There will be a different look to Ralph Engelstad Arena — and all the other venues in the NCHC this season.
It sounds like there will be no goal judges at NCHC games. The value of goal judges has eroded with video replay, and in nearly 10 years of covering college hockey, I can’t recall a single time an official conferred with a goal judge about a call.
This should be welcome news to fans who sit behind them, as they won’t be looking through as many panes of glass.
It’s probably only a matter of time before the rest of the conferences follow suit.
The NCHC has launched its official site, www.nchchockey.com. It has a nice, clean look to it and a lot of good information. I’m told that there’s a live scoreboard function, too, it’s just hidden in the offseason.
The World Junior evaluation camp has started in Lake Placid, N.Y.
They have split the crew into two teams. Both of UND’s guys at the camp — defensemen Gage Ausmus and Keaton Thompson — are on Blue. They will begin with scrimmages on Sunday and Monday.
The U.S. players are all from the 1994 and 1995 birth years.
Union had a late-summer hit as Josh Jooris signed with the Calgary Flames this week. Jooris had 28 points in 39 games as a junior last season.