Combine, firings and a lost recruit
In the meantime, there have been a few WCHA notes to pass along.
**The NHL has invited 115 prospects to the 2006 NHL Draft Combine, to be held in Toronto from May 30 to June 3.
Sioux forward Jonathan Toews and recruits Michael Forney (Thief River Falls) and Derrick LaPoint (Eau Claire, Wis.) are among the invitees. Also invited is Warroad High School forward Aaron Marvin.
**Alaska Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak dismissed two of his assistants earlier this month. The assistant coaches, both former players, expressed their dismay in how the situation was handled to the Anchorage Daily News. According to the article, UAA has an odd policy that new coaches must maintain old assistants from the previous regime for at least a year. Shyiak took over for John Hill, who left to be an assistant at Minnesota.
**Wisconsin has been stockpiling top-end recruits for several seasons down the road. It appears the Badgers might lose their best one for 2007, though. Several news agencies have reported that Sam Gagner will sign with London of the Ontario Hockey League instead of going to Wisconsin. Gagner, the son of former Minnesota North Star Dave Gagner, is projected to be a first round pick in the 2007 NHL draft. It was considered a steal for the Badgers to nab Gagner from the OHL in the first place.