Linkorama: Week 8 UPDATED

Another week, another linkorama.

Recruits:

Jujhar Khaira and Canada West took home Gold at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge in Langley, British Columbia, last weekend with big wins over Czech Republic (4–1), Sweden (2–1) and Canada East (4–2) in the elimination rounds. Pretty amazing after finishing last in Group A, which included losses to Sweden and bronze medal winners USA.

Ron Gallo at Spruce Kings Crusader put together a wonderful piece about Jujhar Khaira and how he brought home the Gold and a whole lot more.

Tyler Heinonen helped the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) hang on to a 5–4 win over the Indiana Ice last weekend.

Walker Hyland (Alberni Valley Bulldogs – BCHL) had a hand in ending the Nanaimo Clippers' 5-game win streak.

Alex Petan is helping the Coquitlam Express (BCHL) succeed with some new acquisitions. He continues to lead the team in goals, assists and points.

Michigan Tech picked up a commitment today from goaltender Pheonix Copley. He currently plays for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL.

Alumni:

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville sees sufficient improvement from John Scott to keep him in the lineup and keep his minutes on the rise.

Andy Sutton returned to action for the Edmonton Oilers last Friday after serving a 5-game suspension for his hit on Colorado Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog.

Chris Conner has been lighting it up for the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) and people are starting to wonder how long before he gets another shot in the NHL with the team he grew up following, the Detroit Red Wings. He's been making huge contributions so far this season.

Conner's teammate, Greg Amadio, is holding a mustache battle for 'Movember' with another teammate, Mitch Callahan.

The Abbotsford Heat (AHL) have won three straight and former MTU blueliner Clay Wilson has been a big part of that.

The Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colorado) talked with Riley Nelson about the recent struggles for the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL. He played for Michigan Tech in the late 1990s and is currently the captain of the Eagles.

Other Items:

Here is a direct link to the November 14 edition of the Mel Pearson Show on Mix 93 (broadcast live weekly at 8:00 AM on 93.5 WKMJ).

Stephen Anderson, Daily Mining Gazette beat writer for MTU hockey, posted a series preview. You can find it here.

The Bleacher Report put together a list of the top 10 greatest college hockey teams of all-time and the 1964–65 Michigan Tech Huskies got a mention. Check it out.

College Hockey Weekly is doing a similar list. They're counting down the top 25 greatest teams of all-time.  They've revealed #25 through #16, and Michigan Tech has yet to appear. Tech Hockey Guide will let you know if and when Michigan Tech shows up, but until then enjoy the list.

Polls and Rankings around the web (Michigan Tech ranking in parentheses):

Polls: USCHO.com Poll (↔ 15) , USA Today Poll (↑ 14t)

Computers: KRACH Rankings (↑ 19), Pairwise Rankings (↑ 18),

Power Rankings: Inside College Hockey (↑ 16), College Hockey Weekly (↔ NR), Bleacher Report (↔ 13)

Various blogs have their own Power Rankings (WCHA or Michigan), here are links to some of them:

Hockey State of Mind (↔ 9), Goon’s World (↓ 7t), Pride On Ice (↔ 9), College Hockey News (↓ 10), Michigan College Hockey (↑ 5)

Front page image of Clay Wilson, courtesy of the Texas Stars