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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GRAND FORKS—Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Rob Blake hovered outside the Bemidji State locker room after a game against Bowling Green last month. The two NHL legends were there on business. They are the general managers of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings—and they wanted to have a word with Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Zach Whitecloud. They weren't alone that night. And they haven't been alone this season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Brad Berry was a standout defenseman at the University of North Dakota before becoming the program's head coach. It appears he's pretty good at recruiting that position, too. UND landed a verbal commitment this weekend from Jake Sanderson, a 2002-born defenseman from Calgary and the latest touted defenseman to join the future roster. Sanderson visited campus during UND's two-game series against Omaha and made his commitment there, according to his Instagram account.
GRAND FORKS—Dean Blais won't be cracking jokes at today's University of North Dakota fan luncheon. He won't be standing behind either bench. He won't be delivering an entertaining analysis to the media after the game. After a long, decorated college hockey career as a head coach at both UND and Nebraska Omaha, Blais retired at the end of last season. And with that, one of the most recognizable coaches in the country gave way to one of the most unknown coaches in the country.
GRAND FORKS—Brad Berry was just looking for a guy to stop pucks for a couple of months. The University of North Dakota hockey coach knew goalie Matej Tomek wasn't going to be healthy enough to play in the first half of the season, and he didn't want netminders Cam Johnson and Matt Hrynkiw taking 100 percent of the shots in practice. Berry wanted to find a third practice goalie to give them relief from time to time. Goalie coach Karl Goehring suggested Ryan Anderson.
GRAND FORKS — Cole Smith was the University of North Dakota's top offensive forward in the nine games before Christmas break. Then, the team took 20 days off. Apparently, it didn't change anything. Smith scored on his first shift back from break, just 2 minutes, 23 seconds into UND's 5-2 exhibition game victory over the U.S. Under-18 team Saturday, Dec. 30, in front of an announced crowd of 10,113 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Brush Christiansen went to the mayor's office when he found out about the plans for the soon-to-be-built Anchorage arena. Christiansen, the head coach of the Alaska Anchorage men's hockey team, brought two pillars of the city's hockey community—Harry McDonald and Dempsey Anderson—to inform mayor George Sullivan that the ice surface was scheduled to be smaller than regulation. They lobbied for something else.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Former University of Minnesota Crookston men's hockey player Jay Tupa still sometimes tells his friends about the weekend in college that he played against Sidney Crosby. "My claim to fame is that I scored more goals than Crosby did that weekend," Tupa said. "I was 23 and he was 14 or 15, but who's counting?" It was 15 years ago this winter break that the NCAA Division II Golden Eagles hockey team hosted a high school team in a two-game series on campus.
The U.S. women's hockey team made its final cuts this week and, barring any freak injuries in the next month, has set its roster for the 2018 Olympic Games. The Americans cut 2014 Olympic silver medalists Alex Carpenter and Megan Bozek, according to three college hockey sources, to get down to the 23-player roster it will take to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Carpenter, a former Boston College star and winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, plays forward. Bozek, a former Minnesota standout, is a defenseman.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—UND emphasized the importance of not allowing St. Cloud State very many power-play opportunities. It emphasized not falling behind in a rink that the Huskies haven't lost in all season. So, the fact that UND was able to gain a 2-2 tie on Friday night after allowing the Huskies six power plays in the first half of the game and falling behind on the scoreboard twice left UND feeling satisfied in the National Hockey Center.
GRAND FORKS — Erik Martinson was still in the press box, finishing up his nightly work after a University of North Dakota men's hockey game when media members returned from their postgame interviews. They told Martinson, the head statistician, that the opposing coach questioned whether the shots on goal were accurate that night. Specifically, then-Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell quipped that the stat crew was doing lines of crack during the game. While most in the press box laughed at the quote, Martinson wasn't as amused.