The new video board in Ralph Engelstad Arena has been pieced together and lifted off the ground for the first time.
As expected, it is massive.
It will still be a while before it is operational, but arena and Daktronics workers have made major progress in putting together the new video board, which will debut in October as the largest center-hung video board in college hockey by total screen area.
Workers are also in the process of installing the new ribbon board, which rings around the arena above the suits and below the upper deck.
The control room has already been updated. Ralph Engelstad Arena recently tweeted a photo of the new control room next to the original control room from when The Ralph opened in 2001. The difference in them is vast.
Is the incoming class set?
UND's 2019-20 roster is starting to take shape after junior forward Ludvig Hoff signed a pro deal in Norway, opening up another scholarship forward spot.
The incoming class is close to being set now, too.
All signs are pointing toward UND bringing in one defenseman, Moorhead's Ethan Frisch, and five forwards: Judd Caulfield of Grand Forks, Harrison Blaisdell of Regina, Sask., Shane Pinto of Franklin Square, N.Y., Carson Albrecht of Martensville, Sask., and Colorado College graduate transfer Westin Michaud, who will have one year of eligibility left.
Moore has new destination
UND defenseman commit Cooper Moore will play one year of junior hockey before coming to UND's campus in the fall of 2020.
That year of junior hockey will be played with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League, not the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League.
Chilliwack announced Moore's commitment Tuesday afternoon -- two weeks after the Stars used the No. 4 overall draft pick in the USHL Phase II Draft to get Moore.
"Cooper is the dynamic defenseman that we've been watching for over a year now," Chilliwack head coach and general manager Brian Maloney said. "The process of getting Cooper to Chilliwack took quite some time because of all of the options available to him. Not only is Cooper a player with dynamic ability and vision, he is also a phenomenal person who will fit nicely with the Chiefs culture. We look forward to helping Cooper develop as a student-athlete before he heads off to North Dakota."
UND will have two commits on the Chiefs next season: Moore, a defenseman from Cos Cob, Conn., and Ethan Bowen, a forward from Chilliwack.
Chilliwack is a familiar location for UND recruits in recent years. Blaisdell has spent the last two seasons in Chilliwack and UND's leading scorer from last year's team, Jordan Kawaguchi, also played in Chilliwack for two seasons.
Moore and Blaisdell are expected to be picked in next month's NHL Draft.
Quarterfinals set for Worlds
Pool play is complete and the quarterfinals are set at the IIHF Men's World Championship, which is being played in Slovakia.
Top-seeded Canada plays Switzerland, while the Americans take on Russia at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
Canada beat the U.S. 3-0 on Tuesday to end pool play. Former UND captain and head coach Dave Hakstol is an assistant for Team Canada, while former UND players Troy Stecher and Tyson Jost also are on the Canadian team. Former UND defenseman Christian Wolanin is on the American team, but he didn't play Tuesday.
The other two quarterfinal games are Sweden vs. Finland and Germany vs. the Czech Republic.
Brookings on the move
South Dakota is the junior hockey capital of the U.S. right now with Sioux Falls holding the USHL title belt, while Aberdeen holds the North American Hockey League championship.
But the state is about to lose one junior team. Brookings is expected to announce a move to St. Cloud as soon as Thursday.
Mick Hatten wrote about the potential move earlier this week.
- Minot's Mason Morelli has signed a one-year deal with the Stockton Heat in the American Hockey League, the top minor-league affiliate of the Calgary Flames. Morelli captained Omaha during the 2018-19 college hockey season.
- Bismarck High hired Wesley Carr to replace Mike Peluso as head coach of Bismarck High's boys hockey team.