Random Updates

I’m taking a quick postseason vacation trip today through Monday to Las Vegas, but fear not, I am bringing the lap top so I can watch the World U18 games bright and early in the morning after I finish crushing the poker tables.

While I’m watching the games, I may have an update or two.

One update I want to post is a quick preview for the coaches meetings in Florida. They start on Monday. I believe it begins with conference meetings, then moves to the national meetings.

UND coach Dave Hakstol is on the board of College Hockey Inc., and will have meetings for that as well.

You have to believe that there will be some good discussion on the NCAA regional format. Obviously, we could go into a lot of detail on that, but we’ll save that for another post.

The offseason got off to a poor start for UND with three 20-year-old freshman players getting underage drinking citations.

Hakstol was not pleased about this and is taking away “significant” scholarship money from the players, just as he threatened to do before the season started. Per privacy laws, Hakstol was not allowed to divulge the exact dollar amount or percentage of scholarship that would be lost. Regardless, he is clearly growing tired of players getting minors.


In the USHL, it’s John Marks vs. Cary Eades in the Western Conference Finals.

Fargo and Sioux Falls both reached the finals by winning Games 4 and 5 to advance. Fargo won it in dramatic fashion, on an overtime goal by Gabe Guertler, who proceeded to do the Theo Fleury “ride the stick” celebration.

In the East, it’s Dubuque vs. Youngstown.


UND recruit Troy Stecher is a finalist for the top defenseman in all of Canadian Junior A hockey. Stecher, the captain of the Penticton Vees, already has been named the top defenseman in the BCHL.


Derrick LaPoint tweeted that he’s coming back to UND to go to graduate school. Hopefully, he’ll also give lessons to the youngsters on giving quotes. LaPoint was one of the media’s go-to guys.


Ohio State stayed internal to hire a replacement for Mark Osiecki, hiring assistant coach Steve Rohlik.


There’s more turmoil in Alaska as both its Hockey Association and hockey-playing alums have placed no-confidence votes in athletic director Steve Cobb. Read more on that here.

16 Responses

  1. Stone

    Watch for some large, breaking, UND hockey news while Brad is on vacation. It happens like clockwork. Good plan to bring the laptop, Schloss 😉

  2. none

    Don’t worry Miller can keep us updated with his ever growing hockey mind. He’s a Schloss in training.

  3. Sioux4Ever

    Nice to see LaPoint going back for more education. Had him in a class one time and he is smart as a whip. Any reason the pro leagues weren’t working out?

  4. erik thorne

    If you guys want to try something really good to eat in Vegas go to Dakao Sandwiches at 5700 Spring Mountain Rd (goes west from the TI). That is the corner of Westwind and Spring Mountain just west of Decatur. It is tucked back into the NW corner of the strip mall there. Pho Saigan 8 is on the corner. Try that place also.

  5. Sioux4Ever

    Slightly off topic, but has anyone heard of any TV deals yet? We are moving back to MN from Colorado, but wont be any difference if they are not on tv. Guess I will just have to have my arm twisted to go to the Ralph…..wont take much twisting……

    1. erik thorne

      What do you want to know about Vegas food? I was just there last week and have been there at least 50 times in the last 12 years. Many of those trips were for a week or two at a time. I navigate for people who live there even. What side of the city are you interested in? I have spend at least a year there out of the last 12.

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