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I was making some queries in HockeyDB and am kind of amused by this statistic. Of the WCHA members, prior to Bemidji and Omaha joining:

1 Player made it over 500 penalty-minutes in a career: 540 – Jim Archibald North Dakota

>10 Players had over 400 penalty-minutes in a career.
499- Darcy Martini Michigan Tech
487- Marty Schriner North Dakota
473- Matt DeMatrchi Minnesota
453- Chris McAlpine Minnesota
419- Dave Feamster Colorado College
413- Ryan Reynard Colorado College
405- Jason Prokopetz Michigan Tech
403- Pat Micheletti Minnesota
402- Jim Johnson UMD
400- Ben Hankinson Minnesota

So the breakdown by school:
CC- 2
Michigan Tech: 2
UMD: 1
Minnesota: 4
North Dakota: 2

What’s interesting is that many of them were decent scorers as well, with Micheletti leading them all with 269 points.

Probably a sign of how clean the game is now (despite the screaming from the OMG the official made a mistake! people), only 1 of them (DeMarchi) was from the year 2000 or after.

Even more amusing, is that there were 3 players who averaged more than 4 penalty-minutes per game (at least 10 games played):
5.000 pm/game – Tim Harris Michigan Tech (17 GP)
4.364 – Landon Wilson North Dakota (66 GP)
4.024 – Darcy Martini Michigan Tech (124 GP)

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That would be a whoops on my part. Billings and Helena are part of the American West Hockey League now, having left the NorPac.

Starting today, Rochester (MN) is the host for the USA Hockey Tier III national Tournament. Pretty darn cool. It’s from March 29th to April 3rd. Here’s the schedule (PDF).

If you so desire, you can keep track of the tourney here on Pointstreak.

I’m pretty darn interested in it, but won’t be going.

I’m interested, since the Helena Bighorns are involved; Helena was in the NAHL before, so I’ve seen them before, they’re now in the NorPac. The Billings Bulls are also an ex-NAHL team who’s now in the NorPac, who I’ve seen before.

Minnesota teams involved (from the MN Junior Hockey league) are: Northern Lights and Rochester Ice Hawks.

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BBall

I didn’t watch any college basketball over the weekend. Actually I probably won’t watch any of the tourney, I’d rather be doing other things. Still interested in seeing how it’s going.

At this point looking at the brackets I really have no schools who I really, really, really want to win. Butler didn’t make the tourney this year (my sister’s alma-mater) and there’s no Colorado schools left (Buffs and Rams are out, Air Force & Denver didn’t make the tourney). At this point I probably would want a Xavier, Marquette, Wisconsin, and NC State Final Four.
Looking at my pics on who I want to win:

Round of 64: 17-15 (53.13%):

The East was rough on me. The other 3 brackets I was 15-9 (62.50%), but on the East I went 2-6, with only Wisconsin and Cincinnati being teams I wanted to win that did.

Round of 32: 9-7 (56.25%):

The West I went 3-1, with only Michigan State stopping the sweep; I have nothing against Mich State but I’d rather St. Louis have won.

Both Huskies lost in the WCHA Final Five yesterday. Rats on both accounts. Of course I’ll cheer for UMD now. As much as I dislike to cheer for UMTC, I’d rather they win over the Fighting Sioux since I’d like UMD to get a rematch against UMTC (before NCAAs if they meet there) and UMD seems to do better aginst UMTC than the Sioux.

I don’t have the time to watch the March Madness tourney, but I still take interest in it. I do two brackets. The first is a bracket where I choose who I want to win, so that the championship game would be my most favorite teams from one side of the bracket playing against my favorite team from the other side of the bracket. So my NCAA title game pits Colorado against Montana. We’ll see if that happens.

The second is sort-of similar, since it’s a “who do I want to win” bracket. For this one I choose who I want to win the first round games, then note whether they actually won. Then for the second round I choose who I want to win between the schools who made it through the first round. So if I happen to pick all of the 32 first round games wrong, I still could end up getting 16 of the 16 second round games correct.

So picking who I want to win, it could be I really like a school, I disklike the school I’m choosing against. Or it could be I’m just choosing who I like when it’s two schools I like close to equally (Wisconsin vs. Montana) or choosing the school I dislike more when I dislike the two close to equally (no first round examples, this doesn’t happen much).

Wanted to win and they did:
Kentucky
Iowa State
Indiana
Colorado
Louisville
Marquette
Kansas State
Gonzaga

Wanted to win, but lost:
Wichita State
South Dakota State
Long Beach State
Colorado State
UNC-Ashville
Harvard
Montana
Loyola

2012 Reading

I’ve been doing pretty darn well on the 2012 Sci-Fi Challenge over on PaperbackSwap. Got a good start on it. I’ve generally kept to my 70 page test; 70 pages seems to for me to be a good test on whether I’m enjoying the book; if I’m enjoying it getting to 70 pages happen quickly- maybe just in 1 day-, if I’m not getting to 70 pages could take quite a bit longer and it often feels like I’m being forced into reading something, like in school. So I don’t bother keeping reading something I’m not enjoying.

So here’s what I’ve read in 2012:

Books I’ve enjoyed
Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds: Despite the book being 700 pages long (likely my longest book ever finished), despite it being Hard-SF, despite me not really liking the characters that much, and despite me being confused on the ending, I really enjoyed this.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde: I enjoyed this book. It was pretty humorous at times. If you’ve read Jane Eyre (which I haven’t) you’d probably like this book even more.
The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley: I read this one after Steel Beach (listed below). While I was absolutely thrilled with it like I was with Steel Beach, I really enjoyed this.
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest: Enjoyed this thoroughly. Steampunk, zombies, a city of Seattle that cutoff because of a plague. What’s not to like?
The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau: Light, quick, wonderful read. I do want to read the next in the series.
Steel Beach by John Varley: Aliens attack earth; Earth is sent back to the stone and humans are for the most part wiped out. The attack and life on earth is only briefly mentioned. The book talks about humans living on the moon and the advancements made to deal with living there. This now is one of my all-time favorite books, if not my most favorite book. I really need to read the rest of the “Eight Worlds” series.

Books that were okay or I didn’t enjoy
Stardust by Neil Gaiman: I really wanted to like this. I loved the movie, but gave up on the book (although I think I made it roughly 150 pages in).
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch: I think I finished it. It started out really enjoyable, but that faded.
Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Asteroid hits earth, which causes climate changes. It’s a different style than I’m used to; journal style, written from the perspective of a teenage girl dealing with the world. I got roughly 200 pages in, but couldn’t keep going; it got a little repetitive about what was happening in day-to-day entries.
Consider Phlebas by Ian M. Banks: The book sounded like something I’d enjoy, but I don’t think I even came close to 70 pages. Maybe the author’s writing style, but I found it pretty dull reading. Then again (space) war books I don’t enjoy, I had thought the book was more than a war book.