THE MATCHUP: The 20th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team returns to action on Saturday night against intrastate rival Dartmouth College in the Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Puck drops at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN: The Dartmouth College Big Green enters Saturday’s game with UNH with a 4-11-0 overall record with a 2-7-0 mark in the ECAC. Most recently, the Big Green split a pair of ECAC home games last weekend with a 9-4 win over Brown on Friday followed by a 4-2 loss to Yale on Sunday. Dartmouth opened the season 0-6 before rattling off three-straight wins in late November. The Big Green has won just one of their last six games. Three juniors pace the Dartmouth offense as Scott Fleming, Adam Estoclet and Matt Reber have 15, 14 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Jodi O’Neill has played the majority of minutes in net for the Big Green. He is 4-10-0 with a 3.63 GAA and a .894 save percentage.
SERIES HISTORY VS. DARTMOUTH: The Wildcats and Big Green have met 50 times in the all-time series history with UNH holding the advantage at 31-17-2, which dates back to February 19, 1936.The ‘Cats have won three of the last four meetings including last year’s 6-4 win on Jan. 17, 2008. Coach Umile owns a 9-4-1 lifetime record against Dartmouth. The last meeting between the two schools on a campus site was Dec. 29, 2000 in a 6-2 Dartmouth win at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Senior co-captains Peter LeBlanc and Bobby Butler are among a group of four players with two points against Dartmouth. Brian Foster is 1-0-0 with a 4.00 GAA and a .833 save percentage.
HISTORY OF THE RIVERSTONE CUP: UNH holds a 5-2-1 advantage in eight previous Battle for the RiverStone Cups. The Big Green captured its first win in the series in a crazy 9-8 game on Jan. 12, 2005, while their other win came in a 5-3 win on Jan. 19, 2008.
SCORING LEADERS VS. THE BIG GREEN:
Player GP G-A-P
Peter LeBlanc 3 1-1-2
Bobby Butler 3 1-1-2
Phil DeSimone 2 1-1-2
Stevie Moses 1 0-2-2
Blake Kessel 1 1-0-1
Mike Sislo 2 0-0-0
Nick Krates 2 0-0-0
Mike Borisenok 1 0-0-0
Matt Campanale 1 0-0-0
Damon Kipp 1 0-0-0
Player GP/Min GA GAA W-L-T SV SV%
Foster 1/60:00 4 4.00 1-0-0 20 .833
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET (Jan 17, 2009): The 13th-ranked Wildcats jumped out to a 5-2 lead and held off a late run by No. 18 Dartmouth in last year’s 6-4 win at Verizon Wireless Arena. Jerry Pollastrone was one of six Wildcats with at least two points, as he tallied a goal and an assist and was named most valuable player of the contest.
ALL-TIME UNH GAMES AT VERIZON WIRELESS:
12-13-01 UNH 6 Dartmouth 3 W
1-15-03 UNH 1 Dartmouth 1 T (OT)
2-1-03 UNH 4 Maine 2 W
11-12-03 UNH 2 Boston College 2 T (OT)
1-13-04 UNH 5 Dartmouth 0 W
3-27-04 Michigan (NCAA) 4 UNH 1 L
11-5-04 UNH 4 Boston U. 3 W
1-12-05 Dartmouth 9 UNH 8 L
11-1-05 Boston College 3 UNH 2 L
1-14-06 UNH 5 Dartmouth 4 W
1-13-07 UNH 4 Dartmouth 2 W
2-2-07 Maine 4 UNH 2 L
3-24-07 Miami (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
1-19-08 Dartmouth 5 UNH 3 L
1-17-09 UNH 6 Dartmouth 4 W
2-7-09 Maine 1 UNH 0 L
3-28-09 UNH (NCAA) 6 North Dakota 5 W(OT)
3-29-09 Boston U. (NCAA) 2 UNH 1 L
Total 8-8-2 .500 Goals (62) GA (55)
BUTLER’S CAREER-HIGH LIFT HIM TO HOCKEY EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Butler was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week.Butler earns Player of the Week for the second time this year. Butler, the Hockey East leader in points and goals, had five points during the weekend helping UNH to a three-point weekend in Hockey East against a pair nationally ranked foes. Butler handed out an assist on the game-tying goal on Friday night against Mass.-Lowell and registered a career-high four points with two goals and two assists against UMass on Saturday. Butler had a hand in UNH’s first three goals.
FOSTER GARNERS HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brian Foster was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Foster earns the league’s top defensive honor for a league-best third time this season. The senior netminder stopped 53 of 57 shots over the weekend leading New Hampshire to three points against a pair of nationally ranked Hockey East foes. Foster turned away 27 shots on Friday in a 2-2 tie against Mass.-Lowell, while stopping 26 shots in a 7-2 win over UMass on Saturday. Foster posted a 1.92 GAA and a .930 save percentage during the weekend.
BUTLER THIRD NATIONALLY IN GOALS, SIXTH IN POINTS: Bobby Butler ranks third in the nation in goals with 0.75 goals per game. In addition, his 1.45 ppg is good enough for sixth nationally. UMass’s Casey Wellman (0.85 gpg) and Cornell’s Blake Gallagher (0.79 gpg) are the only two with better goals per game averages than Butler.
KESSEL LEAGUE’S TOP BLUELINER, THIRD NATIONALLY: Blake Kessel ranks first in Hockey East in defensive scoring and is third nationally with 1.16 ppg. Kessel trails only Wisconsin’s Brendan Smith (1.42 ppg) and Thomas Dignard (1.31 ppg) and his 22 points are second to only Smith.
PROTECTING THE LEAD: UNH is 5-0-0 when leading after one period and 7-0-0 when leading after two periods.
BUTLER APPROACHING 100 CAREER POINTS: Senior Bobby Butler has 97 (47g, 50a) career points and is fasting approaching the Wildcats Century Club. Butler looks to become the 67th member of this prestigious group and the first since Mike Radja and Matt Fornataro did so in the same game at Boston University on Jan. 26, 2008.
‘CATS TAKE REVENGE FOR ITS LONE LEAGUE LOSSES: UNH captured three points over a pair of nationally ranked league foes with a tie of #14 Mass.-Lowell (2-2) and a win over #16 Massachusetts (7-2), the only teams in the league to defeat the Wildcats this year.
SEVEN GOALS A SEASON BEST FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: UNH’s seven-goal outpouring on Saturday night was its highest goal total since a 9-4 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 11, 2008 and the most goals against a Hockey East foe since a 7-2 win over UMass in the Hockey East quarterfinals on March 15, 2008 and the most in a league contest since a 7-4 win at Northeastern on Nov. 2, 2007.
FOUR-GOAL FIRST: The Wildcats’ four-goal first period was the most since a five-goal second period in a 5-5 tie with #1 Miami on Oct. 17… In that four-goal first the ‘Cats scored on the power play, short-handed and tallied a pair of even-strength goals.
KESSEL MATCHES CAREER HIGH WITH THREE-POINT NIGHT: With a goal and two assists on Saturday night, Blake Kessel matched his career high for points with three.
MCCAREY POTS FIRST COLLEGIATE GOAL: Sophomore forward Kevin McCarey tallied his first collegiate goal on an outstanding individual effort play. The sophomore has four points in 13 games this season.
SCORING A PAIR ON THE POWER PLAY: UNH improves to 3-0-1 when scoring two goals on the power play this season.
SCORING ANY WAY THEY CAN: The Wildcats tallied a pair of even-strength goals, a power play goal and a short-handed goal in a four-goal first period. It marks the second time this season the ‘Cats have accomplished this feat. UNH also did so in a three-goal second period against Merrimack on Nov. 28.
TOP LINE CONTINUES TO EXCEL: New Hampshire’s top line once again paced the offense as Bobby Butler registered a career-high four points with two goals and two assists, while Paul Thompson also had a pair of goals and two assists.
HOBEY BAKER VOTING OPENS WITH A TRIO OF WILDCATS FEATURED: Bobby Butler, Brian Foster and Blake Kessel are all on the ballot for the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award given annually to the best Division I college hockey player. Fans can log on to www.HobeyBaker.com to vote for their favorite players.
‘CATS BREAK FROM LEAGUE PLAY ON NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK: UNH extended its Hockey East unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2), a streak which dates back to Nov. 14. The Wildcats will leave the friendly confines of league play for the final time as they play intra-state rival Dartmouth College in the annual Battle for the RiverStone Cup IX at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The ‘Cats are still in search of their first non-conference win.
Among the League Leaders: Where some of the Wildcats rank in Hockey East.
Player All Games HE Games
Points Bobby Butler 3rd (29 pts.) 1st(24 pts)
Blake Kessel 5th (22 pts.) 4th(17 pts.)
Paul Thompson 6th (21 pts.) 3rd(19 pts.)
Goals Bobby Butler 2nd (15 g) 1st (12 g)
Paul Thompson 5th (10 g) 3rd (9 g)
Assists Blake Kessel 3rd (16 a) 2nd (13 a)
Bobby Butler 6th (14 a) 3rd (12 a)
Phil DeSimone 14th (11 a) 4th (11 a)
Def. Scoring Blake Kessel 1st (22 pts) 1st(17 pts)
GAA Brian Foster 10th (3.31) 5th (2.71)
Save % Brian Foster 9th (.897) 4th (.908)
Win % Brian Foster 8th (.526) 2nd (.773)
COLLEGEHOCKEYNEWS.com’s PAIRWISE RANKINGS (Jan. 13):
Rk. Team PC W-L-T Win % Rk. RPI Rk.
1 Denver 24 14-5-3 .7045 3t .5853 1
2t Miami 22 13-4-5 .7045 3t .5784 2
2t Ferris State 22 16-4-2 .7727 1 .5752* 3
4t Wisconsin 20 12-5-3 .6750 7 .5688 4
4t Bemidji State 20 14-4-2 .7500 2 .5629 5
4t Minn.-Duluth 20 14-7-1 .6591 8 .5621 6
7 Michigan State 18 15-6-3 .6875 6 .5607 7
8 Colorado College17 12-7-3 .6136 15t .5580 9
9 North Dakota 16 12-6-4 .6364 12 .5597 8
10 Vermont 15 10-6-2 .6111 17 .5490* 11
11 St. Cloud State 14 12-7-3 .6136 15t .5550 10
12 Union 13 12-4-5 .6905 5 .5480* 12
13 Boston College 12 11-6-2 .6316 13 .5476 13
14 Maine 11 11-7-2 .6000 18t .5444 14
15t New Hampshire 9 9-7-4 .5500 23 .5414 15
15t Massachusetts 9 12-8-0 .6000 18t .5396 16
17 Mass.-Lowell 8 12-7-2 .6190 14 .5372 17
18 Yale 7 9-4-3 .6562 9 .5342 18
19t Alaska 6 10-6-4 .6000 18t .5304 19
19t Cornell 6 8-4-2 .6429 10t .5302 20
21 Lake Superior 4 12-8-4 .5833 21 .5268 21
22 Michigan 3 12-10-0 .5455 25 .5231 22
23t No. Michigan 2 9-8-5 .5227 28t .5231 23
23t Minnesota State 2 11-11-2.5000 32t .5190 25
25 Minnesota 0 11-10-1.5227 28t .5222 24
SCORING BY CLASS: 2009-10 breakdown of scoring by class.
Class G-A-P G-A-P %.
Seniors: 22-25-47 32-22-26
Juniors: 24-33-57 35-29-31
Sophomores: 17-41-58 25-36-32
Freshmen: 5-16-21 7-14-11
FOSTER NAMED HOCKEY EAST GOALIE OF THE MONTH: Brian Foster was named Hockey East Goalie of the Month for December. Foster earns this honor for the third time in his career and first since February, 2009. Foster won Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Dec. 7 and helped lift the Wildcats to a pair of wins against nationally-ranked Hockey East foes stopping 57 of 60 shots that weekend. He posted an impressive .950 save percentage and a 1.50 save percentage. Foster stopped 29 shots on Friday allowing just one goal in a win against eighth-ranked Mass.-Lowell. In Sunday’s 5-2 win over #19 Vermont, Foster turned away 28 shots and surrendered just a pair of power play goals under tough road conditions at Gutterson Fieldhouse.
OLYMPIANS IN THE FAMILY: UNH sophomore defenseman Blake Kessel is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel, while freshman forward Scott Pavelski is the younger brother of Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. Both pros were selected to honor Team USA in the 2010 Olympics.
ROAD WARRIORS: After dropping the first five road decisions, UNH is 4-0-1 in the last five road games. UNH played 10 of its 17 first-half games on the road, but will open the second half of the season with three-straight home games at Whittemore Center, where they are 4-1-2.
HOME-AWAY-HOME; GAMES IN BUNCHES IN THE SECOND-HALF OF THE SEASON: The Wildcats will play three-straight at home and one at Verizon Wireless Arena to start, then they will played five of the next six on the road, before ending with five of the final seven games at home.
Jan. 3-16 - 3 home games, 1 neutral site games
Jan. 22- Feb. 6 - 5 road games, 1 home game
Feb. 12 - March 6 - 5 home games, 2 road games
DECADE TO REMEMBER FOR ‘CATS: The Wildcats finished the 2000’s with a 233-113-51 record, a .650 win percentage, eight NCAA appearances and 10 20-win seasons during this stretch. Only UNH and Michigan had 10-straight seasons of 20-plus wins in the 2000’s.
WHERE IS UNH RANKED?: Here is a week-by-week look at the ‘Cats in the national polls and the HE standings:
Date USA TODAY USCHO HE
9/28 RV N/A t-4th (pre)
10/5 N/A 16 t-4th (pre)
10/12 RV RV t-4th (pre)
10/19 RV RV N/A
10/26 RV RV t-1st
11/2 NR RV t-2nd
11/9 NR RV t-3rd
11/16 NR RV t-2nd
11/23 NR RV t-1st
11/30 NR RV 1st
12/7 RV 19 1st
12/14 RV 16 1st
12/21 RV NP 1st
12/28 NP NP 1st
1/4 RV RV 1st
1/11 RV 20 1st
THE NATIONAL POLLS:
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine (Jan. 11)
Rk. School, Pts. (FPV) LW Record WIP
1 University of Denver, 509 (33) 2 14-5-3 14
2 Miami University, 436 (1) 1 13-4-5 14
3 University of Wisconsin, 429 4 12-5-3 7
4 University of North Dakota, 386 5 12-6-4 14
5 Yale University, 371 6 9-3-3 14
6 Michigan State University, 316 9 15-6-3 9
7 Ferris State University, 308 12 16-4-2 5
8 Cornell University, 253 7 8-4-2 14
9 Colorado College, 248 3 12-7-3 11
10 Minnesota Duluth, 223 13 14-7-1 8
11 Bemidji State University, 184 10 14-4-2 11
12 Boston College, 150 8 10-6-2 11
13 Union College, 78 NR 12-4-5 1
14 Massachusetts Lowell, 75 14 12-7-2 14
15 St. Cloud State University, 59 15 12-7-3 3
Others receiving votes: University of New Hampshire, 21; University of Vermont, 14; University of Maine, 11; University of Alaska, 5; University of Massachusetts, 3; Rochester Institute of Technology, 1.
USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll (Jan. 11)
Rk. Team (First Place) Record Pts LW
1 Denver (45) 14-5-3 994 2
2 Miami (3) 13-4-5 871 1
3 Wisconsin 12-5-3 867 4
4 North Dakota (2) 12-6-4 821 5
5 Yale 9-3-3 754 6
6 Ferris State 16-4-2 685 11
7 Michigan State 15-6-3 673 9
8 Colorado College 12-7-3 658 3
9 Cornell 8-4-2 603 8
10 Minnesota-Duluth 14-7-1 595 13
11 Bemidji State 14-4-2 545 10
12 Boston College 10-6-2 500 7
13 Union 12-4-5 350 17
14 St. Cloud State 12-7-3 330 15
15 Mass.-Lowell 12-7-2 325 14
16 Maine 11-7-2 238 18
17 Quinnipiac 13-7-1 172 12
18 Vermont 10-6-2 156 19
19 Massachusetts 12-8-0 137 16
20 New Hampshire 9-7-4 118 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Alaska 82, Lake Superior 9, Notre Dame 6, Michigan 3, Minnesota 3, Northern Michigan 2, Minnesota State 1, Rensselaer 1, RIT 1
WILDCAT AWARDS: Here is a list of awards that Wildcat players have won to date this season:
Player Award Date
Dalton Speelman HE Rookie of the Week 10/26
Bobby Butler HE Co-Player of the Week 11/16
Brian Foster HE Defensive Player of Week 11/23
Bobby Butler HE Player of the Month Nov.
Brian Foster HE Defensive Player of Week 12/7
Brian Foster HE Goalie of the Month Dec.
Bobby Butler HE Co-Player of the Week 1/11
Brian Foster HE Defensive Player of Week 1/11
Wildcats Among National leaders: Below is a list of where UNH players and team rank nationally.
Individual Rank Stats
Points Per Game:
Bobby Butler 6th 1.45 ppg
Blake Kessel 35th 1.16 ppg
Paul Thompson 54th 1.05 ppg
Goals Per Game:
Bobby Butler 3rd 0.75 gpg
Paul Thompson 39th 0.50 gpg
Assists Per Game:
Blake Kessel 11th 0.84 apg
Bobby Butler 41st 0.70 apg
Power Play Goals:
Bobby Butler 42nd 4 ppg
Bobby Butler 15th 1 shg
Peter LeBlanc 15th 1 shg
Phil DeSimone 15th 1 shg
Bobby Butler 30th 2 gwg
Blake Kessel 3rd 1.16 ppg
Goals Against Average:
Brian Foster 56th 3.31 gaa
Brian Foster 56th .897
Brian Foster 40th .526
Scoring Offense 13th 3.40
Scoring Defense 44th 3.40
Scoring Margin 28th 0.00
Power Play 40th 16.9
Penalty Kill 42nd 78.6
Combined Special Teams 47th 46.8
Winnning Percentage 23rd .550
WHERE UNH IS RANKED IN HOCKEY EAST:
Overall HE games
Goals/per game 3.40/4th 3.93/1st
GAA 3.40/9th 2.79/3rd
Power Play 16.9/8th 21.1/5th
Penalty Kill 78.6/7th 74.1/9th
Special Teams Net +1/6th E/5th
1st Period Scoring 15/6th 13/3rd
2nd Period Scoring 34/1st 24/1st
3rd Period Scoring 19/6th 19/3rd
Overtime Scoring 0/NR 0/NR
UNH HOCKEY ON TELEVISION: UNH will have 13 games broadcast live on TV in 2009-10. NESN will air four games, while three will air on ESPNU, while COX-TV and WABI will each broadcast one.
DATE GAME Channel RES.
Oct. 23 Northeastern NESN W, 4-2
oct. 30 at wisconsin tvw madison/wc L, 1-4
Oct. 31 at wisconsin wisc-tv3/wc L, 1-6
Nov. 6 Boston College NESN T, 4-4 (OT)
Nov. 8 AT Mass-Lowell ESPNU L, 3-6
nov. 21 at boston univ. nesn T, 3-3 (OT)
Dec. 6 at Vermont ESPNU W, 5-2
Dec. 11 at Providence Cox-TV W, 4-3
Jan. 3 Cornell ESPNU L, 2-5
jan. 23 at boston univ. nesn
Feb. 6 at Maine WABI-TV
Feb. 19 Vermont NESN
March 5 Boston College NESN
WILDCATS PICKED THIRD IN HOCKEY EAST POLL: UNH was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Hockey East preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced on Sept. 30 at the league’s annual media day at Legends Restaurant at the TD Garden.
2009-10 Hockey East Men’s Preseason Coaches Poll
Rk. Team (FPV) Pts
1. Boston University (6) 84
2. UMass-Lowell (2) 79
3. Boston College (2) 76
4. New Hampshire 59
6. Northeastern 57
7. Massachusetts 47
8. Maine 32
9. Providence 24
10. Merrimack 23
THE DICK UMILE ERA: Dick Umile, a five-time Hockey East Coach of the Year, enters his 20th season as the head coach of the UNH Wildcats. He earned his fourth Leonard Fowle New England Coach of the Year award following the 2007-08 season. After signing a long-term contract in 2008, Umile will conclude his coaching career at his alma mater. During his time spent at UNH, Umile has molded UNH hockey into one of the top programs in all of Division I hockey, guiding the Wildcats to four Frozen Four appearances, 15 NCAA tournament appearances and 19 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his 19-year career in Durham. In addition, Umile has posted 17 20-victory campaigns over the span of 19 seasons, including a current streak of 13 20-win seasons. Umile is now the winningest coach in the history of UNH hockey with 444 career victories. He surpassed legendary coach Charlie Holt on Feb. 16, 2005 in a 6-1 victory at Merrimack at Thom Lawler Arena in North Andover, Mass. Umile ranks fourth among active NCAA coaches with a .652 winning percentage and on the active victories list his 444 victories ranks eighth among NCAA coaches. He has been named Coach of the Year a total of 10 times in his career, including New England honors four times. Umile’s five Hockey East Coach of the Year Awards is an all-time league best.Last season, Umile directed the Wildcats to a 20-13-5 mark as they captured their eighth-consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. Umile guided the Wildcats to 20+ wins in 13 straight years, the second longest streak in the nation and five seasons more than its closest competition; no other team in Hockey East has an active streak longer than one season. After struggling through a 1-5-2 stretch in November, New Hampshire went 14-4-2 to close out the regular season and claimed third place in the league and home-ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals for a Hockey East-best 13th straight season. The crowning moment of the 2008-09 season was the Wildcats’ goal with 0.1 seconds remaining to tie and eventually win 6-5 in overtime in their NCAA Northeast Regional opening-round game against perennial power North Dakota in front of UNH faithful at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
THE PROGRAM’S HISTORY: UNH has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 19 times in the 82-year history of the program, including the nation’s second best streak at eight-straight appearances. UNH has appeared in the Frozen Four seven times, including national championship game appearances against Maine in 1999 and Minnesota in 2003. UNH earned Hockey East Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003 and regular-season championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The Wildcats won the ECAC regular-season title in 1974 and the tournament championship in 1979. UNH has posted 30 seasons with 20-plus wins, including the last 13 consecutive seasons.
‘CATS SELECTED IN THE NHL DRAFT: Five current UNH players have been selected in the National Hockey League draft...Greg Burke (Washington), Phil DeSimone (Washington), Brian Foster (Florida), Blake Kessel (N.Y. Islanders) and Peter LeBlanc (Chicago) have all been taken.
‘CATS IN THE PROS: Here is a listing of former Wildcats playing professional hockey:
Justin Aikins: Bossier Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL)
A.J. Bucchino: Louisiana IceGators (SPHL)
Joe Charlebois: Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Greg Collins: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Ty Conklin: St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Dzieduszycki: Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
Matt Fornataro: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Thomas Fortney: ESV Buchloe (GER)
Jamie Fritsch: Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Lanny Gare: Bad Nauheim EC (GerObL)
Darren Haydar: Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Brett Hemingway: Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Colin Hemingway: Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Kevin Kapstad: Riessersee SC (2.GBun)
Jason Krog: Chicago Wolves (AHL)/Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)***
Nathan Martz: Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HC (Aust)
Jacob Micflikier: Albany River Rats (AHL)
Mark Mowers: Fribourg-Gotteron (Swiss-A)
Josh Prudden: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
Mike Radja: Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Kevin Regan: Providence Bruins (AHL)
Steve Saviano: Tappara Tampere (FNL)
Trevor Smith: Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Garrett Stafford: Texas Stars (AHL)
Craig Switzer: Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)
James van Riemsdyk: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Daniel Winnik: Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
*** Spent some time in the NHL during 2009-10
UNH HOCKEY ON THE RADIO: In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the “UNH Sports Network” — the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events.
Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
These three aforementioned stations -- along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) -- will carry the following: all UNH football & men’s hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches’ shows, a select number of men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s hockey broadcasts, as well as “Wildcat Sports Today”, a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics.
The game can also be heard on the internet at www.UNHWildcats.com through a service from Stretch Internet. Stretch has also partnered with UNH to develop a podcast page for UNH fans to listen to archived broadcasts.
Dan Parkhurst will be handling the play-by-play for the third straight season, while Pete Webster will once again be doing the color commentating. Webster has been announcing Wildcat hockey for 16 years since the 1993-94 season.
LISTEN LIVE ON THE INTERNET: UNHWildcats.com via Stretch Internet Broadcast will carry all of the UNH men’s ice hockey action again this season...If you can not attend Wildcat hockey, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet...Fans can get to the UNH men’s ice hockey broadcast site by going to the men’s hockey schedule page at www.unhwildcats.com.
THE DICK UMILE SHOW ON RADIO: The Coach’s Show featuring UNH men’s hockey head coach Dick Umile and hosted by Mike Murphy begins its 10th season in 2009-10. The Coach’s Show is broadcast Mondays on the Wildcat Sports Network from various locations around the seacoast and features Coach Umile, as well as a student-athlete from the men’s ice hockey team. In front of a live audience, Murphy and his guests talk about the latest news and notes regarding UNH hockey.
GRANITE STATE CONNECTION: The Wildcat hockey team features three players from New Hampshire with Greg Burke (Lee) Brian Foster (Pembroke) and Paul Thompson (Derry) all hailing from the Granite State.
WATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH THE UNHWILDCATS.TV: UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2009-10 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
20TH-RANKED MEN'S HOCKEY PLAYS INTRASTATE RIVAL DARTMOUTH IN BATTLE FOR THE RIVERSTONE CUP IX AT VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA (SAT. - 7 PM)