Over the weekend, I came across this story.
It’s a good one because it gives you a window into what made Dave Hakstol such a good recruiter at UND. This is also a big reason why Brad Berry and Dane Jackson are such strong recruiters.
Many have the perception that UND just shows recruits the building and they automatically commit, but that’s not really the way it is in most cases.
I hope to have more on this in a couple of months, but perhaps the top reason why UND won the Brock Boeser sweepstakes is because the coaching staff simply outworked other staffs.
UND’s facilities, fan support, history and tradition are advantages for the program when it comes to recruiting, but what makes them so successful is that, along with those things, they also work like they are a program with no other advantages.
An opposing coach once told me what makes UND so successful is that it has a bunch of guys who play like fourth-liners as far as hustle, tenacity and two-way play are concerned, but they have first-line talent. The same could be said for the staff. They have things in their favor, but they work like they don’t.
The World Junior camp is underway and the first exhibition was a success for the UND guys.
Nick Schmaltz scored a goal and Brock Boeser had an assist for USA White as it topped Finland 5-2.
We all know that Schmaltz has elite vision and is already UND’s best setup man since Evan Trupp, but if he can start scoring goals, it would add a huge dimension to his game.
There’s another round of exhibition games today. Then, the squad is expected to be cut down to one team for the final three exhibitions. Schmaltz was on the World Junior team a year ago.
The Hockey News published its “lists” edition this month, and it voted Monique Lamoureux as the best defenseman in the world.
Monique was the only defenseman to crack the top 10 list.
Of course, she wasn’t even a top 10 finalists for active players in college hockey during her last season thanks to the pettiness of some WCHA coaches, but obviously her talents are recognized elsewhere.
Monique, who was a forward during the 2014 Sochi Games, will attempt to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics as a defenseman.
Monique played defense while at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and was moved back to defense frequently at UND.
Let’s Play Hockey has reported that Joe Gleason is moving from the playing world to the coaching world. The hockey magazine says Gleason will be an assistant coach at Holy Family. He played in Norway last season and got engaged over the summer.
I’ve been told that Northeastern transfer Michael Szmatula will wind up committing to Minnesota.
Szmatula will have two years of eligibility left, starting in 2016-17, so he will play against UND in both years at Minnesota. It will be a good pickup for the Gophers to bring in someone who nearly averaged a point per game during his first two years at Northeastern.
Szmatula actually tried to get out of his letter of intent to Northeastern before his freshman season, but Northeastern wouldn’t let him. He has long been connected to Denver because of his ties with head coach Jim Montgomery.
Szmatula led Montgomery to a USHL title with Dubuque before Montgomery left for Denver.
The Hockey News wrote a story about a recruit we’ll hear more about in the future — if he stays college-eligible — in Shane Bowers.
Bowers played alongside the son of former UND tough guy Dean Dachyshyn in Halifax last season, so the UND staff surely knows all about him. It appears that Bowers will play for Waterloo this season.