Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th 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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GRAND FORKS—It was the day after Carter Rowney's wedding last August, when former University of North Dakota hockey teammates Joe Gleason and Andrew MacWilliam figured out they booked their return trips home for the wrong day. They were stuck in Kelowna, B.C., for one more night with no place to stay, because their group had vacated their rental. Rowney heard about the dilemma. "Why don't you guys just stay with us in the guest house?" Rowney suggested.
GRAND FORKS—At age 50, Steve Johnson was still setting hockey records at the University of North Dakota. The former national champion forward, Hrkac Circus line member and Hobey Baker Award finalist added another distinction to his storied hockey career last spring. When UND won the NCAA national championship, he and his son, Luke, became the first father-son combination, at any school, to both win NCAA national titles. On Wednesday, Johnson achieved yet another feat as he was named to the UND Athletics Hall of Fame.
GRAND FORKS—Tucker Poolman's three years at the University of North Dakota were plenty busy. He won two Penrose Cups, an NCAA national championship was named a first-team All-American, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive defenseman of the year and received an NHL contract from the Winnipeg Jets. Behind the scenes, Poolman was busy adding another title to his resume: college graduate.
GRAND FORKS — For the last seven months, University of North Dakota forward Chris Wilkie got an up-close view on a special season for brothers Tucker and Colton Poolman, who played on the same hockey team for the first time in their lives. With opportunities diminishing at UND and hopeful for a fresh start elsewhere, Wilkie decided he will transfer to Colorado College, where he'll have an opportunity to play with his younger brother, Coltan, for the first time in their lives.
GRAND FORKS — Roughly half of the University of North Dakota women's hockey players have found new homes. Eight of the 17 players with remaining eligibility have made new commitments since the announcement that UND was discontinuing women's hockey—though none of the players have yet landed at the same spot. Six of UND's 12 committed recruits also have found new homes.
GRAND FORKS — Jordan Stevens didn't have to worry about the weather. He got a beautiful, 78-degree Friday afternoon for his key University of North Dakota softball doubleheader against Southern Utah. The head coach's only concern was how the Fighting Hawks would handle their unique position—a chance to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament for the first time in program history. As it turns out, he didn't have to worry much about that, either.
GRAND FORKS — Matej Tomek's career at the University of North Dakota got off to the wrong start. He had groin surgery before the start of his freshman year and was out for several months. By the time he came back, Cam Johnson had established himself as an All-American goalie on a national championship team. Two years later, still behind Johnson on the depth chart and staring at a third consecutive year as a backup goaltender, Tomek has decided to leave UND and return to junior hockey.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The famed Nickel Trophy may soon reside in Bismarck. The North Dakota Legislature is on the verge of giving the University of North Dakota two options for the Nickel Trophy, which has gone to the winner of the UND-North Dakota State football game since 1938: put it up for grabs in the rivalry game again or send it to the Heritage Center for display. That's according to language in Senate Bill 2003, the higher education budget. UND will choose the latter, said spokesperson Peter Johnson.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is opening an investigation to determine whether UND is Title IX compliant after recent athletics cuts. The investigation is being launched after the ORC received a complaint alleging discrimination based upon sex because of the selection of sports at the school does not effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of both sexes to the extent necessary to provide equal athletic opportunity. The opening of the investigation does not imply that the OCR has made a determination in regard to its merit.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy said he has informed women's hockey supporters—including alumnus Mark Chipman, who heads the Winnipeg Jets ownership group—that it needs to raise $60 million to endow the program to keep it going, and the supporters have found that figure to be "unrealistic." While Kennedy admitted he would consider reinstating the program if a $60 million check landed on his desk today, he said ideally, it needed to happen last week and time is running out for any recourse on his decision to cut the program.