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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First-round draft pick Joe Finley says there are four big reasons why he decided to return to UND for his senior season. Reason No. 1: the atmosphere at UND. "The support we get from the fans in Grand Forks," he said, "I can't imagine it's better anywhere in college sports or even at the pro level." Reason No. 2: education. "There's an opportunity for me to continue working toward graduation," the business management major said. Reason No. 3: continued development. "I have all of the right tools to get better," Finley said.
CROOKSTON -- Even after spending a full season in the NHL and competing in six playoff games, James Sheppard has a hard time believing he's here. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward wasn't expected to make the Minnesota Wild roster last season as a 19-year-old. But Sheppard did it out of training camp and he became enough of a mainstay that the team is taking him on the Wells Fargo Road Tour across towns in northern Minnesota. Sheppard, goaltender Josh Harding and director of community partnerships Brad Bombardir made stops in Thief River Falls and Crookston on Tuesday to meet and sign autograp
UND's goaltenders, who have a combined one college start under their belts, got some help Tuesday night. Western Collegiate Hockey Association plus-minus leader Joe Finley said he called UND coach Dave Hakstol to say he plans to return for his senior season. Finley, a defenseman who was a first-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals, has led the Sioux in plus-minus the last two seasons and led the league with a plus-24 rating as a junior. The Edina, Minn., native also contributed offensively.
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Taylor Chorney says that if he could spend five more years at UND, he would. But he's by-passing the one remaining season of eligibility he has with the Sioux men's hockey team. After leading UND to three Frozen Fours and earning all-league and All-America honors, the standout defenseman has decided it's time to move on to the pros. While Chorney won't officially sign until July 1 because of a quirk in the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, he agreed in principle to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers last weekend.
When defenseman Taylor Chorney signs with the Edmonton Oilers, a move expected to happen this week, it will mark the fifth straight summer that UND has lost at least two players early to the NHL. Not to worry, there will be plenty of firepower returning to Grand Forks in the fall. Winger Andrew Kozek, who enjoyed a breakout junior season, has informed UND that he will return for his senior season. "I weighed my options and decided that I want to come back and be a big part of the team this year," Kozek said.
Nick Schaefer has been skating three days a week to prepare for a United States Hockey League camp that begins Thursday in Prior Lake, Minn. A strong performance there could help him secure a roster spot with Dean Blais' Fargo Force squad this fall. "But right now, all I'm thinking about is golf," the Grand Forks Red River senior said. Beginning today in Dickinson, Schaefer will take aim at the North Dakota state boys golf crown -- a prize he was close to winning a year ago. Schaefer lost in a 19th-hole playoff last spring to Fargo South's Ben Freeman at the Grand Forks Country Clu
UND men's hockey winger Andrew Kozek, who enjoyed a breakout junior year, has informed UND that he will return for his senior season. "I weighed my options and decided that I want to come back and be a big part of the team this year," Kozek said. "I want to finish what I started here." Kozek, a second-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005, tied Ryan Duncan and T.J. Oshie for a team-high 18 goals.
UND junior defenseman Taylor Chorney has agreed to terms in principle with the Edmonton Oilers and is expected to sign a three-year, entry-level contract today or Tuesday. Chorney, an All-American and first-team all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association pick, flew to Edmonton on Sunday for the team's development camp. While there, he will undergo a physical before finalizing the deal. The Hastings, Minn., product was drafted in the second round by the Oilers in 2005.
In the early 1990s, Sheri Kleinsasser and Dani Parkos were two of Grand Forks' most dominant athletes. Kleinsasser led the UND women's basketball team to a mark of 96-19 in four seasons and she left the school as its all-time leading scorer. Parkos won state championships for Grand Forks Central in both discus and shot put, unleashing throws that are still among the five best in North Dakota state track history. Now, their paths have come together in Fargo. Kleinsasser, who is married and goes by Sheri Stockmoe, and Parkos, who also is married and goes by Dani Parkos Fluge, have decided to