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Future uncertain for UND captain Genoway

GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol says the team is giving captain Chay Genoway all the time he needs to make a decision on what he's going to do next season.

GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol says the team is giving captain Chay Genoway all the time he needs to make a decision on what he's going to do next season.

Genoway, the All-American defenseman, is choosing whether he should pursue a medical redshirt and return to UND for one more year or sign an NHL contract with one of his many suitors.

"I think in Chay's case, the level of respect he has with all of us involved with the program, he's got the leeway to make a good decision for himself," Hakstol said. "It will take a little time. I would expect that it will take several weeks before we really know anything from Chay. There are a lot of factors. He has to weight the business factors with others as well that are going to come into play for him. He needs time to sort that out. There are no hard and fast deadlines for him."

Genoway suffered a concussion on a hit from behind into the glass in mid-November. He left the game and never returned for the rest of the season.

It was three months before Genoway was cleared to work out and he still has not been medically cleared to play hockey yet.

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Other than Genoway, Hakstol said there's a very good chance that UND's other key players will all return for next season.

The Sioux only graduate forwards Chris VandeVelde and Darcy Zajac if Genoway decides to come back for a fifth season.

Blais signs contract extension with Omaha

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais, who led the Sioux to national titles in 1997 and 2000, has signed a two-year contract extension with the Mavericks.

Blais is now under contract through 2014-15.

"The university is clearly committed to the success of the hockey program and I am committed to the job we began here last season," Blais said. "My wife and I have come to enjoy Omaha and with this extension, I anticipate being able to finish my head coaching career at Omaha."

Omaha will join the Western Collegiate Hockey Association next season.

With Minnesota's struggles the last three years, boosters have continually mentioned Blais as a possible candidate if coach Don Lucia were to leave. Blais played at Minnesota in the 1970s.

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Blais coached the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League before going to Omaha.

Three UND recruits invited to Combine

A forward, defenseman and goalie recruit have been invited to participate in the NHL Combine in Toronto in late May.

Warroad's Brock Nelson, Duluth's Derek Forbort and Thief River Falls' Zane Gothberg are among the 100 players who received invites.

The players who attend the NHL Combine will participate in off-ice workouts and do interviews with NHL organizations.

The NHL's Central Scouting Bureau annually invites the top 100 players in the world to the event. The draft will be held in late June in Los Angeles.

Forbort is expected to come to campus this fall. Nelson will come either this fall or in 2011. Gothberg is expected in 2011 or 2012.

Schlossman is a writer for The Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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