Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He 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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UND will begin next season with its top two centers in tact. Top-line center Rhett Gardner informed the team Wednesday afternoon that he will return to school for his senior season, one day after Nick Jones told the team that he’ll do the same. Although UND lost junior defenseman Christian Wolanin to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, the Fighting Hawks will be able to start the 2018-19 season in a good spot with two proven, veteran centers.
NHL Network has hired Grand Forks native and Olympic gold medalist Monique Lamoureux-Morando as an on-air analyst. Lamoureux-Morando will make her debut at 5 p.m. Friday alongside former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes and Tony Luftman. She’s expected to make subsequent appearances periodically.
The last defenseman to lead UND in scoring spent 21 years in the NHL. That was James Patrick, who turned pro in 1983. Christian Wolanin achieved the same feat this season, leading UND in scoring from the back end, and now he’s about to embark on his pro career. Wolanin, a junior, gave up his final year of college eligibility Wednesday morning when he signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Don Lucia has stepped down after 19 years as the head men's hockey coach at the University of Minnesota. The announcement comes two days after the Gophers missed the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last 10 years. Lucia came to Minnesota from Colorado College in 1999 and won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2002 and 2003. Lucia will remain on staff for a year as a special assistant to athletic director Mark Coyle.
Colton Poolman didn't spend much time weighing NHL free agent offers. Within days of the UND men's hockey team's season coming to an end—thanks in large part to upsets in Hockey East and ECAC tournaments that kept UND out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years—the standout defenseman from East Grand Forks informed head coach Brad Berry that he'll be back for his junior season. "To me, there really wasn't a decision to be made," Poolman said. "There was never a doubt. I was always going to come back. I wasn't thinking about the offers or anything.
When the NCAA men's hockey tournament bracket was revealed on Sunday morning, there was no North Dakota or Minnesota. It was the first time since 1978 that neither of the college hockey programs reached the NCAA tournament. They played for the NCAA national championship the following year. There was no Boston College or Wisconsin in the field, either. The last time UND, Minnesota, Boston College and Wisconsin all were out of the field? 1969.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It was St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, so there was no doubt that the UND men’s hockey team would be wearing green. Anything for a little luck.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Brad Berry had an anguished look at the postgame press conference. His UND men's hockey team just lost a 3-2 overtime game to No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff semifinals Friday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center. He knew that UND's NCAA hopes now rested in the hands of other teams around the country. "We came down here to win two games to win it," Berry said. "That's not going to happen now. We have to concentrate on winning one and trying to get some help from around the nation."
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff Semifinals: UND vs. St. Cloud State, 4:08 p.m. today; Minnesota Duluth vs. Denver, 7:38 p.m. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. TV: CBS Sports Network. Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Webcast: None.
ST. PAUL—Rhett Gardner walked up to the front of a banquet room in the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday night and was handed an award for being the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's best defensive forward. "It's really exciting," the UND center said. "It's a game I play, so it's my kind of award. Going into this season, I kind of had it in the back of my mind that this could be something I could win, because of the style I play. I thought I had a good year defensively playing against top lines and it worked out."