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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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The famed Nickel Trophy may soon reside in Bismarck. The North Dakota Legislature is on the verge of giving the University of North Dakota two options for the Nickel Trophy, which has gone to the winner of the UND-North Dakota State football game since 1938: put it up for grabs in the rivalry game again or send it to the Heritage Center for display. That's according to language in Senate Bill 2003, the higher education budget. UND will choose the latter, said spokesperson Peter Johnson.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is opening an investigation to determine whether UND is Title IX compliant after recent athletics cuts. The investigation is being launched after the ORC received a complaint alleging discrimination based upon sex because of the selection of sports at the school does not effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of both sexes to the extent necessary to provide equal athletic opportunity. The opening of the investigation does not imply that the OCR has made a determination in regard to its merit.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy said he has informed women's hockey supporters—including alumnus Mark Chipman, who heads the Winnipeg Jets ownership group—that it needs to raise $60 million to endow the program to keep it going, and the supporters have found that figure to be "unrealistic." While Kennedy admitted he would consider reinstating the program if a $60 million check landed on his desk today, he said ideally, it needed to happen last week and time is running out for any recourse on his decision to cut the program.
GRAND FORKS — The NCAA West Regional will be staying in the Dakotas the next two years. The University of North Dakota will host next year's regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the 2019 regional at Fargo's Scheels Arena. If UND reaches the NCAA tournament in either of those years, it will automatically be placed in that regional. This will be the first time an NCAA regional has ever been played in South Dakota. Fargo previously hosted regionals last month and in 2015.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota retained lawyers in the weeks prior to cutting the women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving programs, but their findings will remain confidential. UND paid the Baker Donelson law firm $16,905, but declined to release the firm's findings in an open record request by the Herald. UND cited North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19-1(6) as the reason why it doesn't have to disclose the findings. That statute indicates that UND was preparing for a lawsuit.
Former UND captain and head coach Dave Hakstol was named an assistant coach for Team Canada at the Men’s World Championship. This is Hakstol’s first opportunity to coach with Hockey Canada. Obviously, Hakstol would prefer to be in the NHL playoffs right now, but this is a great opportunity that could lead to future ones with Hockey Canada. The Worlds begin next month in France and Germany. For more, click here.
UND will start the next regular season in The Last Frontier. It hopes to end it in St. Paul. The 2017-18 schedule was announced Wednesday morning, one highlighted by UND's first home series against rival Minnesota since January 2012. It also features trips to Anchorage, Wisconsin and Bemidji. Its other nonconference home series are against St. Lawrence and Union. The only National Collegiate Hockey Conference team that doesn't come to Grand Forks next season is Minnesota Duluth. The only place UND doesn't travel to is Western Michigan.
GRAND FORKS — Brad Berry drops into Ralph Engelstad Arena at all times, including nights and Sundays when there are no games or practices. Often times, he'll find Austin Poganski there. "He's diving into his books, doing work for his academic side," said Berry, coach of the University of North Dakota men's hockey team. "I think he's one guy that leads by example on and off the ice." That made it an easy choice to elect Poganski as the team's new captain.
CHICAGO — During North Dakota's run to the NCAA national championship a year ago, it became evident that teams outside the National Collegiate Hockey Conference had no clue what was about to happen when the game started. UND blitzed Northeastern, Michigan and Quinnipiac in the first period of each game, heavily outshooting them and kicking off what would eventually become a three- or four-goal victory.
CHICAGO — Tucker Poolman joined impressive company Friday night when he was named a first-team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. The other first-team All-Americans for the University of North Dakota since The Ralph opened in 2001 are Zach Parise, Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Duncan, Jonathan Toews, T.J. Oshie, Chay Genoway, Matt Frattin, Danny Kristo and Brock Boeser. Poolman had seven goals and 30 points in 38 games during his junior year for the Fighting Hawks, whose season ended at the NCAA West Regional against Boston University.