Random updates

Christmas break is over for the men’s and women’s hockey teams. Both are back in town and practicing and preparing for their returns to the ice next weekend. UND will host Holy Cross, while the women travel to St. Louis to take on Lindenwood.

In the meantime, there’s been some action around the country…

1. What’s the best Sioux hockey jersey ever? A website dedicated to Sioux jerseys is putting on a tournament where fans will be allowed to vote and give their thoughts. I think this will be fun and interesting to see what the fans chose. Check it out and participate here.

2. UND recruit Shane Gersich came through with a funny Christmas gift for his grandfather (who is the father of Gopher greats Neal, Aaron and Paul Broten). Check it out here.

3. The WCHA is selling commemorative merchandise. Weird or not?

4. St. Cloud State freshman Joey Benik, who starred in the BCHL last season, played his first college game Thursday night. Benik suffered an injury in preseason camp that kept him out until now. Benik had an assist in SCSU’s 4-3 loss to RPI.

5. Omaha center Brock Montpetit will be out three to five weeks due to a leg injury.

WORLD TOURNAMENT TIME

WORLD JUNIORS – UND rookie Rocco Grimaldi and the U.S. holds a 1-1 record. The next game is 3:30 a.m. Sunday against Canada.

WORLD UNDER-17 CHALLENGE – UND recruits Austin Poganski and Chris Wilkie will suit up for the Americans, who are made up almost entirely of NTDP players. Poganski is one of two skaters outside the NTDP asked to join. Canada West features arguably the top two uncommitted 1996-born forwards in Western Canada in Ryan Gropp of the BCHL and Tanner MacMaster of the AJHL. The tournament begins Saturday in Quebec.

WORLD UNDER-18 WOMEN’S – Four UND recruits are suiting up in this event. Defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak is an alternate captain for Canada. Goalie Lexie Shaw, defenseman Gracen Hirschy and forward Amy Menke are suiting up for the Americans. That tournament begins in Finland on Saturday.

And lastly, from Ufa, Russia, Grimaldi wishes the “Fighting Sioux family” a merry Christmas.

6 thoughts on “Random updates

  1. Coming from Colorado to watch the Sioux play Holy Cross. Cant wait to see what sort of pre game things will be played on the big screen……….2006 regional action…….

  2. Completely random, but does anyone know of a place/bar in Rapid City, SD that Sioux fans gather to watch the home games? I’m going to be there for a couple months starting in January and I wasn’t sure if there was a place other than Buffalo Wild Wings that Sioux fans around there watched the games!

  3. Very sad by an increaasingly pathetic WCHA. Look where failed leadership gets you. Their slogan next year could be “All the excitement of College Hockey America plus in inflated sense of history….”

    • I disagree with the inflated sense of history, the WCHA will go down as either one of the greatest or the greatest college hockey conference ever assembled. Look at the history: the # of national championships by schools while members (38 i believe), the # of schools that have been and will be a members, the collective attendance of the current member schools, the popularity of the final five, and there instrumental role in helping Hockey East get off the ground just to name a few. The WCHA almost averages one team in the championship game per year.

      I agree that the leadership or lack there of is the key to there demise. There lack of foresight forced the hand of the remaining members.

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