UND at NHL camps

A total of 18 past and current UND players are attending development camps, including Troy Stecher, an undrafted free agent invitee of both the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks and Drake Caggiula, an undrafted free agent invitee of the Buffalo Sabres.

Here’s a list, thanks to College Hockey Inc.

Signed players

Dillon Simpson, Edmonton Oilers
Rocco Grimaldi, Florida Panthers

Current players

Shane Gersich, Washington Capitals
Drake Caggiula, Buffalo Sabres
Jordan Schmaltz, St. Louis Blues
Austin Poganski, St. Louis Blues
Michael Parks, Philadelphia Flyers
Keaton Thompson, Anaheim Ducks
Wade Murphy, Nashville Predators
Zane Gothberg, Boston Bruins
Mark MacMillan, Montreal Canadiens
Gage Ausmus, San Jose Sharks
Brendan O’Donnell, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tucker Poolman, Winnipeg Jets
Nick Schmaltz, Chicago Blackhawks
Nick Mattson, Chicago Blackhawks
Luke Johnson, Chicago Blackhawks
Troy Stecher, Vancouver Canucks
Troy Stecher, Chicago Blackhawks

Sometimes, interesting info comes out of these camps as to who is playing well. Sometimes, there are stories from the local media, too.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote a feature on the Schmaltz brothers. You can read that here.

Stecher, Thompson earn NCHC honor

A pair of rookie defensemen for UND have earned weekly NCHC honors.

Troy Stecher is the defenseman of the week, while Keaton Thompson has been named the rookie of the week in the league.

Stecher was UND’s only blue liner to register a plus both nights against St. Lawrence last weekend. He was a plus-one each night. He also assisted on Connor Gaarder’s go-ahead goal late in the second period Saturday.

Thompson, of Devils Lake, scored his first-career goal Friday and registered a plus-one rating. He leads the team with a plus-two rating.

UND takes on Western Michigan this weekend.

UND in weekly honors

Nov. 19 — Dillon Simpson, NCHC defensive player of the week
Dec. 2 — Troy Stecher, NCHC defensive player of the week
Dec. 2 — Keaton Thompson, NCHC rookie of the week

Stecher named BCHL D-man of the year

UND’s most recent recruit just received a top honor from the BCHL.

Troy Stecher was named the defenseman of the year for the Interior Conference. Stecher, the team captain, tallied 47 points in 52 games for the Penticton Vees.

Stecher is expected to come to UND next season.

The Vees, who also feature UND recruit Wade Murphy, are about to start the BCHL playoffs. They open against Salmon Arm in a best-of-seven series on Friday.

UND picks up D-man recruit

Troy Stecher, a 1994-born defenseman from the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, has verbally committed to UND and will join the team next season.

Stecher previously was committed to Omaha, but de-committed after Mike Hastings left for Minnesota State.

Stecher is an offensive defenseman, but says he takes pride in playing in his own end first, and likes to think of himself as a two-way defenseman.

He made visits to both UND and Western Michigan, ultimately deciding on Grand Forks. He’ll come along with his teammate and friend from Penticton, forward Wade Murphy.

For a full story on Stecher’s commitment, including quotes from him, read the story in the Herald.