Month: September 2018

Lakers picked 7th, 8th in preseason polls

BLOOMINGTON, Minn — The preseason polls were released today during the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Media Day.  The Mankato Free Press Coaches’ Poll saw Lake Superior State picked to finish 7th, while the Media Poll had the Lakers pegged at 8th place.

Minnesota State was selected to take home the MacNaughton Cup, awarded to the regular season champion, in both polls.  The Mavericks received 7 of a possible 9 first place votes in the Coaches’ Poll (coaches do not vote for their own team), while Northern Michigan earned two and Michigan Tech received one vote.

The Media Poll saw 13 of 19 first place votes given to Minnesota State, while Bowling Green captured five and Northern Michigan picked up one.

In addition to the polls, the preseason teams and WCHA Players of the Year were named.  Northern Michigan had the Player of the Year from both polls — Adam Rockwood in the Coaches’ Poll and Troy Loggins in the Media Poll.

No Lakers were named to either preseason All-WCHA team, though goaltender Nick Kossoff did receive votes for the media’s team.

The results of the polls are as follows (numbers in parentheses indicate first place votes): Media Poll

  1. Minnesota State (13) – 182 pts.
  2. Bowling Green State (1) -159 pts.
  3. Northern Michigan (5) – 150 pts.
  4. Michigan Tech – 133 pts.
  5. Bemidji State – 110 pts.
  6. Ferris State – 102 pts.
  7. Alabama Huntsville – 69 pts.
  8. Lake Superior State – 57 pts.
  9. Alaska – 47 pts.
  10. Alaska Anchorage – 28 pts.

Mankato Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. Minnesota State (7) – 88 pts.
  2. Northern Michigan (2) – 80 pts.
  3. Bowling Green – 76 pts.
  4. Michigan Tech (1) – 64 pts.
  5. Bemidji State – 54 pts.
  6. Ferris State – 49 pts.
  7. Lake Superior State – 40 pts.
  8. Alaska – 36 pts.
  9. Alabama Huntsville – 35 pts.
  10. Alaska Anchorage – 18 pts.

Both polls are based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.  As mentioned, coaches did not vote for their own team in the Coaches’ Poll.

The full release from the WCHA may be found here:

Laker Hockey Blog: One Year Later

It was one year at the end of August that we decided to start the experiment that has been the Laker Hockey Blog. If you remember one of our earliest post, this webpage was started as a way to have a consistent source for Lake Superior State University Hockey news, seeing as the local media largely does not cover the Lakers on either side of the St. Marys.

And after looking through some of the stats, and seeing some of the traffic on our Facebook page, I’d say it was worth it. We’ve managed to reach three continents with consistent numbers! (a look at that a little later). It hasn’t been without it’s stresses, as some black hats have thought it would be funny to mess with the site on occasion, or worrying about content, but the pros outweigh the cons.

Now, onto some stats. Note: Depending on where I look at our stats, some numbers are different, but I will be going with the ones I saw first.


Total Posts & Words:

2017 & 2018 both had 47 posts for a total of 94 total posts.

Articles written in 2017 had a total of 23,793 total words with 506 average words per article.

2018 posts have a total of 21,006 words, with 447 average words per article.

Unique Visitors and Views:

Over the website’s first year, we’ve seen a total of 1,895 total unique readers. This is outrageous to me!

Those viewers have also accounted for 5,329 total views.

Best Single Day:

10/05/2017 was the best day for Laker Hockey Blog, where we had 175 visitors, the most so far. This came a day after the first series preview was posted, but if I remember correctly, the big hit was the interview Mike did with Mike York, the then new assistant coach and former NHLer.

Top 3 Posts:

Home Page

Annual Blue vs Gold Game Showcases Laker Talent

Rumor: Nenadal Out at Lake State

Top Referrals:

Search Engines (778)

Facebook (518)

Twitter (149)

Known Search Terms:

(Now this one is kind of fun. It seems to be a list of some of the known terms that were used on search engines in order to get to the blog. My personal favorite is the final search term:)

amazon (22)

hockey blog (2)

minnesota hockey blog (1)

darrin madeley(1)

keith aldridge – hockey (1)

matt brunetau(1)

where did hockey coach rich metro go (1)

Countries Reached (more than 10 viewers)

USA: 4311

Canada 771

Japan 84

Latvia 47

Sweden 29

UK 15

Germany 15

Ireland 14


This last category I am extremely proud of. The last few seasons have seen an increase of international students & players wearing the blue & gold, and that has allowed the Laker Hockey Blog to reach audiences on three continents: North America, Europe and Asia. I never expected this to happen.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site, especially the regulars. We hope to keep bringing you quality content over the next year, and hopefully some new types of features. So please like and share our posts on Facebook, follow and Retweet us on Twitter so we can reach that broader audience.

I’ve also just added a button on the sidebar that will allow you to email us, so if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas, you can use any of the above ways to contact us, including email. Heck, if you’re coming in from out of town and want some ideas as to what to do or where to eat that’s not covered here, hit us up. We’d love to hear from you.

From all of us here at Laker Hockey Blog, thank you very much for what I’ll call a successful year. The new season is just on the horizon, and there has been a lot of changes this offseason. Whether that proves to be good for the boys in blue have yet to be seen, but we will be in the trenches covering all (well, most) of the action.


Thank you!