I’ve been off the grid for a few days, but there has been quite a bit of news in the college hockey world.
For starters, UND announced a new hockey TV show that will be called “North Dakota Hockey with Dave Hakstol.” It will air on Midco at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Through These Doors also will appear on Midco, which is a huge credit to the students who have put in a lot of time making that show happen.
Elsewhere in the country…
Nebraska Omaha, which could be one of the teams in the mix to win the inaugural NCHC title, will have to do it without one of its best players.
Omaha co-captain Matt White, who racked up 99 points in three seasons, was kicked off the team after an incident in the Old Market. UNO also booted incoming freshman Preston Hodge and suspended Grand Forks native Alex Simonson indefinitely.
For more details, here’s a story from the Omaha World Herald.
Wisconsin lost one of its top recruits, forward Christian Dvorak, to the OHL. He has signed with the London Knights in the OHL. Dvorak was scheduled to go to Wisconsin in 2014.
Dvorak’s father told the Wisconsin State Journal that he feels the OHL gives Dvorak a slightly better chance to reach the NHL.
If Wisconsin can produce Ryan Suter, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Joe Pavelski, Dany Heatley, Justin Schultz, Jake Gardiner, etc., and prospects still believe they have to go somewhere else to get to the NHL, it shows what an unbelievable challenge college hockey and CollegeHockeyInc.com have to overcome a perception problem.
Former Grand Forks Central and Bemidji State defenseman Matt Carlson has signed with the Quad City Mallards in the CHL. Carlson played a couple of games with the Mallards at the end of last season.
The Hockey Academy tweeted that former Grand Forks Central forward Casey Purpur is going to play Division I hockey at Northern Michigan this season. That continues the area’s nice run of producing Division I players and pros.