The highest ticket prices in UND athletics history didn't at all slow down the mad dash of fans trying to find their way into the North Dakota-Minnesota hockey series next month. The rivalry series, being played in Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in six seasons, instantly sold out this week, despite record ticket prices of $99 for both adult and youth tickets.
Karl Goehring has been at UND as a volunteer goalie coach for seven seasons. In that role (NCAA rules limit teams to two paid assistant coaches),
The last time UND swept a men's hockey series at St. Cloud State, Brad Berry was playing for the Kalamazoo Wings, Dane Jackson was a New York Islander and Austin Poganski was 2 years old. Yes, 1998 was a long time ago. Tonight, Berry and Jackson will be behind the bench as UND coaches and Poganski will be playing against his hometown team as No. 2 UND takes on No. 16 St.
Another major international hockey event is coming to Grand Forks. The IIHF World Under-18 tournament will be held in Ralph Engelstad Arena and Purpur Arena in April of 2016, the Herald has confirmed. An official announcement will come at 10 a.m. Friday in the arena’s main lobby.
The Stanley Cup will soon be coming back to Grand Forks. Matt Greene, who won hockey’s biggest prize with the Los Angeles Kings last month, is working on plans to bring the Cup to the city where he spent three years playing college hockey for UND. The Cup will likely be in Grand Forks on Aug. 11 or 12. Final details are still being hammered out and will be announced at a later date. Greene, a former UND captain who led UND to the 2005 national championship game, helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
GRAND FORKS — Matt Greene said that, at one time, playing for Michigan State was the “be-all, end-all” for him. Growing up in nearby Grand Ledge, Mich., as the son of Michigan State professors, his dream never materialized. Although he once was committed to the Spartans, they later pulled their offer to Greene and he had to find something else. Plan B worked out OK. Greene played college hockey in Grand Forks for three years.
GRAND FORKS — Two of UND’s all-time greats will be going head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Again. For the second year in a row, Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks will meet up against Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild in a best-of-seven, Western Conference series. Last year, Toews and the Blackhawks knocked the Wild out in the first round, winning the series 4-1.
UND will soon know whether its leading scorer is coming back for next season. Sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi says he wants to decide before the end of the school year whether he will return for his junior year or if he will sign with the Florida Panthers. UND’s spring session ends in two-and-a-half weeks. Grimaldi led UND in both goals (17) and points (39) this season, scoring five more goals than anyone else on the team and registering nine more points than anyone. He was named the MVP of the Midwest Regional. If he returns, it would give UND’s skill level a big boost for next season.