Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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ST. PAUL — UND recruit Ryder Donovan averaged more than two points per game last season for Duluth East. He led the Greyhounds to a runner-up finish at the state tournament. He earned some games with the U.S. Under-18 team. And he received an invite to the Wednesday, Sept. 19, All-American Prospect Game, which features the best U.S.-born, NHL draft-eligible players.
GRAND FORKS — Last season, National Collegiate Hockey Conference referee Dan Dreger was hit by a puck above his lip, causing significant damage that required several hospital visits. Dreger had four permanent plates installed in his face, two temporary brackets put in his jaw, had his jaw wired shut for two weeks, had eight screws placed in his mouth and 36 stitches.
GRAND FORKS — There are a couple of new twists to UND's fall camp this season. Both of them are welcome to Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry. The first one is that UND is actually at full strength. When the Fighting Hawks hit the ice in Ralph Engelstad Arena this week, every player on the roster was on the ice. That includes East Grand Forks Senior High graduate Dixon Bowen, a junior forward who had offseason surgery. In recent years, that hasn't been the case.
GRAND FORKS—Players signed by the Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues were among those skating in Ralph Engelstad Arena's Olympic Rink on Monday morning, Aug. 20. It's part of the annual pro camp, which helps former UND players get ready for their upcoming pro seasons. For the first time, The Ralph is opening those skates to the public.
GRAND FORKS—Stephen Halliday had a lot of options. He could have played in the Ontario Hockey League. He had enough college options that he didn't feel comfortable listing them. So what finally led the top-end hockey prospect and No. 1 overall pick in the United States Hockey League Draft to commit to the University of North Dakota this week?
GRAND FORKS—Stephen Halliday was selected No. 1 overall in the United States Hockey League draft this spring. That already puts him into impressive company. He joined a list that features three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, NCAA champion Jimmy Hayes of Boston College/Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup runner-up Nate Schmidt of the Vegas Golden Knights, St. Louis Blues star Jaden Schwartz and former UND national champion and Stanley Cup champion Shane Gersich.
WINNIPEG—Tucker Poolman played 24 regular-season and two playoff games for the Winnipeg Jets during his first professional season. The East Grand Forks (Minn.) Senior High graduate did enough to convince the Jets that he'll soon be in the NHL to stay. The Winnipeg Jets signed Poolman to a three-year deal worth a total of $2.325 million on Tuesday. The contract is a one-way deal, which means Poolman will get paid the same whether he's in the NHL or American Hockey League. That's a sign that the Jets expect Poolman to play the next three seasons with the big club.
WARROAD, Minn.—Henry Boucha couldn't resist. After watching T.J. Oshie, his second cousin and Warroad's first Stanley Cup champion, bring the prized trophy back to the northwest Minnesota town Tuesday morning, the legendary Warrior player had to get in a jab at rival Roseau. "As the emcee Jess Myers said, it's the second time the Cup has been here," Boucha said. "When Buff (Dustin Byfuglien) brought it to Roseau, they had to land the plane in Warroad. That's got to be a teasing point for the Roseau Rams there."
WARROAD, Minn.—T.J. Oshie carried the Stanley Cup off a private jet at Warroad Airport on Tuesday morning, July 24. Oshie climbed in the back of a 1933 Lincoln convertible with his wife, Lauren, and their two young daughters, Lyla and Leni. The car was once used by former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt while campaigning in Michigan. For this town, it may as well have been a presidential visit. And for this town, the only person working in Washington, D.C., who can bring this kind of fanfare is Oshie.
WARROAD, Minn.—It's not easy to claim hockey firsts in Warroad. The town has long produced hockey stars. It has had state champion boys teams and state champion girls teams. It has had Mr. Hockey and Ms. Hockey winners. It has sent players to U.S. National Teams. Four have come back with Olympic gold medals. It has sent players to the NHL. But until Tuesday, July 24, nobody had brought the Stanley Cup back to the town nicknamed Hockeytown USA.