The final game between North Dakota and Minnesota as WCHA league rivals will highlight FSN North’s Hockey Day in Minnesota coverage on Jan. 19.
The game will be played at Mariucci Arena and will likely start at about 5 p.m.
FSN North will broadcast high school games prior to the UND-Minnesota game. A Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game will follow at 8 p.m.
UND signed a TV contract with Midcontinent to produce its games for the future (except for CBS Sports games).
What does it mean for hockey?
1. A penalty clock is probably on the way…. finally.
2. Midco will broadcast NCHC games that are NOT only CBS Sports, however they won’t be allowed to be picked up by Fox College Sports. Viewers out of town will probably have to turn to the webcast.
3. On-air talent is up in the air. Pat Sweeney as called games forever, but it is unclear whether he will be able to do so with the new deal.
Also of note, The Ralph has replaced all of its TVs in the concourse with new flatscreens.
I got in touch with Matt Greene’s parents yesterday. He has not yet been told what day he will have the Cup. He’s definitely bringing it to his hometown of Grand Ledge, Mich. His dad said Matt previously told him he also wants to bring it to Grand Forks, but he doesn’t know if he will have time to do it.
In chatting with Mr. Greene, he had several interesting stories. First, he was unable to watch the Stanley Cup Finals because he was in a small town in West Africa at the time. Even getting scores of games was difficult for he and his wife.
He also said he’s excited about the formation of the NCHC, because he will be able to go up the road an hour to Kalamazoo to watch UND play against Western Michigan.
Lastly, on a sad note, longtime area hockey coach Bruce Olson has passed away after a battle with cancer.
Olson coached boys hockey at both Roseau and Warroad, leading Roseau to the state championship in 1999. He also was the head coach of the Bemidji State women’s team.