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UND opens the 2013-14 season Sunday against Manitoba.
Game Notes: Men's hockey set for 2013-14 debut
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Updated: Wednesday 10/02/2013 18:03:15 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
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Manitoba
(23-15-1 in 2012-13)
vs.
#7 North Dakota
(22-13-7 in 2012-13)

~ Exhibition Game ~

Sunday, October 6, 2013 • 7:07 pm CT
Ralph Engelstad Arena (11.634) • Grand Forks, N.D.

Radio: 96.1 The Fox (KQHT-FM)
TV: Midco Sports Network (HD)
Web: UNDsports.com

THIS WEEK: North Dakota takes to the ice for the first time in 2013-14 when it hosts the University of Manitoba in exhibition action on Sunday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Central.

It will be UND’s only exhibition tuneup before opening the regular season at home next weekend against Vermont.

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 Hockey Radio Network. Veteran broadcaster Tim Hennessy, in  his 35th season as the voice of UND men’s hockey, calls the action while Steve Olson returns as his color analyst.

Sunday’s game can also be seen live on Midco Sports Network (HD channel 622, SD channels 27 & 322). Veteran broadcaster Dan Hammer handles the play-by-play and is joined by former UND standout Scott Koberinski (color) and Katie Hale (intermission, postgame).

A high definition webcast of Sunday’s game can be purchased at UNDsports.com.

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

Fans can also follow the action via live chat at UNDSports.com, featuring Brad Schlossman and Tom Miller of the Grand Forks Herald, along with Matt Schill and Jayson Hajdu of UND Athletics.

TICKET INFORMATION: Reserved seating and general admission tickets remain available for Sunday’s game. Tickets can be purchased at the UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or online at Ticketmaster.com.

ABOUT THE BISONS: After tuning up with several exhibition games, Manitoba opens its regular season on Friday and Saturday against Alberta before heading south to Grand Forks.

The Bisons went 23-15-1 overall and 17-7-4 in Canada West play last season, good for a third-place finish.

The Bisons’ roster features a familiar name in forward Taylor Dickin, who appeared in 24 games and lettered at UND in 2011-12.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native transferred to Manitoba last season.

MANITOBA COACHING STAFF: Mike Sirant is in his 18th year behind the Manitoba bench.

Sirant’s staff includes assistant coaches  Brad Purdie, Riley Dudar, Steve Christie.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY: North Dakota has hosted Manitoba in exhibition action to open the season in eight of Dave Hakstol’s 10 years as UND head coach.

UND has won all eight of those games, outscoring the Bisons 51-17.

POLL POSITION: UND is ranked No. 6 in the USCHO.com preseason poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason poll, both of which were released in September.

UND was also ranked fifth in the College Hockey News Preseason Top 10.

Refer to page 3 for complete national poll information.

CONFERENCE CALL: The 2013-14 campaign marks UND’s first year as a member of the brand new National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC).

The league released its first annual preseason media poll at NCHC Media Day on Sept. 19 in Minneapolis, and UND was ranked No. 2:

Formed July 13, 2011, by charter members North Dakota, Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota Duluth and Western Michigan, the NCHC added St. Cloud State and Western Michigan two months later to give the league eight teams.   

UND will make its NCHC debut Oct. 18-19 at Miami, the league’s preseason favorite.

UND departed the WCHA having won a league-record 15 regular season championships, as well as an additional 11 WCHA playoff titles.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS:  Tenth-year head coach Dave Hakstol returns 18 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 22-13-7 (14-7-7 WCHA) and advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game.

Sophomore Rocco Grimaldi (40 GP, 13-23--36) and junior Mark MacMillan (42 GP, 13-12-25) are the team’s top returning scorers, while Simpson (42 GP, 5-19—24), junior Nick Mattson (38 GP, 3-12—15) and sophomore Jordan Schmaltz (42 GP, 3-9—12) anchor the defensive unit.

UND also returns a pair of letterwinners between the pipes in senior Clarke Saunders (13-9-4, 2.29, .917) and sophomore Zane Gothberg (9-4-3, 2.46, .920).

O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!: Senior defenseman Dillon Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta) was named team captain last week, while junior forwards Michael Parks (St. Louis, Mo.) and Stephane Pattyn (Ste. Anne, Manitoba) were chosen assistant captains.

At 20 years, 7 months, 26 days, Simpson is UND’s youngest captain since Greg Johnson in 1991-92 and is the 10th-youngest captain in program history.

Dave Hudson holds the distinction of being the young captain in program history. He was 19 years, 10 months and 17 days when the 1969-70 season began. Besides Hudson, Scott Marvin (1975-76) and Cary Eades (1981-82) are the only captains in UND history to open the season as 19-year olds:
NATIONAL NOD: Simpson received national recognition earlier this week when he was one of four defensemen named to the College Hockey News’ 2013-14 Preseason All-CHN Team.

Simpson, who was was named to the second team, was named UND’s Most Improved Player last season after leading the team’s defensemen with a career-high five goals and 19 assists in 42 games.

2013-14 Preseason All-CHN Teams
First Team
F John Gaudreau, Jr., Boston College
F Austin Czarnik, Jr., Miami
F Michael Mersch, Sr., Wisconsin
D Shayne Gostisbehere, Jr., Union
D Michael Matheson, Soph., Boston College
G Jon Gillies, Soph., Providence

Second Team
F Kyle Rau, Jr., Minnesota
F Greg Carey, Sr., St. Lawrence
F Ryan Walters, Sr., Nebraska Omaha
F Matt Leitner, Jr., Minnesota State
D Dillon Simpson, Sr., North Dakota
D Jake McCabe, Jr., Wisconsin
G Connor Hellebuyck, Soph., Massachusetts-Lowell

A managerial finance and corporate accounting major, Simpson was a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete. He was a fourth-round draft pick (92nd overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in 2011.
Simpson’s father, Craig, won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton during a 10-year National Hockey League career that also included stops in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

PIPE DREAM: UND returns a pair of veterans between the pipes in senior Clarke Saunders (Brockville, Ontario) and sophomore Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn.).

Both netminders enjoyed outstanding 2012-13 seasons, cracking UND’s single-season top 10 for save percentage:

Over the last two months of the season, beginning April 1, Gothberg and Saunders ranked first and third, respectively, among WCHA goalies in goals against average and first and fourth in save percentage.

UND allowed a WCHA-low 2.12 goals per game over that season-ending stretch.

FEELING A DRAFT: North Dakota’s 2013-14 roster features an NCAA-leading 15 National Hockey League draft picks, including 2012 first-rounder Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis).

UND had six players (including five incoming freshmen) selected in the 2013 draft, which was the most of any NCAA school. The five incoming draft picks include Adam Tambellini (New York Rangers, 3rd round), Keaton Thompson (Anaheim, 3rd round), Gage Ausmus (San Jose, 5th round), Luke Johnson (Chicago, 5th round), Wade Murphy (7th round, Nashville).

LOCAL FLAVOR: Four of UND’s eight freshmen have significant local ties.

Forward Luke Johnson and defenseman Paul LaDue are both from Grand Forks, while defenseman Gage Ausmus is from neighboring East Grand Forks, Minn., across the Red River. Additionally, defenseman Keaton Thompson hails from Devils Lake, N.D.

The last time UND had at least three North Dakotans on its roster was 2008-09: Mario Lamoureux (Grand Forks), Jake Marto (Grand Forks) and Aaron Walski (Fargo).

BLEEDING GREEN: Every member of UND’s coaching staff played at and graduated from the University of North Dakota.

Head coach Dave Hakstol (1989-92), assistant coaches Brad Berry (1983-86) and Dane Jackson (1988-92), and volunteer assistant Karl Goehring (1997-2001) each played for the Fighting Sioux.

Additionally, nearly every member of the program’s support staff is also a graduate of UND, including director of hockey operations Patrick Swanson (2002), athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach Mark Poolman (1992), team physician Dr. Greg Greek (1977) and media relations director Jayson Hajdu (2000).

PRO-FILES: Nine UND products have made National Hockey League opening-night rosters, more than any other National Collegiate Hockey Conference school.

The nine include Matt Frattin (Los Angeles), Matt Greene (Los Angeles), Brian Lee (Tampa Bay), Brock Nelson (New York Islanders), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Drew Stafford (Buffalo), Jonathan Toews (Chicago), Travis Zajac (New Jersey).

Toews captained the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup in four years in 2012-13 while receiving the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s Best Defensive Forward.

Greene, Parise and Zajac each serve as assistant captains for their respective clubs.

Last season, 13 UND products played at least one game in the NHL.

Three other former UND standouts currently serve on NHL coaching staffs, including Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett, Phoenix video coach Steve Peters and Minnesota assistant coach Rick Wilson.

Additionally, Anaheim strength coach Sean Skahan (pronounced ‘skane’) is a former UND assistant strength coach, and former UND football letterwinner Mark Chipman is the chairman of True North Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Winnipeg Jets.

NICKNAME/LOGO: The University of North Dakota officially retired its longtime “Fighting Sioux” nickname and logo prior to the 2012-13 athletics season.

UND’s varsity athletics teams will operate without an official nickname until at least 2015, when the University will undertake the process of adopting the third official nickname in school history. Until a new nickname is officially adopted, the University’s varsity athletics teams will be referred to as “the University of North Dakota,” “North Dakota,”
or “UND.”

UND adopted the “Fighting Sioux” nickname in 1930 after previously being known as the “Flickertails.”

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