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Updated: Tuesday 01/25/2012 18:03:07 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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Wisconsin
(12-10-2, 7-9-2 WCHA)
at
#18 North Dakota
(13-10-2, 9-9-0 WCHA)

 

Jan. 27-28, 2012 • 7:37/7:07 pm CT • Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634) • Grand Forks, N.D.
RADIO: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM) • WEBCAST: www.UNDsports.com
TV: UND Sports Network, MidcoSN3, FCS Central (Fri.), FCS Pacific (Sat.),
DirecTV 617 (Fri.), DirecTV 623 (Sat.), FSN+, theScore (Fri. game tape delayed on Sat.)

THIS WEEK: North Dakota returns home to host Wisconsin in a critical Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series Friday and Saturday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

UND enters the week in sixth place in the WCHA with 18 points, two points ahead of ninth-place UW and one point ahead of Michigan Tech and St. Cloud State, who are tied for seventh.

UND trails fifth-place Denver by one point.

MEDIA COVERAGE: All UND men's hockey games, home and away, can be heard on 96.1 FM (The Fox) and on stations across the UND Radio Network. Veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy is in his 33rd season as the voice of the men's hockey program. Steve Olson provides color analysis. Free audio is available at UNDsports.com.

This weekend's games can be seen on the UND Sports Network, MidcoSN3, Fox College Sports (FCS Central on Friday, FCS Pacific on Saturday), DirecTV (channel 617 on Friday, channel 623 on Saturday) and FSN+. Veteran WDAZ-TV sports director Pat Sweeney calls the action, with former UND assistant coach Jim Scanlan as his color analyst.

Additionally, Friday's game will be broadcast on theScore in Canada on a tape delay basis on Saturday at 4 p.m. Central.

Video webcasts of both games can be purchased at UNDsports.com, where complete postgame coverage and highlights, as well as free live stats, are also available

SOCIAL MEDIA: Receive real-time updates during all UND men's hockey games by following
@UNDMHockey. Additional coverage can be found at @UNDathletics and @UNDSID.

Fans can also follow the action via live chat at UNDSports.com, hosted by Grand Forks Herald hockey writer Brad Schlossman and UND media relations director Jayson Hajdu during every home and road game.

TICKET INFORMATION: As of Wednesday morning, Saturday's game was sold out, while a limited number of general admission tickets remained available for Friday's game.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000, by visiting the UND Ticket Office at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, or via TicketMaster TicketExchange. TicketExchance is the official online source for UND men's hockey season ticket holders to post their tickets for re-sale. Tickets can be purchased from season ticket holders online by visiting Ticketmaster.com/TicketExchange, and then clicking on "North Dakota" under College Athletics.

The REA box office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE BADGERS: Wisconsin is fresh off of a sweep of Alaska Anchorage, winning 4-0 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday.

Freshman goalie Joel Rumpel earned the win both nights and is 4-1-0 with a 1.01 goals against average, a .964 save percentage and two shutouts over his last five starts.

Sophomore forward Mark Zengerle (38 points) and junior All-America defenseman Justin Schultz (37) rank third and fourth, respectively, in the national scoring race. Zengerle leads the nation with 28 assists.

UW COACHING STAFF: Mike Eaves (UW ‘78) is in his 10th season at Wisconsin and is 204-148-44 (.570) in his career, which includes an NCAA Frozen Four championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2010.

Eaves' staff includes assistant coaches Bill Butters (Minnesota ‘86) and Gary Shuchuk (UW ‘90), as well as volunteer assistant coach Jeff Sanger (Colorado College ‘02).

SERIES HISTORY: Wisconsin leads the all-time series 86-62-11 (.575) after sweeping a weekend series in Madison back in October.

The Badgers won the Friday tilt 5-3 and followed up with a 5-4 win on Saturday to secure the sweep.

UND has won just three times in the last 10 meetings between the two teams, going 3-6-1 (see table, left).

Junior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) is UND's leading active scorer against the Badgers, having collected three goals and three assists in six career games.

UND'S LAST ACTION: UND is coming off a WCHA split at St. Cloud State last weekend, winning 3-2 on Saturday after a 3-1 loss on Friday.

Junior center Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) figured in on all three goals on Saturday, scoring the first two and setting up Brock Nelson's (So., Warroad, Minn.) game-winner. Knight snapped a 7-game drought without goal, while junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) stopped 28 of 30 shots in the win.

UND opened the scoring Friday on a Carter Rowney (Jr., Sexsmith, Alberta) goal, but was done in by three straight Husky goals. Senior goalie Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta), making his first start since Dec. 2, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

UND went a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in the series, while going 0-for-4 on the power play.

POLL POSITION: UND slipped one spot to No. 18 Monday's USCHO.com poll, while dropping two spots to No. 18 in Sunday's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings.

UND is 19th in the PairWise Rankings and 20th in the KRACH Rankings.

UND remained unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, but did garner eight votes.

INJURY UPDATES: On Wednesday, head coach Dave Hakstol indicated that forward Brendan O'Donnell (Fr., Winnipeg, Manitoba) and defenseman Derek Forbort (So., Duluth, Minn.) remained unavailable this week.

O'Donnell missed last weekend's series with an upper body injury, while Forbort has missed the last five games after suffering a lower body injury while playing at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Earlier this month, Hakstol announced that forwards Derek Rodwell (So., Taber, Alberta) and Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Alberta) were out of the remainder of the season due to injuries that required surgery.

Six players have combined to miss 46 games due to injury so far this season:

Rocco Grimaldi, 21
Brendan O'Donnell, 8
Derek Rodwell, 6
Derek Forbort, 5
Corban Knight, 3
Mario Lamoureux, 3

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: After a split last weekend at SCSU, UND has lost just three times in the last 13 games, going 9-3-1 during that stretch.

IT'S HOW YOU FINISH: With just two losses in seven games to start the second half, UND has continued its trend of playing its best hockey after Christmas under eighth-year head coach Dave Hakstol:

Year Before After
2004-05 13-7-2 (.636) 12-8-3 (.587)
2005-06 12-7-1 (.625) 17-9-0 (.654)
2006-07 7-10-1 (.417) 17-4-4 (.760)
2007-08 8-6-1 (.567) 20-5-3 (.768)
2008-09 9-8-1 (.528) 15-7-3 (.660)
2009-10 9-6-3 (.583) 16-7-2 (.680)
2010-11 13-5-2 (.700) 19-4-1 (.813)
2011-12 9-8-1 (.528) 4-2-1 (.643)
Totals 80-57-12 (.577) 119-46-17 (.701)

SUPER DAVE: Last Saturday's 3-2 win at SCSU was the 200th victory for Dave Hakstol, enabling him to join John "Gino" Gasparini (392 wins, 1978-94) and Dean Blais (262 wins, 1994-2004) as the only UND coaches to reach that milestone.

Hakstol, Gasparini and Blais each won their 200th game in their eighth season. Hakstol played under Gasparini at UND, and was brought to the UND coaching staff as an assistant coach by Blais.

With 32 wins last season, UND has reached the 20-win plateau in each of Hakstol's first seven seasons behind the bench. It was also the 3rd-highest win total in program history.
Hakstol's streak of seven straight 20-win seasons is the second-longest in UND history, behind only Gasparini's 13 in a row (1978-79 to 1990-91).

KILL OR BE KILLED: Assistant coach Dane Jackson's penalty killing unit has been highly effective in recent weeks.

UND killed all seven short-handed situations last weekend at St. Cloud State, and has now thwarted 27 of the last 30 (90 percent) opponent power plays over the last nine games.

UND now ranks third in the WCHA in penalty killing at 83.7 percent.

POWER OUTAGE: On the other side of the special teams equation, UND's power-play unit went scoreless in seven tries last week at SCSU.

UND has scored just one power-play goal in its last 19 chances (5.2 percent), a slump that spans the last five games.

DAN THE MAN: Junior forward Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) played in his 100th collegiate game on Saturday in St. Cloud, becoming the fifth active UND player to reach that milestone. He collected two assists in a 3-2 UND win.

Seniors Ben Blood (143 GP) and Mario Lamoureux (131) and juniors Andrew MacWilliam (105) and Corban Knight (103) are the other active players who have reached the 100-games milestone.

Kristo is also nine points away from becoming the 83rd UND player to score 100 career points, and the first active player to do so.

KNIGHT LINE: UND's top line of juniors Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) and Danny Kristo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Brock Nelson (Warroad, Minn.) scored all three goals and combined for seven points in Saturday's 3-2 win at St. Cloud State.

The unit has now played together for 16 of UND's 25 games, including nine wins and seven losses.

In those nine wins, the trio has combined for 49 points (24g, 25a) and an average of 5.4 points per game.

In the seven losses, they have combined for nine points (5g, 4a), which equates to just 1.3 points per game.

Nelson (17-10-27), Kristo (12-15-27) and Knight (8-16-24) are UND's top three scorers and have scored 50.7 percent of the team's goals (37 of 73).

SCSU SERIES SNIPPETS: Several additional notes emerged from UND's series at St. Cloud State:

• UND scored the game's first goal both nights after having done so in just seven of its first 23 games. UND is now 7-2-0 when scoring first.

• Friday's loss occurred despite a 42-30 shots-on-goal advantage for UND, which has now lost each of its three games in which it has registered at least 40 shots on goal. One of those three losses was a 5-4 defeat at Wisconsin on Oct. 22, when UND outshot the Badgers 42-15.

• UND led both games in St. Cloud after the first period. Prior to that series, UND had taken a lead into the first intermission only four times all season. UND is 5-1-0 when leading after the first period.

CROWDED HOUSE: As of Wednesday afternoon, Saturday's game against Wisconsin was sold out, and only a limited number tickets remained available for Friday's game.

UND is averaging 11,186 fans per game in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena, including a pair of sellouts in the most recent home series against Minnesota (Jan. 13-14).

UND has sold out five of 14 home games so far this season.

NET GAINS: UND has gone 8-3-1 over its last 12 games, and the improved play of goalies Aaron Dell (Jr., Airdrie, Alberta) and Brad Eidsness (Sr., Chestermere, Alberta) have been a key factor.

Over those 12 games, Dell and Eidsness have combined for a 2.23 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.

The duo had combined for a 3.18 GAA and .883 SV% over the team's first 13 games, during which UND went 5-7-1.

First 13 games Last 12
Aaron Dell 3.30/.875 2.25/.916
Brad Eidsness 2.61/.914 2.16/.923

EIDS WIDE SHUT: Senior goalie Brad Eidsness (Chestermere, Alberta), making his first start since Dec. 2 at Alaska Anchorage, stopped 27 of the 29 shots he faced in last Friday's 3-1 loss at SCSU.

It was Eidsness' 96th career appearance, leaving him on the verge of joining select company among UND goalies with 100 appearances:

Eidsness ranks as the fifth-winningest goalie in UND history:

Eidsness also ranks fifth all-time at UND in goals against average (2.44), sixth in save percentage (.905), tied for eighth in shutouts (four), ninth in saves (2,111) and 10th in winning percentage (.653).

In seven games (four starts) this season, Eidsness is 3-2-0 and leads the team in goals against average (2.38) and save percentage (.919).

CHILLIN' LIKE DILLON: Sophomore defenseman Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) assisted on UND's lone goal in Friday's 3-1 loss at St. Cloud State, and now has 12 points (all assists) in his last 16 games.

Simpson had been held without a point through the first nine games of the season. His 12 assists lead all UND defensemen and rank third overall on the team.

Simpson also leads the team with a +8 rating.

GET CARTER: Junior forward Carter Rowney (Sexsmith, Alberta) scored UND's lone goal in Friday's 3-1 loss at St. Cloud State.

Rowney now has a career-high 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 25 games season after amassing 13 points over his first two years combined.

After opening the season with five points (2g, 3a) in the first 12 games, Rowney has 10 points (6g, 4a) in his last 13 games.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: UND's win over Clarkson at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 7 drew 7,075 fans, out-drawing all but three NCAA Division I men's hockey games that night.

Only New Hampshire vs. Maine (38,456 at Fenway Park), RIT at Wisconsin (12,453) and Notre Dame at Minnesota (10,242) drew more.

Dubbed the ‘U.S. College Hockey Classic,' the game was UND's first on Canadian soil in 59 years. The last time UND played a men's hockey game in Canada was Dec. 29-30, 1953, when UND lost a pair of games to host Fort Frances (Ontario).

The last time UND played outside of the United States was Dec. 26-29, 1982, when the team competed in the Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

DUDE, WE'VE GOT A DELL: Junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) earned a 26-save shutout in UND's 1-0 win over Nebraska Omaha (Dec. 10) to close out the first half of the season. It was his first shutout of the season and eighth of his career, which ranks fourth all-time at UND:
Dell was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week following the UNO series.

VOTE FOR HOBEY: Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior forward Danny Kristio (Eden Prairie, Minn.) are among the 77 players on the ballot for the Hobey Baker Award ‘Vote for Hobey' fan balltoing.

Blood, who logs more minutes than any other UND player, has emerged as one of the top two-way defensemen in NCAA hockey.

He has played in all 25 games this season, registering two goals and nine assists. Both of his goals have been game-winners, tying him for fifth-most by a UND defenseman in a single season.

Blood leads all active UND skaters with 143 games played and has appeared in 125 straight games. His career rating of +35 also tops all active UND players. Last season, Blood led the nation with a +32 rating and was named to his second straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Academic Team.

Kristo is tied for the team scoring lead with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 25 games and ranks second on the team with three game-winning goals.

The Eden Prairie, Minn., native has figured in on eight of UND's 13 game-winning goals this season, scoring three and assisting on five. The 2009-10 WCHA Rookie of the Year, Kristo is UND's active scoring leader with 91 points (35g, 56a) in 100 career games.

This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 4, 2012. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 16 from the list of Top 10 Hobey Baker finalists. The fan vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

HELLO, MY NAME IS: UND head coach Dave Hakstol announced on Jan. 10 that forward Mitch MacMillan (So., Penticton, British Columbia) transferred to UND and will join the team immediately. MacMillan is eligible to begin practicing with the team, but will not be eligible to compete until January 2013.

MacMillan will have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining when he resumes competition next January.

MacMillan transferred to UND from St. Cloud State, where he had five assists in 14 games this season. In 28 games last season as a freshman, MacMillan had four goals and two assists.

MacMillan's younger brother, Mark, is currently a freshman forward at UND. The last time the two were teammates was in 2009-10 with Alberni Valley of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), when they were the team's top two scorers and combined for 173 points (87 goals, 86 assists) in 59 games.

ASSISTANCE PLAN: Junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) has four career assists, a total topped by only one goalie in the history of the program: current volunteer assistant coach Karl Goehring.

Goehring amassed a school-record seven assists from 1997 to 2001.

MARIO'S MILESTONE: When senior captain Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 19 at Bemidji State, he entered the UND history books by scoring the 10,000th goal in program history.

Perhaps it was fitting that Lamoureux would be the one to score the milestone goal, considering he is from Grand Forks, and his extensive family ties to UND hockey.

Lamoureux's sisters, Jocelyne and Monique, are junior forwards on UND's women's hockey team.

His father, Pierre, played goalie for UND from 1979-82 and was a member of two NCAA championship teams.

His brother, Jean-Philippe, was a goaltender at UND from 2004-08 and was an All-American as a senior.

Another brother, Pierre-Paul, is currently in his third season on UND's coaching staff as assistant video coordinator.

Finally, his uncle, Roger Lamoureux, was a four-year letterwinner at forward for UND from 1973 to 1977.

SUPER MARIO: In addition to the 10,000-goals milestone, Lamoureux's tally on Nov. 19 was significant for another reason.

With the goal, UND improved to 13-0-0 all-time when Lamoureux scores.

LOWE'S AND BEHOLD: Brad Eidsness (Sr., Chestermere, Alberta) is one of 20 national candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

On the ice, Eidsness is a two-time All-WCHA selection and is one of only two goalies in UND history (with Karl Goehring) to have won 20 games in each of his first two years.

In the classroom, Eidsness was the 2010-11 men's hockey recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average at his or her sport's championship site. Already in graduate school pursuing a master's degree in business administration, Eidsness received his bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship last spring. He is a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-WCHA selection.
An active member of the community, Eidsness has logged significant hours of community service with a variety of organizations in each of his first three years at UND, including the Sioux Kids Club, the National Honor Society, the Northlands Rescue Mission, Pucks for Plates and more.

The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I men's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Eidsness' former teammate, Chay Genoway, was a finalist last season for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was named to the 2010-11 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award All-America first team.

THE EAGLE SOARS INTO THE HALL: UND legend Ed Belfour made history on Nov. 14 when he became the first UND product to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Belfour parlayed a historic 1986-87 freshman season into a distinguished professional career that saw him become the third-winningest goalie in NHL history. Only Martin Brodeur (636 wins) and Patrick Roy (551) have won more games than Belfour, who won 484 from 1988 to 2007.

A native of Carman, Manitoba, Belfour won a UND-record 29 games (since broken) in 1986-87 and was named an NCAA All-American after leading UND to the 1987 national championship. He was the backbone of the famed "Hrkac Circus" team that won a then-NCAA-record 40 games.

Belfour twice won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie and helped lead the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup championship in 1999.

A six-time all-star game participant, Belfour ranks third in NHL history in wins (484), fourth in games played (963) and saves (24,750), and ninth in shutouts (76). He finished his career with a 2.50 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.

Belfour also excelled on the international stage, winning a Canada Cup in 1991 and an Olympic gold medal in 2002 for Canada.

WE WERE MERELY FRESHMEN: Forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) and Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia) were both ranked among the top 20 freshman forwards in the country by InsideCollegeHockey.com in October.

Grimaldi was ranked No. 5 and MacMillan was ranked No. 11.

UND's overall freshman class was ranked No. 2 in the nation behind only Miami's.

CALLING ALL CAPTAINS: Senior forward Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D.) was named team captain at UND's annual preseason media day luncheon.

In 43 games last season, Lamoureux established career highs in points (17) and assists (14) while earning his second straight WCHA All-Academic selection. In 109 career games, Lamoureux has amassed 13 goals and 22 assists.

Lamoureux's younger sister, Jocelyne, was named captain of UND's women's this season.

Mario Lamoureux joins Steve Johnson (1987-88), Jeff Panzer (2000-01) and Andy Schneider (2003-04) as the only Grand Forks natives to captain their hometown team.

Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.), junior defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (Calgary, Alberta) and junior forward Corban Knight (High River, Alberta) were named assistant captains.

HELLO, MY NAME IS: UND welcomes 10 freshmen to the lineup this season, including forwards Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.), Connor Gaarder (Edina, Minn.), Mark MacMillan (Penticton, British Columbia), Brendan O'Donnell (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephane Pattyn (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) and Colten St. Clair (Gilbert, Ariz.), and defensemen Nick Mattson (Chanhassen, Minn.), Dan Senkbeil (Fremont, Calif.) and Andrew Panzarella (Washington, D.C.).
It is UND's largest freshman class since 2005-06, when UND brought in 13 freshmen.

That class included future NHLers Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie, Taylor Chorney and Brian Lee, as well as 2006-07 Hobey Baker Award winner Ryan Duncan.

FEELING A DRAFT: The 2011-12 UND roster boasts 15 National Hockey League draft picks, including 2011 selections Rocco Grimaldi (Fr., Rossmoor, Calif.) and Dillon Simpson (So., Edmonton, Alberta).

Grimaldi was taken in the second round (33rd overall) by Florida, while Simpson went in the fourth round (92nd overall) to Edmonton.

Simpson's father, Craig, won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton during his 10-year NHL career. He is now the lead color analyst on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) Hockey Night in Canada.

UND's current collection of draft picks features two 1st-rounders (Derek Forbort, Brock Nelson), two 2nd-rounders (Rocco Grimaldi, Danny Kristo), three 4th-rounders (Ben Blood, Mark MacMillan, Dillon Simpson), four 5th-rounders (Brad Eidsness, Corban Knight, Michael Parks, Derek Rodwell), two 6th-rounders (Nick Mattson, Brendan O'Donnell) and two 7th-rounders (Joe Gleason, Andrew MacWilliam).

TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES: Fourteen former UND players have played in the NHL this season: Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton, St. Louis), Mike Commodore (Detroit), Joe Finley (Buffalo), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Ottawa), Brad Malone (Colorado), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).

With the exception of Blake, who played at UND from 1996-99, each of the above players was coached by Hakstol during his tenure as a head coach or assistant coach at UND.

Other UND products in the NHL include Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, Columbus assistant Brad Berry, Buffalo assistant James Patrick, Minnesota assistant Rick Wilson, Phoenix video coach Steve Peters, Minnesota Wild Director of Player Development Brad Bombardir, and Chicago Blackhawks radio analyst Troy Murray.

Additionally, former UND football letterwinner Mark Chipman is the chairman of the Winnipeg Jets.

Sixteen UND products played in the NHL last season, including: Jason Blake (Anaheim), Taylor Chorney (Edmonton), Mike Commodore (Columbus), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), David Hale (Ottawa), Ryan Johnson (Chicago), Brian Lee (Ottawa), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (New Jersey), Chris Porter (St. Louis), Matt Smaby (Tampa Bay), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Chris Vande Velde (Edmonton), and Travis Zajac (New Jersey).

CALLING ALL CAPTAINS: A pair of UND products currently serve as captains of their NHL clubs: Zach Parise (2002-04) of the New Jersey Devils and Jonathan Toews (2005-07) of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Additionally, defenseman Matt Greene (2002-05) serves as an assistant captain for the L.A. Kings and forward Drew Stafford (2003-06) holds the same title for the Buffalo Sabres.

FOREVER UND: Every member of UND's coaching staff is a graduate of the University of North Dakota.

Head coach Dave Hakstol (1989-92), associate head coach Cary Eades (1978-82), assistant coach Dane Jackson (1988-92) and volunteer assistant Karl Goehring (1998-2001) each played for UND.

Additionally, nearly every member of the support staff is also a graduate of UND, including director of hockey operations Pat Swanson (2002), athletic trainer and strength coach Mark Poolman (1992), team physician Dr. Greg Greek, media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000) and administrative assistant Carmen Pester.

UND ON CANADIAN TV: It was announced on Jan. 10 that a minimum of three UND men's hockey games will be televised on theScore throughout Canada in the next two months.

All three games will be Friday night contests seen on a tape-delay basis on Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

The first game was last Friday's tilt against Minnesota, followed by the UND and Wisconsin game on Jan. 28th and Minnesota State and UND on March 3rd.

If UND hosts a first-round Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) playoff series, the first game of the series will be seen on March 10.

UND played its first men's hockey game in Canada in 59 years when it defeated Clarkston 3-1 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Jan. 7.

theScore Television Network is a national television channel available in more than 6.8 million homes across Canada.

RANK AND FILE: UND was voted No. 2 (four first-place votes) in the 41st annual Grand Forks Herald WCHA Coaches Preseason Poll and No. 3 (two first-place votes) in the 93X (Duluth) WCHA Media Preseason Poll.

In both polls, UND freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) was named the preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year.

2011-12 Grand Forks Herald
WCHA Coaches Preseason Poll

Rk Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Denver (7) 115
2. North Dakota (4) 110
3. Colorado College (1) 105
4. Nebraska Omaha 89
5. Minnesota Duluth 75
6. Minnesota 74
7. St. Cloud State 61
8. Wisconsin 54
9. Alaska Anchorage 36
10. Bemidji State 30
11. Minnesota State, Mankato 29
12. Michigan Tech 14

POY: Jaden Schwartz, So., F, Colorado College
ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota

2011-12 93X Radio
WCHA Media Preseason Poll

Rk Team (1st place votes) Poll Avg.
1. Denver (16) 11.35
2. Colorado College (7) 10.54
3. North Dakota (2) 10.31
4. Nebraska Omaha (1) 8.31
5. Minnesota Duluth 8.12
6. Minnesota 7.73
7. Wisconsin 5.54
St. Cloud State 5.54
9. Alaska Anchorage 3.85
10. Bemidji State 2.92
11. Minnesota State 2.12
12. Michigan Tech 1.69

POY: Jason Zucker, So., F, Denver

ROY: Rocco Grimaldi, F, North Dakota

COY: Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech

Senior defenseman Ben Blood (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior goalie Aaron Dell (Airdrie, Alberta) were both named to the 93X preseason All-WCHA team.

UND NICKNAME AND LOGO: On Jan. 1, 2012, the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo were officially retired by the University.

UND's varsity athletics teams will operate without an official nickname or corresponding logo until at least Jan. 1, 2015, as mandated by the North Dakota State Legislature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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