The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine athletic trainer Paul Culina worked his 500th Black Bear hockey game Jan. 17, and he will be honored for it at the 2014 Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Culina spoke to the BDN about the milestone, and his love of UMaine and Orono.
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University of Maine student-athletes, coaches and staff members were interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the use of social media and how it affects UMaine’s Athletics Department. Eileen Flaherty, UMaine’s associate athletics director for compliance, said the university tells student-athletes what they post represents themselves, their family, their school and their team. Flaherty, who meets with each team annually to go over compliance rules, says she tries to instill a skill set so student-athletes make good decisions about their postings. Social media posts are regulated by the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and sometimes by team rules, and student-athletes must sign to acknowledge they understand the terms of the university’s written social media policy.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team’s game against Providence on pink ice at the Alfond Arena to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The ice was dyed pink as part of Hockey East’s Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer and donations raised went to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. The men’s team also played on pink ice earlier in the week. Yahoo! News and USA Today Sports reported on the men’s game.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Karlton Creech, University of Maine’s new director of athletics, about a controversy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that surrounds allegations of academic fraud involving classes heavily attended by student-athletes. Creech, who served as senior associate director of athletics at UNC, said when the alleged events took place several years ago he was in a development role and had no knowledge of student-athletes being enrolled in classes that did not meet. He added “it’s very important” for student-athletes to meet the same expectations as other students.
The University of Maine football team, led by 21-year head coach Jack Cosgrove, finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in The Sports Network FCS Top-25 Poll.
The Black Bears — 10–3 overall — had one of their best seasons in school history. They won the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 7–1 league record, made their seventh overall NCAA postseason appearance and captured 10 wins for the first time since 2002.
In both national polls, FCS national champion North Dakota State (15–0) earned the No. 1 ranking and runner-up Towson University (13–3) of the CAA attained the No. 2 ranking.
92 Moose reported University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has pledged for the third consecutive year to shave his head if the UMaine community contributes $10,000 for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Barron said if the goal is reached, he will shave his head after his team’s annual Play4Kay game Feb. 9. Play4Kay is named after Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.
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The University of Maine men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will play on pink ice at the Alfond Arena this week to raise breast cancer awareness. The men’s team will take on St. Francis-Xavier at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and the women’s team will play Providence at 2 p.m. Jan. 19. During the men’s game, members of the women’s ice hockey team will be taking donations for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Tickets for the men’s game start at $15 and are available online or by calling 581.BEAR.
The Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald reported seventh-grader Oliver Wahlstrom of Yarmouth, Maine, has committed to play hockey at the University of Maine, making him the youngest player to commit to an NCAA college hockey program. When Wahlstrom was nine years old, he became an Internet sensation for making a shootout goal during a skills competition hosted by the Boston Bruins. Wahlstrom said he chose UMaine because he likes the campus, training facilities and coaches, as well as the outdoors. Wahlstrom’s father, Joakim Wahlstrom, is a former Black Bear forward.
SB Nation College Hockey, CBS Sports, NESN, Diehard Sport and Examiner.com reported seventh-grader Oliver Wahlstrom of Yarmouth, Maine has committed to play college hockey at the University of Maine. Wahlstrom is the youngest player to commit to an NCAA college hockey program and won’t be able to attend the university until the fall of 2019, according to the reports. At nine years old, Wahlstrom became an Internet sensation when he made a shootout goal in a skills competition hosted by the Boston Bruins.
Will Biberstein, University of Maine’s associate athletic director for internal operations, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the renovations being made to the New Balance Field House. He said construction is expected to be complete late this month and “there’s a lot of work being done” on the building he says will be beautiful.