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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Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, the highly talented hockey-playing twins from Grand Forks, have signed to play at UND, making their transfer from the University of Minnesota official. UND coach Brian Idalski announced the news through his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon. The Lamoureux twins, who were both first-team all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association as rookies, plan to suit up for the Sioux as sophomores in 2010-11. They have to sit out next season -- one in which they may be playing for the U.S.
Former UND men's hockey coach Dean Blais has been tabbed to coach the 2010 U.S. World Junior Championship team. Blais, who currently serves as coach and general manager of the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League, will lead the best under-20 American hockey players from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Saskatoon and Regina, Sask. "I'm honored to be selected to coach this team," Blais said.
As seventh-graders, Rachel Dallman and Marie Meagher made the Grand Forks Red River girls soccer team and the Roughriders went on to win the state championship. Through the next four years, the pair of standout athletes found out how difficult that task is to accomplish. The Roughriders, who went 4-0 en route to their 2004 title, have since earned just two wins at the state tournament. They took fourth in 2005 and failed to qualify for state in 2006 and 2007. Last year, Red River went two-and-out. Now, Dallman and Meagher have one last shot at the state tournament.
Jocelyne Lamoureux called UND's Margot Miller this week to tell her old Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School teammate that she will be transferring from Minnesota to UND. "Margot didn't believe me at first," Lamoureux said. "She thought I was kidding." It's no joke. UND has landed the Lamoureux twins (Jocelyne and Monique), who grew up in Grand Forks and are coming off of dominant freshman women's hockey seasons for Minnesota. The twins were granted a release from their scholarships at Minnesota on Tuesday and already have contacted Sioux women's coach Brian Idalski.
Coach Brian Idalski has repeatedly said his goal is to make the UND women's hockey team annual contenders for a national title. Some major help is on the way. The Lamoureux twins, who finished third and fourth nationally in scoring as freshmen at Minnesota, have been granted a release from their scholarships and they intend to transfer to UND. The release was granted by Gopher coach Brad Frost and it specifically states that Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux have permission to contact the Sioux. The Grand Forks natives are expected to talk with UND this week and letters of intent could be sig
It was all a joke, Tony Hrkac thought. He was 42 years old and had been retired for four years. So, he laughed it off when Houston Aeros assistant coach Luke Strand came up to him after a summer skating session at the University of Wisconsin and said: "I might give you a call this year." "I thought, 'Yeah, whatever,'" Hrkac recalls.
Bob Zimney and Tim Delmore have been to 30 region meets as coaches of the Grand Forks Red River boys track and field team. The one coming Saturday excites them more than most. Red River has a good chance to win the East Region for the first time since 1993 -- a 15-year span. Fargo South has been dominant during that stretch, but the Roughriders enter Saturday's meet at West Fargo High School unbeaten against East Region teams this season.
Temperatures reached the mid-60s on Monday in Grand Forks, marking one of the warmest days of the spring. So the UND men's and women's track and field teams are well aware that they are going to be in for an adjustment come this weekend's Great West Conference meet. The forecast for Houston -- which is hosting the first-ever outdoor meet -- is in the 90s with humidity as high as 80 percent. "The heat and humidity is something we're going to have to deal with," women's coach Dick Clay said. "You don't know how people are going to react. We're pretty much going from 50 degrees to 90 degrees.
The opportunity was too great for Danny Irmen to pass up. He had an NHL contract from the hometown team sitting in front of him, along with a promise of a shot to make the big club. But three years after the former Grand Forks Red River star left the University of Minnesota early to sign with the Minnesota Wild, Irmen is still grinding it out in the minor leagues, waiting for his shot in the spotlight that may never come. Many share his story. Since the new NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed in 2005, the number of college hockey players leaving early for the pros has skyrockete
UND's captain is headed overseas. Ryan Duncan, who finished his brilliant college hockey career in March, has signed to play with the Salzburg Red Bulls in Austria for next season, his agent said today. Duncan will head to Austria in the summer to prepare for the season. "We were looking at some things here (in North America)," player agent Neil Sheehy said, "and he had a good experience going to the AHL at the end of the year, but he felt the best thing for his career was to go to Europe.