Jul 092014
Photo courtesy UAH Sports Information

Photo courtesy UAH Sports Information

It’s 100 days until the Chargers’ 2014-15 season home opener against Bowling Green on October 17 — a nice round number to announce the availability of season tickets! UAH will be playing its 30th varsity hockey season and 36th all-time, and its second in the WCHA.

You can get reserved lower level seating to all 16 home games for $192 — the same rate for the same number of home games as last season.

FlexTix packs also return. For $99, you’ll get 10 tickets to any 10 games. Take a group of 10 to one game or yourself and a friend to five games — the choice is yours.

Blue Line Club information was also released today. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to Charger hockey and get many great benefits. In addition to receiving multiple season tickets and FlexTix packs, you’ll get VIP parking, VBC hospitality room access, coaches’ luncheons, special events, and more. Your donations help continue the dreams of the student-athletes and the traditions that come with being the Hockey Capital of the South.

For more information, order tickets, or join the Blue Line Club, call 256-UAH-PUCK (256-824-7825). Or, download and return the Blue Line Club and season ticket brochure.

Tickets to individual games will be available through Ticketmaster and the Von Braun Center box office at a later date. Check back on our tickets page for updates.

Let’s go Chargers!

Press release from UAHChargers.com


Jun 152014

Cole Leaves Program for US National Team Development Program

Cole’s replacement should be announced later this week.

That’s right: today is four years from the day that Coach Cole moved to Ann Arbor to work with the USNTDP, and who could blame him?  UAH Hockey was headed into uncharted waters with life as an independent coming up quickly on the horizon.  None of us knew then how that would go, and goodness knows that it went some very crazy places.  We can look on these last four years as a cycle borne of the complete instability of that uncertainty.  But we know that these things are true:

  1. We’re in a league.
  2. We have a great head coach that’s taking this program forward.
  3. We have a solid recruiting class coming in that is poised to take on large roles from the outset.

Danton’s departure is one of the very first things that I covered here on UAHHockey.com.  He and I stay in touch, and I assure you that he wishes the program well.  I hope that we will soon be a program that can snag one of his kids’ attention for a commitment to play for the Chargers for four years.  That may be more than four years down the line, but hopefully sooner than later.

May 302014
Cam Talbot

Cam Talbot warms up for the Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. (Photo by David Washburn)

Could we see the first UAH alumnus to have his name on the Stanley Cup?

The New York Rangers earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, beating the Montreal Canadiens in six games to claim the Eastern Conference championship.

Cam Talbot (’10), the Rangers’ backup goaltender, could have his name etched in one of sports’ most iconic trophies should the Rangers defeat either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings in the NHL’s championship series.

Talbot hasn’t seen much ice time during the playoffs. He’s been in two games, both times relieving top goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with the Rangers well behind.

He saw his first postseason action in Game 6 of the first round series at Philadelphia, starting the third period with the Rangers down 4-0. He stopped all five shots he faced as New York went on to lose 5-2.

Talbot made his second relief appearance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He entered about halfway through the second with the Rangers down 4-1. New York rallied to tie the game, but Montreal retook the lead and added two third-period goals to win 7-4. Because Talbot allowed the game-winner, he took the loss.

For the playoffs, Talbot has played 46 minutes, allowing two goals on 13 shots for a 2.61 goals against average and an .846 save percentage.

Talbot contributed to the Rangers’ success in the regular season. Talbot played in 21 games (starting 19). He had a 1.64 goals against average, a .941 save percentage, and three shutouts.

UAH represented at worlds: Davide Nicoletti (’10) played for the Italian team at the IIHF World Championships. Nicoletti played in all seven games as Italy finished 1-6 in round-robin group play.

As he was during the Olympic Games in Sochi, Karlis Zirnis (’03) was back behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Latvian team. Latvia was 3-4 in round-robin action.

Golf outing reminder: The Frenchy Open golf outing is in eight days! Get the details and register online today!

May 202014
Participants and volunteers for the 2013 Frenchy Open.

Participants and volunteers for the 2013 Frenchy Open.

It’s almost time for UAH hockey’s biggest summer fundraising event — the Frenchy Open. This year’s golf tournament will take place at the Hampton Roads Golf Course on Saturday, June 7, at 1 p.m.

If you’re a golf nut, you’ll definitely want to participate simply for the chance at the hole-in-one prizes sponsored by SportsMed. Two fabulous golf trips could be given away: A 5-day, 4-night stay in California to play Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay; and a 7-day, 6-night vacation in Scotland to play at venerable Open courses at St. Andrew’s, Carnoustie, and Turnberry.

Raffle and door prizes will be available, and two flights of golfers who finish 1-3 will receive prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Register online to reserve your spot today! You can also call 256-824-2485 or email Nick Laurila for more information.

“The Frenchy Open” is named after Charger left wing Jean-Marc Plante, who died in 2001. Also known as “Frenchy,” the Laval, Quebec, native played for UAH from 1988-92, scoring 16 goals and 19 assists in 94 games. Plante worked at the front office of the Florida Panthers and became the athletic marketing director at UAH. A memorial scholarship is awarded in his honor to the Charger hockey player who demonstrates leadership, sportsmanship, and team spirit, and who participates in community and university volunteer service.

May 082014
Davide Nicoletti (UAH '10) will play for Team Italy at the IIHF World Championships. (Photo by Serena Fantini, Web Hockey Bar Italia)

Davide Nicoletti (UAH ’10) will play for Team Italy at the IIHF World Championships. (Photo by Serena Fantini, Web Hockey Bar Italia)

Davide Nicoletti, a UAH Charger from 2006-10, will play for Italy at the IIHF World Championships, which begin tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus. Italy faces Norway in its first game on Saturday.

Nicoletti was born in Toronto, Canada, but his family roots are in Italy, where all four of his grandparents are from. The Greater Toronto Hockey League has a profile on Davide, who recovered from a serious car accident at the age of 11 to keep playing hockey.

Nicoletti had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 85 games at UAH. This past season, he had 27 points in 53 regular-season games for HC Bolzano in Austria, helping the Foxes win the country’s league title.

Frenchy Open sponsorships: There are four weeks remaining until the 2014 UAH Hockey Frenchy Open golf tournament, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you or your company is interested, please email Nick Laurila or call him at (630) 418-1210.

The outing will take place Saturday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at Hampton Cove Golf Course. Register you and your team today!

Future Chargers taken in USHL draft: Three 2015 verbal commitments to UAH were drafted by USHL teams in the junior league’s Phase II Draft on Tuesday.

Joey Marooney (Cody’s brother) was taken in the third round by the Sioux Falls Stampede. Marooney scored 19 goals in 25 games in his senior season at Holy Family Catholic High School in Minnesota.

Connor Wood, a forward with TPH Thunder’s under-18 squad, was taken in the 15th round by the Omaha Lancers. Wood had 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 56 games this past season with the Thunder.

Roberts Smits will join the expansion Bloomington Thunder from the Selects Hockey Academy.

Even as a top-level CHA team, UAH did not get commitments before they were drafted to the USHL. This is a great sign for the future of the Chargers.

Saulnier signs: The signing period continues with Brennan Saulnier inking his National Letter of Intent. Saulnier finished the 2013-14 campaign with 16 goals with 33 assists for 49 points in 60 games for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.