The Hockey East Announces Plans For 2020-21 Season

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll By Matt Noonan

The Hockey East Association announced this morning its intention to play games this year, despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

When exactly the 2020-21 season will begin for both its men and women’s members remains an unknown. But, according to today’s release, “a new start date and specifics of regular-season competition, will be released at a later date.”

Like most conferences and leagues that have expressed interest in providing its student-athletes with some competition this upcoming school year, the Hockey East admitted they will confront more challenges as they inch closer to a new season. And as expected, the league – again, like others – plans to put health and safety first, along with physical and mental health, too.

More will be added to this blog post as the day progresses, so please stay tuned! 

On This Date In History: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Wednesday, which means we are inching closer to a brand new weekend – hooray!

Sure, weekends these days are a bit different, but they still are fun (in our opinion!).

As usual, have a wonderful day, be well, stay safe, and keep smiling, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 15th, 2020

  • 1947: Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the second African African to play in the major leagues since catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker suited up for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884. Robinson inked his name on a contract with the Dodgers five days earlier (April 10th), ending his time with the Montreal Royals.

  • 1991: EarvinMagic” Johnson notched his 9,898th assist, passing Oscar Robertson on the NBA all-time assists leaderboard to become number one. The sellout crowd of 17,505 gave Johnson a standing ovation after he broke the record.

  • 1997: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made sure the league would honor the work and life of Jackie Robinson by “permanently retiring his No. 42.”

    A ceremony was held on this date – April 15, 1997 – prior to the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets game at Shea Stadium. Selig announced that Robinson’s number would be “permanently” retired and that all players wearing No. 42 at the time would be allowed to continue to use the number.

  • 2019: The Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 31-point deficit to even their first-round postseason series with the Golden State Warriors with a 135-131 victory. The 31 point comeback was the most by any team in the postseason since 1989 when the Los Angles Lakers erased a 29 point deficit against the Seattle Supersonics.
  • 2019: Cale Makar, who won the Hobey Baker and was named the Hockey East Player of the Year with UMass, recorded his first career NHL goal with the Colorado Avalanche during his debut one day after signing his name to a three-year, entry-level contract. The goal occurred during Colorado’s third postseason game against the Calgary Flames.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Can you believe this weather? I may call in sick and head to the beach – it is going to be close to 60 degrees today, which makes me pretty happy!

Before you head out to soak in some Vitamin D, enjoy a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – it is the best way to start your day!

Boston heads to Tampa Bay for an important early week match-up

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening for an important match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the first of two meetings this week – Tampa Bay will visit Boston on Saturday for an important contest.
  • Boston currently leads Tampa Bay in the standings by seven points so this would be an ideal night to pick up some more points with a win over a team the Black and Gold will most likely see in the postseason.

Could David Pastrnak win the NHL’s Hart Trophy? 

The Celtics welcome the Nets to Boston tonight 

  • The Boston Celtics will attempt to erase the memories of last Saturday’s one-point setback to the Houston Rockets when they entertain the Brooklyn Nets, who enter tonight’s contest with a 26-33 overall record.
  • Tonight marks the beginning of the stretch run – can you believe the NBA playoffs are right around the corner? – and you know Jayson Tatum will be ready to lead the Green and White to victory.

Tom Brady may not divorce the New England Patriots 

  • We’re anxiously waiting to find out where Tom Brady will play next season. I think he will return to the New England Patriots. And I also think he is not ready to divorce a team that he has enjoyed so much success with over the past 20 seasons.

Boston College wins its 17th Hockey East regular-season crown 

  • Boston College has won seven-straight contests and one of those wins (against rival Boston University) helped the men’s ice hockey team clinch its 17th Hockey East regular-season title. The Eagles will be at home for the quarterfinals, which begin next weekend.
  • This weekend, BC will play a home-and-home series with the University of New Hampshire.

The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this weekend 

  • The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this Saturday, March 7th at Merrimack College with Maine and Northeastern University skating in the first game at 12 p.m. followed by New Hampshire vs. Connecticut in the second game at 3:30 p.m.

UMass welcomes Albany to Amherst for an afternoon clash 

  • Fresh off an impressive three-goal (13-10) win over Yale University last Saturday, the UMass men’s lacrosse team will look to continue their momentum this afternoon when they host Albany for a 3 p.m. face-off.
  • UMass has won three of five contests this season, including two of their last three outings.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It looks pretty rainy outside my window this morning, but luckily the wet weather will eventually subside and then become rather chilly this evening.

We’ll try to brighten everyone’s mood (and day) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – that is why we are here, right?

Tatum, Celtics cap road trip with win over the Utah Jazz

  • Jayson Tatum is having a phenomenal second season with the Green and White – his amazing efforts were on display last night as he scored 33 points in 38 minutes which helped the Celtics beat the Jazz, 114-103. The win bumped Boston’s overall record to 41-17 – they should be able to use this momentum later this week when they host the Houston Rockets on Saturday, February 29th at 8:30 p.m.

Boston Red Sox have won their last two spring training outings 

  • While we anxiously await the ruling on the Red Sox cheating scandal from 2018, there is some good news to report this morning as the local nine have won not just one game recently, but two. Boston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, yesterday and the Baltimore Orioles one day earlier by a score of 12-4.
  • Boston will compete against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. before visiting the Minnesota Twins tomorrow for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. And on Saturday, the New York Yankees will visit the Sox for a 1:05 p.m. start.
  • Finally, we are less than one month away from the start of the Sox season – Boston will begin its 2020 campaign in Canada against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 26th.

Can the Boston Bruins return to their winning ways? 

  • It seems like its been a while since the Boston Bruins won a game – in fact, their last win came six days ago when they beat the Calgary Flames on the road. But perhaps tonight they will return to the win column when they face-off against the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.
  • According to a recent report, the Bruins may have to bid farewell to Torey Krug in the offseason due to the team’s salary cap.

Allen leads Babson College men’s lacrosse past Bates College 

  • Owen Allen netted an overtime goal yesterday against the Bobcats that helped the Babson College men’s lacrosse team defeat the Bobcats for the first time since 1990. Allen, who is from Franklin, Massachusetts, finished Wednesday’s non-conference clash with three goals.
  • With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday, February 29th when they host Union College for a 12 p.m. face-off.

MIT, Smith College, and Springfield College advance to the NEWMAC semifinals

  • The MITSpringfield College, and Smith College women’s basketball teams extended their respective campaigns to Friday, February 28th by scoring wins last night in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) quarterfinals.
  • MIT will visit Babson Collegetomorrow – the Beavers are the top seed in this year’s tournament – while Smith will make the short trek to Springfield. Both contests will tip-off at 7 p.m.

Hockey East, CBS Interactive announce a multi-year partnership 

New England College Notebook: WNE Starts Women’s Ice Hockey, Nichols Names Linton Men’s Basketball Coach

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Just hours before the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues squared-off in the seventh game of the 2019 Stanley Cup FinalsWestern New England announced some exciting news that they would be adding women’s ice hockey, the school’s 20th varsity sport, during the 2020-21 school year.

The exciting news of the school adding women’s ice hockey was shared by Matt LaBranche, Western New England’s Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education, who looking forward to seeing the team compete in 2020.

“Interest at the high school and youth levels has never been higher, and we are proud to be providing a new opportunity for those young women to pursue their passion in a highly competitive collegiate program,” said LaBranche in Wednesday’s press release about the women’s ice hockey team.

LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie Zimmerman, who becomes the first head coach in the program’s history. Zimmerman previously served as an assistant at nearby Amherst College and has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Zimmerman also played Division III hockey for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

According to Wednesday’s release, Western New England will join 66 other colleges that sponsor women’s ice hockey at the Division III level.

Nichols College announced on Thursday that Brandon Linton has been named the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Linton replaces Scott Faucher, who guided the Bison to 28-3 record this past winter, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals (elite eight).

Faucher was recently named the new men’s basketball coach at Assumption College.

Linton arrives in Dudley after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he “was responsible for the development of scouting reports on opponents and managing the scout team,” along with additional duties, as well.

“Nichols College is a special institution that offers a world-class experience for our student-athletes both on and off of the court,” said Linton in Thursday’s release. “I cannot wait to begin the process of getting to know our current players and continuing to build on the foundation they have created.”

Linton is no stranger to Division III basketball as he played for Clarkson University in the Liberty League (LL) and spent time as an assistant under coach Tim Gilbride at Bowdoin College.

Finally, congratulations to former Babson College men’s ice hockey assistant coach Chris Zimmerman, who recently celebrated a Stanley Cup championship on Wednesday evening with the St. Louis Blues.

Zimmerman, who President and CEO of Business Operations for the Blues, played hockey at the University of Vermont in the Hockey East before pursuing his MBA at Babson.


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