Brad Elliott Schlossman
A few quick notes and pieces of info this morning: 1. As you may have seen in my Sunday story , UND seems committed to continue playing games at unique destinations, but they want to continue spacing them out — one every two or three years — so they don’t over-do it and keep interest as high as possible.
My updated list has 42 players under contract already for the 2017-18 season, spanning 11 countries (United States, Canada, Austria, China, Germany, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Poland, Russia andUnited Kingdom).
UND’s widely revered goalie coach Karl Goehring has accepted a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, sources have told the Herald. Here’s our story . That means UND has to fill its volunteer coaching position — and UND will be looking to fill that position with a goaltender. For more, click here.
Apologies for the lack of updates in the last week as I’ve been out of town, but here are a few happenings that caught my eye. No. 1: I’ve been told that St. Lawrence star goalie Kyle Hayton is in the process of trying to transfer to Wisconsin as a grad transfer. Hayton has been one of college hockey’s most accomplished goalies over the last three years, pilling up outstanding numbers: .937, .935, .929 save percentages in his three years with the Saints.
The NHL Draft is Friday and Saturday in Chicago and we’ll have plenty of coverage in the Herald. UND only has one player guaranteed to go — incoming freshman forward Grant Mismash . He’s projected to go in the second round in most mock drafts, but could potentially sneak into the end of the first. Which team will take him? For more, click here.
It appears that Colorado College won’t have a single senior on its roster this fall. Tiger defenseman Teemu Kivihalme has decided to leave school and will become a free agent in 30 days, Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News reported. Kivihalme was CC’s top offensive defenseman and one of two juniors on the roster last season. The other junior was Duggie Lagrone , who left school midway through the season without playing a game. At the time, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that he will probably end up going D-III.
We’re eight days away from the NHL Draft in Chicago. It’s going to be a relatively light draft year for UND, comparatively speaking, for a few reasons. No. 1: Only two UND players/recruits are first-year draft eligible this year: Grant Mismash and Adam Scheel . If you don’t go in your first year of draft eligibility, your chances of being selected drop significantly. For more, click here.
The 2016-17 hockey season is officially over — and four former UND players won championships in their leagues, as did one head coach. Carter Rowney won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL; Jake Marto won the Kelly Cup with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL; Jean-Philippe Lamoureux won the Karl Nedwed Trophy with the Vienna Capitals in Austria’s top league; and Matt Smaby won the DEL trophy with EHC Munchen in Germany’s top league.
Rowney won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 to win the best-of-seven series 4-2. Rowney’s name will now forever live on UND’s wall of Stanley Cup champions in the team’s locker room area. For more, click here.
Hello, everyone. It’s that time of year where I’m starting to plan for next year’s coverage and I’m always looking for ways to improve, enhance and increase coverage. I have a few new ideas off the top of my head, but I’m also curious for some feedback from fans to hear what they want, what’s the most important to them, and what times they are checking the website for information (because that’s when I want to make sure to push new stuff there!). Here are some initial thoughts: