Apologies in advance in case updates are a bit slow right now and this week — the annual Grand Forks Herald preview section(s) are being worked on right now, will go to press this weekend and be inserted into Tuesday’s paper.
I’ll post details on how to get it when the time comes.
This year, because of ad sales, it has been increased from 12 to 16 pages. But since our press cannot produce a 16-page section, it will come out as two 8-page sections. The first section will focus on UND. The second one will focus on the rest of the country.
Each fall, the Herald runs an online auction for gift certificates to restaurants, bars, services and goods in the area. I’m told that the auction will have a new twist this year: Any winning bids will be refunded if UND wins the national championship. Stay tuned for more info on that.
The news of the day today — The Red Pepper will be served at men’s games this season. There will be stands behind sections 111 and 306 serving grinders, tostadas, Mexi-burgers, chips and sauce and Coney dogs.
Judging by the reaction on social media today, fans are rather excited about this development.
Providence was picked to win Hockey East in the preseason coaches poll. The Friars will come to Grand Forks for a marquee two-game series in late October.
The only two UND games that won’t be on NCHC.tv this season are the two in Magness Arena. So, there was a bit of good news for fans when it was announced that Root Sports will pick up one of UND’s games in Magness. So, fans should be able to watch that game on a dish (or find a place that has it).
St. Cloud State took a little hit to start the season with Ryan Papa being sidelined for at least half the year. The Times reported that Papa will be out until at least January.
St. Cloud State announced its captains last week and Roseau’s Nick Oliver will wear the ‘C.’
After sitting out last season, Brad Miller is back in the game, signing with ERC Sonthofen in the third German league.
Meanwhile, Tate Maris has signed a tryout deal with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. Clarke Saunders is already signed to play for that squad in net. Derek Rodwell also will go there.
Danny Kristo registered an assist for the New York Rangers in their first preseason game of the year.
Also of note, Aaron Dell is with the San Jose Sharks right now. The Sharks play their first preseason game against Vancouver tonight.
The first women’s national poll is out. UND checked in at No. 8. Minnesota is atop the poll. Wisconsin is second.
Also on the women’s side, Meghan Dufault, Halli Krzyzaniak and Becca Kohler all were named to Canada’s National Team Fall Camp roster.
Meanwhile, UND forward Michelle Karvinen is awaiting her fate. The NCAA is in the process of deciding whether to give her a fourth year of eligibility or not. Karvinen is at UND right now, attending school.