He poked his head within the guests’ locker room, the place three TV stations have been arrange, and informed Shane Gersich the place to go for his subsequent interview. Then, he was on the transfer, once more, to seek out one other participant within the locker room.
This was the eleventh yr that Hajdu, the assistant athletic director for media relations, has run the UND males’s hockey media day—and it might have been his busiest.
Up to now, there has all the time been one or two star gamers dealing with the majority of media day interview requests.
Final yr, each attending media outlet requested both Tyson Jost, Brock Boeser or each of the primary-spherical NHL draft picks. In years prior, it was Drake Caggiula or Rocco Grimaldi or Danny Kristo or T.J. Oshie or Jonathan Toews or Zach Parise.
Not this yr.
Not a single participant was requested by each attending outlet.
Final yr, a complete of 9 gamers have been requested to do interviews. This yr, 17 gamers have been on Hajdu’s interview listing.
The annual UND hockey media day Tuesday spoke volumes about this yr’s workforce, which opens the season Saturday night time with an exhibition recreation towards the College of Manitoba (7:07 p.m.).
There isn’t any one one that is predicted to be the star of this group.
After dropping three gamers early to NHL signings within the offseason—Jost, Boeser and Tucker Poolman—there are not any first-spherical NHL draft picks left on the roster.
This Preventing Hawks squad will goal to win video games with its improved depth, moderately than counting on scoring from one or two key gamers. Everybody should chip in.
“It is totally different within the sense that, within the final couple years, there’s been a excessive-profile participant or two you may select instantly,” UND coach Brad Berry stated. “I really feel like we’ve got 26 excessive-profile gamers proper now. Our depth might be going to be our id this yr so far as scoring by committee and enjoying protection by committee. That is the best way we’re.”
UND was voted No. 7 within the preseason USCHO nationwide ballot and predicted to complete third within the Nationwide Collegiate Hockey Convention by the league’s media.
However the Preventing Hawks aren’t attracting the identical degree of nationwide consideration because the three offseasons, once they have been coming off of NCAA Frozen 4 journeys—or an NCAA nationwide championship in 2016.
UND misplaced within the first spherical of final season’s NCAA event in double additional time to Boston College in a recreation that the Preventing Hawks largely managed.
That recreation could also be a window into how UND needs to play this season.
It was Rhett Gardner, Ludvig Hoff and Christian Wolanin…