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NHL DRAFT: Will the Karl Goehring hire make NHL teams more intrigued with UND goaltenders?

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Karl Goehring chats with UND goalie Cam Johnson during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa.

For more than 20 years, from 1988 to 2009, no UND starting goaltender went on to play a game in the NHL.

Then, in 2010, former UND goalie Karl Goehring (who dressed in an NHL game) returned to campus to coach the program's netminders on a volunteer basis.

He coached four starting goaltenders in seven years. Three of those four suited up in the NHL this season, a school record.

Goehring spent the last two years with Tampa Bay's organization, but returned last month as a full-time UND assistant coach.

Perhaps, it's not surprising that at least one NHL team has raised that point in internal meetings when discussing whether to draft sophomore-to-be Adam Scheel ( read story on him here ) or UND recruit Cameron Rowe ( read story on him here ) this weekend in Vancouver.

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Scheel and Rowe are both on the radars of NHL teams. If they both get picked during Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday, it would mark just the second time in program history that two UND goalies have gone in the same draft.

The only other time it happened was 1984, when Greg Stome went in the sixth round to the Los Angeles Kings and Scott Brower went in the 12th round to the New York Rangers.

NHL teams are looking at Scheel and Rowe because of their talent level, but it doesn't hurt to have a highly regarded goalie coach on staff, either.

"I met Karl last year at the Warren Strelow camp after he was already working for Tampa," said Rowe, who will come to campus in the fall of 2020. "He was fantastic and he seems like a great guy. I knew it was someone who I liked working with. Moving forward, I think he's going to be a great addition to the staff. I'll be able to bounce a lot of things off of him. He understands the fans and the types of scenarios that you can be in."

Scheel committed to UND while Goehring was still the volunteer goalie coach.

"I was kind of sad when he took the job with Tampa, because I thought he'd be so good to work with," Scheel said. "He's a really smart guy and a really good guy."

UND's all-time drafted goalies

2016 -- Peter Thome, Columbus Blue Jackets, 6th round, No. 155

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2015 -- Matej Tomek, Philadelphia Flyers, 3rd round, No. 90

2010 -- Zane McIntyre, Boston Bruins, 6th round, No. 165

2007 -- Brad Eidsness, Buffalo Sabres, 5th round, No. 139

1993 -- Toby Kvalevog, Ottawa Senators, 9th round, No. 209

1991 -- Jeff Lembke, Pittsburgh Penguins, 9th round, No. 192

1984 -- Scott Brower, New York Rangers, 12th round, No. 243

1984 -- Greg Strome, Los Angeles Kings, 6th round, No. 108

1980 -- Darren Jensen, Hartford Whalers, 5th round, No. 92

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1974 -- Peter Waselovich, Boston Bruins, 10th round, No. 175

1971 -- Dave Murphy, Pittsburgh Penguins, 5th round, No. 60

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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