Joey Logano’s son makes first trip to Victory Lane

first_imgJoey Logano snapping a 36-race winless streak by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway was a special moment, but there was one thing that made the feat extra special.Logano celebrated in Victory Lane with his son, Hudson, for the first time. Hudson was born Jan. 4, so experiencing a win with Daddy before he is even four months old was pretty impressive.RELATED: Full race recap | Results | Standings“That’s a great family picture in Victory Lane,” Logano said after the race. “Not many people have a family picture like that.”We captured highlights from a moment that Logano and wife Brittany will never forget. MORE: Photos from Talladega | Logano’s Victory Lane interviewlast_img read more

Accidental Encounter Results in Tiny U.S. Town Becoming 14th Ever Location for a World Peace Flame

first_imgShe had stumbled upon one of the World Peace Flames. The caretaker in a nearby building told her the story:The original Flame, at The Hague in the Netherlands, was created in July 1999 when seven living flames, lit by world peacemakers on five continents, were united as one, after being transported via military jets while still burning.She learned there were 12 other World Peace Flames as far away as Australia. The only one in the United States burns at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King.Irene for 20 years has lived in Ashland, Oregon, a unique city of only 20,000 people with a magic that draws spiritually-inclined people to reside there—folks like Jean Houston, Gary Zukav, and Neale Donald Walsch. It also holds a deep history for the Native Peoples. Still active tribes nearby include a descendant of “The Chief of Peace”, Chief Joseph’s great, great, grandson.RELATED: Kids to Ignite One Billion Acts of Peace in Just 10 Days, Starting Now (Let’s All Join Them)“I was so inspired to bring the flame back to Ashland to honor the Natives,” she recalled of the serendipitous encounter in September 2015.Upon her return, and two years ago on Peace Day, she co-founded the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission, and later the city declared itself an International City of Peace. She and Executive Director David Wick had one problem: Where would they put the flame? It costs a lot of money to build monuments.At that very moment plans were underway to erect a pavilion that would facilitate “Outrageous Arts and Sustainability” on the Southern Oregon University campus. Two 24-foot cedar carvings by a local Native American, Russell Beebe, called teaching poles, would be the site’s focal point.When Irene and David first saw drawings for the site, Irene immediately said, “That’s the monument!” When they approached Barry and Kathryn Thalden, the local philanthropists who were funding the pavilion, the peace activists didn’t even get to speak before Barry asked, “Do you want to put your peace flame in our tower?”“We just couldn’t believe it,” Irene recalled. “It was amazing.”On International Peace Day, September 21, the new World Peace Flame, was lit using a torch employed at the original flame site in the Netherlands, delivered by a delegation from The World Flame Foundation. An official two-foot high oil lamp that burns on biofuel will be tended by 12 Middle School students in Ashland to keep the glow burning bright.The Ashland monument will forever mark this energetic location as an important City of Peace for travelers from around the world.After the eternal flame was lit, hundreds of people gathered heard speeches by local political dignitaries and Peace Foundation officials. The event was live streamed and you can view some of the video on YouTube here.Share this magical story with the hashtag #DoItForPeace, as we join Ashland and people everywhere to tally one billion acts for peace in 10 days!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAn accidental encounter with a glass-enclosed monument while she was turning her car around in Wales on vacation has led to a tiny city in Oregon becoming only the 14th location in the world to install an eternal World Peace Flame.Nestled deep in the Snowdonia Mountains, the monument contained a burning flame.“It moved me so deeply,” Irene Kai told GNN.last_img read more

Meet Toad, the French Bulldog Who’s Dressing Up in Halloween Costumes Every Day in October

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMeet the adorable French bulldog dressing up as a different famous character every day in October for a Halloween series.Toad has already appeared as Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid,” Elton John, MC Hammer, Napoleon Dynamite, and Dwight Shrute from “The Office.”SWNS“My favorite one is LaFawnduh from Napoleon Dynamite,” said Toad’s 30-year-old owner Amy Herrington. Despite already having taken dozens of photos of Toad, Amy says she’s yet to run out of great costume ideas.“We’re gonna do Willy Nelson. We also have a blonde wig, so we’re thinking of doing Regina George from “Mean Girls.” We also want to dress Toad up as Mrs Doubtfire, a garden gnome, and a Chia pet.“My husband likes “Lord of the Rings,” so maybe we’ll dress Toad up as Frodo as well.”As a result of Amy’s costuming and Toad’s modeling expertise, Toad’s fledgling Instagram page has already garnered over 13,000 followers.You can check out the fun page, and look out for that upcoming Regina George image, @Goodboy.toad.It’s a little bit funny… but doesn’t Elton John look a little different these days?Under the sea is the right place to be for the Little Mermaid’s best friend Sebastian.What’s for dinner, pup?Heck yes, it’s Napoleon Dynamite.SHARE Toad’s Pawsome Outfit Changes With Your Friends on Social Media…Images courtesy of SWNS. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore “The way he looked down in the photo really captured Kip from the movie.“We use sily characters from our favorite movies,” Amy, an attorney from Dallas, Texas, said, explaining that a lot of the clothes for the cute pup are kids’ clothing.Toad has been part of the family since February, “right before lockdown happened.“We got into making a fun little page while we stuck inside, trying the TikTok thing and Instagram. My husband isn’t as into it as me, but it takes two people. Someone has to hold onto a treat while we take the photos.”last_img read more

2013 Shimano Road Wheels – New Aero Clincher, Tubeless & Tubular Options

first_imgThe C24’s hubs are on the left, and the other wheels shown below all use the OptBal 2:1 lacing with the hubs on the right. All wheels use a new full titanium freehub body. Previously, Shimano’s freehub mechanism had a ti outer section where the cassette sits, but the internal bits were steel. Now it’s all ti, baby!The C35 has 35mm deep rim and comes in tubeless clincher (shown) and a full carbon tubular.  Full specs are:WH-9000-C35-CL 35mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon laminate construction rim (~439g)Extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1488gMSRP $2199.99WH-9000-C35-TU 35mm Carbon TubularOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% Carbon construction rim (~362g)Off-set rim with extra wide flange hub (+7mm)100% Ti FH body1362gMSRP $2999.99 The C50 gets a deeper 50mm rim and comes as a carbon alloy clincher (left) or full carbon tubular (right). Features are:WH-9000-C50-CL 50mm Carbon/Alloy Composite Clincher23mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacingCarbon/Alloy constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1672gMSRP $2399.99WH-9000-C50-TU 50mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1449gMSRP $3199.99 The 9000-series Dura-Ace hubs, like all of the complete wheels, continue to use Shimano’s cup-and-cone angular contact bearing system. It’s reliable, easy to service and Shimano says it’s strong and rolls smooth. We’d agree based on our use of them. The big changes are the move to 11-speed and a full titanium freehub assembly like on the wheels. They lose 12g from the 7900-series hubs.They’ll be available in 24, 28, 32 and 36 spoke hole options, front and rear. Lastly, the tallest wheels are the C75 and only come as a full carbon fiber tubular. Features are:WH-9000-C75-TU 75mm Carbon Tubular24mm D2 rim profileOpt-Bal 2:1 lacing100% High modulus carbon constructionExtra wide flange hub (+7mm)Hidden nipples100% Ti FH body1545gMSRP $3499.99And the wheels come with these nifty skewers: In addition to the completely revamped Dura-Ace DA9000 and 9070 Di2 groups just unveiled, Shimano has introduced a refreshed road bike wheel lineup and Dura-Ace hubs, too.Across the range, they’ve made the rims wider for better comfort and performance. The deeper wheels get a new aero profile to negate the effects of crosswinds, and most receive a new lacing and hub design to improve response and speed. Dubbed, OptBal 2:1, the rear wheels get 3x lacing for 14 spokes on the drive side and seven straight pull spokes on the non drive side. They’re perfectly tangential to the spoke flange to eliminate unnecessary stress and bending.All wheels are 11-speed ready to go with the new components. The non-drive flange has been pushed out 7mm to maintain proper triangulation, and the freehub body is 1.85mm wider. Shimano’s NA road product manager Dave Lawrence says the wheels and the hubs will require both a 1.85mm spacer (included with wheels) and the standard 1mm spacer (comes with cassette) to run a 10-speed cassette on them.Lawrence says there was already space on the hubs to move the non-drive flange out, they just hadn’t taken advantage of it.  They also used offset spoke holes on the rims, so spoke triangulation actually improves without any frame clearance issues. The OptBal 2:1 lacing uses this to give balanced overall tension between the two sides of the wheel – non-drive spokes are pulling twice as hard, but there’s half as many of them.The new rims are called D2 and are 23mm or 24mm wide depending on the wheel model. They also gave them a deeper tire bed so the tire sits more flush with the sidewall and there’s no gap on the clinchers. According to their PR, these combined features balance frontal and side aerodynamics.Above, the new C24 wheels are the only ones that don’t get the OptBal lacing. They’re available in both clincher and Road Tubeless clincher. The clincher rim weight comes in around 383g while the tubeless one is about 420g. Lawrence says the weight difference is mainly because the rim bed is closed on the tubeless models, so you don’t need rim tape. Saving a tube should yield a net lower weight wheelset once tires are installed. Features are:WH-9000-C24-CL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate ClincherCarbon laminate construction rim (~383g)Clincher onlyOff-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1364gMSRP$1399.99WH-9000-C24-TL 24mm Carbon/Alloy Laminate Tubeless ClincherShimano Road Tubeless and tube compatible rimCarbon laminate construction rim (~420g)Off-set rim with wide flange hub100% Ti FH body1454gMSRP $1499.99last_img read more

Broadway Transfer of Be More Chill to Include Full Off-Broadway Cast

first_img View All (8) Jason SweetTooth Williams Katlyn Carlson Stephanie Hsu Star Files Gerard Canonico Jason Tam Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2019 View Comments George Salazar Lauren Marcus Be More Chill Will Roland Related Shows It’s official! The entire company of the acclaimed off-Broadway staging of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s fan-favorite musical Be More Chill will reprise their turns on Broadway. As previously announced, previews will begin on February 13 followed by a March 10 opening night at the Lyceum Theatre.The cast includes Will Roland as Jeremy Heere, Jason Tam as “The Squip,” Gerard Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu as Christine, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, George Salazar as Michael, Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy’s Dad/Mr. Reyes, Tiffany Mann as Jenna and Britton Smith as Jake. Cameron Bond, Anthony Chatmon II, Morgan Siobhan Green, Troy Iwata, Talia Suskauer and Joel Waggoner are the company understudies.Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere (Roland), your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about “The Squip” (Tam). Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.Be More Chill features a book by Tracz and a score by Iconis. Stephen Brackett will repeat his work as director with Chase Brock as choreographer and Emily Marshall as musical director.Broadway’s Be More Chill will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.last_img read more

Focus on health, female runners and relaxation at 2016 Le Salon…

first_img Related Billed as ‘the largest exhibition dedicated to a sporting discipline in France’, Le Salon du Running will open its doors this year from Thursday 31 March at 15:00 CET at the Parc des Expositions exhibition centre at Porte de Versailles in Paris.Over two and a half days, 220 exhibitors will showcase some of the latest innovations from the world of running on display for an expected 90,000 visitors. The expo is organized by A.S.O., in conjunction with the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, which this year takes place on 3 April 2016.Event organizers, distributors specializing in nutrition or coaching, running media and tourism operators will be out in force at Le Salon du Running, as will the industry’s leading apparel companies. A running track will allow thousands of runners to ‘try out the latest shoes in ideal conditions.’ New for 2016The 2016 edition of Le Salon du Running will focus on a three-prong health and coaching theme that emcompasses: health, female runners and relaxation.As in the past, Le Salon du Running will offer up activities for all runners, including an evening ‘running affair’ on Thursday 31 March. Here, the ‘exceptional evening will see runners and visitors come together in a festive and friendly atmosphere just until 10pm.’ On the programme will be: retro-gaming, duel races, a playlist bar, photo call running, DJs, a concert and more.Visitors of all levels can also take part in training sessions: warm-up, physical conditioning, stretching, interval training and yoga with specialized athletes and coaches.Location: Hall 1, Parc des Expositions exhibition centre, Porte de Versailles – 75015 ParisDates and times:– Thursday 31 March from 15:00 to 22:00– Friday 1 April from 10:00 to 20:00– Saturday 2 April from 09:00 to 19:00www.salondurunning.frlast_img read more

Overland Park to explore ‘dockless’ bike-sharing program — but other cities’ experiences provide cautionary tales

first_imgIn Washington D.C., some residents have complained that the “dockless” bike sharing program clutters the sidewalks. Photo credit Daniel Lobo.A bike-rental system similar to Zipcar is on its way to Johnson County next year. But will the three cities pursuing it be able to avoid the nightmare of stolen, abandoned and vandalized bicycles that have plagued other cities where the rental programs have been used?With a nod toward the upcoming Bike to Work Week, Overland Park on Monday became the latest city to express interest in “dockless” bike sharing. The city council approved $24,980 to hire a consultant to look into what has become a popular transportation option in other cities.The system used in Kansas City, Mo., operated by BCycle has docks for the ride-sharing bikes.Meanwhile Lenexa, Olathe and Johnson County Park and Recreation District will begin dockless sharing next year in under a grant from Mid America Regional Council. That system, which will also include Kansas City, Kansas, is being run by BikeWalkKC.Dockless bike sharing is different from the BCycle rental offered now in downtown Kansas City. With that system, bicycles can only be checked out from and returned to bike stations at set locations.The newer dockless systems break the bikes free from the stations. They allow riders to find the nearest bike with a phone app, for example, pay with a credit card on file and receive a code to unlock the bike’s wheel. The bike can then be left at locations other than the place where they were picked up.Dockless bike systems are big in China and have been implemented in some U.S. cities. But the internet is full of stories of dockless bike sharing gone wrong. Because they are not locked into immovable stations, the bicycles in those systems are vulnerable to vandalism and theft.A bike sharing system in France had to be shut down, for example, after youths took to vandalizing the bikes as a form of amusement. Abandoned bikes have been found in rivers and in trees or have simply gone missing. Residents have complained of unused bikes littering sidewalks and lawns.In China, the problem has been oversupply of bicycles. The result has been mountainous piles of discarded bicycles.A lot of the problems are due to the business model of bike sharing companies, said Eric Vaughan of BikeWalkKC. For-profit companies, often from China, offer cities a cheap price and bring in a lot of low-quality bikes, he said.“They’re not sustainable,” he said. “They’re backed by venture capitalists trying to grab market share and drive out the competition.” Later, they’ll increase the price, he added.Vaughan believes the safeguards in BikeWalkKC’s system will work for Johnson County entities that are participating in the grant.The non-profit’s dockless system will have a lot of built-in security to avoid the kinds of problems seen in other cities, Vaughan said. Riders will be required to lock bikes to something stationary and bike racks around the city will be located and geo-fenced as return areas. Returning a bike outside of the return area will cost a little extra, and the trip won’t be considered closed for payment purposes unless the bike is locked up.In addition, the bikes will have locators and accelerometers that will let BCycle know if a locked-up bike is being carted away.The non-profit system also will also have the advantage of being more regional, he said, because riders will be able to return bikes at the BCycle stations as well.“Those problems are what we’re trying to prevent, so it’s done in a responsible way,” he said. “The cities told us they want responsible dockless bikeshare.”The drawback of the non-profit system is that it runs on grant money. Once grants run out, cities will have to decide whether to continue the programs and how to fund them.For that reason, Overland Park decided to study the idea a little longer before making a commitment, said Brian Shields, city traffic engineer.The city was approached by three vendors offering dockless bike sharing, he said. Toole Design Group was hired to look into best practices and come up with recommendations for the city before any decision is made.last_img read more

Briefly Noted: DUI saturation patrol; Lenexa’s cost share program for lawn and garden care

first_imgLocal police departments to conduct DUI Saturation Patrol on April 20. Police departments in northeast Johnson County will conduct a state-sponsored DUI Saturation Patrol on Saturday, April 20, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. The focus of the saturation patrol is to deter and apprehend impaired drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to the Mission Police Department. All officers participating in the saturation patrol are trained in DUI detection.Lenexa encourages residents to tap into cost share program for smart lawn and garden care. The city of Lenexa is encouraging residents to “reap the rewards of smart lawn and garden care” by applying for the city’s cost share program. Projects and plants that help naturally treat rain runoff at homes may qualify for a rebate through the program. Participants can receive reimbursement up to 75 percent for installing native plants, rain gardens, native trees, rain barrels, cisterns or permeable pavers at home.Jayhawks tight end commit Will Huggins goes to Opening Regional. Shawnee Mission South tight end Will Huggins, a commit to the University of Kansas, was mentioned as one of the top offensive performers at Sunday’s Opening Regional in St. Louis. The website sang his praises after watching his performance last weekend. “For a kid with such a massive frame, he can run routes and go up and catch the ball with the type of coordination kids his size sometimes do not have,” wrote Allen Trieu for the website. “He looks like a fine early pickup for the Jayhawks with the tools to become a complete tight end with pass-catching acumen and the size to be an effective blocker.”Lenexa police identify man suspected of taking pictures of women in dressing room. Lenexa police have identified a man suspected of photographing women in the dressing room of a department store. Police tweeted a picture of the suspect Thursday morning to get tips from the public. Hours later, police tweeted again that they identified him. [Lenexa police ID man suspected of photographing women in dressing room — KSHB]Lenexa passes resolution to issue bonds for The Lofts at City Center project. The Lenexa council on Tuesday voted 7-0 to pass a resolution of intent to issue up to $5.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance construction of The Lofts at City Center, a five-story mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Renner Boulevard and 87th Street Parkway. The bonds gives The Lofts at City Center LLC, the developer, a sales tax exemption on construction materials. The developer is also planning to request tax increment financing for the project, which is expected to be complete by June 2021.last_img read more

October 1, 2016 On the Move

first_img On the Move Ellie S. Einhorn, Julian L. Rudolph, Christopher J. Perini, Alberto Luis Ramos Zorrilla, Ricardo A. Gomez, Mauricio J. Vaca, and Brittany L. Fayne have joined Hightower, Stratton, Novigrod, Kantor focusing on premises liability and commercial transportation defense. Vaca and Fayne will work in the West Palm Beach office and the rest will practice in Miami. Rahul P. Ranadive has joined Carlton Fields as of counsel in Miami in the international and business transactions practice groups. Audrey Schechter has opened the Law Offices of Audrey Hildes Schechter, P.A., in Largo focsuing on health-care fraud litigation, government fraud litigation, whistleblower, and False Claims Act cases. Katrina M. Sosa has joined Haber Slade in Miami as an associate focusing on complex business law and litigation, condominium association law, and construction law. George T. Levesque has joined GrayRobinson in Tallahassee as of counsel. Angela R. Morrison has resumed her solo practice, Morrison Environmental Law in Tallahassee, focusing on land use, environmental policy, permitting, and compliance matters on behalf of industry and utilities. David I. Spector of Miami was elected by a partnership vote to succeed Andrew M. Smulian as Akerman’s chair and CEO. Spector will serve a three-year term that begins February 1, 2018. Spector co-chairs the firm’s fraud and recovery practice group. Jesse E. Graham, Jr., has launched Graham Legal Group PLLC, in Orlando. He is joined by his father, Jesse E. Graham, Sr. The firm serves commercial real estate owners, developers, lenders, and other industry-related businesses in buying, selling, leasing, and financing retail, residential, office, and mixed-use projects. Ian M. Comisky has joined Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia as a partner focusing on civil and criminal tax litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and complex corporate and commercial litigation. Jason Lambert has joined Broad and Cassel in Tampa as an associate in the commercial litigation practice group. Nurelys Pereiro and Ernesto Perez have joined The Law Office of Rier Jordan, P.A., in Miami. Pereiro, in addition to handling both family and criminal cases, is bringing a new bankruptcy department to the firm. Perez focuses on criminal defense work. Thornton “Brad” Henry has joined Barner & Barner in Palm Beach Gardens focusing on estate, trust, and guardianship litigation. Beth-Anne Thye Sexton has joined Rocuant Law Firm in Estero as a partner, which will now be known as Rocuant & Sexton. Sexton focuses on marital and family law. Daniel A. Krawiec has been promoted to partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale. He represents public and private companies in labor and employment matters. He also handles risk management. Grace Gutierrez has joined Cummings & Lockwood in Bonita Springs as counsel in the private clients group. Mark R. Klym has been named the managing partner of Hahn Loeser & Parks’ Naples office. Klym focuses on estate planning and probate and trust litigation. Alejandro J. Fernandez, Gregory L. Hillyer, Joseph R. Sozzani, Stephen J. Leahu, and Evi T. Katsantonis have joined Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, an intellectual property firm. Fernandez and Hillyer join as partners and the rest as associates. Fernandez, Sozzani, Leahu, and Katsantonis will work in the firm’s new office in Tampa, while Hillyer will practice in Washington, D.C. William Shepherd has become the executive partner of Holland & Knight’s West Palm Beach office, overseeing the day-to-day management, while continuing his white-collar and complex commercial litigation practice. Frank L. Eaton has joined Linda Leali, P.A., in Miami focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Michael A. Flegiel has joined Bennett Legal Group, P.A., as an associate practicing in the areas of construction and business litigation. Cyndy Trimmer has joined Driver McAfee Peek & Hawthorne in Jacksonville as an associate focusing on real estate law, retail leasing and commercial real estate transactions, and land use and zoning law. Tania Galloni of Miami is the new managing attorney for the Florida office of Earthjustice. October 1, 2016 On the Move October 1, 2016 On the Movelast_img read more

After coming in as a highly touted recruit, Casey Mittelstadt has proven himself at the Division I level

first_imgAfter coming in as a highly touted recruit, Casey Mittelstadt has proven himself at the Division I levelMittelstadt is the highest Gophers NHL draft pick in 11 years.Jack RodgersForward Casey Mittelstadt follows the puck in the Gophers’ game against Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Gophers won 6-3. Drew CoveNovember 2, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOne of the Gophers’ top scoring threats this season has been a 18-year-old freshman.Forward Casey Mittelstadt is second on the team in scoring with seven points this season. The Gophers are 5-3-0 now in the early season, and the team faces off against Michigan State this weekend, their first nonranked opponent.  “[I’m] just learning little things away from the puck, and a little bit of stuff defensively,” Mittelstadt said. “I think I’ve definitely improved, and [I’ll] try to continue to grow.”The freshman had an interesting year before coming to Minnesota.After playing both high school hockey for Eden Prairie and in the United States Hockey league for the Green Bay Gamblers last season, the forward’s success in both leagues led him to be drafted eighth overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.Now, Mittelstadt has come to his first year of college hockey and has already made an impact.“He’s a guy that needs the puck on his stick,” said freshman Scott Reedy. “[I’m] finding him in the open areas and getting open because I know he can find me whether he’s looking at me or not.” Mittelstadt has also been on the most effective line for the team.The line with Reedy, Mittelstadt and sophomore Rem Pitlick is reponsible for seven goals and 10 assists. Beyond the statistics, they have controlled the puck and kept pressure in the offensive zone when other lines haven’t. “I think we’re still a work in progress,” Reedy said. “We have some natural chemistry, [and we] complement each other’s game pretty well.”Mittelstadt is the highest drafted Gophers skater since 2006. Although he was drafted to the pros, he is still figuring out the college game and is he is only seven games into his collegiate career.“You can’t teach the skill, you can’t teach the speed, you can’t teach the hockey sense,” said head coach Don Lucia. “Strength is going to come, because he’s more than willing to work at it, which is nice with him, he’s more competitive than I thought.”Much was made of Mittelstadt’s strength coming into the season, but Lucia said Mittelstadt’s shoulder was out of alignment when he got to Minnesota, and strength and conditioning coach Cal Dietz has worked with the Eden Prairie, Minnesota native on shoulder motion and getting stronger.Minnesota’s own strength this season has been scoring from the younger players, and according to Lucia, Mittelstadt’s responsibility and scoring affects the older ones.“I don’t think it made it harder on him, I think it made it harder on the veterans,” Lucia said. “Our veteran forwards, they’re the ones that have to start scoring for us.”Lucia said his older players aren’t scoring, but the production from Mittelstadt and the rest of his line has produced good results for the Gophers so far.Mittelstadt shows it when he isn’t happy with his own play, and Lucia said that indicates his will.“He gets upset, you hear him. He vocalizes [when he’s mad at himself],” Lucia said. “He has high expectations for himself, but he’s a freshman.”last_img read more