A lot has happened to UMD and college hockey since our last post on April 24th. So to catch everyone up to speed here is a quick timeline of major events:
May 17th - Scott Sandelin signs a 5 year contract extension with UMD. The contract is through the 2016-2017 season. This is great news for UMD. Here is the story from USCHO.
May 23rd - UMD's assistant coach Brett Larson agrees to become the head coach for the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers. We are happy for Brett, but it is a big loss for the hockey team. Assistant coaches do truly make a difference when it comes to college hockey and Brett was a good one. Here is UMD's news story.
June 22nd - UMD announces the captains for the 2011-2012 season. Wearing the "C" will be 2 time All-American Jack Connolly. The assistant captains will be Cody Danberg and Brady Lamb. We like the mix and are glad to have Cody back for the upcoming season. For more info go to UMD's website.
June 27th - UMD hires Jason Herter as assistant coach. Herter was a defenseman for UND from 1988-1991. We don't know much about Jason Herter, but welcome him as the newest Bulldog. Here is UMD's press release.
July 9th - A joint announcement is released confirming the rumors that UMD will be leaving the WCHA to join the "New" hockey conference in 2013-2014. There are so many stories out there in the media, here is USCHO's.
July 13th - UMD joins the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), UMD's offical post can be found here. We still are trying to wrap our heads around this news. A lot has already been written and we might not be able to add much new, but we will put in our 2 cents. Check back for our "official" post about the new conference NCHC and our thoughts about the rest of college hockey.