College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.
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ST. PAUL — While much of college hockey continues to debate the hot topic of early recruitment — and there was plenty talk of that Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center — the NCHC also faced another issue this offseason within the league, the one of early departures. Six of the league's eight teams combined to lose 12 players to the NHL this offseason, the most since the summer before the league began play in 2013-14.
DULUTH, Minn. — In the wake of the University North Dakota cutting its women's hockey program, WCHA women's commissioner Katie Million said the league needed to start thinking outside the box to generate revenue. That mindset led the WCHA to announce a crowdfunding campaign Thursday, July 20, to help fund the league's expenses and lessen the financial burden of the seven remaining schools. The WCHA is partnering with RallyMe.com, which specializes in online athletic fundraising. The site works with a number of national governing bodies, including USA Hockey.
DULUTH — Just days after falling to Denver in the NCAA championship game in Chicago, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin was asked during his final news conference of the 2016-17 season about the possibility of early departures from his program. Not knowing who was staying and who was going, Sandelin had little to say on the subject, just this: "It sucks to have good players, doesn't it?"
DULUTH — Hermantown's Dylan Samberg said he didn't want to travel to Chicago for the 2017 NHL Draft with high expectations in case he wasn't drafted as high as projected. Turns out Samberg had nothing to worry about. The incoming Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman exceeded expectations. He was taken midway through the second round Saturday at United Center in Chicago, going No. 43 overall to the Winnipeg Jets.
DULUTH, Minn. — A little more than a year ago, Dylan Samberg had a simple plan for his senior season at Hermantown High School. The first step involved winning a second consecutive Class A state hockey title at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The second step was to return to Ridges at Sand Creek for the Class AA state golf meet. "You only get one senior year, and I always heard it's the best experience," Samberg said a year ago.
DULUTH — The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program has seen a number of players sign NHL deals this spring after its run to the Frozen Four in Chicago. Some were expected, like seniors Alex Iafallo (L.A. Kings) and Carson Soucy (Minnesota Wild). Others signings, such as freshman goaltender Hunter Miska (Arizona Coyotes) and sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk (New York Rangers), were not part of the program's original plans.
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth has yet to officially release its 2017-18 men's hockey schedule, but thanks to coach Scott Sandelin divulging details at his end-of-the-year news conference and the release of schedules by other teams and leagues, the Bulldogs' schedule is complete.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Joey Anderson is excited about his younger brother, Mikey, joining the Bulldogs next season. And Joey's not the least bit shy when it comes to sharing how good he thinks his brother will be as a Bulldog. "I'm really excited. I think everyone should be excited, honestly," Joey Anderson said. "He's a player that everyone will love to watch. He's physical, he plays a good shutdown D and can also be up in the play and be offensive. "I think he'll be able to make a big impact."
DULUTH — The three or four defensemen Minnesota Duluth is bringing in next season are without a doubt young, but the same cannot be said about incoming freshmen forwards Nick Swaney and Kobe Roth. Both will be 20 when they hit the ice for UMD's season-opening exhibition against Alberta on Oct. 1 at Amsoil Arena.
For the second consecutive season, Minnesota Duluth has lost its No. 1 goaltender to the professional ranks early. Freshman Hunter Miska is forgoing his final three seasons of NCAA eligibility to sign with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes after backstopping the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game in 2016-17. Miska follows in the footsteps of Kasimir Kaskisuo, who after his sophomore season at UMD in 2015-16, signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.