Cathedral Hockey Advances to State Semifinals

first_img 720p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Cathedral boys hockey is headed back to the State Semifinals after a 11-2 win over Mankato East/Loyola at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  The Crusaders led 4-1 after the first period and scored 5 2nd period goals to take firm control of the game to lead 9-2 after 2 periods.  Cathedral scored 2 3rd period goals.Jack Smith scored 2 goals and added 2 assists, Blake Perbix had 1 goal and 3 assists, Reid Bogenholm and Nate Warner each had 1 goal and 3 assists, Cullen Hiltner had 1 goal and 1 assist and Jacob Hirschfield, Jon Bell, Bradyn Balfanz, Mack Motzko and Chandler Hendricks each scored 1 goal for the Crusaders.  Cathedral out-shot the Cougars 48-13. 360p About Connatix V56490 Cathedral improves to 24-3-1 and will play 3rd seeded Hermantown Friday at 11:15 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  Hear the game on WJON.Enter your number to get our free mobile appcenter_img About Connatix V56490 Auto (360p) 1080p HD 1/1last_img read more

Ex-NHLer Richard Park on scouting for the Minnesota Wild, former teammate John Tavares’ captaincy with Maple Leafs

first_imgRP: Somewhere. I’m not sure who has it but I know it exists somewhere in our house.But it really is just, it’s a collection of fun memories. I wasn’t fortunate enough to win the Cup, I got to the conference finals twice. Obviously, those are great memories. Just all the relationships and teammates that you played with and relationships you formed, those are everlasting and that’s what I’ll remember most. I don’t know how you answer that question and how players, really, if there’s one moment because it’s really such a great game and to be able to play it for as long as I was I really feel fortunate. And not that every day was a great day but, you know, I’d like to only think about the great days. NEWARK, N.J. — It has been a few years since Richard Park laced up his skates and played in the NHL.Five years removed from a career that spanned 14 years and six franchises in North America — 19 years if you count seasons in Europe — Park has maintained a presence in hockey. The veteran of 738 NHL games recently spent time on the Minnesota Wild’s development staff while also serving as assistant general manager and assistant coach for the 2018 Korean Olympic team. Last season, he transitioned to the role of pro scout for the Wild.  Sporting News spoke with Park during the New Jersey Devils’ home opener on Oct. 9 about his new role, his career and one former teammate who has made a big splash in Toronto.(Editor’s note: The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)SPORTING NEWS: When you’re here scouting at the NHL level, how does that differ between scouting amateur?RP: Well, actually, it’s funny you ask that because I just had a conversation with another manager here today. He was telling me the differences between amateur and pro side and just the main thing being with amateurs, you got to forecast a little further along, right? So, you know, no one can predict everything at a perfect rate but those guys, they do a great job of putting in the time and really researching and obviously watching these young kids.Every organization has got, for the most part, a group of tireless workers that are on the road a lot and they just collaborate and come to a decision of which players they feel are, are going to project well long term, whereas the pro side, you’re kind of in the moment, where players are right now, with the exception being when you go to the American Hockey League games. You’ve got to forecast a little bit there, because especially now, there’s so much young, talent in that league, as well. So it’s a little bit of a mixture at the pro level. MORE: Who will win the 2019-20 Calder Trophy?SN: When you’re scouting, are you looking at power plays and systems?RP: It just varies by clubs what they want, but rarely in season are you looking at like systems or schemes. You’re looking at players. So you’ve got to put the work in because you may go to some games and the players, you may not get a viewing on the player. Maybe he doesn’t play, maybe he’s hurt or doesn’t play a lot.Believe it or not, the scheduling parts [is] one of the more challenging components of scouting. You travel quite a bit, you do a lot of games, but it’s very refreshing and it’s a fun group to be part of. A lot of ex-players, a lot of guys who have been around the game for a long time, and believe it or not, they treat each other with a ton of respect and [are] very accommodating.On this day in 2004, the @mnwild set an NHL record for the fastest two goals by one team when Jim Dowd and Richard Park scored three seconds apart in a 4-2 victory against the Blackhawks #Hockey365 #mnwild— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) January 21, 2019SN: Do you feel watching the game today that this game is different than when you played (from 1994-2012)?RP: When I watch it, believe it or not, I don’t really think that. I’ll be honest with you. You know, it’s interesting because I relate back to my career and when I came in, I came in with the hooking and clutching and grabbing, big and strong players. And then the lockout came in ’04, it slowly started to transition to where it’s at now.My last year ’11-12, you saw the talent level that was coming up. I was in New York when [John] Tavares broke into the league and he was kind of like that first New Age player that I had played with that was just years above. His maturity level was just through the roof. His preparation and just the information that he had about the pro game was a real eye-opening [thing] for me because he was just 18 at the time, and I played as an 18-year-old and I had no idea. So, this guy, he came in and he was like a 30-year-old vet. And, as time went on, you saw more and more kids that weren’t as talented as him but certainly knew how to prepare and their approach to the game was very similar.The talent level is certainly higher on average [today]. I’d have to say, it’s fast. You know, the league’s done, I think, a great job of trying to put forth a product on the ice that they deem would translate to a lot of involvement from fans, a lot of interest and just for the game itself. So, you certainly have to tip your hat to them, and for the little subtle rule changes that they’ve made and their efforts to make the game faster. SN: Speaking about Tavares. You talked about his maturity level at such a young age. Obviously, he was captain of the Islanders, but were you surprised he was named the captain of the Maple Leafs?RP: No, not at all. I would have been surprised if he wasn’t named, in all honesty. His abilities on the ice speak for itself but he’s a really good quality human being. Just a good person, is genuinely a good person who has already experienced a ton of success before he got to the pro level and just continued on. He’s had a great career thus far and hopefully [he] stays healthy to endure many more years of success on the ice.OFFICIAL: John Tavares has been named the Captain of the @MapleLeafs.— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 2, 2019SN: You have a lot of young players, like Jack Hughes, making NHL debuts. What are your recollections from your first NHL game?RP: Well, I didn’t look like Jack Hughes, that’s for sure. But no, it’s almost like, I think the nerves, they never go away. You just learn how to manage them better. But what’s amazing to me is that I was really awestruck for probably the first few years of my career. What really kind of fascinates me is that these kids come up, and they may be awestruck at times or a bit, but once they get on the ice their comfort level’s really, really high, and rightfully so, that’s how it should be, because that’s when you play your best is when you’re relaxed and there’s a lot of good young talent in this league right now.NHL TOP 25 UNDER 25: Ranking hockey’s best young stars for 2019-20SN: Nineteen-year career, 14 years here in the NHL, what’s your best memory? RP: I don’t know if there’s one specific moment where, when it’s all said and done, I’m going to say that it was the moment. But, you know, it really is just accumulation of really fond memories from your childhood to being drafted to your first game, your first goal.SN: Do you still have that puck?last_img read more