USA Hockey is hosting their summer World Juniors Evaluation Camp this week in Lake Placid. It's always interesting to get so many good players together, though the actual results of this camp seem largely forgotten or ignored by the time it comes down to actually picking the roster. Still, United States of Hockey has you covered with all sorts of updates from the event.
Also in international competition, the US Select 17 team is getting under way in the 5 Nations tournament in the Czech Republic. Shane Gersich had a huge game in an exhibition win for the US.
There's still a lot to do before college hockey realigns itself next summer. For example, the new WCHA still has to figure out where they will be holding their conference tournament. Meanwhile, the NCHC, which are still exciting to announce stuff, faces different challenges, like figuring out how alphabetical order works.
The city of Cincinnati has submitted a bid to host an NCAA hockey regional in 2014, a bid largely based on the idea that people can't remember things that happened 16 years ago. In 1996, Cincinnati played host to what is widely considered the worst Frozen Four of all time. The ice conditions were atrocious thanks to an arena worker accidentally drilling through the rink's cooling system. The city really made no effort in hosting the event. Tim Thomas was there. Just the absolute worst.
Bowling Green freshman Ralfs Freibergs was suspended 33 games by the NCAA because while playing with the Latvian World Junior team, they played in a professional league. That's a tough loss for Bowling Green on what seems like kind of a ticky-tack thing.
Nebraska-Omaha lost assistant coach Brian Renfrew to scouting position with the Winnipeg Jets (sample interview question: Do you have your own dartboard, or will you need one provided to you?). It's rumored Renfrew wasn't really the right fit for Dean Blais' staff in Omaha.
With a short turnaround before the season starts, rumors have been pretty strong that former Minnesota State head coach Troy Jutting will join Blais' staff. Omaha would be doing Minnesota State a solid by hiring Jutting, because MSU still owes Jutting over $100,000 on the final year of his contract and this would get them out of that. It would almost make up for the six figure entry fee that MSU had to pay to get into the WCHA and Nebraska-Omaha did not have to pay because Bruce McLeod is a putz.