So recent events have forced me to switch from covering the Minnesota high school tournament live to watching it on TV(-ish). But the Minnesota Hockey Hub has pretty outstanding coverage that you can follow.
Rick Comley's long career ended with a whimper early Sunday morning(Civilization Standard Time). It also apparently came to an end with him getting in a fight with a judge.
The hockey draft website Future Considerations took a look at some of the NHL draft prospects from the Minnesota high school ranks. They concur that it's a pretty weak year.
Speaking of 2011 draft prospects, one of the bigger ones in the state, Joseph LaBate, committed to play at Wisconsin for next season. LaBate's draft status made it kind of inevitable that he would be playing college hockey next season rather than in the USHL, but there's been some recent examples of kids in similar situations that have struggled through their freshman season with limited playing time, and you have to wonder if going an entire year without scoring a goal is the best move for a player's development.
Ontario defenseman Aaron Ekblad is seeking early entry into the OHL Draft. The two most recent players to seek such an exemption were John Tavares, who had it granted, and John MacFarland, who was turned down. Two of the bigger criteria are that the players has to be playing up a year--Tavares and Ekblad did, MacFarland did not--and the player has to be the clear cut number one draft prospect for the OHL Draft. That means Ekblad would likely have to play with whichever team ended up with the first overall pick rather than negotiating his way down to a team of his choice like some of the other high-end players in this year's draft. Or at least he would for a little while before he could be shuffled off to a primetime franchise for a couple draft picks.
Former Michigan forward Max Pacioretty had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after a rough hit from Zdeno Chara.