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Digital North to broadcast KnightRider games

Grand Forks KnightRider defender Hannah Gray fires a shot toward the West Fargo United goal during last season's state hockey tournament Photo/Nick Nelson, Grand Forks Herald

Chris Larson had a revelation when covering the North Dakota girls state hockey tournament last season.

"My experience with girls hockey in covering the state tournament is that there's not enough coverage for girls hockey in the state of North Dakota," Larson said.

Larson, the Grand Forks-based program director for the web-based Digital North Media broadcasting, immediately started working on plans to address that. It led to Tuesday night's announcement that he will webcast all Grand Forks KnightRiders home games next season.

Larson said he's also hoping to have a weekly coaches show on Wednesday nights.

The broadcasts will appear on digitalnorthmedia.weebly.com for free.

"We're doing this to promote what could eventually be college hockey players and future Olympians," Larson said. "We're hoping that the likes of the Lamoureux twins will come somewhere back through the program again. It's all about the girls and we're making it very accessible."

Larson will serve as the play-by-play man for the games, which will be archived on the website.

If he's unable to make a game because of duties associated with the UND athletic department, he will have someone fill in.

KnightRiders coach Alex Hedlund said: "I'm really excited for this opportunity for our girls high school team. When Chris contacted me, I was thrilled. Once in a while, we get coverage and that's appreciated. These girls work hard all the time and it will be nice for them to be rewarded for that. We're really excited as a program."

Grand Forks finished 9-15-1 last season and 7-10-1 in the East Region. The KnightRiders only had one senior among their top 11 scorers.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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