Random notes

Some random notes to start this Thursday….

Chad Demers, who led Grafton-Park River to a state championship by scoring a triple OT goal as a junior, has committed to Air Force. Demers currently is the captain of the Fargo Force. It is his third season with the team. Air Force continues to recruit players from this area hard.

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The Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic runs today through Saturday. It’s the fourth year of the tournament, which has continually brought in some top prospects.

In the first three years, we’ve seen a 1st-round pick (Nick Bjugstad), a second-round pick (Aaron Ness), a third-round pick (Mike Lee), two fourth-round picks (Joe Faust and Nick Oliver) and a fifth-round pick (Caleb Herbert). Other D-I players include Tyler Landman (Providence), Eric Meland (Princeton), Alex Simonson (Omaha) and Jason Fabian (Air Force)… and I’m probably forgetting some.

This year, there is one player who has committed to D-I in Apple Valley junior A.J. Michaelson (Minnesota). Apple Valley sophomore Hudson Fasching is thought to be one of the country’s top 1995-born prospects and Central forward Luke Johnsonand Red River defenseman Jon Lizotte are two other sophomores to keep an eye on.

For a full schedule of the tournament, go here.

For today’s Herald story on Michaelson, Fasching and the Apple Valley Eagles, go here.

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I talked to U.S. Under-18 forward J.T. Miller this evening about his upcoming contest against his future team on Saturday. Miller has signed a letter of intent with the Sioux and will join the squad next season. Look for a story on Miller in Saturday’s paper. Miller is a big-time talent who could go as high as the first round according to Red Line Report.

Unfortunately, Rocco Grimaldi won’t be here this weekend. But judging by the glowing comments from Chris Dilks in this blog post, we’ll probably be able to see him at the World Juniors.

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Speaking of prospects, one name stood out when I was scanning the list of Minnesota’s top scorers in Class AA. The No. 1 scorer in the state as of Monday? Josh Archibald, Brainerd. Yes, that’s Jim’s son.

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Canada named its final World Junior roster today. Two WCHA players are on it in Colorado College’s Jaden Schwartz and Duluth’s Dylan Olsen. That means the Bulldogs will be without Olsen, a defenseman, for the Hall of Fame Game against the Sioux on Dec. 30. The Dogs also could be without defenseman Justin Faulk, who is headed to Team USA’s camp today.

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Former Sioux forward Drew Stafford returned from injury tonight and had a hat trick for the Buffalo Sabres. After missing almost all of November, Stafford had a goal, an assist and was named first start on Dec. 3rd vs. Columbus. He was injured late in that game and immediately was out for two more weeks. Tonight was his first game back. He joked after the game that he was going to take another couple weeks off and have another big game.

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Don’t know if I forgot to pass this along earlier, but former Sioux forward Ryan Johnson, who was most recently with Vancouver, has signed a tryout contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs in the AHL. 

Johnson played his first game with Rockford on Wednesday night and went pointless. (Andrew Kozek got in a fight in the game).*****

Red River graduate and former Gopher Ryan Potulnywas called back up by the Chicago Blackhawks.

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The UND women’s team has announced some of its signings: East Grand Forks’ Leah Jensen, Warroad’s Layla Marvin and Shelby Amsley-Benzie and Danish star Josefine Jakobsen.

Associate coach Peter Elanderhas some high praise for Jakobsen, who he says would have been one of Sweden’s top players in the Olympics if she would have been Swedish.

UND also has commits from Swedes Cecilia Ostberg and Klara Myren and Norwegian Andrea Dalen for next season. Finnish star Michelle Karvinenis considered a redshirt freshman this season because she is taking classes online.

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Read it here. twins. It is well done. LamoureuxUSCHO has a front-page feature on the

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