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.