Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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Scoring has plummeted in college hockey.
For the first time since Dave Hakstol took over as UND coach in 2004, another conference lost as many players early to the pros as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Both the WCHA and Central Collegiate Hockey Association saw 11 players give up remaining college eligibility to sign pro deals this summer. The number is an increase for the CCHA, which lost five players in 2006 and nine players in 2007.
Ryan Duncan has a Hobey Baker Memorial Award, more career points than any current player in college hockey and a scholarship dedicated to his leadership qualities. Was there any question who would captain the UND men's hockey team this season? UND announced the inevitable Thursday, giving the senior from Calgary the 'C' for the 2008-09 season. Seniors Joe Finley, Matt Watkins and Zach Jones will serve as alternate captains. "This group of four individuals has earned the respect of their teammates through the early part of this season and over the course of their careers," UND coach Dave Ha
Chay Genoway went from a solid player to one of the elite defensemen in the league. Chris VandeVelde went from a guy who spent a couple games as a healthy scratch to a first-line player and an all-league candidate. If the UND men's hockey team plans to contend for its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association title since 2004, the Sioux are going to need their sophomores to take steps similar to the ones Genoway and VandeVelde made last season. "Our sophomore class, especially in the first half of the year," coach Dave Hakstol says, "could differentiate us from being a good team or being
UND announced today that senior Ryan Duncan will captain the men's hockey team this season. Seniors Joe Finley, Matt Watkins and Zach Jones are the alternate captains. Duncan, the 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner, was an assistant captain last season. "This group of four individuals has earned the respect of their teammates through the early part of this season and over the course of their careers," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "(They) will do a great job of leading this team toward the goals of 2008-09." For more, see Friday's Herald.
There will be three noticeable differences this year with the UND women's hockey team, coach Brian Idalski says. "You're going to see a difference in speed right away. You'll also notice a lot more skill and depth," Idalski says.
The opinions of Western Collegiate Hockey Association coaches varied greatly when it came to picking a preseason rookie of the year and a preseason player of the year. There's one thing the coaches can pretty much agree on, though: Colorado College is still the team to beat. The defending MacNaughton Cup champion Tigers received eight first-place votes and are picked to finish first in the 38th annual Grand Forks Herald WCHA preseason coaches poll. UND received two first-places and is projected to finish second, followed by Denver.
Nobody at Center Court Fitness Club could say for certain Saturday afternoon, but the belief was that Matt Fuka may have pulled off a first. The Grand Forks Central junior, seeded sixth in the East Region singles tournament, defeated the No. 3, No. 2 and No.
Grand Forks Red River pinned its winning streak of 116 duals on its singles players Thursday afternoon. Freshman Erik Johnson, among others, came through for the Roughriders. Johnson's 6-3, 6-4 win over Fargo South's Parker Lawley at No.
Minnesota Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said the atmosphere in Grand Forks and in Ralph Engelstad Arena is better than what the team has had in the past for training camp. Danny Irmen certainly agrees. The former Grand Forks Red River standout opened NHL training camp Saturday by scoring the first goal of the first scrimmage in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The opening four days of camp are being held in UND's home rink as the Wild's usual home, Xcel Energy Center, is being reconstructed after hosting the Republican National Convention earlier this month. The change of venue (it's the first time the