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Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour drops into Grand Forks rec hockey game

The former UND great will be recognized before Friday's game in Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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Ed Belfour (center) poses for a photo after playing in a rec hockey game in Grand Forks on Nov. 16, 2022.
Brad E. Schlossman / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — It was Grand Forks adult rec hockey night on Wednesday.

Monty's played against Gerrell's in Gambucci Arena.

But it wasn't any regular Wednesday.

A Hockey Hall of Famer dropped by and jumped in the game.

Former UND great Ed Belfour, one of the five winningest goaltenders in NHL history, suited up for Monty's. He did not play goalie, though. Belfour played out alongside several of his 1987 NCAA national championship teammates, including Steve Johnson, Scott Koberinski, Jeff Bowen and Tarek Howard.

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Johnson, Koberinski, Bowen and Howard regularly play for Monty's.

Belfour is in town to take part in One More Shift on Friday night before UND's National Collegiate Hockey Conference series against Miami. Belfour will take a couple of laps in the zone and stand with the team on the blue line during the national anthem.

But Belfour also decided to pack his gear on the trip and play a game Wednesday with his old college buddies.

With Grand Forks sports fan Mark Kauk behind the Monty's bench, they beat Gerrell's 5-4.

After the game, Belfour went and congratulated his team's goalie, UND deputy athletic director Erik Martinson. Both teams then went to center ice to capture a photo.

Belfour spent one season at UND in 1986-87. He backstopped a team nicknamed the 'Hrkac Circus' to the program's fifth NCAA national championship. That team went 40-8 and is widely considered the greatest in program history.

Belfour went on to a decorated NHL career, playing 963 games across 18 seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.

The Carman, Man., product won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

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Belfour retired in 2008 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Ed Belfour (black pants) warms up before the start of a period in a Grand Forks rec hockey game No. 16, 2022.
Brad E. Schlossman / Grand Forks Herald

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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