UND announced its Hall of Fame class this year. Two former hockey players will be honored. Greg Johnson, the all-time scoring leader, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame, while Scott Sandelin will receive the Tom Clifford Award.
Johnson played 15 years in the NHL, serving as the captain of the Nashville Predators for the last four. Sandelin played in the NHL for the Canadiens, Flyers and North Stars and is currently the head coach at Duluth.
The search is on to find an NCHC commissioner to replace Jim Scherr, who left the league to take a position with the European Games.
One candidate is believed to be Miami associate athletic director Josh Fenton. He’s in charge of business and finance there and has a background in hockey ops and with the NCAA Rules Committee.
If that’s a direction they look, it probably wouldn’t take too long for him to get up to speed on things within the league.
If I hear names of other potential candidates, I will pass them along.
The schedule for the UND women’s hockey team has been posted here.
One thing I noticed right off the bat is that the team will have just two home games and one home series in a three-month span between Oct. 19 and Jan. 17. That will test the team early.
A rematch of the UND-Minnesota epic, triple overtime game in the NCAA quarterfinals will come to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The men’s team is not playing that weekend, which could lead to a record crowd (if the team is playing well).
New-WCHA presidents are meeting in Bemidji tomorrow and Monday to discuss the future. Jack Hittinger has a story in the Pioneer.
It will be interesting to see if Bruce McLeod makes any announcements to the presidents about his future. He told a large group of people in Florida that this upcoming year was “probably” his last, and I know people are moving forward under the assumption that he will retire after this year. But no definite announcement has been made yet.
The WCHA’s HQs will once again be on the campus of the University of Denver this season, but it’s hard to believe that will be the longterm home. If McLeod does retire after this year, you have to think the league’s board will find workspace elsewhere for the new commissioner.
McLeod told the Pioneer that there will be a formal presentation about the league’s “media package” and internet streaming rights.
MSU-Mankato got a nice late pickup in the recruiting game with the commitment of Zach Stepan, who de-committed from Ohio State when coach Mark Osiecki was fired.
In this Mankato Free Press story, Stepan says that internet rumors that Ohio State put restrictions on his release from his letter of intent are wrong.