UND to vet assistant hockey coach candidates
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota will now be able to dig into the applicants for its vacant assistant coaching position.
The job posting closed Friday, May 10, after being open for two weeks.
The unique part about this posting is that, unlike the last two times an assistant coach position was open in 2011 and 2015, it was clearly not written with any one person in mind.
The job posting did not clarify whether the new hire will be asked to work with forwards, defensemen or goaltenders. It also did not specify whether the new hire will be asked to run one of the special teams units, the power play or penalty kill (outgoing assistant Matt Shaw coached the forwards and power play).
UND head coach Brad Berry clearly is casting a wide net for applicants this time around and is expected to field a large number of candidates with many different backgrounds, including those with pro, college and junior hockey experience.
Because of new open record laws in North Dakota, the applicants are not public record. Just the finalists have to be disclosed.
UND has not discussed a timeline for making a hire.
Often times, schools meet with potential candidates at the national coaching convention in late April in Florida. However, there are no indications whether Berry did that or not.
Poolman named Team MVP
UND announced its team award winners Thursday night.
Junior defenseman Colton Poolman, who was a finalist for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s player of the year honor, was named UND’s team MVP.
He’s the second person in his family to win the award. Colton’s brother, Tucker, was named UND’s team MVP during the 2016-17 season.
Poolman, the team’s captain, had five goals and 17 points in 35 games.
Other recent team MVPs have been Christian Wolanin (2017-18), Drake Caggiula (2015-16), Zane McIntyre (2014-15), Dillon Simpson (2013-14), Corban Knight (2012-13), Brock Nelson (2011-12), Matt Frattin (2010-11), Chris VandeVelde (2009-10), Ryan Duncan (2006-07 and 2008-09) and Jean-Philippe Lamoureux (2007-08).
Poolman also won the Archie Krum Memorial Scholarship as a player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards and athletic excellence. It was the second year in a row that Poolman won the Archie Krum. The last player to win it more than once was Chay Genoway, who won it four times in a row.
Goalie Adam Scheel was named the rookie of the year, rookie Mark Senden was named the team’s most improved player, rookies Senden and Jacob Bernard-Docker shared the Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship as freshmen who demonstrate initiative, character and a sense of responsibility and Cole Smith won the Cliff ‘Fido’ Purpur Award as a player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice.
Jordan Kawaguchi, who led the team in scoring, was named the coaches’ unsung hero.
Men’s World Championship begins
The Men’s World Championship, featuring Troy Stecher, Christian Wolanin and Dave Hakstol, is underway in Slovakia.
Hakstol is serving as an assistant coach for Canada, while Stecher, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, will be one of Canada’s defensemen.
Canada opened Friday against Finland. Its other preliminary-round games are against Great Britain (1:15 p.m. Sunday), Slovakia (1:15 p.m. Monday), France (9:15 a.m. Thursday), Germany (9:15 a.m., May 18), Denmark (1:15 p.m., May 20) and the United States (1:15 p.m., May 21).
Wolanin, who played for the Ottawa Senators this season, is playing defense for the Americans, who are sending one of their best squads ever to this event.
The U.S. opened against Slovakia on Friday. Its other preliminary-round games are against France (5:15 a.m. Sunday), Finland (9:15 a.m. Monday), Great Britain (9:15 a.m. Wednesday), Denmark (5:15 a.m., May 18), Germany (9:15 a.m., May 19) and Canada (1:15 p.m., May 21).
Hakstol earned a silver medal in his last trip to Worlds in 2017, when he served as an assistant coach for Canada.
The last UND player to medal at Worlds was Brock Nelson in 2015, when he won a bronze with the U.S. The last UND player to win a gold at Worlds was Jonathan Toews for Team Canada in 2007.
signs in Salzburg
Former Grand Forks Central and UND standout goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux has signed with Salzburg in Austria’s top league, according to reports.
Lamoureux spent the last three seasons with Vienna in a league where he has won more regular-season and playoff games than any goaltender of all-time.
Lamoureux’s save percentage has been better than .916 for all eight years in the league.
REA holding equipment sale
Ralph Engelstad Arena is holding an equipment sale this weekend in the Olympic Arena during The Hockey Academy’s youth hockey tournament. The sale will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
Among the items for sale will be new and used sticks, gloves, new and used practice jerseys, socks, apparel, breezers and some goalie gear.
Those interested in the sale are asked to enter through the Olympic Arena doors on the northwest side of the building.
as a top free agent
Former Warroad (Minn.) High and UND star Brock Nelson is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli ranked Nelson as the No. 8 unrestricted free agent on the market this summer.
Nelson has spent his entire NHL career with the New York Islanders. He has played in 480 regular-season games, scoring 124 goals and 241 points. Last season, Nelson tallied 25 goals and a career-high 53 points for the Islanders, who reached the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.