Want to put a UND hockey road trip on the calendar? Here’s one for you.
UND is going to play Boston College in New York City at the famed Madison Square Garden in December 2016. It will be a single game.
Read more about it here.
Also of note in that story: UND will host several Hall of Fame Games in a row. We all know UND loves getting exempt games, and that will be key. It also gives UND an opportunity to bring in an interesting opponent and gives the fans one more home game to see.
Andrew MacWilliam has signed a new NHL deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
It’s a one-year contract worth $700,000 if he’s in the NHL. It’s a nice signing for the Jets, who will either have a top defenseman and possible captain for the Manitoba Moose and/or a guy who they can call up if there are injuries on the blue line and they want a physical presence.
The Jets frequently saw MacWilliam while he was at UND.
Evan Trupp has a new home in the AHL after putting together a fantastic season with the Worcester Sharks.
Trupp has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Wolves, the top minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. He could wind up playing with Danny Kristo again if Kristo is not up with the Blues.
Trupp finished second on the Sharks in scoring last season.
Corban Knight has re-signed with the Florida Panthers, the team he was traded to last season.
Knight’s contract is for one year. It’s a two-way deal.
Knight had 24 points in 36 games for San Antonio last season. He’s expected to start this year with the Portland Pirates, but could contend for a center spot with the Panthers.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released its watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft this week.
UND commit Mitchell Mattson, a forward from Grand Rapids, Minn., is on the list as a potential high-round draft pick.
UND recruiting targets Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro of the Penticton Vees in the BCHL also are on the list.
Read the full list here.
A couple of high-end prospects have left college hockey after a single season.
In an obvious move, BU’s Jack Eichel signed with the Buffalo Sabres. In other news, Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Everyone knew it was a possibility that the Eagles would lose Hanifin, but it wasn’t a foregone conclusion like Eichel.
Eichel went No. 2 overall in the NHL Draft. Hanifin went No. 5.
The No. 8 overall pick, Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski hasn’t declared his intentions for next season yet.
The youngest player ever to commit to a college hockey team, 13-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom, has de-committed by age 15.
Wahlstrom, who gave a verbal to Maine, recently re-opened his recruitment. Wahlstrom is from Maine.
It continues a trend of those committing at age 14 or younger never showing up on the campus that they originally committed to. Two of those players are UND guys — Colten St. Clair (Colorado College) and Jordan Schmaltz (Wisconsin).
It appears that first-round QMJHL pick Shane Bowers is going to keep his college options open for now. Bowers, who played with the son of former UND tough guy Dean Dachyshyn, Barrett, is on track to play for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL this season.
It’s a big get for Waterloo, and if he maintains his college eligibility, he’s a name to look for on the recruiting scene in the future.
MSU-Mankato signed coach Mike Hastings to an eight-year contract last week. Crowd-sourcing here, but is anyone aware of a longer contract given to a college hockey coach than that, outside of George Gwozdecky’s 12-year deal with DU?
Nebraska Omaha is off to a good start with the new arena — season tickets are already sold out. Read about that here.