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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Carter Rowney stood in the back of an open wooden wagon, holding the Stanley Cup high over his head Sunday afternoon as his hometown of Sexsmith, Alberta, saluted the former UND player for winning hockey’s greatest prize. Rowney had his day with the Stanley Cup on Sunday -- every player on the winning team gets 24 hours with the trophy -- and he spent part of it with his family and his northern Alberta town.
Rain didn't wash out the World of Outlaw Late Models show at River Cities Speedway for the third time in five years. The quick shower at dusk just made for a slight delay and one of the fastest tracks The Bullring has seen this summer. In qualifying, Mark Marlar turned the fastest lap ever by a late model at River Cities Speedway, completing one in 11.322 seconds. That broke the record of 11.422 set by Dustin Strand a year earlier.
Rusty Wallace arrived in Grand Forks on Friday afternoon for the second time. "I love that airport," he said. Nostalgia was setting in. The NASCAR Hall of Fame driver grabbed a Grand Forks Herald, saw the cover photo of dirt-track racing on the sports page and began thinking back to how he got started in racing so many years ago. "It was a '69 Chevy Chevelle," Wallace said he used to race on dirt tracks. "Big, ol' wide, dirt tires on that baby. We had a 327 Chevy engine, shaker screen on the front. It was orange and blue, No. 66.
Local River Cities Speedway late model drivers had their best outing against the World of Outlaws when they were last at The Bullring two summers ago. Two locals finished in the top 10 for the first time ever. Joey Pederson of East Grand Forks finished eighth and Brad Seng of Grand Forks finished ninth. Repeating such a finish will be much more difficult tonight, though. When the World of Outlaw Late Models return to Grand Forks for the first time since 2015, they are expected to attract roughly 21 open motors—a track record for this show.
Carter Rowney will be getting a grand welcome home on Saturday. The former UND forward, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins last month, will have the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Sexsmith, Alta., Saturday for a parade and a celebration. The parade is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the town’s hockey arena. After traveling roughly 12 blocks, it will end in the same spot.
Karl Goehring has been at UND as a volunteer goalie coach for seven seasons. In that role (NCAA rules limit teams to two paid assistant coaches), Goehring has turned three of UND's four starting goalies into NCAA All-Americans, two of them into Mike Richter Award finalists, one into the winner of the prestigious award and two of his pupils have since played in the NHL.
Nearly every player who was scheduled to be on the UND women's hockey team next season has found a new NCAA Division I home. Only three of 25 don't yet have new Division I teams—junior-to-be Dorci Medgyes may stay at UND for one more year, sophomore-to-be Annelise Rice has had offers but may take a year to choose and goalie recruit Lauren Hennessy will play one year at a prep school before making a college decision. The other 22 players have spread across 15 different programs and four different conferences.
For the last couple of years, there has been buzz about three big, skilled, up-and-coming Grand Forks hockey players. After landing commitments from 2000-born Braden Costello and 2001-born Judd Caulfield, UND completed the trifecta Monday morning, when it received a verbal commitment from 2002-born Jackson Kunz. Kunz, a 6-foot-2 forward who is just 14 years old, told UND coach Brad Berry that he would play his college hockey at UND.
In the offices of Midco Sports Network this week, vice president Mark Powell and others reminisced about its first venture into broadcasting live sports 10 years ago. Midco televised a University of South Dakota football game—the only live event it attempted in 2007. The next year, Midco televised three college football games. "So, we really bumped it up the second year," Powell said with a laugh.
An uncharacteristically quiet NHL Draft day for UND ended Saturday afternoon with only one name being called. Incoming rookie forward Grant Mismash was selected by the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators in the second round, No. 61 overall, in Chicago's United Center. Mismash, who made the trip for the event, donned a Predators jersey after the selection and did interviews with the gathered media.