STAFF BLOG UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA HOCKEY Six UND players go in the draft
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It started as a day of uncertainty for UND.
It e... Posted on 7/1/13 at 2:09 AM
Jordan Schmaltz didn’t follow the different NHL Draft rankings as they came out each month this winter. “I was worrying about my team, striving to win a championship,” he said. In the end, Schmaltz was successful in both endeavors. The UND defenseman recruit led the Green Bay Gamblers to a United States Hockey League title and, in turn, solidified himself as a top prospect for the NHL Draft, which begins with the first round tonight in Pittsburgh.
The first Minnesotan taken in this year's NHL draft went, fittingly, to the host team. The Wild traded their third- and fourth-round picks Saturday to the Canucks, using Vancouver's second-round pick, No. 60 overall, to select Lucia. The left wing from Wayzata High School is the son of University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia.
Winnipeg fans take over draft, even chant for Gary Bettman Mark Chipman, a UND graduate and the co-owner of the Winnipeg’s new NHL team, stood at the podium here Friday and created the biggest buzz of the night.
Chipman thanked the NHL and his team’s fans, then said someone else in the organization would make the pick “on behalf of the Winnipeg Jets.”
And with that, it became official: The Jets are back.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was picked first in the NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The Oilers, going first overall for the second straight year, selected the slick-passing center from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The 18-year-old led the WHL last season with 75 assists.
UND defenseman will relax tonight, could go any time Saturday Dillon Simpson wasn’t invited to the NHL Combine as one of the top 100 prospects for the 2011 NHL draft. And unlike UND incoming freshmen J.T. Miller and Rocco Grimaldi, he’s not expected to hear his name called in Friday night’s first round (6 p.m., Versus).
For UND hockey recruit Rocco Gimaldi, faith and skill overcome size Stitched on the back of Rocco Grimaldi’s right shoe is ‘1 Samuel 16:7.’ For a guy who reads the Bible daily and plans to become a pastor when his hockey career is over, there’s no better way to explain why he has embraced his 5-foot-6, 163-pound frame.
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