Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Matt White

I noticed this bit of news posted on the Lincoln Stargazing message board today. Apparently, a University of North Dakota beat writer is reporting on his Twitter site that two sources have told him forward Matt White ('10 UND recruit) will not play for the Lincoln Stars next season, and that White is "contemplating hanging up the skates."

White ('91) played 53 games last season for the Des Moines Buccaneers, and was traded to Lincoln this past May for a futures draft pick. Personally, I thought Matt had a very good camp, and I was looking forward to watching him this season in Lincoln. At the tryouts in Omaha, he really played with a chip on his shoulder and was not afraid to throw his body around. That certainly got the attention of some of the Stars vets at camp. This news comes at a very odd time, in my opinion. White had a scholarship lined up to play hockey at UND, considered one of the best college hockey programs in the USA. He played pretty well for a very bad Des Moines team last season, and was on tap to be a contributing team member on a solid Stars team this season. It just seems weird that a kid with everything in front of him would suddenly quit hockey.

If this report is true, coach McGroarty will have to replace White with another player on the 25-player protected roster. Does coach pluck yet another overager gem from the WHL? A lot can happen to the roster between now and October 2nd. Until then, I'll keep an ear to the ground and report any roster movements I become aware of.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I what happened with Ryan Letts but I found out he suffered a indefinant injury while training this summer and is still on the
spokane chiefs roster

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

Yeah, I ran across an article the other day about that. Apparently, Ryan Letts suffered an achilles tendon injury in the offseason, and it will be months before he can play hockey again. Sounds like he'll be staying in Spokane (WHL), and won't be coming to Lincoln.

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3892536

That still leaves one overager ('89) spot for McGroarty to fill.

Anonymous said...

White left home as a sophomore and has already played 2 years in the USHL. Maybe he just wanted to spend his final year of high school with his friends and family back home. With his size and skill, he could play again in his gap year after high school and pick right up where he left off. The sacrifices some of these kids make are enormous and recharging the batteries can make all the difference for a kid like White.

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

I agree 100%. So many of these players leave home at an early age to pursue their dream. It's a lot for a "kid" to handle, so I don't de-value what they have to endure...especially considering the USHL schedule is so brutal, and long. Whatever he ends up doing, I hope it brings him happiness. That's the bottom line.

Anonymous said...

thank you Yeti,

it's hard see a promising kid like this drop off the radar, but these kids need to do whats best for them.

Anonymous said...

This article was posted on the USHL Web page.
August 26, 2009

White Commits to University of Nebraska Omaha

Omaha forward Matt White has committed to play collegiately at the University of Nebraska at Omaha following his USHL. (USHL Images)
White Commits to University of Nebraska OmahaThe Omaha Lancers announced that forward Matt White has committed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and will enroll at the school just across town in the fall of 2010 following his USHL career.

White played all 60 games for the Lancers during the 2008-09 season collecting 47 points (17g, 30a) which ranked fifth in team scoring. He posted a six-game point streak from October 17th to November 7th scoring eight points (4g, 4a) during that span. White also ended the regular season on a four-game scoring streak recording six points (3g, 3a).

During his rookie season with the Lancers in 2007-08, White registered 16 points (5g, 11a) in 38 games. He played a key role during the postseason as he tallied 10 points (2g, 8a) in 13 playoff contests and helped Omaha capture the Clark Cup. The native of Whittier, California is set to play for the Lancers during the upcoming 2009-10 USHL season.

Upon joining the University of Nebraska at Omaha team, White will be reunited with former Lancers coach Mike Hastings who is now an associate head coach of the Mavericks squad. Hastings is the USHL's all-time leader in coaching victories (529). The head coach of the Mavericks is Dean Blais who was named USHL Coach of the Year after guiding the Fargo Force during the 2008-09 season.

Eighteen former USHL players will suit up for the University of Nebraska at Omaha men's hockey club this season; Matt Smith (Indiana), Kyle Ensign (Tri-City), Pasko Skarica (Waterloo), Jake Skjodt (Indiana), Rich Purslow (Des Moines), Mike Phillippi (Indiana), J.J. Koehler (Lincoln), Jordan Willert (Tri-City), Terry Broadhurst (Sioux Falls), Nick Fanto (Omaha), Ryan Kretzer (Lincoln), Brandon Richardson (Indiana), Mark Bernier (Tri-City), Eric Olimb (Indiana), John Kemp (Indiana), Brent Gwidt (Indiana), Alex Hudson (Tri-City), and Matt Ambroz (Tri-City).

The USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10. With 190 players from the 2008-09 campaign already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 17 NHL Entry Draft picks taken from the League's rosters this past season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

That's a different Matt White. The one quoted in that article played for the Lancers last year. Actually, if you read the article...it states that.

http://www.pointstreak.com/stats/pro/playerpage.html?playerid=1407400&seasonid=3192

The Matt White this blog article is about was traded to Lincoln this past May, and played for Des Moines last season.

Odd note..but both players wore #21 last season.

Anonymous said...

One odd thing that no one has mentioned?

This is Matt White's draft year. If he wanted to try to play hockey at a higher level (which is why players leave their high school teams for juniors in the first place, imo), I'd think this would be the worst season to skip.

Also, this leaves UND in an awkward position. I don't think any college coach wants to hang a scholarship on a ?. Is he going to play? Is he not going to play? If not, Hakstol needs to know. That way he can nab a good replacement.

A tough loss for sure for UND and Lincoln.

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

I agree with your post, and it appears that Coach Hakstol in ND has already filled White's spot.

http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2009/9/5/1017420/st-clair-decommits

Colten St. Clair (played for Fargo last season) decommitted from Colorado College, and committed to UND.

Anonymous said...

Matt White is currently playing hockey for Peters Township High School.

Anonymous said...

I play high school hockey in the same PIHL AA league in Western Pennsylvania that White is playing in. He really is nothing more than a good player with Division I size. Yes, he is good, but not even the best player in our league. The team I play for has shut him down in all 3 games we have played against him this year. He likely will amount to nothing at UND unless he drastically improves through good coaching. He is very weak on his skates when hit, and falls easily despite his size. His puck skills are good and he has a hard shot but poor accuracy. Speed is nothing great. But mark my words, Matt White will amount to nothing at UND unless something drastic occurs.

Anonymous said...

That comment above is completely FALSE.
An for the record, his half assing it.

Anonymous said...

this kid plays for a midget major team in pittsburg??

i played against him today

why would he leave the ushl to play midget major?

just wondering

Anonymous said...

i believe he left, because he was burned out and was missing his friends from school

did you play for the stars or misson ice?