I’m still getting e-mails about Aaron Dell. To update: Nothing really has changed with his situation but it’s fairly apparent where it’s headed.
He hasn’t signed yet, I’m not sure who he’s talking to or how close he is to signing, but as I wrote in the Herald last month, the team is operating under the assumption that he’s gone and it’s only a matter of time before he signs.
It has been an unusual situation to report on, because it’s tough to say it’s a “done deal” when there doesn’t appear to be a deal in place. And until a deal is in place, he’s still eligible to return. But it has been fairly apparent for a while now that he’s not planning on it.
I haven’t been able to get in touch with Dell this summer — he’s been busy getting married — but I suspect we will have the “official” word in the next week.
The fall semester starts a week from today at 4 p.m. When he’s not enrolled, it will become “official.” If UND releases its roster before then, that would be official confirmation as well.
So, while Dell is still technically eligible to return to school for his senior season, I put the chances of that happening at 1 percent. Some drastic, very surprising changes in plans would have to happen.
For those who follow the blog, I have some good news.
The Herald will once again be sending me to every game this season — home and road. These days, there are very few college hockey beat writers who travel to every road game. But the powers-that-be at the Herald obviously recognize how important UND hockey is to our readership (and the numbers reflect that).
Right now, we’re discussing some coverage ideas, especially from the road. Hopefully we’ll be able to add a few new things, likely on the multimedia side (throw some ideas my way if you wish).
As for the live blog, that’s still up in the air. I’m not sure if there will be Cover it Live chats at this point, but there will definitely be some type of a live blog. It may evolve as the season goes along.
Work is beginning on the 2012-13 college hockey preview special section. Preseason predictions will be in there, along with the Herald’s annual top 10 WCHA recruit list and top 10 WCHA player list.
I just came across our section from three years ago and looked at the top 10 recruits (now seniors). Six of the top 10 have already signed — Nick Leddy (2), Mike Lee (3), Dylan Olsen (4), Drew Shore (5), Craig Smith (8) and Matt Donovan (10). Still in the league are Danny Kristo (1), Zach Budish (6) and Ben Hanowski (9). I had Mike Cichy at No. 7 and he will be at Western Michigan this season.
In brainstorming for this year’s group, I found something interesting — nearly every team has at least one recruit who is a legit top 10 guy. It’s going to be very difficult to narrow it down to 10 and a lot of teams will be represented on the list.
I believe the section comes out on Sept. 30. I’ll send out info on how to order it later.
USA Hockey set its roster for the U.S. vs. Canada Under-18 women’s hockey series Thursday-Sunday.
All three UND recruits who went to the selection camp are on the final roster — goalie Lexie Shaw, defenseman Gracen Hirschy and forward Amy Menke. All three are 2013 recruits, along with Warroad forwards Lisa Marvin and Kayla Gardner (who are both too old for the U18 series).
UND released its roster for the 2012-13 season on the women’s side.
There are two names on it that have never been reported — Swedish National Team defenseman Johanna Fallman and St. Michael, Minn., goalie Amanda Koep. Yes, that means UND will be carrying four goaltenders.
Monique Lamoureux has dropped the Kolls from her last name and Madison Kolls has transferred to Minnesota-Duluth. Kolls was a healthy scratch most of last season.
The freshman numbers are 4 Sam LaShomb, 5 Fallman, 8 Samantha Hanson, 14 Marissa Salo, 19 Meghan Dufault, 22 Tanja Eisenschmid, 29 Koep and 51 Becca Kohler.
Coach Brian Idalski hasn’t yet said if he plans on redshirting any of them, but I can guarantee that LaShomb, Eisenschmid, Dufault and Kohler will play immediately. Given UND’s situation at defense, I would expect Fallman does not redshirt either, even though I don’t know much about her.
The women open Oct. 5 at home against Minnesota State.