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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The highest ticket prices in UND athletics history didn't at all slow down the mad dash of fans trying to find their way into the North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series next month. The rivalry series, being played in Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in six seasons, instantly sold out this week, despite record ticket prices of $99 for both adult and youth tickets.
Cary Eades, the head coach and general manager for the Fargo Force junior hockey team, has signed a two-year contract extension, putting him under contract through the 2019-20 season. Eades has a 68-45-7 record in two seasons with the Force. He led Fargo to the playoffs last season, ending a four-year drought for the franchise.
The Hockey News ranked its top prospects for each NHL organization -- and several UND players popped on the list. Tyson Jost, who signed with the Colorado Avalanche after one outstanding season in Grand Forks, was named the No. 1 prospect for the Avs, a rebuilding franchise. Jost played six games with Colorado at the end of last season, scoring one goal. He is expected to start this season in the NHL.
A pair of UND recruits have been selected to play in the All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y., next month. Grand Forks Red River's Braden Costello and Gavin Hain of Grand Rapids, both 2000-born players who are eligible next summer's NHL Draft, will suit up in the annual contest. The game will be played on Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.
UND unveiled its new hockey jerseys Thursday afternoon—and as expected, they aren't much different from the last ones. UND changed the font of the words "North Dakota" on the front of the jersey to match the font that was unveiled with the new Fighting Hawk logo last summer. It also replaced the interlocking 'ND' on the shoulders with the Fighting Hawk logo, as the Herald previously reported. The new jerseys, made by CCM, arrived at Ralph Engelstad Arena this week.
Each Friday night, Jon Roberts stands in Victory Lane at River Cities Speedway, interviewing the winner in each class. He's getting used to seeing some familiar faces. Midwest Modified driver Lance Schill and street-car driver Ryan Johnson both continued their tears through The Bullring on Friday night by winning features in their classes once again. For Schill, of Langdon, N.D., it was his fourth consecutive feature win at River Cities Speedway and his seventh consecutive feature win overall. The other three have come in Devils Lake, where he will race tonight.
Lance Schill knows how things seem to go in auto racing. "When things are good, they're really good," he said. "When things are bad, they're really bad." For the Langdon, N.D., driver, things have been good lately. Schill has won six consecutive Midwest Modified feature races—three at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and three in Devils Lake. It is the longest streak of feature wins he's ever had in his racing career, eclipsing his previous personal best of five straight wins.
Matt Smaby started becoming interested in coaching hockey the last few years, but he wanted to learn more. “I asked myself, ‘Who are my favorite coaches I’ve ever played for or who are guys I respect?’ Bubs is at the top of the list,” Smaby said of UND head coach Brad Berry. “I used my time in Grand Forks the past couple of summers to pick his brain and see if he would be willing to show me some things as my playing career was going on.”
UND's biggest hockey rival, Minnesota, is coming back to town for the first time in six seasons—and fans without season tickets will have to pay record prices if they want to see the series. UND recently released its single-game ticket prices, revealing that it will cost $99 to get a single ticket to either game against the Gophers—the highest single-game ticket price ever for a home hockey game. It will be the same price for an adult or a youth ticket. The single-game ticket is more expensive than UND football season tickets ($80-$95).
The Manitoba Moose and the Iowa Wild, the top minor-league affiliates for the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild, will play exhibition games in Grand Forks and Fargo this fall. The Moose and Wild will play in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 29, and they will play in Fargo's Scheels Arena on Saturday, Sept. 30. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.