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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DENVER -- So here we are again, in a new city, a new arena with a new set of circumstances. But it's the same old path to the NCAA title game. UND vs. Boston College, is there any other way? "When we blow the whistle in October, our goal is to get to the national tournament at the end of the year and try to win a national title," Boston College coach Jerry York said. "We have the full understanding that somewhere along the line, we're going to play North Dakota." The teams have met in the NCAA tournament in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
DENVER -- The path to Denver on Tuesday was simple. UND took a midmorning charter flight out of Grand Forks, landed at Denver International Airport two hours later and had the rest of the day to skate at a local rink, unload gear in the Pepsi Center and eat a hearty team meal. The path to the Frozen Four can't quite be summed up that easily. The Sioux hit bumps on the road, had ugly wins, thrilling victories and, along the way, each of them played an important role. At the sudden-death, one-and-done NCAA tournament, UND put those experiences to use while grabbing the final spot at college
Everyone knows the basics about Dave Hakstol. His UND men's hockey team probably is going to be around .500 at Christmas. It will go on a big run in the second half and likely wind up at the NCAA Frozen Four. Hakstol typically finds a hot goaltender down the stretch and typically does not show emotion on the bench. This much, you already know. Before leaving for Denver and his fourth consecutive Frozen Four, Hakstol sat down with the Herald and answered some questions about things you may not know. Q. What's on Dave Hakstol's iPod? A.
UND has the most luxurious arena in college hockey, but that's not where the team is preparing for the NCAA Frozen Four. The World Men's Curling Championship has taken over Ralph Engelstad Arena, leaving the Sioux without their usual home. So, earlier this week, the team packed up its gear and headed to a temporary home, Gambucci Arena. The Sioux will practice there until Tuesday, when they depart for Denver. "We're well taken care of," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "It's kind of like having two homes.
Evan Trupp is back at practice. And if the past two years are any indication, the UND rookie forward is a good bet to be in the lineup for the NCAA Frozen Four. Officially, nothing will be decided until next week. UND coach Dave Hakstol said Trupp has to prove that he's ready to play at a high level after missing the last month with a fracture near his ankle. But Trupp knows a few things about comebacks. Last season, Trupp suffered a ruptured appendix before playing in the final game of a British Columbia Hockey League semifinal playoff series.
UND won't have back-to-back Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners. The Hobey Hat Trick -- the top three finalists for college hockey's top individual award -- were announced Wednesday afternoon and Sioux goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux and forward T.J. Oshie were not on the list. Both Lamoureux and Oshie were among the initial 10 finalists named two weeks ago in St. Paul.
UND won't have a second straight Hobey Baker Award winner. The Hobey Hat Trick -- the top three finalists -- were announced Wednesday and UND's Jean-Philippe Lamoureux and T.J. Oshie are not among them. Lamoureux and Oshie were listed as two of the original 10 finalists. The Hobey Hat Trick consists of Michigan's Kevin Porter, Miami's Ryan Jones and Boston College's Nathan Gerbe -- all are forwards. UND's Ryan Duncan won the award last season. Lamoureux is somewhat of a surprise omission.
Through his 35 seasons and 801 victories, Boston College coach Jerry York has figured out a few things about college hockey. Look back to a strange October night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. UND and Boston College played to a bizarre 0-0 tie in a game that was called after two periods because of heavy fog in the arena. Thousands of people left Kelley Rink disappointed that the Frozen Four semifinalists of the past two seasons didn't finish the game. Not York.
MADISON, Wis. -- Dave Hakstol walked off the ice Sunday night with only one section of fans left in the Kohl Center. Smiling from ear to ear, he looked up at the green-clad group and pumped his fist several times. Reaching the Frozen Four is starting to become a habit for coach Hakstol's UND men's hockey teams, but it never gets old. "At this time of year, nothing is guaranteed and nothing is routine," Hakstol said. That includes UND's path to victory Sunday.
MADISON, Wis. - Dave Hakstol walked off the ice Sunday night with only one section of fans left in the Kohl Center. Smiling from ear to ear, he looked up at the green-clad group and pumped his fist several times. Reaching the Frozen Four is starting to become a habit for coach Hakstol's UND men's hockey teams, but it never gets old. "At this time of year, nothing is guaranteed and nothing is routine," Hakstol said. That includes UND's path to victory Sunday.