UND will have a bunch of its former players and current pros back on campus next week.
The program is hosting a pro camp for the second year in a row from Aug. 26-30. Like last year, one day of the camp is expected to be open to the public. More details on that will be released later this week.
A Twitter account run by the UND hockey team's staff has slowly been revealing names of players expected to attend.
Among them are Jordan Schmaltz of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Troy Stecher and Zane McIntyre of the Vancouver Canucks, Shane Gersich of the Washington Capitals and Austin Poganski of the St. Louis Blues. More player announcements will come this week.
The pro camp is an opportunity for players to return to campus, see their old teammates and get ready to head to their NHL training camps, where many of them will be battling for roster spots.
Schmaltz has been the ringleader in getting the group together the last two years.
He is set up for an important first season with the Maple Leafs, where his defensive coach is expected to be Dave Hakstol, a first-year assistant in Toronto. Schmaltz was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Leafs in the offseason.
In St. Louis, Schmaltz bounced between the NHL and American Hockey League for four seasons. The Blues, with a loaded defensive corps, won the 2019 Stanley Cup.
Schmaltz, 25, can provide a right-handed shot on the back end for the Maple Leafs, something they lack in experience.
Schmaltz's old UND roommate, McIntyre, also will be looking to establish himself in a new market. McIntyre signed as a free agent with the Canucks after spending his first four pro seasons with the Boston Bruins organization.
McIntyre also was up and down with Boston, but mainly played for the AHL's Providence Bruins. The former Thief River Falls star signed a one-year deal with the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent.
Gersich and Poganski, meanwhile, are looking to have breakthrough seasons in the final year of their entry-level contracts. Gersich played a few games in the NHL two seasons ago, when the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, but both Gersich and Poganski were in the AHL last season.
Stecher is coming off of a breakout year in Vancouver. He had 23 points in 78 games for the Canucks. His plus-9 rating was easily the best on the team. No other defenseman was better than plus-3.
Stecher, who is from suburban Vancouver, is entering the final year of a two-year, $4.65 million deal.