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News and notes from WNY college hockey

by Amy Moritz

Time for some college hockey news and notes to get you through a post-holiday work week:

Development Camp Update

NHL development camps are underway (or soon to be) and Niagara and Canisius already have some players getting the advantage that comes with a week training with an NHL organization. Niagara freshman Vince Muto is at the Montreal Canadiens development camp this week while James Mazza, a 2015 verbal commitment to Canisius, is at the New York Islanders development camp.

Student-Athletes of the Year

To be a Student-Athlete of the Year in Atlantic Hockey, players must havae a 4.0 grade point average. This year, the league announced 10 winners, including two each from Canisius and Niagara. Golden Griffin sophomore Stephen Miller earned his second-straight honor along with senior Ryan Bohrer. For Niagara, graduate student Kevin Ryan (Eden) and freshman Kevin Patterson earned the nod.

All-Academic Teams

The league also announced all-academic teams, for players who post a 3.0 grade point average.

Canisius had a program record 23 players earn all-academic status with 15 of those returning honorees. The list includes: Bohrer, senior Tony Capobianco, freshman Shane Conacher, sophomore Ralph Cuddemi, senior Ben Danford, sophomore Stephen Farrell, freshman Geoff Fortman, junior Cody Freeman, senior Kyle Gibbons, junior Matthew Grazen (East Amherst), sophomore Adam Harris, freshman Jack Hidi, junior Doug Jessey, freshman Josh Kielich (Orchard Park, junior Carl Larsson, senior Taylor Law, junior Mitch McCrank, Miller, junior Braeden Rigney, junior Logan Roe, sophomore Chris Rumble, senior Patrick Sullivan (Derby) and junior Tyler Wiseman.

Niagara placed 11 players on the all-academic team with seven retuners: freshman Tyler Akeson, junior Michael Benedict (Eden), sophomore Matt Chiarantano, sophomore Matt Dineen, sophomore Dan Kolenda, freshman Phil Nasca, Patterson, sophomore Christopher Paulin (Lockport), senior Ryan Rashid, Ryan and senior Matthew Williams.

NOCO donates to Canisius

In case you missed it earlier, NOCO donated $25,000 to the Canisius Locker Room Fund to help finance the Griffs new home at HarborCenter. The Griffs are scheduled to move in to the building at the end of October.

Walsh named intern assist coach

Tyler Walsh, who spent last season as the director of hockey operations for Canisius, was named the intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

While with the Griffs, Walsh was responsible for the video coordination and travel while assisting with scouting reports.

A graduate of Maine, Walsh is the son of Shawn Walsh, former head coach for the Black Bears (1984-2001) while his grandfather, Ron Mason, was recently inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame for his coaching career with Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State.

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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