Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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Nearly every player who was scheduled to be on the UND women's hockey team next season has found a new NCAA Division I home. Only three of 25 don't yet have new Division I teams—junior-to-be Dorci Medgyes may stay at UND for one more year, sophomore-to-be Annelise Rice has had offers but may take a year to choose and goalie recruit Lauren Hennessy will play one year at a prep school before making a college decision. The other 22 players have spread across 15 different programs and four different conferences.
For the last couple of years, there has been buzz about three big, skilled, up-and-coming Grand Forks hockey players. After landing commitments from 2000-born Braden Costello and 2001-born Judd Caulfield, UND completed the trifecta Monday morning, when it received a verbal commitment from 2002-born Jackson Kunz. Kunz, a 6-foot-2 forward who is just 14 years old, told UND coach Brad Berry that he would play his college hockey at UND.
In the offices of Midco Sports Network this week, vice president Mark Powell and others reminisced about its first venture into broadcasting live sports 10 years ago. Midco televised a University of South Dakota football game—the only live event it attempted in 2007. The next year, Midco televised three college football games. "So, we really bumped it up the second year," Powell said with a laugh.
An uncharacteristically quiet NHL Draft day for UND ended Saturday afternoon with only one name being called. Incoming rookie forward Grant Mismash was selected by the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators in the second round, No. 61 overall, in Chicago's United Center. Mismash, who made the trip for the event, donned a Predators jersey after the selection and did interviews with the gathered media.
UND incoming freshman forward Grant Mismash did not get selected in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft. Most draft projections had Mismash going in the second round, which begins at 9 a.m. today (NHL Network). Next season will mark only the second since 2002-03 that UND won’t have a first-round pick on its roster.
T.J. Oshie didn’t wait until the open of the NHL’s free agency period to make a big splash. The former Warroad High and UND star forward decided he didn’t need to look around at new opportunities. Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million deal with the Washington Capitals on Friday night before the NHL Draft to stay in a place where he flourished this season.
Grant Mismash will be in the United Center in Chicago on Friday night, waiting to see if he extends UND's run of first-round NHL draft picks to four years in a row. Some draft projections have UND's top prospect sneaking into the late first round. Most have him going in the second round. "Obviously, it's going to be an exciting time," Mismash said. "It will be a little more nerve-racking when I get all in there and seated and it starts to go, but it should be fun, though."
Each recruiting class is judged by statistics, and often by how high the incoming recruits go in the NHL Draft, which begins tonight in Chicago. But UND's incoming freshman class, which the school officially introduced Thursday morning, could be defined by much more than that.
For decades, high-end UND men's hockey players have signed NHL contracts before reaching their senior seasons. That's been especially true as of late. In the last 15 years, UND has had 30 players turn pro early, including eight in the last two summers alone. But there's a unique twist with today's times. More and more of those players are still getting their college degrees. With the rise in online classes at UND and elsewhere around the country, players are taking advantage and finishing off their undergraduate degrees while playing in the pros.
The NHL Draft begins with the first round at 6 p.m. tonight in Chicago's United Center. The second through seventh rounds will begin 9 a.m. Saturday. While the focus will be on the expected top two picks—Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier—there's plenty of topics to know for UND and college hockey fans following the draft. Here are 10 items to know: Who is eligible? Players who were born between Jan. 1, 1997 and Sept. 15, 1999 are eligible to go in this year's draft. Players born in 1996 or before are free agents.