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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The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will have two new members a year from now. The league voted Friday afternoon to admit Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha beginning with the 2010-11 season. The announcement comes after two days of intense negotiations between WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod and Nebraska-Omaha, a school the league has tried to convince to apply for membership during the last two months. The vote of faculty athletic representatives was 9-0-1 (eight votes were needed to pass) with one team abstaining out of concerns over the expansion process, McLeod said.
Seven college hockey-bound players went in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday night, but it took longer than usual for them to hit the board. No college players were selected during the top half of the first round in a draft that was dominated by Canadian major junior and Swedish players. It started with Ontario Hockey League forward John Tavares going to the New York Islanders with the No. 1 overall pick and continued with Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman going to Tampa Bay at No. 2. College hockey didn't get involved until pick No.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association voted this afternoon to admit Nebraska-Omaha and Bemidji State into the league beginning in 2010-11. The official vote came after two days of intense negotiations between WCHA commissioner Bruce McLeod and Nebraska-Omaha, a school the league has tried to convince to apply for membership in order to grow the WCHA to 12 teams. McLeod held conference calls with league athletic directors on both Wednesday and Thursday to take straw polls on terms he was negotiating with Nebraska-Omaha.
Last June, 211 players were picked in the NHL draft, but Mike Cichy was not one of them. What did he do about it? He put on 25 pounds of muscle during the summer, was named captain of the United States Hockey League's Tri-City Storm, led the team in scoring through Christmas, earned a gold medal and MVP honors at the World Junior A Challenge, led Indiana in scoring after a trade, helped the Ice to the Clark Cup and was named MVP of the USHL playoffs. Draft weekend has arrived again, and this time, NHL teams are less likely to let the UND recruit slip through the cracks. Cichy isn't rated o
Wednesday night's conference call with Western Collegiate Hockey Association athletic directors regarding expansion has sparked another round of negotiations with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. WCHA athletic directors asked commissioner Bruce McLeod to re-negotiate some terms with the school that the league wants to apply for membership to expand the league to 12 teams. In order to sweeten the pot for Omaha, McLeod was given leverage in April to possibly reduce the membership fee and to cut Omaha in on postseason revenue earlier than past new members.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is expected to notify Nebraska-Omaha today whether it potentially would accept the school into the league based on terms negotiated by commissioner Bruce McLeod. The 10 WCHA athletic directors held a conference call Wednesday night to informally vote on the tentative terms, which could include a reduced entrance fee and immediate sharing of postseason revenue. Immediate results on the straw poll were not available when this edition of the Herald went to press. UND athletic director Brian Faison referred comment to the commissioner's office, and McLe
Nick Oliver's first stop upon moving to Roseau, Minn., in seventh grade was Jake's Pizza. Classmates Mike Lee and Aaron Ness met him there, had lunch and then took him to play roller hockey for the rest of the night. "Right from that first day, we were good friends," Lee said. "We grew up together, played sports together. . . we pretty much did everything together." This weekend, the trio may achieve a rare high school sports feat together.
Bemidji State is intently watching as the WCHA pursues and negotiates possible membership terms with Nebraska-Omaha. An agreement should mean a home in the WCHA for the Beavers, who will lose conference affiliation after the upcoming season. You can bet that the other CCHA orphan is watching closely, too. If Omaha departs the CCHA for the WCHA -- a move that is looking probable -- it would drop the CCHA to an odd number of 11 teams. Alabama-Huntsville applied for membership in January and received a site visit from the CCHA a couple of weeks ago.
Eight former UND men's hockey players could be free agents on July 1, but Rylan Kaip won't be one of them. Kaip re-signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, sticking with the organization that drafted him back in 2003. Kaip, a former Sioux captain, played 42 games with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last season, tallying three points.
Both high schools in Grand Forks are planning to staff a strength coach for a couple of hours every day after school beginning this fall. On Monday night, the school board approved a $10 hike in athletic participation fees -- which will go from $50 to $60 -- in order to pay for the new position. "Quite honestly, I think we've been a little bit behind in the strength training area," Grand Forks athletic director Todd Olson said. "All of the larger school districts already have this position on their coaching salary schedule.