Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th 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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The list of former UND hockey players headed to PyeongChang has started with Grand Forks natives Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. They were introduced as team members, along with Gigi Marvin of Warroad and the University of Minnesota, as U.S. Olympians on Monday at the NHL's Winter Classic as the Herald previously reported. There were no former UND players on the American men's team—Moorhead's Will Borgen, a junior at St. Cloud State, is on the roster—but the Fighting Hawks may still be sending one current player to South Korea.
Cole Smith was UND's top offensive forward in the nine games before Christmas break. Then, the team took 20 days off. Apparently, it didn't change anything. Smith scored on his first shift back from break, just 2 minutes, 23 seconds into UND's 5-2 exhibition game victory over the U.S. Under-18 team Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 10,113 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Brush Christiansen went to the mayor's office when he found out about the plans for the soon-to-be-built Anchorage arena. Christiansen, the head coach of the Alaska Anchorage men's hockey team, brought two pillars of the city's hockey community—Harry McDonald and Dempsey Anderson—to inform mayor George Sullivan that the ice surface was scheduled to be smaller than regulation. They lobbied for something else.
Who: U.S. Under-18 team vs. UND. TV: Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27/622 HD). Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Webcast: NCHC.tv. Of note: U.S. Under-18 team forward Gavin Hain is a UND commit. He will be a freshman on next season's team. American forwards Oliver Wahlstrom and Joel Farabee are expected to be top-15 picks in June's NHL Draft. Forward Jack Hughes is a potential No. 1 overall pick in 2019. UND's lines
Former University of Minnesota Crookston men's hockey player Jay Tupa still sometimes tells his friends about the weekend in college that he played against Sidney Crosby. "My claim to fame is that I scored more goals than Crosby did that weekend," Tupa said. "I was 23 and he was 14 or 15, but who's counting?" It was 15 years ago this winter break that the NCAA Division II Golden Eagles hockey team hosted a high school team in a two-game series on campus.
Pat Sweeney found out in March that his position as a video producer at UND was being eliminated at the end of June. The longtime WDAZ-TV sports anchor started contacting friends to let them know he would soon be looking for a new job. One of his former WDAZ-TV co-workers, now at Leighton Broadcasting in sales, told him there's a news opening and they needed to get him there. That's what started Sweeney's transition into a new career in the media industry—a newsman at Leighton Broadcasting and KNOX.
GRAND FORKS — In March, Gavin Hain lined up against two of his future University of North Dakota hockey teammates when his Grand Rapids High School team played against Ethan Frisch, Carter Randklev and the Moorhead Spuds for the Minnesota state boys championship. Hain had a hat trick in that game and Grand Rapids won the title.
East Grand Forks Senior High graduate Tucker Poolman, a former UND star, scored his first NHL goal on Saturday for the Winnipeg Jets. Poolman snapped a point shot past New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak in the first period of Winnipeg's 5-2 loss in Brooklyn. The goal came in Poolman's 10th-career NHL game. In October, Poolman became the first from East Grand Forks to play in the NHL. Poolman graduated from Senior High in 2011 and played at UND from 2014-17.
When the UND men's hockey team gets back together Tuesday to prepare for the second half of the season, nobody will be missing. Sure, head coach Brad Berry would prefer that Grant Mismash was playing at the World Junior Championships with Team USA, but the fact no UND player is at the under-20 event for just the second time in nine years isn't entirely a bad thing.
The U.S. women's hockey team made its final cuts this week and, barring any freak injuries in the next month, has set its roster for the 2018 Olympic Games. The Americans cut 2014 Olympic silver medalists Alex Carpenter and Megan Bozek, according to three college hockey sources, to get down to the 23-player roster it will take to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Carpenter, a former Boston College star and winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, plays forward. Bozek, a former Minnesota standout, is a defenseman.