NEW LOOK AND OLD LOOK TO CCHA NEXT SEASON

     Despite calls for a revised play off format, the CCHA likely will again include all 12 teams into its play offs this coming season.  The league has meetings coming up August 11-12 and at that time, four teams may be dropped the following year, leaving the top eight to fight it out in the league play offs.  Many coaches favor that scenario so as not to waste a week end for the top four teams who don't get to play during prime college hockey time.

     The CCHA will have a shoot out next season to use after overtime is played.  The format will be determined in the August meetings.  The shootout will only take place in league regular season games.  And in the league standings, a point will be awarded if a team is still tied through the overtime.  The NHL gives a standings point at the end of regulation.  The extra point will then go to the team that wins the shootout. 

     And the league will work with two linesemen and two referees next season, similar to the NHL.  New officials are being recruited because of the extra needs.  the CCHA uses some 65-70 officials during a season and they can earn up to $350 per game plus expenses depending on experience.

     The Tigers have signed their top prospect, Ryan Perry, the University of Arizona pitcher chosen in the first round of the amateur draft last month.  The Tigers have now signed 34 of their draft choices.  Where Perry is assigned the remainder of the season is unknown, but the West Michigan Whitecaps in Grand Rapids are a possibility.

     Former MSU golfer Ryan Brehm was given an exemption to play in this week's John Deere Classic in Sylvis, Illinois.  Brehm missed the cut, shooting 74-72, two over par and finishing in 142nd place.  He's a good player but it's a long way to success on the PGA tour.

     And ESPN reports that quarterback Brett Favre wants his release from the Green Bay Packers so as to sign with another NFL team.  The 38-year old Favre played 17 seasons with the Packers and then announced his retirement on March 6th.  Apparently Favre wants to keep playing but does not believe the Packers want him back so he'd like to look elsewhere, at least that's what ESPN says.

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