UND bid farewell to one member of its support staff this week as equipment manager Andy Rannells left to take a job the head equipment job with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL team of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Rannells came to UND from the National Team Development Program in the summer of 2010 and spent four seasons with the program. As a very dedicated worker, Rannells was usually at the rink for many, many hours each day, starting very early. One day last season, he even slept at the rink because of a quick turnaround.
Recently, he’s been working out of a locker room due to the renovations. UND will hire someone new for that position this summer.
The Penticton Vees have hired former Central and UND defenseman Nick Fuher as a new assistant coach. Fuher was most recently with Winkler in the MJHL.
Penticton has been a powerful program in the BCHL the past few years, producing many D-I college players, including UND’s Mark MacMillan, Brendan O’Donnell and Wade Murphy.
What also could be notable is that the Vees will have two highly touted prospects on this year’s team in forward Tyson Jost and defenseman Dante Fabbro.
Rosters have been posted for the Minnesota High School Elite League. Only nine underclassmen are on rosters out of 118 players.
Among those nine are two locals in Devils Lake’s Cole Thompson (Keaton’s brother) and Thief River Falls’ Brendan Bushy. Both are listed as defensemen. Thompson has played some forward in high school.
There are many other local names on the list. Check it out here.
Other notable names on the list include EGF’s Dixon Bowen, Tanner Tweten and Grant Loven as well as Warroad’s Kobe Roth and Jared Bethune. That would indicate all are returning to prep hockey next season and it should make EGF and Warroad instant favorites in Section 8A.
A couple of signings to report: Former UND D Corey Fienhage has signed with Toledo in the ECHL and Grand Forks native and former Omaha D-F Tony Turgeon has re-signed a one-year deal with San Antonio in the AHL.