Brad Elliott Schlossman
With Shane Gersich drawing into the lineup for the last two games for the Washington Capitals — in a season in which he played college hockey at UND — I was curious to find out who was the last from UND to play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the same season that he played college. Along with that I tried to compile a list of players who played both UND hockey and in the NHL in the same season. Here’s what I came up with:
University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery is headed to the NHL. Montgomery will be named head coach of the Dallas Stars later this week, vacating the top spot in Denver after five years. Montgomery notably helped the Pioneers to the NCAA national championship in 2017. The top candidate to replace Montgomery is believed to be assistant coach David Carle. The Denver Post reported that if Carle is hired, he will keep current assistant Tavis MacMillan as his top associate.
A couple of college hockey teams got big boosts Monday when key players announced that they will return to school next season rather than signing NHL deals. In the NCHC, St. Cloud State will have a three-year captain in Jimmy Schuldt .
It’s time for the annual all-dining team. For those who aren’t familiar, each year I rate my favorite dining experience on the road (and sometimes I throw in a couple at home) in the form of an all-conference or All-American team. I also induct a frequent member of the all-dining team into the Hall of Fame each year. This year, the first two teams are restaurants or food places. The third team is strictly for pizza. Drumroll….
UND commit Jasper Weatherby and his Wenatchee Wild won the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup on Thursday night. The Wild, coached by North Dakota native Bliss Littler , became the first American-based team to win the BCHL since the 1970s.
Is it bad luck to name a new coach on Friday the 13th? St. Cloud State hopes not. By all indications, the Huskies are ready to name Minnesota Duluth assistant coach Brett Larson as the next head coach of the program. Most seem to think it will happen by the end of the day. That would mean all of the NCHC’s head-coaching spots are filled, but there are several assistant openings around the league. If/when St. Cloud State hires Larson, there will be assistant coach openings at Miami, Omaha, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State (two).
The NHL playoffs have arrived. They begin with two intriguing games for people in this area. The Winnipeg Jets host the Minnesota Wild at 6 p.m., and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers at 6 p.m. There are UND connections on each of those four teams, though Tucker Poolman is not expected to be in the lineup for Winnipeg in Game 1.
UND commit Jonny Tychonick was named to Canada’s U18 roster and will participate in the world tournament later this month in Russia (April 19-29). It hasn’t been very common to see college players on the Canadian U18 team, so this is a notable achievement for the UND-bound defenseman. In the last eight years, only seven NCAA players have been on the Canadian roster, and it’s a pretty good group: For more, click here.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twenty days ago, Minnesota Duluth players sat in the locker room at AmsOil Arena watching overtime of the Notre Dame-Ohio State Big Ten playoff championship game on their phones. Head coach Scott Sandelin was in his office watching. They all knew the scenario. If Ohio State scored the next goal, Minnesota Duluth’s season was over. Minnesota would be the last at-large team to make the NCAA tournament.
Bob Motzko was introduced as the head coach at Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, and terms were revealed for his contract (which hasn’t become official yet). Motzko’s deal will be for five years, and he will make $525,000 during his first season, $565,000 during his second season and get a five percent annual raise after that.