The opening exhibition is only two weeks away. So college hockey news will start heating up soon. Here are some things to look for:
Students looking for ticket information, check out UND’s release here. We’ll leave it at that this year.
The 37th annual Grand Forks Herald WCHA coaches’ poll will be released this week — probably Wednesday. Lets hear your picks, including rookie of the year and player of the year.
UND’s captains will be announced on Oct. 2 at Sioux hockey media day. Check the Herald site that afternoon to find out who they are. What are your guesses?
On Oct. 5, the Herald will be coming out with a 12-page college hockey preview, so look for that. It will be loaded with stories, including ones on Dave Hakstol, Ryan Duncan and Derrick LaPoint.
UND media relations hockey contact Dan Benson has finished updating the team roster on the Web site. As you will notice, Philippe Lamoureux will be going by his full name this year — Jean-Philippe Lamoureux.
Also, tonight the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres are playing at Engelstad Arena at 7 p.m. If you want to watch the Sabres practice, it is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Use the main entrance. Local connections to this game are plenty:
–Former Sioux All-American Drew Stafford is a forward for the Sabres.
–Former Sioux All-American defenseman James Patrick is an assistant coach for the Sabres.
–Fargo native Paul Gaustad is a forward for the Sabres. Gaustad will have a large continent coming from Grafton.
–Former Sioux All-American goaltender Karl Goehring has been working out with the Sabres, although he’s not under contract. Goehring also played in an exhibition game with Buffalo last week.
–Former Sioux defenseman Brad Bombardir, now working in the front office with the Wild, will sign autographs at the 24-hour Subway from noon to 1 p.m. He’ll also sign during the first intermission in the main concourse.
There was a little bit of news out of Minneapolis this weekend. The Pioneer Press reported that recruit Nick Larson will not be playing hockey this year. Larson enrolled at Minnesota, but has not participated in practices. No word on whether he still plans to someday play at Minnesota.
The same article also states that Minnesota is evaluating defenseman Nate Hagemo and whether a return is possible for him. The story states it is still a long shot. A year ago, Hagemo decided to hang up the skates after battling a nagging shoulder injury. Hagemo took the 2005-06 season off after playing in the first three games, but he couldn’t overcome the injury by the start of last season.