where if he plays like I think he can he may push himself up draft boards next year. He is a competitor that really has no cap on his potentia.l”

The Boston University commit, Castro, and Haas both hope to be selected in the NHL Draft next month, while Young and McCanney hope they soon find an NCAA home. All three Generals that played in the Tournament this weekend added more positives to their resumes to meet their end goals.

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Generals Top Prospects group has strong day one: Read more

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In the last showcase for uncommitted players, and those under the close eye of NHL teams at the NAHL level, the representatives of the Northeast Generals all came to play for their East Division side, each playing a role in their 4-1 win.

In net, Anton Castro stopped 20 of 21 shots and allowed his team to get off to a strong start. Castro got a chance to showcase his athletic style and poise early on as his east side faced a talented South Division group. Throughout his time in net, he kept his team ahead by using his athletic poise and strong sense to make the saves he could look routine, and make a few extraordinary saves as well. College hockey is full of goalies with his athleticism, and facing the some of the best players in this league today, Castro showed why he is a Division One talent, and showcased arguably his best outing of the year in front of a jam packed building of NHL scouts today in Blaine Minnesota. Whenever his time in junior hockey is done, he will be a Boston University Terrier.

As for the skaters Castro came to Blaine with, they need to find a college hockey home for next season. Both Jonathan Young and Liam McCanney have had some Division One interest, and for the first time all year, multiple teams got to see them ply their crafts in person. Both lived up to their expectations. Young had an empty net goal, and two assists, while McCanney had an assist on Young’s empty net goal. Both showed off why Bryan Erikson, Generals Head Coach, cannot stop saying good things about these players.

As Erikson said of all of his group from today

” I thought they both did exactly what they needed to do and that was standout. They both played with pace, were physical and showed up on the scoresheet. Need them to repeat that tomorrow to continue to catch the eyes of D1 College Coaches! The league does such a great job putting on this event. The building was jammed with college and NHL scouts. It’s a great atmosphere and it gives everyone playing a great chance to leave it all on the ice and see what happens.”

For Castro he added

“And Anton was great stopping 20 of 21 shots and the goal there was nothing he could do. Just another great performance by a Generals player.”

All three get one more chance to showcase what they can do in front of the NHL and NCAA scouts and coaches assembled in Blaine tomorrow as their Eastern side takes on the Central Division at noon.

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Ben Holden: Always Making College Hockey Better

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If you asked any fan of Men’s College Hockey at the Division One Level to name their favorite national announcer of this sport, you would get some names of people all doing great things. One common name in that group would most likely include Ben Holden. The proud Michigander has been in this game for well over a decade, and has lent his voice to some of its premiere moments in primetime games. One of his most memorable goal calls came on the Austin Poganski penalty shot overtime goal against Minnesota Duluth on February 19, 2016. The tone of the call, as Holden often does in the many sports he calls throughout the year, matched the moment. The call, and the goal were so good together, the next fall at NCHC Media Day, Fighting Hawks Men’s Hockey Head Coach Brad Berry told Holden that the clip was the first one on the recruiting video. Holden said of that moment that it was ” the best goal call of my college hockey career.”

A lot of things went into that moment, as do go into every broadcast for Holden. His former partner on CBS Sports, Dave Starman was effusive with his praise. For what makes Holden a consumate pro, Starman said that “his preparation, and communication with his team is what does it.” Throughout all of his calls, Holden knows how to match his tone and energy to the game being played while never dropping the energy level. Even in lopsided games, he knows how to bring fans along and get them as invested in the moment as he is. For this year, Holden will be doing games on the Big 10 Network, and be pursuing other opportunities in this sport as they arise. Over the summer he is broadcasting select games for Major League Rugby.

Regardless of the sport, Starman sees the value in Holden and was clear of his potential, saying that in comparing Holden to NHL announcers, “he would be in the top 10 in radio or on TV HANDS DOWN no questions asked.” He further went on to compare Holden’s style to another legend in the sport, calling him ” Gary Thorne lite.”

Wherever he goes to call the game, Holden, according to Starman, is always in search of two things, a Tim Hortons, and many storylines to broach throughout his time on air. He knows how to involve his entire team, and set up his color commentator well. As Starman explained, “because of his personality I never felt he would leave me without something to say.” Finally, he added another consistent trait of Holden’s saying “the one thing that he would always bring to the table is how do we make the show better.”

Holden is thankful for all that the sport has given him, saying ” the game has given me so much.” Since 2004 he has been calling games in this sport, and has been a part of some of its biggest moments. The Poganski overtime penalty shot marker, the advent of video review, the rise of NHL talent coming through this great sport, the last games of the previous iteration of the CCHA, the first seven years of the NCHC culminating with broadcasting the Omaha Pod, and so many more moments have Holden’s clear, unique, and smooth voice guiding us along. Holden’s unique story, and inspiration of his grandfather, his Navy background, and consistent persistence in this sport are all inspiring markers for those looking to get into this game in the professional sense, and not being sure of the path.

Ben Holden who is a, consummate professional is proof that this game welcomes and rewards those who put in the hard work, and a model not just for broadcasters at this level, but for those looking to get involved covering a sport they love professionally, and an inspiration to keep grinding and pushing ahead.

As Holden said of the upcoming season ” let’s keep making memories.” This game and broadcasting in general, and is better because Ben Holden and his unique and consistent dedication to his craft is a part of it. In terms of what he wants to see in college hockey, it centers around one principle, ” let’s showcase these guys more,” Holden would support uniformity in ice surfaces, and for those that want to wear them, half shields like those in the NHL wear.

To sum up what many in this game think of Ben, his preparation, personality, and persistence, we close with Starman, who simply said of Holden, “he is just money.”

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Ricky Boysen finds a home: More on his commitment to Trinity College

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Versatile, dependable, and consistent, if you asked Head Coach of the Northeast Generals Bryan Erikson to describe Rickey Boysen as a player, we bet those words have been used multiple times over his two years as a General. When the Generals needed a big hit, or play made, he was often the one to help lead the effort in providing those things.

Now, another 2000 born player for Erikson has found an NCAA home, as Boysen is off to the prestigious Division Three Trinity College Bantams to play for a group that has seen a lot of success in recent years. Boysen finished his time as a General with 29 points in 52 games, and brings an instant presence to the offensive and defensive zones for the Bantams.

As Erikson said of what Ricky’s commitment means, and the fit of Trinity for him, ” It’s an unbelievable fit. Ricky is a great kid and a very smart one. Trinity is an amazing school academically and hockey wise. He joins former General and one of his great friends in Gerry Marretta. Coach Matt Greason does an amazing job and I know that he is going to love Ricky. Ricky is such a great get for them. He does everything well. He can score BIG goals. He is great in the D zone, he hits, blocks shots and is tough as nails. I am really proud of Ricky. I’m jealous of Trinity because they will get him for 4 years. I only got 2. Going to miss him a lot.”

Boysen always can skate with any team he is on, and will have the chance to make his legacy known with the Bantams in short order. He will have four years to leave the Bantams in an even better spot than the program already is, having multiple conference championships in the past six seasons, and always fielding a competitive roster. For Erikson, the impression Boysen left in Attleboro will not soon be forgotten, and as a player, Erikson is always looking for more like him.

That is, he always wants players that want to work, improve, enjoy the game, are good humans, and like to learn from mistakes and get better every single day. That is what it takes to play for him, and those same traits will serve Boysen well in Trinity College, the professional game, and in any job Boysen takes whenever his hockey career is complete on the ice.

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The Misfits Return: How Mitch’s Misfits are planning to return to in person cheering this fall

The first time we saw the power of Mitch’s Misfits as a student cheering section, they were at the Hall of Fame game in the 2019-2020 campaign at Ralph Engelstad Arena. That very same game had in attendance the new leader of the Misfits for the 2021-2022 season, Olivia Wery.

As she said of that experience, and many other positives in her time as a Misfit, along with her choice to run to be the leader of the group, ” the leadership team of our organization has all graduated, giving myself and several others the privilege of continuing on the legacy of Mitch’s Misfits. I feel very fortunate to have been elected president of the organization that has defined my college experience the last two years. On a whim, I decided to sign up for a trip to play the University of North Dakota with Mitch’s Misfits. To be honest, I had never been one to step outside of my comfort zone. But for some reason, I decided it would be a good idea to travel 9 hours in a van with people I had never met to watch a hockey game. I had been quickly welcomed into the tight-knit group of friends with open arms. Going on the trip is without a doubt the best decision of my college years and as president of Mitch’s Misfits, I want to give that same opportunity to others.”

If you have not heard of the Misfits, they are a tight knit group of Michigan Tech Students who travel around the country to watch their team. The Huskies are one of the legacy programs of this sport, have a fanatical following, and draw positive notoriety to the sport unlike many other student sections in this game. They have been known to chant Let’s Go Huskies from puck drop until the first whistle, no matter how long it takes, and they, on their own, competed with the volume of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, just like they do at every road locale they travel to. They also keep flags in John Macinnes Student Ice Arena for every state, province, and country that their players on that team are from. This year, they are adding the flag of Australia, as Tyrone Bronte is coming to play for the Huskies, making him the first Australian Ice Hockey player to play for the storied school.

As Wery said of their next steps,

“Upon the registration of classes for this fall, the university planned to have students attend classes in person. I am sure that this is still the plan at the moment, but we have not received word about the attendance allowed in at sporting events. I am sure that MTU is going to follow the indoor sports fan capacity limit of 25% set by the state of Michigan, but we are hoping that this percent will see an increase before the start of the season (multiple schools in the state are planning for full crowds come this fall, so as of now, things look good for a full house for the Huskies).”

As the State of Michigan lifts Covid-19 restrictions, Wery has every reason to expect her school to follow suit.

Regarding the goal for the season, Wery kept it simple

” We believe that this season our goal is to re-establish ourselves as the best student section in college hockey in addition to keeping alive as many of our traditions as possible. One of these traditions is waving the state or country flag of our starting players when they are called, in addition to waving all the flags every time the fight song is played.”

In addition, she added ” Additionally, we have purchased new cowbells(that come with a lifetime warranty) so that we can come back even louder than before.”

Wery noted the quick response of the school, adding “since the start of the pandemic, the university had been encouraging regular testing of students, staff, and members of the community. In the last few months of the school year, they were able to set up a vaccination site on campus. I had been tested several times on campus and got vaccinated as soon as it became available” As more Huskies, and Michiganders get vaccinated, the state is planning to allow full capacity at its live events, and the Huskies and its Misfits are hopeful that all of them will be able to cheer for their team, in person.

Going forward, she notes how new students can join the Misfits, saying ” We plan on having a booth at the annual student organization fair at the beginning of the school year. It is a great opportunity for students to meet organizations like ours and learn how to get involved. Our booth typically gains a lot of attention because we allow students to hit the gong and play sauce toss if they would like.”

In addition to all of that, she is most excited to have “the atmosphere that comes with having a full capacity. I feel very fortunate to have attended some of the games near the end of the season, but the atmosphere wasn’t the same.” She further went on to lament, saying ” I find it unfortunate that there are two years of new students who haven’t been able to experience the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that we are able to produce at our home games.” She added more depth to her candidacy, explaining that “the reason that I ran for president is that I wanted to introduce these students to the addictive thrill of the atmosphere, in addition to recreating the environment that our players and team staff love to play in every night. ”

Finally, Wery, like the rest of the Misfits, is excited for so many things in the 2021-2022 campaign.

She said ” There are so many things to be excited about. We got some great players through the transfer portal and we’re looking forward to seeing the familiar faces of Mark Sinclair and Justin Misiak for another season. We’re excited to be back in person to hockey games and see familiar faces from the community. We’re excited to play Wisconsin, Notre Dame, St. Thomas, Clarkson, and we always look forward to sweeping Northern! Overall, I think we’re most excited for the season to get going where we are able to attend games in person”

The Misfits are the best, and most consistent student section that we have seen across college hockey. Few rival their passion, and consistency to support of their team, and even fewer travel all around the nation to see their team play, and drown out the opposition on the road like the Misfits can. In the season of getting back to whatever a post-pandemic normal could be, having the Misfits at full strength is a good harbinger of more good things happening in this sport, amidst the challenges it always has, and will continue to face. College Hockey is better for having the Misfits, and Wery is ready for the challenge of leading the loudest student group in this sport.

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Young and McCanney to the NAHL Top Prospects Game: Read more

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Every year, the NAHL holds a showcase for its top uncommitted prospects, and top prospects as asked for by NHL Central Scouting in conjunction with the Robertson Cup. This year the team will see two players, Jonathan Young and Liam McCanney suit up for their division as two uncommitted players ready to showcase to the NCAA why they both deserve Division One offers in a year that has been even more tough for them to be secured. Both are high energy, and effort players who can defend in their own end, with potential scoring upside in the future.

From Head Coach Bryan Eriskon, he commented on the even at large:

“It’s unfortunate that we only got 2 non goalie selections but that is a by product of not having a successful season as far as wins and losses go. But Liam and Jonathan are so deserving (as we thought a lot of players were). We are deep in the process with both and I think for anyone without a D1 commitment at this point it will be very hard. But all we can do is keep making the calls and seeing where schools are at.”

On Liam and Young’s next steps he said ” And then Liam and Younger need to go out and perform at a high level in front of all of the Coaches that will be there as we expect every school to have a representative in the building. I am happy for them both and happy that they will get the chance to perform in front of D1 schools finally. The Portal, Covid, the 5th year of eligibility,… (programs like RMU shutting down and UAH suspending their play). Now that they can see Liam and Younger in person we hope they can find a fit.”

On Anton Castro playing for the NHL Central Scouting team, Erikson added

” And Anton Castro will be representing us as well as a selection by Central Scouting. Hugo Haas was also selected but he is unable to get back into the country for the games. But we are thrilled for Anton and really looking forward to seeing him showcase his skills in front of NHL teams. ”

This weekend, although the Generals team will not be playing in Blaine, multiple players of theirs will be, all of them looking to prove they have what it takes to earn and offer, or in Castro’s situation, be selected by an NHL team next month.

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