Saturday, June 28, 2008

Colborne Not Invited To Hockey Canada's U-20 WJC Camp


DU recruit and NHL first rounder Joe Colborne has been left off the roster of Hockey Canada's U-20 WJC Camp. With no DU players being invited to either Team USA's or Hockey Canada's U-20 WJC Camps, DU will not be short any players in late December and early January due to commitments to the national teams. This is the first year in a while that DU has not had any representatives in the WJC. While it is always great to represent your country in international competition, DU's team will not be disrupted in mid-season with star players having to leave for a few weeks to participate in the tourney.
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Interesting fact that there are 14 2008 NHL first round draft picks on the roster and 25 total 2008 NHL draft picks on it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

DU Recruit Stepan Novotny to Kelowna?????

NCAA Watcher posted over on USCHO that DU recruit Stepan Novotny has decommitted from DU and is going to play for Kelowna in the WHL. He cites ROI as his source. The Kelowna Rockets site has an press release on their site about him being taken in the CHL import draft.

Kelowna got him by making a trade with Saskatoon for the 24th selection in the CHL import draft. The Kelowna press release says they expect Stepan to play on one of the two top lines. From the Kelowna Press release it sure sounds like Stepan will be going there otherwise I doubt they would have selected him where they did.
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Stepan signed an LOI with DU so he cannot play with another NCAA team unless DU releases him from his LOI. DU deferred Stepan for 2008 and he was to stay in the USHL for the coming season which is also his draft year. He was to enter DU in 2009. With this coming season being his draft year and he wouldn't be playing at DU, he probably decided his best chance of getting the highest exposure was in the WHL.

Kelowna Press Release

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dubie Going To Russia

The Connecticut Post is reporting that former Islander and DU All American Wade Dubielewicz has signed with Kazan of the former Russian Super League now known as the Kontinental Hockey League.

Good luck to Dubie!

The Connecticut Post has this at the very end of their article on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Wade Dubielewicz, the former Sound Tigers goalie who backed up for the Islanders the past two seasons, signed with Kazan in Russia.
More stories on Dubie going to Russia
Sporting News

Newsday

NY Times

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Matt Donovan and David Carle Make "The Hot List"

Matt Donovan and David Carle made The Hockey News' "The Hot List: Draft Class". Donovan now known as "Soundgarden"

11. Matt Donovan, D – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL): Call Donovan the ‘Soundgarden’ pick of the draft; he was Superunknown. The Oklahoma native led his team with a plus-19 rating and scored 15 of his 31 points on the power play, but wasn’t even ranked by Central Scouting. He’s committed to Denver. Drafted 96th overall by the New York Islanders in 2008.
15. David Carle, D – Shattuck-St. Mary’s (prep): It’s unlikely Matt’s younger brother will ever get a chance to play hockey again due to a heart condition announced on the weekend, but new Bolts owner Oren Koules showed some real class in making sure Carle’s hard work on the ice paid off with a draft announcement nonetheless. Drafted 203rd overall by Tampa Bay in 2008.
The Hockey News

Ruegsegger Ranked 7th Best Maple Leaf Prospect

(above) Tyler Ruegsegger #15 in action last year at the World Junior Championships

From: Bleacher Report
by Josh Lewis


Picked in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, DU player Tyler Ruegsegger could be another late-round gem for Toronto. He has a nose for the net, playmaking ability and incredible hockey sense. He's also defensively accountable. Skating is an issue, but it has steadily improved over his first two seasons at the University of Denver. He'll probably spend two more seasons there. Ruegsegger could develop into a middle-six player for the Leafs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

DU Ski Team Visits The White House

Back Row (from left): David Stewart, Adam Cole, Havard Selseng, Ian Lochhead, John Stene, Dan Clark, Taylor Sheldon, Kyle Ahern, Chris Berg
Third Row: Andy LeRoy, Zach Slater, Mike Hinckley, Seppi Stiegler, Francesco Ghedina, Harald Lovenskiold, Rene Reisshauer, Hennie Kashiwa
Second Row: Molly Ryan, Stefanie Wunderle, Karine Falck-Pedersen, Annelise Bailly, Katie Ronsse, Antje Maempel, Ron Grahame
Front Row: Clare Abbe, Jenny Lathrop, Courtney Saario, President George W. Bush, John Buchar, Lauren Eder, Jenny Tank, Lindsay McClure

The NCAA champion University of Denver ski team visited the White House today, meeting President Bush with 19 other teams celebrating titles from the past collegiate season.
President Bush: "The University of Denver Men's and Women's Ski Team competed with one fewer skier than their rivals, making them only the second ski team in NCAA history to win the title shorthanded. And we congratulate you. (Applause.)
After a tour of the White House, the President met with DU's coaches and student-athletes in the East Room, posing for a picture with the team. Additionally, the team presented the President with a custom-made belt buckle, commemorating the 2008 national championship.

All of the 20 teams were introduced on the South Lawn, where President Bush addressed the athletes, paying extra tribute to the Pioneers which won the skiing title despite having only 11 of the maximum 12 possible skiers competing.

"We are grateful that President Bush found time in his busy schedule to welcome the DU ski team as well as the other Division I NCAA champions to the White House," said DU alpine head coach Andy LeRoy, who previously visited the White House as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1998.

"It was inspiring seeing so many great teams that won championships in their respective sports," DU Nordic head coach David Stewart said.

"We are proud that the President honored the accomplishments of our ski team along with those of the other champions."

Earlier in the day, Senator Ken Salazar met with the team after his staff gave the Pioneers a tour of the Capitol.

"It was a big year for Colorado skiing – big snows, big competition, and a big-time come-from-behind win from the Pioneers to set a new record for NCAA skiing championships," Senator Salazar said.

"I am very proud of the DU Ski Team and with the tenacity, hard-work, and discipline that they showed in their race to their national championship. It was a pleasure to meet with them and I wish them continued success as they rack up the championships and make history."

Although Denver has won 19 NCAA championships in skiing, this was the first time the team had been honored at the White House.

"Everyone on the team is thankful to everyone who made this trip possible," LeRoy said.

"Every student-athlete contributed to the championship, and I am proud that they were all recognized for their efforts."

Hockey News Calls Donovan Drafting "Surprise"

The Hockey News has this to say about the New York Islanders drafting of DU recruit Matt Donovan. Donovan has just completed his Junior year of high school and will play for the Pioneers in 2009.
New York also provided the first big surprise of the afternoon by tabbing Matt Donovan out of Cedar Rapids in the USHL in the fourth round (96th pick); Donovan was not listed at all by Central Scouting.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Often Misdiagnosed

(above) Dr. Keith Mankowitz at the Washington University Heart Care Institute in St. Louis giving a patient a checkup

From: STLtoday.com
by Stu Durando

The disease that became the focus of Dr. Keith Mankowitz's cardiology practice was a medical enigma 11 years ago when he opened a center dedicated to its research and treatment.

The condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been so misunderstood that it has gone by 75 names and been misdiagnosed in a multitude of ways.

It makes sporadic headlines only when seemingly healthy athletes such as Hank Gathers, Thomas Herrion and Jason Collier die unexpectedly from its effects. Yet the true impact comes more routinely.

"It's becoming more and more recognized that this is a significant condition," Mankowitz said. "It's much more common than we thought it was."

Mankowitz, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, started the Washington University Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center in 1997. With the aid of a grant, he is increasing exposure for the center at a time when research shows sudden deaths among athletes are five to 10 times more prevalent than previously thought.

Additionally, Mankowitz is working with Biomedical Systems, based in Maryland Heights, to start a pilot screening program this fall for high school athletes with the goal of taking the program statewide.

Last year, Adam Litteken, 16, a student at Francis Howell Central High School, died while playing hockey. It was determined that he suffered from undetected HCM.

At least three other school-aged kids in the St. Louis area have died without warning in the past two years. Damien Nash, who grew up in St. Louis and played for the Denver Broncos, died last year after playing in a charity basketball game.

A 25-year study by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation showed that a young athlete dies unexpectedly every three days in the United States.

"It's only in the last few years that people realize it's really specialized, and you need people very familiar with the condition to take care of HCM," Mankowitz said. "Most cardiologists don't have enough training. Plus, it's an evolving field where there are advances all the time."

Sudden death among athletes, most frequently basketball and football players, has focused attention on HCM. But anyone can be susceptible.

HCM is a genetic disease that causes the heart to thicken abnormally and is estimated to occur in one in 500 people. Diagnosis can be difficult; patients often are told they suffer from other disorders.

Yet clinics like the one run by Mankowitz are uncommon. His is one of 11 in the United States and 14 worldwide that are recognized by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association as centers of excellence in treating the condition.

He focuses on patients 16 and older, but children can be tested and diagnosed at younger ages, especially if a family member dies from HCM or is known to have the disease. The best test is an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart. It can cost around $1,000.

The cause of Nash's death was not determined, as several other underlying heart conditions can cause sudden death. But HCM is the culprit in 36 percent of sudden deaths among athletes 35 and younger. A standard physical usually is not enough to uncover the condition.

Litteken's mother, Ellen, has known for years that she is living with a heart condition known as mitral valve prolapse, which does not impact her daily life. But it gave the family pediatrician reason to take a harder look at Litteken's two children. Still, no hints of HCM were found before Adam's death.

The rest of the Litteken family has since been tested for HCM, with all results coming back negative.

"We had echocardiograms done, and it's something in hindsight I would have liked for Adam to have done," Ellen Litteken said. "We would have found it. He had no symptoms whatsoever."

Symptoms that might hint at HCM include shortness of breath, lightheadedness, fainting, chest pain, palpitations and fatigue. But sometimes symptoms are not evident.

Dr. Joel Hardin, who lived in St. Louis for 30 years, has been involved in a program in New Jersey that provides free screenings, similar to the program Mankowitz hopes to begin. Lisa Salberg, founder of the HCM Association, said those screenings can be misleading because they are usually too limited to detect HCM. They generally involve an electrocardiogram, not the more revealing echocardiogram.

Hardin countered that any chance to find the disease is worthwhile.

"You start with the realization you're just scratching the surface," he said. "It gives you a clue. When an EKG is abnormal, there's an obligation to explain why it's abnormal."

Mankowitz hopes to start screenings at two high schools in the fall. Pat Barrett of Biomedical Systems said he is prepared to provide electrocardiogram machines to every high school in Missouri next year if school districts approve.

They won't diagnose the disease but can help reveal a potential problem.

Over the years, misdiagnosis of HCM has been common, Salberg said. Her organization surveyed more than 1,100 HCM sufferers and found a host of misleading diagnoses.

People were told they had asthma (19 percent), anxiety attacks (17.3 percent), depression (17.4 percent) and innocent heart murmurs (50.4 percent) along with other ailments, including acid reflux.

"What spurred my interest was parents who had lost children," said Salberg, who was diagnosed with HCM after her sister died of the disease. "I started noticing trends. I'd say, 'Did your child have any diagnosis?' They would say, 'Just a little asthma.' If I heard it once, I heard it 10 times. Some people were diagnosed with more than one thing."

Mankowitz hopes to educate more physicians so the condition can be detected before it's too late.

He led a conference in St. Louis in April with speakers from Washington and New Jersey. More recently he spoke at a conference with an audience of pediatricians. He makes himself available for speaking engagements without charging and has distributed literature to doctors.

"We try to make other physicians in the Midwest more aware and direct them to send us patients," he said. "Reading an echocardiogram is not straightforward and the diagnosis isn't. You have to put a puzzle together and know how to recognize some features. It really is an art."

People who are found to have HCM are told not to take part in many sports because burst exertion can trigger sudden death. Undetected or misdiagnosed, the first sign of a problem can be death.

Shelley Rosenmiller of St. Charles was diagnosed with HCM and had a surgical procedure in November. She realizes she may have been fortunate.

"I tried to do my aerobics and all of that, and I shudder to think that I could have pushed myself too far," she said. "One thing I could never do was distance run. I would get winded. I've often wondered if it could have been that I had this existing condition."

Meanwhile, Ellen Litteken said her family plans to set up a foundation in Adam's name. She is unsure where the money would be donated but is interested in talking to Mankowitz about increasing awareness.

She said, "If we can help one other kid that would be awesome."

Monday, June 23, 2008

David Carle: News, Notes & Articles

This probably wasn't what DU recruit David Carle had in mind days after the NHL Draft, but he is turning into a media sensation and the articles are pouring in from around North America. We've linked the articles and quoted the highlights.

NHL.com (New York) did a compilation article that was released on Saturday afternoon.
"The David Carle pick was a selection made by our new owner, Oren Koules," said Jay Feaster, the Lightning GM. "He did some discussions with some people, but he came and asked us if we would make that pick. He said the young man worked his whole life to be in a position to be drafted today. He wanted us to make the pick and that's why we did it."

The Star.com (Toronto) had an interesting article about Tampa Bay's new ownership group and their decision to draft Carle.
"Tampa Bay owner Oren Koules, producer of Hollywood gore movies, knows the Carle family and understood the deep disappointment of the young man. The Bolts took Carle anyway, just so he'd be able to say he was drafted into the NHL."

Mike Chambers Blog (Denver) interviewed former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Konowalchuk who was forced to retire due to a heart ailment that was not as serious as Carle's.
Konowalchuk noted, “That’s classy. With the University of Denver honoring his scholarship. Maybe he’s going to look at things and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get an education. I’m going to concentrate on my education, and not just hockey.’ Denver is giving him a great chance. What a great school. Look at my brother (Brian), he went to DU and now he’s a doctor. Classy move by DU and George (Gwozdecky).”

Tampa Bay.com (Tampa) has a good article including an interesting quote that there might be a small chance that Carle may have less dangerous form of the heart disease.

"I'm just glad they found it," he said. "The scary part is there are no symptoms. I didn't have symptoms. Your first symptom is your last."

Carle said there is hope more tests will show a less-dangerous condition he called "athlete's heart," in which the heart's lining thickens and grows because of exercise.

He said it will be six to eight weeks before he knows the results, another three months, if the results are good, to see if the heart reduces. If it does, it could mean a renewed athletic career.

"But it's almost a false hope," Carle said. "It's less than a 1 percent chance, so unless there's a miracle, I don't see it changing."


CBS Sports.com (New York) called Carle being drafted by Tampa Bay the feel good moment of the draft.
The Lightning, by the way, produced the feel good moment of the draft when they took American David Carle in the seventh round. The younger brother of San Jose's Matt Carle, David was rated a second to third round pick by scouts, but informed teams at the draft he was withdrawing his name because of a heart condition that was recently discovered. Koules said the team felt Carle should get to say he was actually drafted by an NHL team. A nice move.

Sports Illustrated.com
(New York) gave the Lightning "The Good Guys Award" for picking Carle.
The Bolts also won the Good Guys award for tabbing David Carle in the seventh round. The brother of San Jose defender Matt Carle was expected to be a second-round selection, but was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomiopathy at the scouting combine -- the same condition that killed basketball stars Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis -- thereby ending his NHL dreams. New owner Oren Koules ordered the pick to honor the kid's efforts. Classy start to his term with the organization.

USCHO.com said Drafting Carle was more memorable than the Lightning selecting Steven Stamkos with the first pick in the draft.

Tampa Bay will be most remembered at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft for selecting standout Steven Stamkos with the number one overall pick. However, in the minds of many, including this writer, that’s not the best reason to remember the Lightning’s trip to Ottawa.

With things just about wrapped up, the Lightning decided to sacrifice its final draft pick to pay tribute and draft David Carle.
Nova Scotia may not be at the end of the earth, but you can see it from there. The Chronicle Herald (Hailfax) ran this little blurb.
Tampa Bay drafted the brother of San Jose Shark Matt Carle on Saturday, but not because the Lightning expect David Carle to play for them. The younger Carle was draft-eligible but found out during medical testing that a heart condition prevents him from continuing his hockey career.

"The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I don’t see a reason he shouldn’t be," new Lightning owner Oren Koules said. Carle graduated from the same Minnesota high school that Koules’s son attended. Nice touch.


Donovan Surprised By 4th Round Selection

From: News OK.com
by Robert Przybylo


EDMOND, OKLA. — DU recruit Matt Donovan saw his name scroll across the television screen and did a double take. Was there another Matt Donovan that was just drafted by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft?

A call from an Islanders representative about 15 minutes later confirmed that Donovan, from Edmond, was the 96th selection late Friday night. Donovan, a 5-11, 185-pound defenseman, was the sole Oklahoman drafted in the seven rounds.

"I was just sitting on the couch and watching everything,” Donovan said. "I'd say the Islanders are a good fit for me, but the truth is any team is. I would have been excited no matter where I ended up.”

Donovan, who turned 18 last month, never thought this was possible so quickly, if at all. But at a camp with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League a couple weeks ago, Donovan turned heads. The Los Angeles Kings, in particular, showed a lot of interest.

This continues a successful trend for Donovan. He was the 10th overall selection by Cedar Rapids last year in the USHL Draft. And before he hits the professional ranks, he'll spend time at an NCAA powerhouse, the University of Denver. Denver won titles in 2004 and 2005.

"Things are just happening so fast right now. It's a blur,” Donovan said. "I tried to act all calm when the Islanders called, but this is so awesome.”

Donovan's next step is attending the Islanders' mini-camp in July and soaking in everything he can before coming back to Oklahoma to train for the rest of the summer.

Nobody knows how difficult it is for an Oklahoman to get drafted more than Matt's father, Larry Donovan. Larry is the head coach of the University of Oklahoma club hockey team.

"I can't really explain it at this point,” Larry Donovan said. "I think it's safe to say I'm the happiest dad in Oklahoma today.”

Matt Donovan said it's really tough for players from Oklahoma to get noticed. But there is one ace in the hole, Mike McEwen. McEwen played 12 seasons in the NHL before coaching the Oklahoma City Blazers for three seasons. His support has led to the growth of Oklahoma youth hockey leagues. McEwen is president of the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association.

And it's only fitting Donovan is drafted by the same team where McEwen won three Stanley Cup championships.

"He's always been someone for us younger kids to look up to,” Matt Donovan said. "He would give us the confidence that stuff like this is possible.”

Donovan scored 12 goals with 18 assists in 59 games with Cedar Rapids last season. He also led the team in the plus-minus ratio with a plus-19.

TSN Talking Heads Discuss Colborne Selection

(above) The boys at TSN had plenty to say about DU recruit Joe Colborne's selection by the Boston Bruins

From: Boston.com
by Kevin Paul Dupont

The NHL Boston Bruins, believed to be in trade talks much of the day Thursday and early yesterday with the NY Islanders, stood pat with their No. 16 pick and selected DU Recruit Joe Colborne, a Junior A center from Alberta who reminds some of ex-Bruin Joe Thornton. In fact, Colborne's nickname is Jumbo (the moniker hung on Thornton prior to his arrival here as the No. 1 pick in September 1997).

"I'm not buying it," said TSN's Pierre Maguire, during the network's broadcast from the arena floor. "He's got a long way to go to be Joe Thornton."

Maguire added that Colborne, who will attend the University of Denver this fall, is at least three years away from making the NHL. Draft guru Bob McKenzie, another of the TSN cognoscenti, categorized Colborne as "a home run or a strikeout," and added that Colborne's speech and mannerisms are very reminiscent of Thornton.

By the view of Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, Colborne is likely a couple of years away from cracking the lineup, but he and his staff are impressed by the big kid's hard shot and ability to put the puck in the net.

"I think the comparison to Joe is fair, in a sense," noted Chiarelli, commenting a few minutes after selecting Colborne. "He's big and rangy, like Joe. But Joe is more of a passer, and this kid is a pretty good finisher . . . he really snaps off a hard wrist shot, with a really impressive release."

Chiarelli said he tried to move up in the draft, with an eye on acquiring one of the top handful of picks, but his talks were all but finished by Thursday night. His target all along, said Chiarelli, was Colborne.

"I know that's said all the time," said Chiarelli. "But we like this kid a lot . . . he's who we wanted all along."

Lightning Draft Pick Honors David Carle

From: Anchorage Daily News
by Doyle Woody


(left) Tampa Bay Lightning owner Oren Koules made the decision to draft David Carle on Saturday

Although promising defenseman David Carle of Anchorage announced the end of his hockey career this week because of a heart condition, the Tampa Bay Lightning nonetheless honored him Saturday by selecting him in the seventh and final round of the NHL draft.

Tampa Bay, at the behest of new owner Oren Koules, selected Carle with the 203rd pick overall in Ottawa. The draft included 211 picks.

Carle, 18, was certain to be drafted, perhaps as high as the second round, before he revealed Friday that extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. That condition, a thickening of the heart, can cause sudden cardiac death if the person who suffers it exercises too strenuously.

Carle's advisor, Kurt Overhardt, informed all 30 NHL teams that David, who played the last three seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, was removing his name from draft consideration. Even so, the Lightning honored him.

"The kid worked his whole life to be drafted in the NHL, and I didn't see a reason he shouldn't be," Koules explained on the Lightning's Web site.

Carle's selection makes him and his older brother, Matt, the only brothers from Alaska to be drafted. Matt, 23, a defenseman with the San Jose Sharks, was that club's second-round pick, 47th overall, in 2003.

The University of Denver, where David Carle was slated to play in the fall, has honored his scholarship. He still will attend school there, and coach George Gwozdecky said Carle will be involved with the Pioneers in some capacity.

The selection of David Carle also snapped a three-draft drought -- 2005-07 -- in which no Alaskan was selected.

Four Alaskans, all forwards, have been first-round picks: Scott Gomez, Scott Parker, Ty Jones and Barrett Heisten.

David Carle Considers Himself Fortunate

From: Bleacher Report.com
by Greg Caggiano

(left) David Carle photographed at the NHL Combine which first diagnosed his heart condition

DU recruit David Carle, the younger brother of San Jose Shark Matt Carle, had his dream of playing in the NHL ended yesterday when he was diagnosed with a heart condition, a condition that will end his hockey career.

Carle was invited to the NHL Entry draft and because of his skills, was slated to go as early as the second round. But, upon hearing the sad news, he withdrew his name from the draft.

This Thursday, Carle was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the heart that can cause immediate cardiac arrest if he were do do any physical activity that is too strenuous on the body.

There was good news and bad news that came from the diagnosis; the bad news, obviously, that his hockey career was over, but the good news was that he didn't get a chance to put his life in jeopardy, as the condition was found early on.

Carle, who was to begin playing hockey for the University of Denver, was on a full scholarship there and when the college found out, they decided to still honor the scholarship; a very classy move. And if that isn't classy enough, the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the seventh round anyway.

But Carle is keeping a positive outlook on things. "It's really not the end of the world,'' Carle said, "I'm really quite fortunate they were able to find it. I've still got a long life ahead of me. I have a lot to look forward to and a lot of opportunities ahead of me.''

Chambers Blog Interviews Colborne "Post Draft"

Mike Chambers Blog has an interesting interview with Joe Colborne two days after he was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the First Round.

Colborne stated that the "Bruins are supportive of his decision to attend the University of Denver."

Colborne also reacted to the news of David Carle's medical condition.

DU Ski Team To Visit White House Tomorrow

(above) The 2008 DU ski team was honored at Coors Field for winning their 19th NCAA National Championship

From: Denver Post & DU Athletics Website
by Mike Chambers


Skiing season might be over, but this week the University of Denver will be feting its top ranked program in Washington, D.C..

On Tuesday, Colorado snow enthusiasts will celebrate the very program that helps make the state's ski industry the best in North America, and perhaps the world.

DU's ski team, the 2008 NCAA champion, will visit the White House and meet President Bush in a South Lawn ceremony.

The Pioneers' 19 skiing championships are the most in NCAA history, followed by Colorado (16) and Utah (10). DU has captured five of the past nine national titles, also winning it all in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005.

This will mark the first time the DU ski team has visited the White House.

"The student-athletes, coaches and administrators are very grateful for this opportunity to represent the University of Denver in our nation's capital," DU alpine coach Andy LeRoy said.

At the NCAA Championships, John Buchar was the second Pioneer in as many years to claim both the men’s slalom and giant slalom individual titles. Adam Cole won both events last year, but missed this season after breaking his left leg during the first run of the year.

The Pioneers recorded 10 top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. Seppi Steigler and joined Buchar on the podium with a second place finish in the slalom. Meanwhile, Francesco Ghedina was fourth in giant slalom, just 0.85 seconds behind Buchar in first. In the women’s alpine competition, Jenny Lathrop was third in slalom and fourth in giant slalom.

Antje Maempel finished third in classical while Annelise Bailly was third in freestyle and fifth in classical. For the men, Rene Reisshauer placed fifth in the freestyle.

"Winning the national championship was a result of hard work and individual sacrifices for the sake of the team," said David Stewart, nordic head coach at Denver. "We are pleased that all members of the team will be honored by the president for their achievements."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chambers Blog Has Details On David Carle Story

Mike Chambers Blog has more details on the David Carle situation including an interview with Carle and Tampa Bay's rationale in drafting him. Needless to say its a must read.

Chambers also provides details on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and a sombering list of athletes that have fallen to the diease.

DU Recruit David Carle Drafted By Tampa Bay

All LetsGoDU David Carle Articles

DU recruit David Carle was expected be selected in the first three rounds of this year's draft, but when his heart condition was confirmed by the Mayo Clinic this week, each NHL team was notified. In a classy move the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Carle anyway and he will go into the record books as the 203rd player selected in the 7th Round, even though he will most likely never play hockey again.
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Carle helped lead the Shattuck boys prep team to the USA Hockey's Tier 1 18 & Under National Championship for the second year in a row. It was the program's fifth national title since 2001, and first-ever back-to-back win.

Carle of Anchorage, Alaska was ranked 60th among 210 North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Service in its April rankings and was expected to be a solid contributor to the Pioneers next season.

DU Recruit Matt Donovan Selected By Islanders

(above) Matt Donovan was selected in the 4th round of the NHL Draft today by the New York Islanders

With the 96th overall pick in the NHL Draft (4th Round) the New York Islanders selected DU Recruit Matt Donovan.

Donovan was named to the United States Hockey League All-Rookie Team this season.

“Matt has worked very hard and shown a lot of poise and composure this season,” said RoughRiders Coach and General Manager Mark Carlson. “He's competed hard night in and night out and that’s paid off tremendously him.”

Donovan, 17, finished tied for second among USHL defensemen in goals (12) and was tied for seventh among blue liners in points (30). The Edmond, Oklahoma, native led the RoughRiders in plus/minus rating (+19) while playing in all but one of the Riders’ 60 regular season games. Donovan was twice this season named USHL Defensive Player of the Week.

The Islanders also hold the draft rights to current University of Denver hockey player Rhett Rakhshani.

David Carle Diagnosed With Heart Condition Detected At NHL Combine

(above) David Carle helped lead Shattuck St. Mary's to two consecutive National Championships

From: Anchorage Daily News
by Doyle Woody

As a coveted young defenseman with pro potential, David Carle enhanced his burgeoning talent with poise and maturity beyond his years. Now, the 18-year-old from Anchorage is leaning on those same virtues to deal with the end of his hockey career.

Carle on Friday said he will no longer play the game after doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., diagnosed a heart condition that puts him at risk for sudden cardiac death if he exerts himself too strenuously.

Carle said Mayo Clinic doctors on Thursday diagnosed him with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart that has been cited in the sudden death of young athletes.

He had been a lock to be selected in today's NHL draft, possibly as high as the second round, but withdrew his name from consideration after receiving the diagnosis.

An abnormality was first detected in Carle's heart by doctors at the NHL's scouting combine in Toronto last month, prompting this week's visit to the Mayo Clinic.

After undergoing tests, Carle said he was informed of the diagnosis Thursday.

He said he felt fortunate doctors detected his condition.

"It's really not the end of the world,'' Carle said by phone Friday from Faribault, Minn., where he is visiting friends. "I'm really quite fortunate they were able to find it.

"I've still got a long life ahead of me. I have a lot to look forward to and a lot of opportunities ahead of me.''

David Carle is the middle son among Bob and Karen Carle's three hockey-playing boys. Bob Carle, who accompanied David to Minnesota and calls his son "a level- headed, pragmatic guy who thinks things through,'' said he was impressed how David accepted the news, digested it and quickly began thinking about his future.

"Hard to believe he's only 18, huh?'' Bob Carle said. "I'm pretty proud of him. I've always told the boys, 'I am more proud of who you are than what you do.'

"The kid amazes me. He's handled this better than I did, for sure.''

David Carle, who was scheduled to begin playing as a freshman on scholarship at the University of Denver in the fall, said he and his father immediately informed Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky of his condition. Gwozdecky quickly told the Carles the school would honor David's scholarship and also make him part of its hockey program.

"That's real stand-up of them,'' David Carle said. "That means the world to me. I'll still get to be around the team and have those relationships. I couldn't be any happier with the decision to go to the University of Denver.''

Gwodecky, who coached David's older brother, Matt, said honoring David's scholarship was the right thing to do. He said he is excited to include David in the hockey program in some capacity.

"Not only are we morally and ethically obliged, but we have established, and we try to establish, strong relationships with our student- athletes,'' Gwozdecky said by phone. "And we have had that relationship with the Carles for a long time because of Matt.

"David is such a unique guy. We feel so frustrated for him because a big part of his hockey life has ended. But whether it's hockey or not, we want to support him. It was the least we could do in a very difficult time for David and his family.''

David Carle said he will begin classes at Denver in the fall and already has solicited academic advice from his older brother. Matt Carle, 23, a defenseman with the NHL's San Jose Sharks and a two-time All-American for the Pioneers who helped them to two national championships. As a junior in 2006, he won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's best player.

Matt Carle, who described his brother as "a great hockey player and a better person than a hockey player,'' said he knows David will succeed in whatever he does.

"He's still going to a great school and he can do anything he wants to,'' Matt Carle said of his brother by phone from San Jose, Calif. "He'll go to school and work hard, and he has the support of me and my family.

"He still has it better than most kids. But he's worked really hard on his hockey, and to see it end is sad.''

Bob Carle said David's adviser, Kurt Overhardt, on Thursday informed NHL teams that David was removing his name from draft consideration because of his diagnosis.

David Carle has spent the last three years at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a prep school in Faribault, Minn., that regularly develops some of the nation's best young hockey players. As a blueliner coveted for his ability to generate offense from the back line, he helped Shattuck win USA Hockey Tier I Under-18 national championships in 2008 and 2007.

Last season, Carle scored 13 goals and furnished 38 assists for 51 points in 61 games.

The NHL's Central Scouting Service ranked Carle 60th overall among North American skaters eligible for the draft, and there were indications he might be drafted as high as the second round. Matt Carle was a second-round pick of San Jose's in 2003.

David Carle said he has never experienced any indication he suffered a heart problem -- no symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting. But he said doctors told him hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a silent disease that sometimes only is discovered after an athlete dies.

That prompted Carle to encourage all athletes, particularly young ones, to be tested for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

"That's why the disease is so scary,'' Carle said. "You don't know you have it. Oftentimes, your first symptom is your last symptom.''

He said an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram he underwent at the Mayo Clinic revealed his condition. Carle and his father both said they were thankful for NHL doctors who first discovered an abnormality in David's heart.

"If they wouldn't have found it, he'd have gone on to college (hockey) and probably placed himself at some risk,'' Bob Carle said.

David Carle said a nurse at the Mayo Clinic who talked to him Thursday provided the first inkling his hockey career was history.

"The nurse, I could tell it was hard for him," David said. "After he left, I just lost it and had a good cry.

"The doctor came in, and I was pretty shell-shocked at first. After a few hours passed, you can step back and evaluate it, and move forward.''

David Carle said doctors told him he has a non-obstructive form of the disease and will be able to exercise lightly. He is awaiting a report from doctors that will outline what physical activity is considered safe.

"It shouldn't affect my everyday life,'' Carle said. "The only real effect is I can't do really heavy lifting, no quick exertion of force. I can probably do light workouts. I can fish and golf too.''

Gwozdecky said Carle would play a pivotal role in Denver's hockey program.

"I'm just formulating this in my mind, (but) it's going to be an important position,'' Gwozdecky said. "He's not going to just be pushing pucks or being a manager.''

Gwozdecky said Carle's emphasis that athletes get tested, and his bright outlook about his future, are both indicative of his nature.

"I don't know how a young person or an old person, or anyone, could handle this as well as David,'' Gwozdecky said. "That's a real testament to him and his character.''

Colborne Is One Of Four College Players Drafted

(above) Joe Colborne (center) poses with the Boston Bruins management team after being drafted last night in Ottawa

From: USCHO.com
by Jim Connelly


OTTAWA (June 21) — After enjoying success in the early rounds of the NHL Entry Draft for the past two seasons, U.S. college hockey was dealt a dose of reality on Friday as just four players with college ties were selected in the opening round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place. It was a stark reduction from last year’s 11 first-rounders with collegiate ties.

The Boston Bruins selected Denver freshman-to-be Joe Colborne with the 16th overall selection. It’s likely that Colborne will spend some time — possibly as much as three years, according to Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli — developing at Denver, something that suits both Colborne and the Bruins just fine.

“I decided to go to college because of the fact that you play less games [than Major Junior] and you spend more time practicing and in the weight room,” said Colborne.

Currently listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, Colborne said he added as much as 35 pounds to his frame in recent years. And according to Chiarelli, his growth and development aren’t anywhere close to complete.

“He may get to 235 pounds,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a good skater, fast and rangy. He’s tall and he’s going to get thicker on top.

“He played almost 100 games last year and he was tired at the end. He would do what we want him to do but I’m not averse to him going to Denver and getting stronger physically and getting more mature mentally. It’s a good environment for him.”

The other college players drafted in the first round include Boston University's Collin Wilson, Wisconsin bound Jake Gardiner and Michigan State bound Daultan Leveille. (read entire article)

HOF Bound Anderson Mentions DU At NHL Draft

(Above) DU hockey legend Glenn Anderson (right) poses with Edmonton Oilers first round pick Jordan Eberle and current Oiler Sam Gagner last night in Ottawa

The Edmonton Oilers flew recently elected Hall of Fame player and DU Alum Glenn Anderson to Ottawa to remember one of the greatest scouts in NHL history, Lorne Davis, who died of cancer on Dec. 20.

Anderson made an tearful speech dedicating the Oilers First Round Draft pick to the long-time scout and recalled how Davis found him as a Freshman winger at the University of Denver.

Anderson is regarded as one of the greatest finds by Davis, who was instrumental in stocking the NHL club with talent during its dynasty years in the 1980s. The Oilers drafted Anderson in the 4th round of the 1979 NHL Draft.

This was Edmonton's first draft without Davis in almost 30 years.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Boston Bruins Select Joe Colborne In First Round

(above) DU recruit Joe Colborne was all smiles last night in Ottawa after being the 16th player selected in the NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins

All LetsGoDU articles on Joe Colborne

From: Boston.com
by Fluto Shinzawa

OTTAWA - Last month, DU recruit Joe Colborne endured one of the toughest on-ice moments of his career.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 190-pound center, the star of his Camrose Kodiaks team, had the puck on his stick in the last seconds of the Royal Bank Cup championship game against the Humboldt Broncos. From the slot, Colborne fired a top-shelf shot that should have tied the score at 1-1.

Instead, Humboldt goalie Taylor Nelson made a last-second glove save that saddled Colborne and his Alberta Junior Hockey League club with a 1-0 loss in the title game.

"He got robbed on the last shot of the game," said Bruins director of amateur scouting Scott Bradley. "The goalie made an unbelievable save."

But last night at Scotiabank Place, Colborne heard general manager Peter Chiarelli call his name, and he was soon pulling on a crisp, white Bruins jersey for the first of what he hopes will be many times in his career.

"He just got better and better," Bradley said of Colborne. "I don't think he threw our staff too many bad games. Not any. Every time I saw him, he was good. Especially down the stretch."

In 55 games for Camrose in 2007-08, Colborne scored 33 goals and had 57 assists, and had 44 penalty minutes. During the AJHL playoffs, Colborne led all players with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). He was named Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year in 2007-08. Colborne is the third straight center the Bruins have selected in the first round, following Zach Hamill and Phil Kessel.

"Just his size and overall talent level," Bradley said when asked what attributes the Bruins liked in Colborne, a Calgary native. "He's a great playmaking center who has the ability to score."

Chiarelli had discussions with Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi and Atlanta GM Don Waddell about moving up to the top three. But with prices high (other GMs were asking for a roster player), the Bruins remained at No. 16, although they got a last-minute scare from their division rivals. The Senators, slotted at No. 18, traded spots with Nashville to take the No. 15 selection.

"I was a little nervous," Chiarelli said. "I expected them to do something because it's their town and they want to make a bit of a splash. We had a sense that they were going to get a goaltender. They didn't."

Ottawa selected defenseman Erik Karlsson, prompting the Boston bosses to pop up from the draft table to announce Colborne's name.

"A Bruin is someone who wants to work hard and put the team first," Colborne said. "He's someone that wants to win a Stanley Cup, and I definitely want to do that."

The 18-year-old Colborne has undergone a late growth spurt. Just three years ago, Colborne was 5-10 and weighed approximately 40 pounds less. As a result, Colborne has played more of a finesse game in the AJHL and was considered soft by scouts, which might be why he was tabbed as the No. 28 North American skater by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

"That doesn't concern me," Chiarelli said of the chatter about Colborne's lack of physical play. "This kid's a competitor. He's a smart player. Sometimes with the bigger kids and your legs aren't going a million miles an hour, you think he's not competing. But then you see they can't take the puck off you and you're getting chances. That's the type of player Joe is. He'll wind it up, he'll get going, then you'll have to get out of the way because you can't get the puck off him. Then he's got the big shot."

Both Colborne and the Bruins acknowledged he needs to fill out his frame, which is one reason the center chose the college hockey route instead of major junior hockey. This fall, Colborne will attend the University of Denver, choosing the Pioneers and coach George Gwozdecky after considering Boston College, Boston University, and Ohio State.

College hockey features fewer than half the games per season of major junior clubs. So while Colborne will be playing fewer games, he'll be spending more time in the weight room. Chiarelli projected that Colborne could weigh in at 225 pounds if he fills out, which would put him in the category of ex-Bruin Joe Thornton and Tampa Bay franchise center Vincent Lecavalier, two players with styles he prefers to play - skilled centers who can use their bodies to create space and opportunities.

"That's one of the reasons I chose college hockey," Colborne said. "I'll be playing less games and working out a lot. Hopefully, I'll be getting stronger."

Colborne said he'd need at least one year at Denver before considering himself ready for the pro game.

"With a kid of his character and work ethic, he's going to get bigger," Chiarelli said. "It's a little harder to improve your physical conditioning and strength in major junior because of the number of games you play. He's naturally going to get stronger. And we project that."

Mike Chambers Blog Interviews Colborne

With the NHL Draft just three hours away, Mike Chambers' Blog was able to interview Joe Colborne in the final hours leading up to the Draft. The interview is facinating and Chambers asks all the right questions.

The Colorado Avalanche interviewed Colborne with a 12 member posse. Could a last minute trade be in the offing or do the Avs think Colborne could still be around with the 50th overall pick in 2nd round of the draft?

Girlie Hockey Blog Links To LetsGoDU

When Style & Sports Blog linked LetsGoDU on its Blogroll, we were impressed that LetsGoDU was the only non-Minnesotan based blog on their list. We liked the upbeat music and the pictures of hotties & hockey players.

The slogan "A {girly} take on the signature sport in the State of Hockey" could easily be the marketing manta of the Gopher Hockey Program.
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DU Recruit Matt Donovan Is Eligible For Draft

(above) DU recruit Matt Donovan is going to be one of the elite players in the USHL for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders next season


Today's Denver Post article by Mike Chambers mentions that 2009 DU recruit Matt Donovan is also eligible for the NHL Draft and is expected to be selected. Since Donovan is only a junior in high school, LetsGoDU assumed that he wouldn't be eligible until next season. Turns out, we were wrong.
Future DU defensemen David Carle and Matt Donovan also are expected to be drafted. Carle is the brother of San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle, who became DU's first Hobey Baker Award winner in 2006. David Carle will join DU this fall.

Donovan recently finished his junior year of high school and will join the Pioneers in 2009. Donovan just completed an oustanding rookie season in the USHL and had one of the highest +/- ratings in the league.

Matt Donovan D.O.B. - 5/30/1990
Eligible Players For NHL Draft

Players who turn 18 by September 15 and are not older than 20 by December 31 are eligible for selection. In addition, non-North American players over the age of 20 are eligible.

A North American player who is not drafted by the age of 20 is an unrestricted free agent. All non-North Americans must be drafted before being signed, regardless of age.

DU Sends Dr. Evil To Chaperone Colborne

The last thing DU wants at this late juncture is some smartass WHL team wining & dining DU's prized recruit at the NHL Draft.

So to prevent a "Jessica Rabbit Situation" in Toon Town....err, I mean....Ottawa over the weekend, DU sent up Assistant Coach Derek Lalonde to keep everything on the up-and-up according to the Denver Post.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Who's Drafting Colborne, Carle & Donovan?

LetsGoDU Update: DU Recruit Matt Donovan is eligible for the NHL draft this weekend


Friday's First Round of the NHL Draft will be televised in the United States on Versus Network and in Canada on TSN. Viewers can watch online via NHL.com with live streaming of Friday's Draft Preview (4 p.m. MST) and post-Draft (8 p.m. MST) shows, and Rounds 2-7 Saturday (7:30 a.m. MST).

The NHL Network will televise Saturday's proceedings. The First Round airs Friday, 5 p.m. MST on Versus & TSN.

Want to take a stab and guess which team drafts Colborne, Carle & Donovan?

Most of the Mock Drafts project Colborne to go at #13 or later, with Boston at #16 the "sexy pick."

We'll guess that Carle will go in the 4th Round to the LA Kings with the 101st pick.

Since 2009 recruit Matt Donovan is eligible for the draft as well, we suspect that some team might take a flier in the 6th or 7th round. Let's go with the hometown Avs stealing him with pick #200 in the 7th Round.

First Round Of NHL Draft On Friday
1
1 Tampa Bay
2 Los Angeles
3 Atlanta
4 St. Louis
5 NY Islanders
6 Columbus
7 Toronto
8 Phoenix
9 Nashville (from FLA)
10 Vancouver
11 Chicago
12 Anaheim (from EDM)
13 Buffalo
14 Carolina
15 Nashville
16 Boston
17 Calgary
18 Ottawa
19 Columbus (from COL)
20 NY Rangers
21 New Jersey
22 Edmonton (from ANA)
23 Washington
24 Minnesota
25 Montreal
26 Buffalo (from S.J.)
27 Philadelphia
28 Los Angeles (from DAL)
29 Atlanta (from PIT)
30 Detroit

Rocky Mountain News Profiles Joe Colborne

From: Rocky Mountain News
by Pat Rooney


(left) Former DU star Craig Redmond is the only Pioneer player ever to be drafted in the First Round of the NHL Draft

In the long history of University of Denver hockey, and despite the seven national championships the program has collected since 1958, only one Pioneers player has been selected in the first round of the NHL draft.

That's why Joe Colborne has a chance to make DU history even before he actually dons a Pioneers jersey.

Colborne, perhaps the premier prize in what is expected to be an impact group of incoming freshmen at DU, has a strong shot at becoming the second Pioneers player to get picked in the first round when the draft begins Friday in Ottawa (5 MDT, Versus).

The second through seventh rounds will be conducted Saturday.

Incoming Pioneer David Carle, the brother of 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner Matt Carle, is expected to be selected during the second day.

"You hear a lot of things, but most of those are from people who don't have too much say in what the teams are going to be picking," Colborne said. "If I wind up going in the first round, it will be an unbelievable experience. If I don't and I go later in the draft, it won't matter to me at all.

"I think the draft is kind of blown out of proportion a little bit in how important it is because no matter where you get drafted, it's still a long road until you get to the NHL.

"I'm getting excited and I'm not that nervous anymore because I've done pretty much everything I could do. Now it's kind of out of my hands. When I go down to Ottawa, it will be more of a 'enjoy the moment' type thing."

DU's only first-round selection occurred in 1984 when Craig Redmond was selected sixth by the Los Angeles Kings.

Colborne is not expected to go that early-many draft forecasters have the 6-foot-5, 195-pound forward going in the last half of the first round - but his stock has soared after a stellar career in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Colborne, a native of Calgary, Alberta, led the Camrose Kodiaks to a second consecutive AJHL regular-season title and led all scorers in the playoffs with eight goals and eight assists.

Regardless of where Colborne is drafted, he is eager to join a program that has sent, among others, Carle and Avalanche center Paul Stastny to the NHL.

"That is one of the main reasons I decided to go to Denver," Colborne said. "Since I've been down to visit the campus, meet the guys and talk to coach (George Gwozdecky), I'm even more excited to get there. They are such good coaches. They have done it before and they have helped so many guys move on to the next level. I can't wait to get started."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

NHL.com Profiles Shattuck & David Carle

From: NHL.com
by John McGourty


(left) incoming DU recruit David Carle is expected to be drafted by an NHL team this weekend

There are five players from Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., ranked by NHL Central Scouting among the top 210 North American skaters eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft -- DU recruit/defenseman David Carle, center Derek Stepan, center David Toews, right winger Alexander Fallstrom and left winger Jordan Murray.

The Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey era began in the early 1990s when former NHL defenseman Craig Norwich was hired to start a hockey program at the elite prep school. Norwich brought former New York Islander J.P. Parise on board a few years later. St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray (Jordan's father) also coached there. The current coach is Tom Ward.

Throughout the years, top players like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, Drew Stafford, Brady Murray, Ty Conklin, Ryan Malone, Taylor Chorney, Jack Johnson and Matt Smaby have graced the Shattuck lineup. Many of them won national championships, but no Shattuck team accomplished what the last team did.

"This is the first Shattuck team to win back-to-back national Midget championships," Ward said. "It's as good as any team we've had. I'm looking at the championship photograph of another team, the one with Kyle Okposo, Angelo Esposito and current DU player Tyler Ruegsegger, and they couldn't win two in a row. We had one team lose in the final when they tried and another in the semifinal.

"That's what makes this team so special. The stars need to be aligned and you need luck and good goaltending. That makes this a unique group. They had a mission. They could have done other things and not stuck together as a team, but they finished out their time here and put a cap on something that no other team has been able to do.

"A lot of good players have come through these doors and these players are one up on them. I can imagine guys like David Carle, Jordy Murray and David Toews can sit around a campfire one night and give it to their older brothers pretty good."

Ward says one of the nicest bonuses of his job is spending time with Andy Murray while the Blues coach vacations near the school every summer. Both Ward and Murray were asked to provide NHL.com with insight into DU recruit David Carle.

Ward -- "David has made probably the greatest improvement in 18 months that I've ever seen. He was better than average when he came to our program but he was not a guaranteed (NCAA) Division I player. He was nonchalant and didn't take hockey seriously. He was on the verge of being a kid who could have been good, but never did what it took. Then he had a moment … he decided he wanted to be a player and he began to do what was needed, on and off the ice. It was a metamorphosis in his hockey career.

"Now he has a chance to be a very good college player and professional. He's a fantastic skater who reads the ice well and a kid who doesn't leave a stone unturned. He was a kid who thought it would just happen to him because he's (San Jose Sharks & former DU player) Matt Carle's brother. Now he understands that's the farthest thing from the truth. Being a brother can be an albatross, but David worked hard and gave himself a chance."

Murray -- "David continued to get better here. Neither Derek nor David was considered this type of draft candidate when they got to Shattuck, but they developed under Tom Ward's tutelage."

Anderson's Hall Of Fame Invite Finally Arrives

From: Edmonton Journal
by Jim Matheson


EDMONTON - Former DU player and Edmonton Oilers right-winger Glenn Anderson, who was part of five Stanley Cup celebrations here with his reckless, drive-to-the-net style, finally scored enough votes Tuesday to get elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Anderson, who retired in 1996, has been eligible for entry to the hallowed hall since 1999 but has continually been overlooked -- until Tuesday.

He joins earlier Oilers entrants Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr from the glory years of the 1980s, along with coach-general manager Glen Sather, who was elected in the builder's category.

The indelible memory everyone has of Anderson is seeing him drive towards the net, often looking as if he had just stepped on a banana peel and was trying mightily to keep his balance -- his legs akimbo, his stick waving menacingly in the air.

"Guys didn't want to defend him because they always knew they were going to get something, like a stick on the head, and he made it look so accidental. They'd get hit and their gloves would be flying," laughed Coffey.

This would happen just before or after Anderson would come racing in at breakneck speed, leaving the poor sap in goal waving at thin air as he scored.

His style of play was infectious.

"Today, you've got (Alexander) Ovechkin and (Sidney) Crosby scoring some highlight goals and it's all pretty good stuff ... but nobody was like Glennie. He could deke a goalie who was standing on the goal line. Who else could do that?

"It was unbelievable," said Coffey.

Anderson, who also won a sixth Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994, is fourth all-time in career playoff points with 214. Only Gretzky, Messier and Kurri have more. He also scored five playoff overtime goals, third all-time behind Rocket Richard and Joe Sakic.

He finished with 498 goals and 601 assists in 1,129 regular-season games. He was an integral part of the Oilers landscape through the Cup years.

"I'm very humbled by this honor," the 47-year-old right-winger said during a conference call. "I guess I don't have to answer the question, 'Why are you not in?' anymore. If it was meant to be, it was meant to be."

"I had pretty good faith in the people doing the selecting, although you don't know if this was his last go-round," said Messier, who was Anderson's linemate for most of his time in Edmonton.

Anderson was a fourth-round draft pick by the Oilers in 1979, 21 spots after the team took Messier. He played for Canada in the 1980 Olympics, then joined Edmonton. He had 85 game-winning goals, more than anybody else.

"We had a chemistry from the first training camp," said Messier. "We were good friends and as friends the trust was there on the ice. It was one of those partnerships where you stop thinking on the ice and you just do it.

"He was a very dynamic player. He played hard, he'd take a lot of body contact when he'd go to the front of the net. He wouldn't go behind the net with the puck," said Messier, who went out of his way to praise Anderson in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Toronto last November.

You can bet Anderson will return the favor Nov. 10 when he's formally inducted.

Anderson had a perpetual sloppy grin on his face when he played. He didn't ingratiate himself with the media and talk about himself or anything else. It looked like he didn't care, but it was all an act, according to Messier.

"He had this loosey-goosey attitude (outwardly), but he was hard on himself, like most great players. He hated losing."

Just like Messier. Just like current Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and everybody else from those glory days.

"He would cut to the net like Maurice Richard," said Lowe, who admired his devil-may-care attitude on the ice. "Andy scored a lot of big goals for us, even when he went to New York, I think he had two goals the year we won the Stanley Cup and both were game-winners."

Anderson had three that spring, actually, but he didn't waste any.

"Glennie was quiet and did his own thing ... he cruised in and cruised out, but when he got in those games he was arguably one of the strongest skaters who ever played," said Coffey.

Anderson, who also loved to pass from behind the net on the shortside to players for easy tap-ins, scored very few ho-hum goals of his own. He loved driving the net.

"That went back to the Olympic team where (coach) Clare Drake had a drill we worked on every day for six months," Anderson recalled. "That's probably why I liked to go to the net."

"Some of the guys thought we did the drill too often, but never Glenn," laughed Drake. "He was such a good skater -- he'd get his body low when he was going to the net and he'd be like he was scooting on one leg."

Anderson's No. 9 will likely go up in the rafters at Rexall Place some time this year, too, maybe when Phoenix comes to town. It makes sense because Gretzky, the Coyotes coach, and Fuhr, their goalie coach, will be here to take part in the ceremony. Coffey pledges to be there, too.

"Looking forward to the party," said Coffey, whose No. 7 is up on the Rexall roof along with Gretzky's 99, Kurri's 17, Messier's 11 and Fuhr's 31.

"I have to thank the guys whose sweaters are hanging up there," said Anderson. "They were unbelievable hockey players ... (and) if I can be in that category, I'll be lucky."

Colborne Has Family's Support As Draft Nears

From: Calgary Herald
by George Johnson

Dreams know no denomination. No demographics. They may be small, personal and quietly framed in black and white. They may be large, public and splashed in bold colors.

Male or female. Young or old. Rich or poor.

There is no exclusivity on dreams. No rules. No compromises. No limits. Everyone can dream.

That is the wonder of them.

"My dream,'' says DU recruit Joe Colborne, "since I was three or four years old, has been to play in the NHL.''

Not an unusual dream for an 18-year-old Canadian kid. A kid who grew up supporting his hometown Calgary Flames. Who cried when his favourite player, Al MacInnis, was dealt over contract issues to the St. Louis Blues (the Flames wept openly, too, after getting only a brief sampling of replacement Phil Housley's competitive fire).

Joe Colborne, Doyle Cup winner, playoff MVP and star of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Camrose Kodiaks, is off in the fall to the University of Denver to continue his studies, hockey and otherwise. This week, he travels to Ottawa to sit in Scotiabank Place, like countless others, and hopes to hear his name called by a team, any team; waiting, wondering, worrying.

Not so different, really, than thousands of other 18-year-old Canadian kids.

Except in one way.

Joe Colborne is a rich 18-year-old Canadian kid.

A very rich 18-year-old Canadian kid.

His dad, Paul, happens to be chairman of TriStar Oil and Gas. Happens to be a millionaire many times over.

That fact is, aside from the big body and willowy-soft hands, what sets Colborne apart. He understands this. Just as he realizes he's had advantages others have not.

Joe Colborne certainly doesn't expect to be lionized for growing up wealthy. Neither, however, does he appreciate being stereotyped by it.

"I'm used to it by now,'' says Colborne, ranked 30th among North America skaters by Central Scouting in January. "I've had to put up with it my whole career.

"My upbringing has been different from a lot of people's. I get annoyed with the question, sometimes. But I'm proud of my parents, proud of my family, proud of the way I was brought up.''

The Colbornes are an athletic family. Paul was a quarterback at the University of Calgary and with the old junior Calgary Mohawks; his mother, Jan, a competitive gymnast. His three sisters all play basketball at either the collegiate, university or high-school levels.

"We've always encouraged our kids to get involved in sports,'' says Paul. "Sports teaches you so many life lessons, so many lessons you can use later in business. Perseverance. Hard work. Teamwork. Not being afraid to make decisions. Getting along with people. Getting up after your butt has been kicked.

"Joe chose hockey. I think he could've been just as successful in baseball if he'd decided that way.''

How early, or late, he'll be selected this weekend in Ottawa is anyone's guess. He's projected by some as a first-rounder, despite the unorthodox route -- AJHL to NCAA -- chosen. What seems unanimous is that there's plenty of raw material on hand to mold, polish and buff to a luminous shine.

Joe Colborne admits he doesn't exactly fit the standard-issue profile established for budding NHLers: born and reared in, say, Moose Jaw or Parry Sound, from a Corner Gas-style middle-class family. None of the tales of financial sacrifice or personal hardship. None of that Don Cherry blue-collar jazz. No easy-to-write, easy-to-embrace against-the-odds storyline.

And because of that, Colborne has come in for a healthy dose of skepticism. Scouts like his build, six-foot-five, and those soft hands. He could reach 220 to 225 pounds in three years or so, and size, as former Flames GM Cliff Fletcher always says, is the only skill that can't be taught.

Due to the affluent upbringing, though, his inner drive has come under question. Maybe he doesn't want it enough. Could be too soft. Skeptics wonder about his motivation.

"Some of this stuff,'' says his dad, "is ridiculous.

"People that say those things haven't seen him in the weight room or out back in the garage we converted into a shooting shed, on his Rollerblades, hour after hour.

"He's done very well in school, too'' -- averaging 90 to 95 per cent at Camrose Composite High. "Joe's very driven.

"He's a worker.''

Kid Colborne adds that character trait is down to having the ideal role model right across the dinner table from him all those years.

"My dad is the hardest-working person I know. Up at 5:30, gone all day and then back home to take the kids to practice or watch us play games. He's worked very hard to get where he has.

"He and my mom instilled that in all of us. I have parents who have been successful because they've been willing to put in the time, put in the effort.

"The biggest thing they've taught me is that when you want something, go for it. My coaches, my teammates, my trainers, people, they understand how. They're there. They know.''

Going for it is something of a family motto. ..."Jan worked to put me through law school,'' says Paul. "And, really, my goal was to be a good local corporate lawyer. But then an opportunity in the oilpatch came up. I left a good job to pursue it. Jan supported me. We had four kids, a mortgage and no money. It was a risk.

"Joe took a risk, too. He left home and went off to Notre Dame at 15 to play hockey for Dale Derkatch. But he wanted to improve as a hockey player, wanted to push himself.''

Colborne doesn't view the draft weekend as make or break.

"I'm going to go enjoy the experience,'' says Colburne, who has interviews set up with a few teams upon arriving in Ottawa. "I was a little nervous at the Combine (in Toronto), but strangely I don't feel any right now.

"I see a whole of guys who are high draft picks that fall out of hockey after a few years. That doesn't guarantee you success. Where were Zetterberg and Datsyuk drafted?

"Where I'm drafted, or even whether I'm drafted, won't change my goal. And that's to have a long career.

"I haven't dreamed my whole life of being drafted. I've dreamed of playing in the NHL.''

It's quite true Joe Colborne needn't work a day in his life. He just chooses to, in order to chase the brass ring that glitters for so many.

In the final analysis, his family bank account won't land him a pro contract. Net worth doesn't mean squat when the puck's skipping near your blueline and there's three inches of elbow to go through to clear the zone. A killer financial portfolio won't count for nearly as much as dropping courageously down to block that shot a man short or fighting through the thresher of sticks to get position in front of the net.

Those are the checks and balances that matter to general managers and coaches in the bright lights and the big cities. Those are the investments that pay handsome dividends.

"To me,'' says his dad proudly, "he's earned it, to in the next three or four years have the chance to realize his dream.''

Dreams, after all, being for everyone.

Colborne Seen As "Joe Thorton Type" Player

From: Calgary Herald
by Bruce Dowbiggin


Each year at NHL draft time, you'll hear a litany of reservations about the young men who want NHL careers. Too slow, too small, too big, too laidback, too undisciplined, too European, too distracted . . . the list of player deficiencies is governed only by the imaginations of the scouts and GMs who must sort out the players. And sometimes the scouts can get very creative when dissecting a young fellow.

But in all the years of drafting, the 2008 draft might be the first time we hear the warning "too affluent" attached to a young hockey player. That might be the harshest thing the talent evaluators can say about Calgary prospect Joe Colborne, who shot to prominence this year leading the Camrose Kodiaks to the Doyle Cup as the playoff MVP.

Colborne's dad, Paul, is the highly successful chairman of TriStar Oil & Gas. As such, Joe has had the benefit of his father's money and his expertise in building his career. In a business that is suddenly awash in young men chasing millionaires, the 18-year-old is not going to be motivated by money as he sets out to conquer the NHL.

Which, in some corners, is seen as a question mark for the towering winger (six foot five) who's committed to the University of Denver next year. Will the 18-year-old Colborne have the burning desire of a player from Prince Albert or Pardubice who sees a hockey career as the only way out? Can the CJAHL's 2008 player of the year consistently motivate himself through the grind of an NHL season when he has a comfortable place to land if it all falls apart?

"I can tell you this about Joe," says former Flames GM Craig Button, who has seen Colborne play many times, "He has a burning desire to compete and make himself better. Any suggestion that he might not -- because of his family's situation -- is resentment on other people's part. In five years, we'll look back and talk about him as one of the stars of this draft. "

Colborne hears the chatter from a few opponents and scouts as he heads to the draft next month, but sees his background as a positive, not a drawback. "A lot of people think I don't have much to do with it. But they haven't seen how hard I have worked. I had the chance to see how hard my dad had to work to be successful, and I know what it will take to reach my own goals."

A healthy family fortune isn't the only question about the poised, well-spoken product of the Edge School here in Calgary. Much like Dany Heatley, Colborne chose to forsake the WHL to play Junior A in Camrose. While not the drawback it once was with scouts, choosing lower competition can put an asterisk next to a player's accomplishments.

But for Colborne, staying in Camrose with coach Boris Rylalka was simply a matter of loyalty and a good fit. "Boris gave me an opportunity when no one else would when I was 16, and I had such a great year that I decided I'd come back," says Colborne, who's also an honours student. "We went pretty much with the coaching with Boris. In my opinion, Boris is one of the top coaches in all junior hockey. He's demanding that you don't take shifts off. But he's also very supportive, giving you a chance to make up for it. Confidence-wise, I grew a ton in accepting criticism and not backing down, to play your game.

"I've done a lot of growing physically and emotionally in the last couple of years, and I don't think I would have been given such an opportunity in the WHL. Seeing how I grew as a player and person in Camrose, I can't say I have had any regrets."

Colborne notched 33 goals with 90 points on his way to 2008 CJHL player of the year honours. He's assured of being the first AJHL product drafted in the first round. Now, some feel he could be like Kyle Turris -- who starred in the BCJHL last season -- and wind up in the top ten of the draft. It could all be overwhelming, but Colborne's keeping his powder dry.

"I think the draft itself is a little bit overblown, because you're still a long ways away from making the NHL," he notes. "Some guys think that when you're drafted you have it made. But it's a great honour. I think my parents are more nervous about the TV and all that than I am. I'd be happy to hear my home team Calgary called. I was a Flames fan growing up. I cried when Al MacInnis got traded, I was heartbroken. But I just want to hear my name called."

While Colborne's a tall player, at just 190 pounds he hasn't filled into his frame yet. As such, he's probably not strong enough for the big boys of the NHL -- yet. The Hockey News quotes scouts saying he needs to hit the gym in Denver to get stronger. (Pioneers head coach George Gwozdecky will see to that.) But he has that special something when it comes to hands and hockey sense.

Colborne's role models are big-body types such as Joe Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier and Jason Spezza. "With Thornton, I love how he protects the puck with his body. I learned so much watching how he shields the puck down low. Lecavalier, too, he's a smart guy who shows me how to bring along my physical side and my leadership skills. Spezza's that way, too. It would be great to ever be compared to them."

Taking to scouts, the comparison to San Jose's enigmatic star Thornton comes up. Some wonder if Colborne will be happy to play on the periphery -- like Thornton -- and not go to the danger zones in front. Says Mark McKay, one of his advisers: "Anyone who's seen Joe Colborne play know that's an unfair comparison. He'll go to the front of the net. You can't intimidate him."

Button sums up the Thornton/Colborne comparison debate. "If someone told me that Colborne was going to turn out like Thornton I'd take him in a minute. Who doesn't want a Joe Thornton? He's an elite player."

And Colborne hopes he's not seen as an ordinary Joe, either.