It’s Monday, believe it or not, six days away from puck drop. The season has crept up awfully fast this year. But that’s a good thing if you can’t wait to see hockey games again.
It also means that hockey is going to start filling the newspaper, so here’s a few things to look for this week:
In Tuesday’s paper, columnist Ryan Bakken will take a look at Travis Roy’s visit to Grand Forks. Roy was paralyzed 11 seconds into his college career, when he missed a check on UND’s Mitch Vig and slammed into the boards. Roy will talk about the incident and more at 7 p.m. tonight in the Chester Fritz. It’s free of charge if you want to go. Roy also will tour Ralph Engelstad Arena and have dinner with the Sioux hockey team.
In Wednesday’s paper, look for the annual Grand Forks Herald WCHA coaches poll. The results are in and some are interesting.
In Thursday’s paper, look for the women’s hockey preview. Coach Brian Idalski talks about what he expects in his second season. There was a large overhaul on the roster during the offseason and he believes his freshmen can contribute right away.
In Friday’s paper, you will find the 12-page special section college hockey preview. Since newspapers are ridiculously cheap, you should definitely go out and get this one. Quite a bit of info for 75 cents. Not sure how much, if any, is going to be on the web. But there’s a team-by-team breakdown in the WCHA, a preview on every other conference in the country, stories on Jason Gregoire, Brett Bruneteau, Joe Gleason, Chris Porter, Brent Olson, Jacques Lamoureux, Kelly Zajac, Hunter Bishop and more.
In Saturday’s paper, we will have coverage from UND’s annual media day, which will be held Friday. Dave Hakstol will be addressing the media over lunch and all players will be available for interviews afterward.
In Sunday’s paper, you will realize there is a purpose to learning math. I have used it to come up with a formula to objectively compare players from different eras. This is impossible to do by just looking at point totals, because scoring has decreased so much over the years in college hockey. But I found a way to look at everyone’s season under the same light. How do the seasons of UND’s two Hobey Baker Award winners compare? Where do other Hobey-worthy seasons fit in? Find out.
In Monday’s paper, read about UND’s exhibition game against Manitoba. I’ll be there live blogging and covering a hockey game for the first time in six months.