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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CHICAGO — The NHL Draft begins with the first round at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, in Chicago's United Center. The second through seventh rounds will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24. While the focus will be on the expected top two picks—Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier—there's plenty of topics to know for University of North Dakota and college hockey fans following the draft. Here are 10 items to know: Who is eligible?
GRAND FORKS—Grant Mismash will be in the United Center in Chicago on Friday night, waiting to see if he extends the University of North Dakota's run of first-round NHL draft picks to four years in a row. Some draft projections have UND's top prospect sneaking into the late first round. Most have him going in the second round. "Obviously, it's going to be an exciting time," Mismash said. "It will be a little more nerve-racking when I get all in there and seated and it starts to go, but it should be fun, though."
Two months after UND announced the elimination of the women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving programs to alleviate budget concerns, the athletic department made additional budget cuts this week as part of the $1.3 million it was asked to eliminate by President Mark Kennedy.
GRAND FORKS — In the beginning, there was only one picture. It hung just outside the University of North Dakota women's hockey coaching offices, the lone artifact on Ralph Engelstad Arena's walls dedicated to the program. The photo actually had nothing to do with the program itself—it was an 18-by-24 inch framed action shot of the U.S. celebrating its 1998 Olympic women's hockey gold medal—but it was something to acknowledge women's hockey for the players and coaches.
GRAND FORKS — Gordon 'Ginny' Christian, one of the University of North Dakota's original hockey legends and a silver medalist on the 1956 Olympic team, died Friday at the age of 89. Christian, a fixture at UND hockey games throughout his life, was one of the program's most influential players, helping vault it onto the national scene in just its second year of existence in 1948 with a stunning 6-5 upset over powerhouse Michigan. Christian had two goals in that game.
GRAND FORKS — Andrew Towne has reached the top of the world. The 2000 Grand Forks Central graduate summited Mount Everest late Wednesday night, International Mountain Guides confirmed, completing his quest to reach the highest point on all seven of the world's continents. Towne, climbing in a group of 25 people including 15 Nepalese sherpas, reached the mountain's peak of 29,035 feet before noon local time. By summiting Everest, Towne joined the rare club of climbers who have completed the Seven Summits.
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 — 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 — 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.
NAPLES, Fla.—Coaches and administrators of National Collegiate Hockey Conference schools have met for the past two days in Naples, Fla., discussing, among other things, what to do about the league's postseason tournament. The NCHC is about to enter the final year of its five-year contract with the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The league is debating whether to re-sign a new deal and keep the annual Frozen Faceoff at the Target Center or to examine the possibility of going to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.