Captains to be announced today

UND will name its captains later this afternoon. I’m off to the rink to find out who they are. Any last guesses?

Past captains under Dave Hakstol

2008-09 — Ryan Duncan
2007-08 — Rylan Kaip
2006-07 — Chris Porter
2005-06 — Matt Smaby
2004-05 — Matt Greene

Pierre-Paul Lamoureux joins UND

There will be no Battle of the Lamoureuxs this year during the October exhibition.

Pierre-Paul Lamoureux has traded in his University of Manitoba jersey for the green and white, like pretty much the rest of his family.

Pierre-Paul won’t be playing (he’s not eligible because he played in the WHL), but he’ll be a student-assistant for the men’s team. After a few shoulder injuries, he decided it was time to quit playing competitively. Pierre-Paul has been around the rink this summer.

The only family member who hasn’t gone to UND will now be Jacques, who was a Hobey Baker finalist at Air Force last year.

Hockey Academy holds open house

Tonight, The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena — run by Brad Berry and Erik Fabian – held an open house.

A back room that used to be filled with boxes has turned into an impressive, state-of-the-art hockey training area. It’s located next to the weight room downstairs in the arena.

Many area prep players are currently working out there to prepare for the season.

The training is very hockey specific. Lots of weights and physical training during the offseason, then it shifts more to on-ice and skill sessions for the players.

The highlight is the new treadmill, which is surrounded by synthetic ice, so players can catch passes and shoot pucks while on it. Below is a picture of Fabian using it.

If you want some video of Fabian and Berry demonstrating aspects of the training facility, Pat Sweeney had some on the 6 p.m. newscast. Go to www.wdaz.com, click 6 p.m. newscast and fast forward to the sports.

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Player salaries

A Web site dedicated to figuring out NHL cap space has posted Michael Forney’s salary as $1.7 million over three years or $566,666 per season. That’s a very nice contract for Forney, who will make more than fellow former Sioux players and Thrasher prospects Rylan Kaip and Andrew Kozek. Forney won’t make that figure if he’s playing in the AHL, but it’s a nice deal nonetheless.

I decided to go through the rosters and see which former Sioux players will make the most this season. The results are below. Keep in mind that Matt Smaby and Brandon Bochenski are both on one-way deals (*** are players on one-way deals), so they will probably end up making more than most of those on two-way deals.

Although Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie and Brian Lee are still on their entry-level deals worth about $850,000, bonuses inflate their salaries (b means bonus-affected salary).

One more thing to keep in mind is that these salary figures measure the cap hit for each team. Travis Zajac will actually make $2.75 million next season and $4.8 million in 2012-13, the last year of his contract. This measures the average throughout the deal.

Former UND player NHL salaries for 2009-10

1. Jason Blake $4,000,000***
2. Travis Zajac $3,887,500***
3. Mike Commodore (A) $3,750,000***
4. Zach Parise $3,125,000***
5. Matt Greene (A) $2,950,000***
6. Jonathan Toews (C) $2,800,000 (b)
7. T.J. Oshie $1,275,000 (b)
8. Brian Lee $1,275,000 (b)
9. Ryan Johnson $1,100,000***
10. Taylor Chorney $941,666 (b)
11. Joe Finley $850,000
12. David Hale $700,000***
13. Michael Forney $566,666
14. Matt Jones $562,500
15. Chris Porter $562,500
16. Andrew Kozek $531,250
17. Brandon Bochenski $525,000***
18. Matt Smaby $525,000***
19. Rylan Kaip $500,000
20. J.P. Lamoureux $500,000

Free agents
Drew Stafford
Matt Watkins
Ryan Bayda
Landon Wilson
Brady Murray

Chris Porter re-signs with St. Louis

Former UND captain Chris Porter will stay with the St. Louis Blues.

Porter inked a two-year deal reportedly worth a little more than $1.1 million with St. Louis — the organization he’s spent the last two seasons with.

Porter split time with the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL and the Blues last season. He played six games for the Blues at the start of the season, scoring a goal and adding an assist. In 74 games with Peoria, the two-way forward had seven goals, 16 assists and 23 points.

At UND, Porter gained a lot of notoriety for his Iron Man status — he won the team’s Iron Man award in dryland training for three years in a row, and also became the WCHA’s all-time Iron Man by playing in all 175 college games.

Ryan Duncan ended up tying that mark of 175 straight games last season and Chay Genoway will have a shot at tying his dryland mark this year.

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Also of note, Lee Goren will play this upcoming season for Tappara in Finland until it’s time for him to go back to the Swedish Elite League.

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Perhaps Alexi Casilla’s sudden power surge (he hit one off the baggie) on Tuesday came because he was trying to avoid sheer embarrassment from Zach Parise. The former UND forward took batting practice from Ron Gardenhire before Tuesday’s game and nearly blasted one into the football seats. The Pioneer Press estimated that the lefty hit it 340 feet.

Toews battles for roster spot

Jonathan Toews is at the Canadian Olympic camp this week along with a ridiculously good group of forwards. But reports in Canada and the U.S. seem to indicate that he has a legitimate shot at make the team.

Toews could be used as a fourth line/checking line forward for the Canadians, according to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Farber, among others. This, once again, highlights the value of Toews’ all-around game.

Read Farber’s report here.

Canwest News Service also did a feature on Toews. Read that here.

List of forwards at Canada’s camp:

Jeff Carter
Dan Cleary
Sidney Crosby
Shane Doan
Simon Gagne
Ryan Getzlaf
Dany Heatley
Jarome Iginla
Vincent Lecavalier
Milan Lucic
Patrick Marleau
Andy McDonald
Brendan Morrow
Rick Nash
Corey Perry
Mike Richards
Derek Roy
Patrick Sharp
Ryan Smyth
Jason Spezza
Martin St. Louis
Eric Staal
Jordan Staal
Joe Thornton
Jonathan Toews

Single-game ticket sale reminder

Minnesota sent out a release today reminding fans that single-game men’s hockey tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. I know most of UND’s alumns wind up in the Twin Cities, so this always is a hot ticket (not to mention other factors, like success of the programs and the rivalry).

If you’re interested in those tickets, go to www.gophersports.com to pick up tickets tomorrow morning.

Also, UND’s single-game tickets go on sale Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., so you still have some time there.

Random notes

Five random notes today:

1. UND’s Jake Marto was featured by Inside College Hockey in their annual A to Z. Marto was a big reason for UND’s turnaround in the second half of last season and will be a very important cog this season. Read the feature here.

2. For those interested in checking out The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena, there will be an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Park in the north lots and enter through the Olympic Arena doors if you go. I stopped by the facility today and it’s looking pretty good. I’ll post some photos later.

3. Updated heights and weights have been posted on FightingSioux.com here. It’s pretty impossible to know if these numbers are accurate. But for what it’s worth, Jason Gregoire has added 11 pounds from last year.

4. Roseau’s Mike Lee appears set to be the go-to guy at St. Cloud State as record-holding goalie Jase Weslosky has been ruled ineligible, the Times reports. He will likely transfer to Bemidji State, according to the report.

5. Brad Berry will be hosting a pro camp again beginning next week. At that time, I’ll try to get a list of players there and try to find out whether they are going to do a scrimmage for the public like last year. After signing with the Buffalo Sabres, Phil Lamoureux said he plans to attend the camp. Also, David Hale, Matt Greene and Mike Commodore plan to be there. My apologies to any forwards attending.

Lamoureuxs on national team

The announcement has been made and both Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux are on the 23-player U.S. national team roster. Two cuts will come around December, but UND coach Brian Idalski believes the Lamoureux twins will ultimately be on the final Olympic roster.

Warroad’s Gigi Marvin also made the team and will play with Team USA in her hometown in October.

Only four current WCHA players are on the roster and will miss the season. Besides the Lamoureuxs, Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan are on the team. Duggan will have one year of eligibility when she gets back. Knight will have two. The Lamoureuxs are the only players on the roster who will have three years of college eligibility left.

Here’s the roster:

GOALTENDERS (3)
29 Brianne McLaughlin 5-8 (174) 130 (59) 6/20/87 L Sheffield Village, Ohio Robert Morris University (CHA)
1 Molly Schaus 5-8 (174) 148 (67) 7/29/88 L Natick, Mass. Boston College (HEA)
31 Jessie Vetter 5-8 (174) 169 (77) 12/19/85 L Cottage Grove, Wis. Wisconsin (WCHA)

DEFENSEMEN (7)
22 Kacey Bellamy 5-8 (174) 143 (65) 4/22/87 L Westfield, Mass. New Hampshire (HEA)
8 Caitlin Cahow* 5-4 (163) 156 (71) 5/20/85 L Branford, Conn. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
11 Lisa Chesson 5-6 (169) 152 (69) 8/18/86 L Plainfield, Ill. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
6 Rachael Drazan 5-6 (168) 150 (68) 1/11/86 L Orono, Minn. Minnesota (WCHA)
9 Molly Engstrom* 5-9 (175) 178 (81) 3/1/83 R Siren, Wis. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
4 Angela Ruggiero*** 5-9 (175) 192 (87) 1/3/80 R Simi Valley, Calif. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
23 Kerry Weiland 5-4 (163) 142 (64) 10/18/80 L Palmer, Alaska 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team

FORWARDS (13)
13 Julie Chu** 5-8 (174) 147 (67) 3/13/82 R Fairfield, Conn. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
20 Natalie Darwitz** 5-3 (160) 137 (62) 10/13/83 R Eagan, Minn. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
10 Meghan Duggan 5-9 (175) 164 (74) 9/3/87 R Danvers, Mass. Wisconsin (WCHA)
15 Angie Keseley 5-7 (171) 148 (67) 6/9/87 L St. Louis Park, Minn. Wisconsin (WCHA)
21 Hilary Knight 5-10 (178) 172 (78) 7/12/89 R Hanover, N.H. Wisconsin (WCHA)
17 Jocelyne Lamoureux 5-6 (168) 154 (70) 7/3/89 R Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota (WCHA)
7 Monique Lamoureux 5-6 (168) 156 (71) 7/3/89 R Grand Forks, N.D. North Dakota(WCHA)

2 Erika Lawler 5-0 (152) 130 (59) 2/5/87 R Fitchburg, Mass. Wisconsin (WCHA)
19 Gigi Marvin 5-8 (174) 166 (75) 3/7/87 R Warroad, Minn. Minnesota (WCHA)
12 Jenny Potter*** 5-4 (163) 145 (66) 1/12/79 L Edina, Minn. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
16 Kelli Stack 5-5 (165) 130 (59) 1/13/88 R Brooklyn Heights, Ohio Boston College (HEA)
5 Karen Thatcher 5-8 (174) 164 (74) 2/29/84 L Blaine, Wash. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team
3 Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 3/27/86 L Eagle River, Wis. 2008-09 U.S. Women’s Select Team