Utah hockey update: Dylan Olsen has a cup of coffee in the NHL

Dylan Olsen

Dylan Olsen of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for a portrait after he was selected No. 28 overall by the Blackhawks during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Salt Lake City native Dylan Olsen, who has been playing for the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs was called up by the Chicago Blackhawks last week to fill in for regular ‘Hawks defenseman Steve Montador.

Olsen registered four shots in 33 minutes of action in two games before being sent back down to Rockford (a two-hour drive from Chicago) as Montador returned to the lineup.

Grizzlies tell students to set goals

Utah Grizzlies Community Relations director Derek Stell and Grizzlies player Matt Reber chat with first-grader Alexandra Galvez about obtaining her goal to become a schoolteacher at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake on Friday, January 6, 2012.

Grisby, the Utah Grizzlies mascot, greets students at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake on Friday. Utah Grizzlies player Matt Reber and Grizzlies Community Relations director Derek Stell talked to the students about setting and obtaining goals.

The students had fun as you can see sixth-grader Trista Rossman gets into hockey equipment here …

… and her completely dressed in Grizzlies players’ garb. (She’s in the back at the right)

Utah Grizzlies Community Relations director Derek Stell and Grizzlies player Matt Reber talk with students about setting and obtaining goals at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake on Friday, January 6, 2012. Sixth-grader Trista Rossman wears a Utah Grizzlies hockey uniform.










Juniors return to action
During the holiday break the Ogden Mustangs stayed busy, hiring David Imonti as assistant coach. Imonti joined the team in time for the Las Vegas tournament, where Ogden won three of their four games. However, the Mustangs (6-22-3) were swept in a three-game series with the Valencia Flyers over the weekend in their return to regular-season action.

The Park City Jr. Moose (4-23-1) won one of four in Las Vegas. They restart regular-season play on Friday at 8 p.m., hosting the Arizona Red Hawks for a three-games-in-three-nights series.

Utah topps Weber State
With only 14 players dressed for Saturday night’s game against Utah, the Weber State men’s club hockey club ran out of gas midway through the third period to lose to the Utes for the third time this season, this time 10-4.
The Wildcats held the game close with a score of 5-3 heading into the last half of the third period when two minor penalties by Jordan Faas resulted in two Ute power play goals that broke the team’s spirit.
Weber State (6-14) has much to build on going into next Saturday’s game in Logan against top-ranked Utah State (22-1-1). The Wildcats had balanced scoring with goals from Chris Roberts, Tommi Champi, Curtis Snowball and a career-first goal from West Jordan’s Mason White. Goalie Craig Peterson of Ogden has 60 saves on 70 shots.
Following next Saturday’s game in Logan, the Wildcats head to San Jose, California where they will play in the Gold Rush Showcase against Cal-State Fullerton, Arizona State, San Diego State and San Jose State.

And finally …

Fireworks explode over Citizens Bank Park as the Hershey Bears and Adirondack Phantoms take to the ice for the start of an AHL hockey game Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)











An AHL-record crowd of 46,653 watched the Adirondack Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 4-3 in overtime. The game was played at Citizens Bank Park, which also hosted the NHL’s Winter Classic between the N.Y. Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

What’s amazing is that just 314 more people watched the NHL game!

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