Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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Bemidji State 2, UND 1 The story: As was the case in an exhibition game six days earlier, UND struggled to finish off plays, scoring just one goal on 29 shots in a 2-1 loss to Bemidji State. Including the exhibition, UND is shooting 4.7 percent to start the season. Bemidji State earned its third win in 35 games against UND in the modern era.
(Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a three-part series on how the NCHC was formed and how it got to where it is today as college hockey's dominant conference.) The National Collegiate Hockey Conference was introduced to the college hockey world at a July 13, 2011 press conference in Colorado Springs. While the athletic directors expressed genuine excitement about the new league, they were also just getting started with behind-the-scenes work. The biggest tasks on hand were finding a commissioner and setting up the league's financial structure.
Brock Boeser won an NCAA national championship in Tampa’s Amalie Arena. He had a goal and four points in the 2016 national title game. In his first trip back after that, he used the same locker in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game. On Day 1 of the All-Star event, he won his Skills Competition -- the accuracy contest. On Day 2, he was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game. On his next trip to Amalie Arena a few weeks later, he scored a goal.
Grand Forks Central came within a set of ending a 20-year drought without a North Dakota boys state team tennis title last fall. A year later, playing with almost exactly the same team, the Knights officially ended it. With six members of the 1997 championship team watching, Central easily handled Bismarck Legacy in the final, winning the first three matches on the court at Choice Health and Fitness.
(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series on how the NCHC was formed and how it got to where it is today as college hockey’s dominant conference). The first meeting happened on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Six representatives from four schools met in a small conference room at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. They sat in a circle with an easel board behind them.
It didn’t happen until the final two minutes of Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Final rematch. But T.J. Oshie did score -- again. Oshie, who starred at Warroad High School and UND, has scored in all three games this season for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
UND had seven NHL draft picks on its roster last season, the fewest in 15 seasons. The lack of high-end skill was evident at times. Offense could be tough to find. But that's about to change. UND's commitment list is loaded with high-end prospects and future NHL draft picks. It starts with four incoming rookies this season—first-round pick Jacob Bernard-Docker, second-round pick Jonny Tychonick, fourth-round pick Jasper Weatherby and sixth-round pick Gavin Hain. That's only the beginning.
The college hockey season is about to start with some new twists, some familiar names popping up in different spots and some local players who figure to play prominent roles across the country. Here are 10 things for local hockey fans to know about this upcoming season...
It took an upset in 1997. Grand Forks Central, having lost to rival Grand Forks Red River in the regular season and the East Region tournament, pulled off a 3-2 surprise against the Roughriders to win the North Dakota boys tennis team tournament in Minot. That is the last time the Knights have won the title. Since then, they've watched Red River win 18 of the past 20 team titles. Fargo South won the other two (2015, 2017). But Central is hoping that ends today. And this time, it won't take an upset.
The last time Bemidji State started a goalie other than Michael Bitzer against UND was Oct. 11, 2014. The last time UND started a goalie other than Cam Johnson against the Beavers was Oct. 17, 2015. The two goaltenders have been staples over the last three-to-four years, and they've been staples of the U.S. Highway 2 series between the Fighting Hawks and Beavers.