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Illini of the week Oct. 28: Joe Olen

Illini of the week Oct. 28:  Joe Olen

By Ethan Swanson

October 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.On Oct. 24, 2014, Central States Collegiate Hockey League rival Ohio trav...

With John Olen out, brother Joe and Co. step up for Illini hockey

With John Olen out, brother Joe and Co. step up for Illini hockey

By Ethan Swanson

October 26, 2015


Filed under Sports

Prior to the Illini’s statement win against then ACHA No. 7 Ohio last Friday, if an Illinois fan heard the name “Olen”, one would most likely think it was a reference to senior captain John Olen, the Illini’s scoring leader last season.Last weekend, however, little brother Joe was the Olen t...

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

By Ethan Swanson

October 20, 2015


Filed under Sports

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.If Eric Cruickshank hadn’t been involved in Illinois hockey’s weekended serie...

Illinois hockey tries to recover from the loss of Olen

Illinois hockey tries to recover from the loss of Olen

By Cole Henke

October 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team was without its captain this weekend against Robert Morris.Senior forward John Olen is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken ankle that he suffered against Alabama two weeks ago. Not having Olen on the ice was noticeably different for the Illini players.Olen recorded two points in ...

NHL rule changes may be coming to college play soon

NHL rule changes may be coming to college play soon

By Ethan Swanson

October 12, 2015


Filed under Sports

Last week marked the beginning of the National Hockey League’s regular season: firing the starting gun for this year’s 30-team race to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.Thursday’s overtime matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, however, showed fans how this season’s race will follow a...

By any other name: Illinois hockey nicknames

By Cole Henke

October 7, 2015


Filed under Sports

Talking to Illinois hockey players can be confusing for somebody who hasn’t been around the team much.Most of the players refer to each other by nicknames. Some are just shortened versions of the players’ last names, and sometimes they are hard to decipher. Some have good stories behind them.Some...

Illinois hockey looks for win in Chicago this weekend

Illinois hockey looks for win in Chicago this weekend

By Ethan Swanson

September 30, 2015


Filed under Sports

Playing in Chicago at Johnny’s Ice House, the practice facility of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, is nothing new for the Illinois hockey team — as they have hosted a series there for the past three seasons.The Illini’s opponent, however, is one they have very little experience wit...

Illinois Hockey swept by Oklahoma in first road games

Illinois Hockey swept by Oklahoma in first road games

By Cole Henke

September 27, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois Hockey was very confused when it left Norman, Oklahoma, this weekend.The Illini (2-1-1-0) played right with the Sooners (2-1-1-0) in the first game on Friday night. Matching Oklahoma’s physicality, Illinois tied the game late and sent it to overtime with a goal from senior forward John Ole...

Illinois hockey prepares to face off against Oklahoma

Illinois hockey prepares to face off against Oklahoma

By Cole Henke

September 24, 2015


Filed under Sports

When Illinois hockey plays Oklahoma, bad memories tend to resurface with the veteran Illini.According to junior captain Austin Zima, whenever the team talks about the Sooners, the conversation always goes back to the 2014 ACHA tournament, when the Sooners eliminated the Illini.“They ground us into a...

Illinois hockey’s talented youth and defense sweep Spartans

Illinois hockey’s talented youth and defense sweep Spartans

By Ethan Swanson

September 21, 2015


Filed under Sports

Head Illinois hockey coach Nick Fabbrini describes his team using many different adjectives — fast, resilient, talented — but the word “experienced” is not necessarily in that mix.Of the 27 players on the Illini’s active roster, 15 are either a sophomore or freshman, and only five of...

Illinois hockey to open season against Michigan State

Illinois hockey to open season against Michigan State

By Ethan Swanson

September 17, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team enters Friday’s home-opener 0-0-0, and no one is more thankful for a clean slate than the Illini players and coaches.Last weekend, the Illini traveled to Springfield, Illinois, to take on the Jr. Blues — a Tier II Junior A team of the North American Hockey League — f...

Cruickshank looks to build off strong freshman year

Cruickshank looks to build off strong freshman year

By Cole Henke

August 31, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team can credit much of its success last season to the emergence of then-freshman Eric Cruickshank.His 32 points were the second-highest on the team, and the team voted him Rookie of the Year for the 2014-2015 season.Cruickshank is now heading into his sophomore season with the same mentality.“I plan t...

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