The NHL lockout hit close to home for two Union hockey players.
Senior defenseman Greg Coburn’s brother, Brayden, is a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers, and freshman defenseman Tim Boyle is the brother of New York Rangers center Brian Boyle.
Both Dutchmen spoke about the effects of the lockout this week at Messa Rink. It appears a deal to end the lockout could happen as players and owners have been talking without NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association director Donald Fehr being involved.
“I talk to him a lot about it,” Boyle said Wednesday. “He was thinking about going to the Czech Republic if they don’t have a season. They heard word on it two days ago, and they’re still trying to figure out what’s going on. He’s just trying to play it by ear.”
Coburn said: “He’s frustrated. I think all of the players are frustrated. There’s some positive signs. They’re moving forward. They’re still meeting. But it’s frustrating for him, and it’s frustrating for me as a fan, too. I don’t get to watch [games]. That’s the frustrating part about it.”
Coburn’s brother is the Flyers’ player representative. Even though they are family, Coburn’s brother hasn’t divulged any secrets.
“He keeps a lot of it under wraps,” Coburn said. “He says he’s on conference calls quite a bit. A lot of it’s confidential. I’ve never asked about [being a player rep]. That’s the business side of it. He enjoys part of that negotiation process. But he’s a hockey player, and he probably wishes he was on the ice.”
Boyle’s brother wants to be on the ice, too.
“He just wants to play, like everyone else,” Boyle said. “Hockey’s a game he loves. He’s loved it since he was young. It’s a tough situation.”
BOY FOR DUMAIS
Congratulations to Union assistant coach Joe Dumais and his wife, Theresa. They are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Connor Joseph, who weighed eight pounds, seven ounces when he was born Wednesday.
It’s the first child for the couple.
Can a skater be penalized and still be on the ice at the same time? It happened — sort of — in last Friday’s ECAC Hockey matchup between Clarkson and Cornell at Lynah Rink.
Shortly after Big Red defenseman Kirill Gotovets was injured being checked into the boards late in the second period, a scrum broke out behind the Golden Knights’ net. When everything settled down, referees Alex Dell and Kevin Graber gave Clarkson’s Allen McPherson a game misconduct, issued a game disqualification to Cornell’s John McCarron for fighting, and also threw out the Big Red’s Joakim Ryan for leaving the bench.
But as play resumed, Ryan was on the ice. Clarkson alerted the referees to the situation. Then after Dell had a discussion with Cornell coach Mike Schafer, Dell and Graber came to the conclusion that Ryan didn’t leave the bench and they wiped out the five-minute major and game DQ.
“They thought Joaky Ryan had come off the bench, but he didn’t,” Schafer told The Ithaca Journal. “He was kind of standing over by the bench when all the stuff broke out, so he came from the bench [area], but he’d never left the ice.”
Clarkson coach Casey Jones saw it differently.
“We thought he clearly came off the bench,” Jones said. “We don’t know whether he went back on the bench then came off or what. But we saw it on the tape.”
The ECACH announced its monthly award winners for
Dartmouth sophomore forward Tyler Sikura won player of the month. He had 11 points in seven games, including 10 in six league contests. Sikura had two short-handed goals.
Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell was named goalie of the week. He was 6-0-1 with a 1.27 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. Hartzell was 5-0-0 in ECACH with a 1.39 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
Harvard freshman Jimmy Vesey earned rookie of the week. He had three goals and two assists during the month.
On the women’s side, Harvard senior forward Jillian Dempsey was named player of the month. Dempsey had six goals and eight assists in seven games.
Goalie of the month went to Clarkson junior Erica Howe. She helped the Knights to a 6-1 record during the month. In the six wins, she allowed just a goal.
St. Lawrence freshman forward Abbey McRae was named rookie of the month. McRae had six goals and an assist in five league games. She had a hat trick against Yale on Nov. 10.
It appears there will be another edition of Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park in 2014.
“We are deep into the planning phase for the possibility of a return of Frozen Fenway in 2014,” Red Sox executive vice president and chief operating officer Sam Kennedy told College Hockey News, which first reported the story. “We will need to secure proper city approvals and complete our negotiations with the many teams who are interested in competing before we will have any formal announcement.”
Union played at Fenway last January, beating Harvard, 2-0.
Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week.
u Union sophomore goalie Colin Stevens (Niskayuna) allowed four goals and made 14 saves in last Saturday’s 4-4 tie against Princeton.
u Wisconsin freshman defenseman Courtney Burke (Albany) had an assist in the Badgers’ 4-1 loss to Minnesota last Saturday.
FROZEN FOUR TICKETS
Tickets for the Frozen Four April 11-13 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.
Reserved all-session tickets for both semifinals and the championship game are $200. To order tickets, call the CONSOL Energy Center box office at (800) 745-3000, or on line at www.ncaa.com/tickets.