Random updates

Some UND buzz in the hockey world today…

There’s a feature in the Edmonton Journal about defenseman Dillon Simpson and his buddy Keegan Lowe — yes, the kid who drove approximately 10 hours from Edmonton to Kenmare, N.D., to pick up Simpson and Matt Frattin after Frattin’s car died. Simpson and Lowe are sons of famous Oilers.

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NHL did a feature on Colten St. Clair, who is lauded by scouts as being very hard working. St. Clair also is a great skater and is tenacious, which makes him effective even if he’s not scoring. Read the article here.

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The Voice of the Vees, Ryan Pinder, interviewed former Sioux Evan Trupp (yes, it’s weird calling him a ‘former’ Sioux). Check that interview out here.

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I also chatted with Pinder earlier this week about UND’s incoming freshmen Brendan O’Donnell and Mark MacMillan. Both played in Penticton last year. Pinder gave a little bit of a background on the players, describing how they are different. He said they have one big similarity, though: “They are both great, great kids. There won’t be any issues with their personalities or attitudes there in North Dakota.”

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The MLB draft was held this week and with 50 rounds, there are always some surprising picks. I was wondering if Sioux defenseman Jake Marto could have been one of those shot-in-the-dark picks. Marto was an outstanding player for Grand Forks Central (he made the GF legion team at age 14 and only struck out 3 times that entire season). He was recruited by Purdue, among others, for baseball. Marto was undrafted out of high school, probably in large part because teams knew they couldn’t sign him anyway. With his college hockey career over, that could have opened the door, but he was not picked.

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My story about former Sioux standout Ken Purpur, who passed away this week, has been posted to the Herald site here.

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Another piece of sad news is that Brad Malone’s grandfather, Bill, passed away this week. The obit says that Bill was quite passionate about hockey. He sure passed that down through the generations.

5 thoughts on “Random updates

  1. Marto is like 24 years old and hasn’t played baseball since he was 17. You think professional baseball still has him on their radar? Seriously, there is no way he was getting drafted.

  2. I agree that it would have been a shot in the dark for Marto to get drafted…but like you said…stranger things do happen! I read that some team drafted 2 players-both parallized in strange accidents this year- in the later rounds. I know it was more of a gesture of kindness, but with 50 rounds you never know what could happen! I saw Marto play in high school and Legion ball…and was hoping he would have chosen baseball over hockey- who knows what could have been~

  3. Not to make something out of nothing, but Marto was a heck of a hitter and pitcher. Not too many 17 years olds that can throw 85 mph with accuracy. I think he will still play professional hockey its just fun talk.

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