Former Cornell Hockey Captain Christian Hilbrich Signed to Pittsburgh Penguins Organization

This article has been updated with additional information from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Cornell Athletics. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, has signed former Cornell men’s hockey captain Christian Hilbrich ’16 to an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season, according to a press release from the Penguins

Hilbrich joins classmate Reece Willcox, who was drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Flyers, as the lone members of their class to reach the professional level. The Penguins have a history with Cornellians, as Hilbrich’s teammate rising sophomore forward Anthony Angello was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2014. Both Hilbrich and Angello will be in attendance at the NHL team’s development camp for prospects this week, according to Cornell Athetics. Hilbrich’s signing also marks the fourth consecutive year a Cornell alumnus has been on contract with the Penguins.

DENSON | The NHL is Dead

Living in New Orleans for some time I quickly learned the regionalism of ice hockey. Blame the culture, poverty, lack of education or, most likely, the weather — whatever it may be, ice hockey is as niche as the readership of Emu Today and Tomorrow. The magazine serves the nation’s surprisingly vocal Emu-appreciator minority. But the Ostrich-wannabe bird is still alive and well in its home region of Australia — other places not so much — exactly like how hockey thrives in its native Canada but struggles in the U.S. compared to the other three major sports.

Give the NHL Some Love Too, Sport Fans

If you’ve been wandering around in a “Hunt for October” induced daze (I have), wondering why you feel like you’re forgetting something — scratch your confused head no more. What’s been nagging so persistently at your baseball-and-football-suffused conscious is exciting, especially for dejected Mets fans who have nothing to look forward to as far as October baseball is concerned (uh-oh). The best part is, you’re going to kick yourself when I tell you…
It’s hockey season … DUH.
That’s right, after about three weeks of preseason games that went unnoticed by many “hockey fans,” the season began yesterday, overshadowed by the thrilling quest for the postseason in the National League and the start of postseason as a whole.