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Men's hockey notebook: REA Hockey Academy shows off new digs

A back room in the basement of Ralph Engelstad Arena -- previously filled with boxes -- now has been converted into an elite hockey training facility for area players.

A back room in the basement of Ralph Engelstad Arena -- previously filled with boxes -- now has been converted into an elite hockey training facility for area players.

Running the show is an eight-year NHL veteran who coached at both the college and professional level and a former Sioux player who spent two years in the pros.

Brad Berry and Erik Fabian proudly showed off The Hockey Academy in Ralph Engelstad Arena on Thursday during the grand opening.

The highlight of the show was the new skating treadmill, which is surrounded by synthetic ice, giving players the chance to work on their skating, while handling pucks at the same time.

The treadmill has the ability to go both ways, to incline and to wear out players in a hurry.

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That's why UND had several former players ready to demonstrate the treadmill.

The Hockey Academy has many different hockey-specific programs, including on-ice training, off-ice skill development and weight training.

"The main misconception about this place is that we just have one program," Fabian said. "We have all sorts of different programs."

Porter re-signs with Blues

Former UND captain Chris Porter has inked a two-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues reportedly worth about $1.1 million.

Porter has spent both of his professional seasons with St. Louis' organization.

Last season, he made his NHL debut and scored a goal and had an assist in six games with the Blues. He had 23 points in 74 games for the Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis' American Hockey League affiliate.

Forney lands nice deal with Atlanta

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Last month, Michael Forney said he was very happy with the contract that the Atlanta Thrashers offered.

The former UND player signed a three-year contract worth $1.7 million or $567,000 per season, according to a Web site that follows NHL salaries.

That contract is worth more than those of Andrew Kozek ($531,250) and Rylan Kaip ($500,000), both Thrashers players, according to the site.

All three players signed two-way deals, meaning they won't get paid as much if they play in the American Hockey League.

Forney spent two injury-plagued years at UND before returning to the United States Hockey League for one season. He decided to sign with Atlanta instead of return to UND.

Parise up to bat

Look out, struggling Minnesota Twins hitters.

Zach Parise took batting practice with manager Ron Gardenhire pitching Tuesday and he nearly blasted one out of the park.

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According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the left-handed batting Parise pulled a ball 340 feet, falling just short of the folded football seats in right field.

Parise recently participated in the U.S. Olympic hockey tryout camp and is a lock to make the team. Parise plays for the New Jersey Devils.

Briefly

- Pierre-Paul Lamoureux has transferred from the University of Manitoba to UND and will help out the hockey team as a student assistant this season. Lamoureux is the brother of current Sioux forward Mario, former Sioux goalie Jean-Philippe and current women's players Monique and Jocelyne. Pierre-Paul's father, Pierre, also played for the Sioux. Pierre-Paul played in the Western Hockey League before attending Manitoba.

- Lee Goren will play for Tappara in Finland this season until he joins his Swedish Elite League team.

- Berry will host a pro camp in Ralph Engelstad Arena for the next two weeks. Among the NHL players expected to be in attendance are David Hale, Matt Greene and Mike Commodore.

Reach Schlossman at (701) 780-1129; (800) 477-6572, ext. 129; or send e-mail to bschlossman@gfherald.com .

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Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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