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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UND incoming freshman Jacob Bernard-Docker joined some elite company Monday afternoon. Bernard-Docker was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's top defenseman, earning an honor that has been won by NHL first-round draft picks Cale Makar (UMass) and Dante Fabbro (Boston University) the past two years. Bernard-Docker beat out four other finalists for the award, which is handed to the top blue liner among the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada. Bernard-Docker had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 regular-season games for the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Grand Forks Red River is not going to have much margin for error this postseason. It won't be the same as some of its girls tennis teams that have won 15 of the past 16 North Dakota state championships. That's why Thursday's dual was a good test for the Roughriders. Red River played a Grand Forks Central team that has showed an ability to win at every position in the lineup this season. Red River passed that test and beat the Knights 6-3 at University Park.
Ten years ago, Grand Forks native Ryan Potulny scored the game-winning goal for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the longest game in American Hockey League history. On Wednesday night, another contest featuring the Flyers' top minor-league affiliate broke that longest-game record, and another player from this area took center stage. Former Lake of the Woods star goalie Alex Lyon made 94 saves as his Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in the fifth overtime of Game 4 of their second-round playoff series.
The last NCAA national championship team at UND was captained by a junior defenseman from East Grand Forks. That was Gage Ausmus, who wore the ‘C’ for the 2016 champs. Next season, it will be another junior defenseman from East Grand Forks wearing the captain’s ‘C.’ Colton Poolman was named team captain for UND on Wednesday, earning a rare distinction for a non-senior.
WINNIPEG -- If the Stanley Cup is to spend a bunch of time in the area this summer -- potentially even with stops in Roseau and East Grand Forks -- the NHL’s best home team is going to need to come up with a big win on the road. The Winnipeg Jets blew a chance to clinch their Western Conference semifinal series at home Monday night, suffering a 4-0 loss to Nashville that will force a decisive Game 7 on Thursday.
For the second time in three years, a Grand Forks product was taken in the first round of the United States Hockey League's Phase I Draft. Grand Forks Red River freshman and UND recruit Jackson Kunz was selected No. 9 overall by the Green Bay Gamblers on Monday night in the Phase I Draft, which features players born in 2002. Kunz, who participated in the National Team Development Program's selection camp this spring, hasn't decided yet where he will play next season. If he does not play for Green Bay, the Gamblers will still retain his rights for future years.
It has become common to see UND men’s hockey players suit up in the NHL after the college season ends. Four players have done it in the last two years alone. But what Shane Gersich is doing -- suiting up in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs during the same season he played college hockey -- is quite rare.
Bill Chaves knew one of his first priorities as UND's athletic director would be to sign head men's hockey coach Brad Berry to a new contract. With only one year remaining on Berry's contract, Chaves began studying the contracts of other college hockey coaches. He found that, among the 60 head coaches at the Division I level, Berry's contract value ranked in the second quartile—somewhere between 15th and 30th. Chaves wanted to change that.
Bill Chaves said one of the first tasks on his list as UND’s new athletic director was to sign head men’s hockey coach Brad Berry to a new contract. It didn’t take him long. Berry inked a new five-year deal with a base salary of $400,000 annually on Friday, keeping him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Berry has one year left on his original four-year contract.
WINNIPEG—The Nashville Predators did something nobody has been able to do in months. They quieted Bell MTS Place. The Predators gave the hometown Winnipeg Whiteout crowd almost nothing to cheer about Thursday night, beating the Jets 2-1 to even their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff series at two games apiece. It was the first time that Winnipeg has lost at home since February.