It's been pretty quiet around here as of late, but there really hasn't been a lot going on in regards to the Stars. August is traditionally the slowest month around here, so I use it to take my vacation from the blog. As we get into September, the blog will get a lot more active, and I'll come out of hibernation. :)
Here in a few weeks, the majority of the players will report to Lincoln (the high school aged players are already here) to begin practicing as a team. The compressors at the IceBox will be turned on the second week of September, and it appears that ice will be ready around 9/15, which is when the Stars play their first preseason game against the Tri-City Storm, in Kearney. The Stars will also play on the road on Sunday, 9/18 against the Omaha Lancers at the Tranquility IcePlex in Omaha. I'll preview those two upcoming preseason games here on the blog in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I'm going to post a few stories related to the Stars that I've been holding onto. As always, if you have anything you'd like to share on the blog, please leave a comment, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been slacking with this news, but congrats to Lincoln Stars affiliate players Vinni Lettieri and Alex Schoenborn for being a part of the 2011 U.S. Under-17 Select Team that recently won the 2011 Under-17 Select Five Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, MI. In four games, Lettieri scored four points (3g, 1a), while Schoenborn scored 3 points (all assists). Click here to read more. Both players are former draft picks of the Stars, but it still could be a year or two before we see them in Lincoln due to their age ('95's). According to this article, Lettieri will finish out his last two years of high school before deciding if he will play junior hockey. This is just my opinion, but I believe we'll see Alex Schoenborn in a Stars uniform much sooner than we see Lettieri wearing the black and blue. Regardless, a belated congratulations to both players for representing Team USA and winning gold.
Former Lincoln Stars forward Nick Fohr was recently chosen to be an assistant coach for the Team USA U-17 NTDP team that competes in the USHL. Click here to read more. Congrats to Nick!
MinnesotaHockeyHub.com is putting together a list of the Top 100 Minnesota high school hockey players of all-time. Formers Lincoln Stars, and current St. Louis Blues forward David Backes made the list at #96. Click here to read the article.
Ran across a couple of articles related to Stars goaltender Lukas Hafner. It appears Lukas might not be back with Lincoln this next season, as he is in Canada trying to earn a spot on the Cornwall Colts of the CJHL. Click here, here and here to read more.
Current Stars associate head coach Jimmy McGroarty recently participated in the Duchenne Challenge Cup Benefit Hockey Game, which was held this past Sunday in Omaha. I highlighted the benefit game in this article. A blog reader was kind enough to snap a couple of pictures of both Coach McGroarty and former Stars forward Ryan Potulny on the ice. Click here and here to see those pictures. From the sounds of it, the game was packed with spectators, and a lot of money was raised towards Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
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