UND Quick Notes
+Seven national titles, nineteen frozen fours, two Hobey Baker winners
+Coached by Dave Hakstol (UND '92)
+2012-13 Captains: Andrew MacWilliam (C), Danny Kristo (A), Carter Rowney (A), Corban Knight (A)
+Notable Alums: Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews, TJ Oshie, Dave Tippett, Mike Commodore, Drew Stafford, Jordan Parise, Matt "Let's get drunk and throw lawn mowers and then get DUI's" Frattin
Notable UND Players
Danny Kristo, Sr, F - Kristo, one of three Assistant Captains for UND, is tied for the team lead in points with an 0-4-4 line. Kristo accumulated all four assists in only two games played on the year due to suspension (more on that later). Definitely one of the top forwards on the squad.
Rocco Grimaldi, RS FR, F - This Florida Panthers prospect sat out last year due to a knee injury that required season ending surgery. Rocco is off to a fast start this season, posting a 2-2-4 line in four games played. Grimaldi is well known for his hardcore religious beliefs, often taking to twitter to spread the word of God (seriously, click on that link - absolutely unreal). Oh, and he has a blog where he goes into further detail about God in his life (and yours!). I wonder if he'll take this opportunity to preach to the Terriers about their sinning ways. After all, he does do all things through God who strengthens him!
Derek Forbort, JR, D - A first round pick of the LA Kings, Forbort is easily UND's best defenseman. At 6'5" and 200 lbs, he's an imposing figure on the ice and uses his size to his advantage. Forbort is off to a quick start to the season, with a 2-1-3 line through four games played.
Clark Saunders, JR, G - The Alabama-Huntsville transfer has started three of UND's first four games, going 1-1-1 with a 1.64 GAA and a .940 save percentage. While I haven't seen anything definitive regarding their goaltending situation for the weekend, I wouldn't be surprised to see Saunders split time with freshman Zane Gothberg (Bruins 2010 draft pick). Both goaltenders have played well early on this season, so BU definitely has it's work cut out for them this weekend.
They Drink Whiskey For Their Fun
While the season has barely begun, their has already been some trouble in Grand Forks. While I'm sure what I'm about to write will be misconstrued as the pot calling the kettle black, I feel like this is too funny not to report.
On September 15, a few of UND's freshmen had to be carried back to their dorms by teammates following a night of heavy drinking. When an RA noticed their significant impairment, she called 911 for assistance (much to the dismay of the players). When the police officer arrived, she found Zane Gothberg passed out face down on the floor, Bryn Chyzyk passed out on a couch, Drake Caggiula sick from alcohol poisoning, and Jordan Schmaltz locked in a bathroom. Way to hold your liquor boys!
While team members maintain that the incident was not a product of team hazing, it does seem odd that the only players who required attention were the freshmen. And by seem odd, I mean it was clearly hazing. Let's call a spade a spade here bro. Only freshmen got fucked up, upperclassmen had to carry them back to their dorms, only upperclassmen got suspended. Totally not hazing though. Anyways, as a result of that night, seven players were suspended for one game (including all four captains). Danny Kristo and Brendan O'Donnell also served a second one game suspension for violating team policies (unrelated to the aforementioned incident).
I'm not trying to say that drinking to the point of alcohol poisoning is a funny thing - it's not, and anybody who has experienced it or has taken care of somebody who has it knows exactly how scary it can be. What is funny, however, is that Gothberg and Chyzyk passed out immediately upon entering their rooms, and Schmaltz locked himself in a bathroom. Look, we've all been there. You get dragged to some obscure freshmen hazing ritual, drink half a handle of vodka, probably throw up a few times, and have to be carried back to your room. It happens. But don't be a tool and lock yourself in a bathroom or pass out on the floor. Man up and get to your bed. Fucking Amateur hour. Probably kept their shoes on too. Fucking freshmen. But hey, at least they didn't crash into a subway trolley!
I'm not proud of this one, but I promised QQ I would include it. Back in 1998, wealthy casino owner and UND alum Ralph Englestad announced that he would be donating $100 million to the university to fund a new hockey arena. After navigating through Englestad's demand that the Fighting Sioux moniker be kept, the arena was completed.
Englestad's affinity for the largely racist Fighting Sioux nickname was not his only brush with controversy. In the 1980s, Englestad threw a few parties in his casino - for Adolf Hitler's birthday. Complete with swastika sheet cakes and German beer girls, the parties were held in a room full of Nazi memorabilia including pictures of Englestad in - wait for it - a Nazi uniform. Englestad also had a bust of Adolf Hitler in his personal office, and supposedly was aware that bumper stickers were printed in his casino that said "Adolf was right".
Englestad claimed the parties were a joke, the memorabilia simply because of his love for history, and that he wasn't a Nazi supporter. Right. Just like my customized BU jersey, large supply of red and white face paint, and stuffed Rhett that I sleep with every night (what?) doesn't make me a BU fanboy.
Honestly, no fucking clue. Historically, BU hasn't fared well out in Grand Forks (insert joke about a Nazi funded arena and BU's large Jewish population here). I can't really get a read on this year's Terrier team, and I admittedly know little about this UND squad. My guess is that the weekend will come out to a split, but a sweep by either team wouldn't exactly surprise me either. Whatever the case, this weekend is a good bonding experience for this young Terrier team and will be a good national test against another storied college hockey program.