There will be a former UND player in the Stanley Cup Finals again. That is guaranteed after Matt Greene and the Los Angeles Kings ousted the Anaheim Ducks to earn a spot in the Western Conference finals.
The Kings will take on Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks next round in a battle between the last two Stanley Cup winners.
That series starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Providence forward Drew Brown, who would have been a senior, announced he will miss the season as he battles cancer. Here’s the full release.
Brown’s Friars are scheduled to come to Grand Forks in October. If I hear of any plans to do something for Brown, I will pass it along.
Holy Cross head coach Paul Pearl, who led the first No. 4 over No. 1 seed upset in college hockey history in 2006, is stepping down to take another job. According to USCHO, it could be the Harvard assistant coach position.
Pearl brought his Holy Cross team back to the Ralph, where it upset Minnesota, to play a two-game series against UND last season.
New Colorado College coach Mike Haviland has not announced his assistant coaches yet, but former Tiger assistant Eric Rud is a finalist for the St. Cloud State women’s head coaching gig.
Rud was thought to be heir to Scott Owens, but was not hired by athletic director Ken Ralph.
There are actually interesting candidates for the Huskies, who hope to make the right decision this time around. Last time they had a head coaching vacancy, they passed up Brian Idalski and Brad Frost.
While Toews and Greene are still left battling for the Stanley Cup, three other former UND players are chasing championships in other leagues.
Andrew MacWilliam and the Toronto Marlies ousted Taylor Chorney and the Chicago Wolves on Friday night. MacWilliam and the Marlies are in the Western Conference finals.
MacWilliam, an alternate captain on the Marlies, missed his first game of the playoffs due to an upper-body injury sustained Wednesday. The Marlies are expecting MacWilliam back for Round 1 of the conference finals.
Carter Rowney and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are tied 2-2 in their series with the Providence Bruins. Rowney played in Game 1 of the series but has missed the last three.
In the ECHL, Evan Trupp continued to stay red hot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. With his Alaska Aces team trailing 1-0 in the third period, Trupp scored the tying goal and assisted on the game-winner to give Alaska a 2-1 victory.
To add insult to injury for the opponent, the Bakersfield Condors, they are the team that traded away Trupp last season. Trupp has five goals and seven points in the last five playoff games for the Aces.