Like I have mentioned on Twitter, Last March, I started a tongue in cheek post on Sioux Sports. The title of the thread "Time to Fire Hakstol". The thread in question has kept growing, by the day. For those that don't red Sioux Sports, SJHovey is one of the more level headed posters from Sioux Sports and he absolutely nails it... Check it out. I feel the same way, I wouldn't trade out situation at UND either.
I ask this question, in all seriousness, to those who think that the program has fallen on hard times, below our standards, or that it's time to start thinking about coaching changes.
Look back over the past 9 seasons (I'm excluding the present season primarily because we don't know how it will turn out). If you could magically substitute the performance of another college hockey program for our own, would you? Whose?
UND is 235-119-37 over that span, with no losing seasons, 2 regular season crowns, 4 conference tourney titles, appearances in all 9 NCAA tournaments, but admittedly no national titles.
So who do you wish we were, over Hak's tenure, if not our own performance?
BC? Obviously. 3 national titles, 3 regular season titles, 6 conference tourney championships, appearances in 8 of 9 NCAA tournaments and a 238-97-33 record.
But now who?
Michigan? The supposed greatest college hockey program of all time? No national titles, 3 regular season titles, 3 conference tourney titles, 8 of 9 NCAA tourney appearances (and one losing season), with a win/loss record virtually identical to ours at 237-116-25. I'm not trading. That's the same car I'm driving without the 1 missed tourney.
How about Miami? 3 regular season titles, 1 conference tourney title, 8 of 9 NCAA appearances, but no national titles and a record no better than ours at 222-107-39. No thanks.
Minnesota? No national titles. 4 regular season titles but 1 conference tourney title. Only 6 of 9 in NCAA appearances with one losing season and a considerably worse record at 210-120-39. Plus, you're Minnesota. Forget it.
How about last year's champs, Yale. They have the almighty national title. But 2 regular season titles, 2 conference titles and only 4 NCAA appearances out of 9 seasons, to go along with 3 losing seasons and a pedestrian 153-129-24 record. I don't make that swap.
Duluth won a title, too. But not a single regular season title, one tournament title and made the NCAA's a paltry 3 of the 9 seasons, with 5 losing seasons and a barely .500 record of 161-149-47. Go ahead if you want to be a Bulldog.
How about Michigan St. and their national title? Zero regular season titles. 1 conference tourney title. 3 losing seasons. Only 4 NCAA appearances in the 9 years and a very average 173-150-42 record.
So far I'm not impressed.
So what about Wisconsin, BU or Denver?
Lot of baggage with Wisconsin. They have that title real early in the stretch of these 9 seasons, but no regular season titles, one very unexpected conference tourney title, 5 of 9 on NCAA appearances, a couple of sub-.500 seasons and a 196-133-39 record a long way behind UND. It might be for some of you, but not me.
BU? One great season with a national title. A couple of HE crowns to go with a couple of HE tourney titles. But they only made the tournament half the time and their overall record is still a long way behind UND, at 204-117-39.
Denver? For me this would be a maybe. 2 regular season crowns, 2 Broadmoors and appearances in 7 of the 9 NCAA tournaments. Pretty good record at 220-115-33. A bit of a toss up, but I might be persuaded to take that record for these past 9 seasons, understanding that the title did come at the very beginning of the run and there has been a generally downward progression.
Anybody that I missed?
So, of course I would love to have BC's record the past 9 years. Who wouldn't? Denver's? Maybe, although I don't like the direction they're going. Who else would you rather be?
Unless someone else has some good answers, I'm not sure I'd be jumping ship right about now.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It's a double for Rocco Grimaldi this week as the Sophomore forward has the second best play of the week in the NCAA. But we're not done there, Rocco also has the second best goal in the NCHC this week.
.@UNDMHockey's Grimaldi lands same spot as our video. MT @NCAAIceHockey: Here are the #NCAAhockey Plays of the Week. http://t.co/23wC4ddgMV
— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) February 18, 2014
Already No. 2 in the NCHC, Rocco Grimaldi's goal Saturday is No. 2 on the @NCAAIceHockey Top 5 Plays of the Week: http://t.co/knUPcwZ9n6
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDMHockey) February 18, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|An ice hockey referee signals a penalty for high sticking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Here's the situation: UNO's Tanner Lane (#7) is chasing DU's David Makowski (#10) into the DU zone after a puck. Right after Makowski takes possession of the puck and heads deeper into the zone, Tanner Lane swings his stick at the back of Makowski's helmet. Here's the thing: The Ref is looking DIRECTLY at the play. No Call. Here's where it gets dicey. Replay is inconclusive as to whether or not Lane's stick even touches Makowski. If it did, it would have hit right on the crown of the back of Makowski's helmet. Ok, seems cut and dry right? NO CALL????
Let's say contact WAS made. Isn't that Slashing? Contact to the head? It is DEFINITELY a penalty, right?
Ok, so no contact was made. Makowski skates 3-4 full slides before ducking, then ducking more, then crumpling to the ice just in time to slide across the back red line (the incident occurred just at the top of the faceoff circles in the DU zone along the boards). Uh.... I'm no expert, per se, but if you got chopped in the BACK OF THE HEAD by a STICK, wouldn't the pain or impulse to go down be, say, INSTANT? HE NEVER LOST POSSESSION OF THE PUCK UNTIL HE TURTLED!!!!!!
So, here's what I see: The Ref HAS to make a penalty one way or another. EITHER WAY it is a penalty! If contact was made, the NCAA MANDATES contact to the head is a penalty!!!! If contact was NOT made then the RULEBOOK requires that a penalty gets called because Makowski DOVE. And, lets face it, faking a head injury is well.... to put it bluntly: it's the opposite of sportsmanship.
IF Don Adam does INDEED review officiating performances, then these two buffoons in Omaha tonight will be getting a rather tense phone call. Either the integrity of the game was pissed upon, or the refs just gave the middle finger to player safety. Either way, that's BAD officiating.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
College Hockey will start giving their players a stipend as well? And if they did... That brings up another question. Then, wouldn't that negate the Major Junior argument, because now college athletes could be possibly be getting paid a stipend like their CHL counterparts? I am just throwing it out there.
Michael Marot, The Associated Press – In October 2011, the NCAA approved a measure allowing conferences to award athletes up to $2,000 more per year. Most of the big conferences quickly adopted.
Since then, NCAA President Mark Emmert has supported bringing back the stipend, though no formal proposal has been made. Emmert is scheduled to give his annual state of the association speech Thursday evening.
Last summer, commissioners of each of the so-called power conferences used their media days to lobby for changes to the way the NCAA does business. Hatch, the president at Wake Forest, an Atlantic Coast Conference school, and others heard the concerns and insist the debate is not just about giving money to players. They want schools to provide additional resources that will help student-athletes with everything from academics to health.
It's a tricky proposition. For decades, all Division I schools have played by the same set of rules.
Now, Hatch and others are hoping lower-resource schools, which often don't compete for the same recruits as the bigger schools anyway, are willing to stay in a division even if there are separate financial structures.
Some believe it could lead to a split. Hatch disagrees.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today that it has selected the University of North Dakota to host the 2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey West Regional Championship at Scheels Arena in Fargo.
The sites were selected by the respective sport committees, which are made up of coaches and administrators from NCAA member schools and conferences, and approved by the appropriate divisional championships cabinets/committees.
“We are honored and excited to have been awarded the 2015 NCAA Men’s West Regional,” said UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison. “This hosting opportunity is the result of a great team effort partnering UND with Ralph Engelstad Arena and Scheels Arena.”
Scheels Arena is the home of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force franchise. It has also previously hosted the 2009 IIHF World U18 Hockey Championship.
“Sheels Arena will be a great venue for the 2015 NCAA West Regional tournament,” said UND head men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s a first-class facility that is within driving distance for the fans of several college hockey programs. The atmosphere in the building should be second-to-none within regional competition.”
“We are confident that a NCAA Men’s West Region Tournament will be a huge success in Fargo. Scheels Arena provides a great off-campus location for a regional tournament and we look forward to the tournament returning to North Dakota,” said Ralph Engelstad Arena general manager Jody Hodgson.
“We are extremely excited to host Division I hockey in our venue and in our city,” said Scheels Arena general manager Jon Kram. “Even more than that, we are pleased to be working in conjunction with the University of North Dakota and Ralph Engelstad Arena. It is a testament to the willingness of the organizations to work together to ensure our communities have access to elite events such as this one when so often we are thought of as competitors by the general public. It sets the stage for future partnerships that will continue to enhance the communities in which we live and operate.”
Ticket information, including on-sale dates and pricing, will be announced at a later date
Mark MacMillan on UND hosting the '15 regional in Fargo: It's nice for our fans who usually have to travel all over the country to watch us.
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDMHockey) December 11, 2013
UND will host the 2015 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Regional at Scheels Arena in Fargo. @UNDMHockey
— Jayson Hajdu (@UNDSID) December 11, 2013
- UND Hockey: Will UND get to Host a Regional? (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- UND Hockey: Long Video Review Confirms Goal (thehockeywriters.com)
- UND Hockey: Making the Case for Dave Hakstol (thehockeywriters.com)
- NCAA Hockey: There Has to Be a Better Way (thehockeywriters.com)
- NCAA Women's Hockey Weekly Round-Up: December 11th, 2013 (thehockeywriters.com)
Saturday, November 09, 2013
We're liking the new addition to the U.S. Military uniforms! What do you think @GoldytheGopher? #SkiUMah pic.twitter.com/0GB3eUOgfi
— Minnesota Gophers (@GopherSports) November 9, 2013
Being an ex-veteran, I am not sure that I like this at all. It doesn't look good. Not with an military uniform. The US military's uniform is very serious. The rather austere décor of the US military uniform is softened by a goofy rodent tail. I am all for putting the tails on the cheer leaders though.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Saturday night is all right for some UND hockey between the University of North Dakota and the U-18 team at the Ralph.
#hockey NCHC Hockey: Dave Starman Shares His Thoughts On The Historic Weekend http://t.co/1mtPwZkq3r
— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) October 26, 2013
Time for the NHL to harshly penalize players that hit opponents in the head http://t.co/Y4BJ1SlDsP
— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) October 26, 2013
NCAA Women’s Hockey Morning Skate: October 25th, 2013 http://t.co/Rnu9ZZl7o1 #hockey
— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) October 25, 2013
7 #NCHCHockey teams in action tonight with 6 playing non-conference foes and @UNDMHockey playing an exhibition. 3 teams play at 7pm ET
— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) October 26, 2013
Watch this week's North Dakota Hockey with Dave Hakstol as Mi... http://t.co/Uj5FOsW1DK
— North Dakota MHockey (@UNDMHockey) October 26, 2013
Check out the all new episode of #ThroughTheseDoors! http://t.co/hVfu6iCOfb
— Eric Classen (@eric_classen) October 25, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Dear @NCAA @espn Tell me again how Fighting Sioux is "Hostile and Abusive" and THIS isn't? #DoubleStandard #UND #FSU http://t.co/VAOKA9lmb7
— JRoads ™ (@JRoadsreal) October 22, 2013
Ah what the heck... Does anyone see anything wrong here? A white person dressed up like a Native American. Yet the Fighting Sioux nickname is offensive? Give me a break. I know that FSU has tribal support, but what is more offensive? I had a sociology professor in graduate school that said Native American mascots were a red face minstrel. Maybe this is what he was talking about? I am not against Native American nicknames, but this is ridculous.
- What's in a name? Redskins stirs up a controversy (utsandiego.com)
- ESPN: No Comment on Talent 'Wearing the Native Equivalent of Black Face' (theatlantic.com)
Sunday, October 20, 2013
If you look at the WCHA Women's points race, you will see six of UND women in the top 20.
- NCAA Hockey: Focus on CFB's (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- WCHA Hockey: League Partners with American One to Showcase League Play (thehockeywriters.com)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|Western Hockey League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
PENTICTON, BC – The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Tuesday that forward Ryan Gropp (96) has left the team for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson’s statement:
“Ryan’s mindset last summer when he committed to UND (University of North Dakota) and decided to return to Penticton, was that he would enter the NCAA as a true freshman which coincides with his draft year.
Unfortunately Ryan did not get off to the start everyone expected this season, hence possibly affecting his long term goals. After a few discussions with Ryan and his family, we came to the conclusion it would be best for Ryan to change directions and move on to the WHL.
Ryan was a great teammate during his time in Penticton, and our organization wishes him nothing but the best in his future hockey endeavors.”
Monday, August 19, 2013
|The wordmark and logo for Middle Tennessee State University. This logo has replaced Image:Mtsu old logo.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The NCAA has ruled that a Middle Tennessee football player who spent five years in the Marines will be allowed to compete this fall and that he will have four years of eligibility remaining.
It's a reversal from the NCAA's earlier decision to rule Steven Rhodes was ineligible because he played in a recreational league during his military service. School officials had said earlier Monday that they were working with NCAA officials to come up with a solution.
"This is exciting news for Steven and Middle Tennessee State University," school President Sidney McPhee said in a statement. "We express our gratitude to the NCAA for reviewing this situation and granting Steven the ability to play this fall. We are hopeful that the NCAA will look at the bylaws regarding all individuals who serve in the military before becoming a student-athlete."
Late Monday afternoon, the NCAA issued a news release saying Rhodes could play immediately and member schools would continue to re-examine the competition rules, especially as it impacts those returning from military service. Rhodes has been practicing at both tight end and defensive end
The NCAA ruled freshman Steven Rhodes can "play immediately" for MTSU after serving 5 years in the Marines http://t.co/Q3aQ0F02wa
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) August 19, 2013
- CFT: NCAA comes around, grants MTSU player immediate eligibility (collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- NCAA: Former Marine Rhodes may play in 2013 (cbssports.com)
- NCAA declares U.S. Marine Steven Rhodes immediately eligible (tracking.si.com)
NCAA. This is a travesty. When I was in Germany, the U.S. Army had a intramural flag football league, so are we to believe that these veterans shouldn't be allowed to go to college and play football? This is absolutely shameful. Disgusting!
Adam Sparks, The Daily News Journal — Steven Rhodes felt a duty to serve his country and had a dream to play football.
But now, to his surprise, one is hindering the other in the peculiar case of the United States Marine and 24-year-old MTSU freshman football player versus the NCAA.
“This is extremely frustrating. I think it’s unfair, highly unfair,” Rhodes said. “I just got out of the Marine Corps, and I wanted to play. For (the NCAA) to say, ‘No, you can’t play right now,’ I just don’t understand the logic in that.”
Rhodes, an Antioch native, finished his five years of active service in the Marines this summer, when he called MTSU coaches in hopes of landing a spot as a walk-on player for the Blue Raiders. They happily granted the request of the athletic 6-foot-3, 240-pound Marine sergeant. He has played both tight end and defensive end thus far in preseason camp.
But not long after arriving on campus, Rhodes was told that his participation in a military-only recreational football league in 2012 would hinder his immediate eligibility to play Division I college football, per an NCAA rule.
Despite his age, military service and complete lack of college football experience, Rhodes must take a mandatory redshirt and not play a single game for MTSU this season.
Hey @NCAA I'm a vet and a coach at a member institution... this decision is shameful. Fix yourselves. http://t.co/74pncv4I7z
— Matt Thomas (@matty_r_thomas) August 18, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Reiterating the Case for Thomas Vanek to the Wild http://t.co/25Mok6mB84
— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) August 10, 2013
NCAA Hockey: Is Expansion around the Corner? http://t.co/iNGfoc5GpR #hockey
— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) August 12, 2013
NCAA Women’s Hockey: One-on-One with North Dakota’s Brian Idalski http://t.co/B1lPi1uE7S #hockey
— The Hockey Writers (@TheHockeyWriter) August 12, 2013
Where does bodychecking fit in minor hockey? That's the focus of @THNKenCampbell's latest column. Read it here: http://t.co/oUVK0MfpRv
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) August 12, 2013
Big Ten says it won't say/confirm names of its officials per league policy.
— Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) August 12, 2013
Reminder that single game @UNDMHockey go on sale this Thurs at 10 am. Direct link to purchase here http://t.co/klAjNDA039
— Dexter Albrecht (@dexteralbrecht) August 12, 2013
- NCAA Hockey: Is Expansion around the Corner? (thehockeywriters.com)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
WCHA didn't want to play against the smaller schools in the WCHA, that mind set was out there. It's really about the have's and the schools that have more. I believe.
Take 1: Brian Bennett Delany has probably been more supportive of NCAA president Mark Emmert than some of his other peers, but he has to feel many of the same frustrations as his commissioner colleagues. Like Slive, Delany is a big proponent of paying athletes an additional stipend on top of their scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance, and they are upset the NCAA has yet to approve that measure after both stumped for it more than two years ago. Bowlsby said Monday that commissioners of the five power conferences met six weeks ago and were unanimous in wanting major changes to the NCAA structure. It sounds like the major conferences are growing tired of a system where Ohio State and Nebraska have to share the same rules as Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-San Antonio.There's a lot of money to be made in college sports, it's very a big business and some schools no matter what aren't going to be able to even the playing field, financially. We also see this in college hockey as well. Lastly, I also believe the NCAA is a poorly run organization that isn't even-handed in the way they deal with member schools. I could see the big schools breaking away from the NCAA and forming their own governing body.
The threat of the power leagues breaking off and forming their own kingdom gives them leverage, although those conference don't really want to be in the business of putting on their own soccer and lacrosse tournaments. Still, this is clearly an organized assault on the NCAA by the most powerful leaders in college football, and I'd expect Delany to weigh in with his own concerns. He probably won't be as pointed in his comments as Bowlsby -- Delany tends to speak in carefully considered, lawyerly tones -- but as one of the sport's most influential figures, whatever Delany says on Wednesday will carry a lot of weight.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Ralph Engelstad Arena should be able to apply for a regional Championship. Right? I don't see a difference.
Zach Schneider, Northland's Newscenter --- The rink previously submitted a bid in 2010 to host a 2013 regional, but officials said that was eventually rejected because of the NCAA's preference to use neutral sites.
Now, AMOSIL Arena officials say they were told the NCAA has dropped that preference and will exert no bias against arenas that are home to an NCAA Division I men's hockey team.
AMSOIL Arena has played host to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Final Face Off on the women's side, but it has never been selected to host a major men's tournament.
The arena will prepare its bid over the next couple of months, officials said, before submitting it to the NCAA for review.
- NCAA Hockey: Coaches want to keep the status quo (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Kansas City wants to become an NCAA championship destination (kansascity.com)
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Joseph O’Connell, Court House News Service --- "However meaningful the nickname's grant may have been, there was no contract because there was no indication of mutual intent to create a legal obligation, let alone an obligation sufficiently definite and certain that a court could require its performance," the six-page ruling states.
Furthermore, any emotional harm claimed by the committee would not be relevant because "the committee complains of injury from UND's ceasing to use a name because of the policy of an association to which UND voluntarily belongs."
"Even if the Committee's alleged injury is sufficiently concrete and particularized, it does not result from the invasion of a legally protected interest," Benton wrote.
The court also found no support for the claim that the NCAA violated its own rules of due process.
"The committee cannot complain of being denied due process by the NCAA because, as a nonmember, it was entitled to none from the NCAA," Benton wrote.
After the North Dakota Legislature repealed a state law requiring UND to use the nickname and American Indian head logo, voters overwhelmingly approved the measure in the 2012 primary.
UND now uses the nickname Coyotes.
- Fighthing Sioux Nickname: Spirit Lake committee's last effort to save Fighting Sioux nickname fails (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- Where are is all the antipathy coming from in regards to UND head coach Dave Hakstol (ndgoon.blogspot.com)
- NCAA 2, Fighting Sioux 0 (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Chuck Haga, Grand Forks Herald – In what may well be the final chapter in the long, contentious fight over UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a lower court’s judgment against the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe in its effort to save the nickname.
More than three months after impassioned arguments in St. Paul, the appeals court upheld the ruling last year by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson that the tribe lacked standing to sue the NCAA over its policy discouraging the use of American Indian names and images by member schools.
“The committee has not shown that the NCAA acted with discriminatory intent,” the appeals court stated in its opinion. “There is no evidence that the NCAA enacted the policy in order to eradicate Sioux culture, as the committee alleges.”
The appeals court also discounted the committee’s primary contention, that Spirit Lake and Standing Rock Sioux elders authorized use of the name by UND in a 1969 ceremony.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
A couple of things have come out of the NCAA hockey meetings so far. Frankly, I am not all that happy with what has come out of the NCAA meetings. I didn’t really have that high of expectations anyways.
Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald – There was a proposal at the annual Florida meetings last week to change the NCAA tournament format to allow the top eight seeds to host a best-of-three series in the first round, but it was met with resistance from a segment of coaches, Faison said.“Clearly, for me, I’ve always been a supporter of the top eight hosting in the first round,” said Faison, who will be a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee in September. “I think it’s a better way. There are still going to be upsets. It’s just better for the game.”The primary concern of coaches with that format is that it’s not a competitively fair situation, Faison said.
In a nut shell, “certain” schools appear to want to keep the status quo, when it comes to the NCAA Division I Hockey Tourney. But why would they want to change? Currently in its present form, the NCAA Hockey Tourney working marvelously for them. Why would the eastern schools want to get on a plane and have to travel to say Denver, Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin and play a best-of-three series when they can play a one-and-done series in their own back yard.
The same schools would also benefit from hosting their share of best-of-three series as well. So their refusal to be open to change is puzzling.
Going forward, this means, we will continue to let the schools out east drive an hour or less and play in what is basically their own back yards.
On the flip side, the NCAA will continue to have the western schools fly long distances and play in empty arenas, in unattractive cities in places that you would never dream of traveling to.
For whatever reason, the NCAA won’t make the eastern teams travel.
According to Grand Forks Herald beat writer Brad Schlossman, “BU and BC have got on a plane 3 times for a regional in the last 13 years. The teams lost by four goals in the 1st round each time.”
The NCAA wants regional games played in arenas posing as quiet emotionless mausoleums, all under the guise of the regional being held at “neutral” sites. The fact remains, these sites are not in fact “neutral” sites. All you have to do is look at Google maps to prove my point. The University of New Hampshire is 45 minutes away from last year’s regional site in Manchester, New Hampshire.
It appears that the UND hockey team is going to get a chance at hosting a regional “close” to Grand Forks, ND. Again, since the NCAA has decided in their infinite wisdom they don’t want any more regionals on-campus and want to play in empty arenas posing as quiet emotionless mausoleums, all under the guise of the regional being held at “neutral” sites. This would be the next best option, next to the Xcel Energy Center.
UND athletic director Brian Faison said the school is working on putting together a bid to host a men’s hockey regional at Fargo’s Scheels Arena in 2015 or 2016.
I know, be careful what you ask for. Right? That being said, there is going to be a problem with having a regional championship at that location. Having been to the Scheels Arena in Fargo, I don’t think it’s big enough for a regional championship. The Scheels Arena only seats 5,000 people for hockey.
What if the NCAA puts Minnesota and North Dakota in the same regional, they’ve done it on many occasions. In essence, Scheels Arena wouldn’t be big enough to accommodate both schools ticket demands. When you put a regional close to a host school like North Dakota with a rabid fan base like UND, their fans are going to show up. The same is true with Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how this ends up.
- NCAA Hockey: Coaches want to keep the status quo (thehockeywriters.com)
- Time to move the NCAA Hockey Tourney back on campus (thehockeywriters.com)
- Time to move the NCAA Hockey Tourney back on campus (insidehockey.com)
Thursday, May 02, 2013
I was reading Brad Schlossman’s blog the other day when I found a couple of posts from fans that I found to be; well interesting... Having been to numerous media days and press scrums, I was wondering what do the fans think that that media should members should ask the head coach? I mean seriously? There is a level of decorum and what is expected of the members of the media as well. Just because a question is asked, doesn't mean the coach would have to answer the question either.
Lastly, I live in this town too, and I am not seeing a big grown swell of dissatisfied UND hockey fans that want the head coach run out of town. Sure fans are upset with UND’s early exit from the NCAA tourney, but the UND's not going to win the NCAA tourney every season. It's just not possible. Or realistic. That’s life.
I am not sure what Brad or Tom Miller could ask Hakstol on the subject that would satisfy some of the fans that are unhappy with head coach Dave Hakstol. Whatever Dave does, he’s going to have his distractors. It’s also very easy to sit behind a computer screen and snipe at people, however, it much more different to stand or sit, in front of that person and face them and question their actions. That’s a fact of life.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
@zigfracassi At his year end meeting this week with Coach Blais he told him and his teammates he is returning for his senior year.#frozen4
— Ken Walters (@UM86) April 26, 2013
It’s always good news when a top players announces that he’s coming back for his senior year, especially with the amount of players that bolt for the professional ranks each spring, after their college seasons are over. This week, the UNO Mavericks got some very good news, when they found out that forward Ryan Walters is going to return to the Mavericks for his senior year.