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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Dan McKinnon drove from Warroad, Minn., to Grand Forks with Cal Marvin in the mid-1940s with the goal of convincing UND athletic director Glenn ‘Red’ Jarrett to add men’s hockey as a sport. Jarrett told them: “If you can get me a team, I’ll get you a schedule.” And so was the beginning of the UND men’s hockey program.
Danny Freund's first job out of college was a good one. He had a desk at JHT Holdings, Inc., where he worked as a financial analyst for a successful transportation company in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Freund sifted through spreadsheets daily to find ways to save the company money. He knew that he could make a career out of the job. There was one problem with it, though. "I just couldn't sit still at a computer every day," he said. "That's just the way I am. Every day at 5 o'clock, I was running out of there."
Matt Hrynkiw began working as a mechanical engineer and technician at Fusion Automation in Grand Forks one week after his college graduation this spring. While that job has kept the former UND goalie busy this summer, he was rather excited Friday afternoon to add another gig to his plate. Hrynkiw was officially named the volunteer goalie coach, replacing the revered Karl Goehring, who took a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
UND has once again sold out its allotment of season tickets for the men's hockey program, extending a streak that began before the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena was built in 2001. Ralph Engelstad Arena sent out notices to those on the season ticket waiting list this week to inform them that season ticket spots had been filled. "We had a high renewal rate again this year and, at this point in our new season-ticket holder process, we have reached our limit of season tickets," the email said.
Bailee Enlow was 6 years old when she first tagged along with her older brother, Tanner, to a BMX competition. She was hooked. For the next 13 years, Enlow has biked all over the country, earning a college scholarship at Marian University in Indianapolis because of her skill. This weekend in Rock Hill, S.C., she achieved a career highlight in the sport.
Fargo's Tyler Kleven had offers from all across the college hockey land: North Dakota, Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, Wisconsin, Boston University, Michigan, Notre Dame, Denver, Omaha, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
By the time that UND men's hockey tickets sold out in a mere seconds for the game against rival Minnesota in Las Vegas, officials already started brainstorming. The outdoor game at Omaha's T.D. Ameritrade Park in 2013 was a hit. The showdown against national power Boston College in New York City's Madison Square Garden in December was a home run. And the interest level for the Vegas game far exceeded initial expectations.
Ryder Donovan was pretty certain that he wanted to play college hockey at UND when he stepped foot in Ralph Engelstad Arena on his recent visit. But then, he sat down with Trevor Olson, UND's senior forward who played high school hockey at Donovan's school, Duluth East. "Once I heard from him and got a feel for what the program's all about, oh yeah, it was a done deal," Donovan said.
Just days after Deion Harris was named preseason first-team all-Big Sky Conference, the UND star cornerback -- one of UND’s top NFL prospects since Jim Kleinsasser -- sustained a lower-leg injury Wednesday and will miss the entire 2017 season. The injury occurred during a conditioning workout. UND is scheduled to report for fall camp in less than two weeks.
Amanda Hajdu started making preparations for UND athletics teams to have a successful year last summer. Hajdu, the athletic department's director of academic services, began communicating with professors and student-athletes about how to handle increased school absences due to long runs in Big Sky Conference tournaments and appearances in NCAA tournaments. She even did this exercise for teams that hadn't been historically successful.