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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WINNIPEG -- If the Stanley Cup is to spend a bunch of time in the area this summer -- potentially even with stops in Roseau and East Grand Forks -- the NHL’s best home team is going to need to come up with a big win on the road. The Winnipeg Jets blew a chance to clinch their Western Conference semifinal series at home Monday night, suffering a 4-0 loss to Nashville that will force a decisive Game 7 on Thursday.
For the second time in three years, a Grand Forks product was taken in the first round of the United States Hockey League's Phase I Draft. Grand Forks Red River freshman and UND recruit Jackson Kunz was selected No. 9 overall by the Green Bay Gamblers on Monday night in the Phase I Draft, which features players born in 2002. Kunz, who participated in the National Team Development Program's selection camp this spring, hasn't decided yet where he will play next season. If he does not play for Green Bay, the Gamblers will still retain his rights for future years.
It has become common to see UND men’s hockey players suit up in the NHL after the college season ends. Four players have done it in the last two years alone. But what Shane Gersich is doing -- suiting up in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs during the same season he played college hockey -- is quite rare.
Bill Chaves knew one of his first priorities as UND's athletic director would be to sign head men's hockey coach Brad Berry to a new contract. With only one year remaining on Berry's contract, Chaves began studying the contracts of other college hockey coaches. He found that, among the 60 head coaches at the Division I level, Berry's contract value ranked in the second quartile—somewhere between 15th and 30th. Chaves wanted to change that.
Bill Chaves said one of the first tasks on his list as UND’s new athletic director was to sign head men’s hockey coach Brad Berry to a new contract. It didn’t take him long. Berry inked a new five-year deal with a base salary of $400,000 annually on Friday, keeping him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Berry has one year left on his original four-year contract.
WINNIPEG—The Nashville Predators did something nobody has been able to do in months. They quieted Bell MTS Place. The Predators gave the hometown Winnipeg Whiteout crowd almost nothing to cheer about Thursday night, beating the Jets 2-1 to even their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoff series at two games apiece. It was the first time that Winnipeg has lost at home since February.
WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Whiteout has made Bell MTS Place nearly impossible for opponents during this playoff season. The Jets, who haven't lost at home since February, are 4-0 in Winnipeg in the playoffs with two wild come-from-behind victories and two decisive ones in front of their raucous fans. What's it like to play in front of the type of crowd that will be in Bell MTS Place at 8:30 tonight for Game 4 of Winnipeg's conference semifinal series against Nashville? UND coach Brad Berry knows.
WINNIPEG—After Dustin Byfuglien scored his second goal of the game, he took of his glove and did a dance by the the boards as a raucous Bell MTS Place crowd roared. "I've probably danced a couple times in my day," Byfuglien said. "But not lately." The Roseau product had good reason to do it. After trailing 3-0, Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets stormed back to beat the Nashville Predators 7-4 on Tuesday night in Winnipeg to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NHL playoff series.
Another Schmaltz is on the way to UND. Jake Schmaltz, the cousin of former UND standouts and current NHL players Jordan and Nick Schmaltz, gave a verbal commitment to play college hockey in Grand Forks.
One of the first tasks that's expected to fall on the desk of new UND athletic director Bill Chaves is to negotiate a new contract for head men's hockey coach Brad Berry. Berry is about to enter the final year of his initial four-year deal that he signed in the summer of 2015, when he took over for Dave Hakstol, who left to coach the Philadelphia Flyers.