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Back to Class: Paul Kelly’s exit from College Hockey, Inc. still stinging

We’re taking you “Back To Class” for our roundup of the weekend’s action in college hockey. Look for more college hockey on NBCSN this Friday night as No. 9 Denver takes on Nebraska-Omaha. 

When College Hockey, Inc. leader Paul Kelly resigned/was asked to leave last week, it sent a shockwave through the college hockey community. After all, Kelly went from being the leader of the NHLPA to being the figurehead of college hockey’s campaign to start marketing the game better and turn it into something bigger and attempt to get it on the same level of awareness as other major college sports.

In the wake of that we’ve seen College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon get the disappointed and even angry thoughts from some college coaches about Kelly’s sudden removal only to see Kelly sound off in return via Chris Peters’ United States of Hockey blog. People are confused, the situation sounds uncomfortable, and there’s seeming disarray across the college hockey landscape.

If this were an episode of Jeopardy! the question to this would be: What are three things college hockey didn’t need right now? Regardless of which side of the fence you fall on in this, it’s up to college hockey’s leaders from the athletic directors, conference leaders, coaches and CHI’s interim leader Nate Ewell to get it all figured out and let the mission of what they’re looking to get done be what guides them or else disarray and mistrust will never go away.

Elsewhere in college hockey:

Union College wrapped up a regular season ECAC title and head into the ECAC tournament as the top seed. The playoffs kick off this weekend with the top four teams with byes. (Parting Schotts, USCHO)

Air Force took home the Atlantic Hockey regular season title and top seed in their tournament. (USCHO, CHN)

Ferris State, Michigan, and Western Michigan will be the top three seeds in the oddly set up CCHA tournament. (CHN)

Boston College throttling Providence helped move them closer to the top seed in the Hockey East tournament. (BC Interruption)

Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth are in for a Gopher-Bulldog fight down to the wire for the lead in the WCHA thanks to the Gophers sweeping Nebraska-Omaha. (USCHO)

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dean Lombardi’s job could be on the line

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times thinks that Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s job might be on the line with how he handles things at the deadline. Perhaps providing shock collars to help the team score goals might help. (Los Angeles Times)

Meanwhile, fans in Philly wonder if Lombardi’s answers to the team’s offensive woes will come by reuniting Jeff Carter with Mike Richards in L.A. (CSNPhilly.com)

One more Kings note, they’re trying to avoid history in their next game. The Kings have never been shutout in regulation in three straight games before. It could happen tonight against Phoenix though. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Alex Ovechkin said he wasn’t hurt in last night’s 5-0 loss to Carolina, yet he was spotted limping. Hmm… (Capitals Insider)

Speaking of players with inconsistent performances of late, how about that Toronto goaltending? (TSN)

Ever wonder what it takes to be a hockey insider on the Internet and come up with a million phony trade rumors? Now you can find out. (On The Forecheck)

Speaking of trade rumors, Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner isn’t a big fan of them. (Toronto Sun)

Marc Staal is really starting to round into form nicely of late. (Ranger Rants)

Vincent Lecavalier is definitely out of tonight’s game against Anaheim. (Lightning Strikes)

We might have to start calling Jets coach Claude Noel “Debbie Downer” for how he accentuates the negatives with his team. (Winnipeg Sun)

College Hockey note: Paul Kelly stepped down as head of College Hockey, Inc. after he was told to either resign or be fired. Yikes. (USCHO)

Must-click link: Explaining the NCAA-CHL battle for players

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If you’re unaware of the ongoing feud between the NCAA, specifically College Hockey Inc., and the Canadian Hockey League, The Sporting News’ Craig Custance breaks everything down for you easily in his piece discussing the ugly battle between the organizations to bring in the best young hockey talent in North America.

While both sides of the battle dig in and engage in their own sort of turf war and mudslinging campaign to prove that their group is the best one for a young, hopeful NHL talent, the NHL stands on the sidelines watching it all unfold carefully while their own Collective Bargaining Agreement may be the thing helping make this feud all the more difficult.

With the salary cap being what it is and teams needing to continue developing their own talent, more and more young players are getting the call to fill out the organizational ranks. That means more kids sign on and turn pro which means college hockey takes a hit with each kid that jumps to the pros early as the NCAA is a strictly amateur organization. Once you start getting paid to play, you’re done in college. Such is not the case in the CHL and a big reason why more kids are winding up there rather than sticking to NCAA commitments among other reasons.

Just how ugly and awkward is it though? Custance details things from both sides hearing from College Hockey Inc.’s Paul Kelly and CHL commissioner David Branch among others. If you want to know more of what the deal in the amateur ranks, consider this your Cliffs Notes.