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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Team USA part 1

USA Hockey just released part of the American roster for the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. The rest of the roster will be released after the first round of the NHL playoffs. Then, the Americans will add players from teams that have been eliminated.

UND's Drew Stafford is the only collegiate player on the roster, so far. He also is the youngest. Another notable is Moorhead, Minn., native Mark Cullen, who played at Colorado College.

Here is the portion of the roster USA Hockey released:

Goalies
31 Craig Anderson, Chicago Blackhawks
33 Jason Bacashihua, St. Louis Blues

Defensemen
41 Andrew Alberts, Boston Bruins
6 Joe Corvo, Los Angeles Kings
25 Hal Gill, Boston Bruins
44 Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards
23 Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings
8 Mark Cullen, Chicago Blackhawks
9 Andy Hilbert, Pittsburgh Penguins
17 Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
12 Ryan Malone, Pittsburgh Penguins
18 Richard Park, Vancouver Canucks
11 Marty Reasoner, Boston Bruins
16 Jim Slater, Atlanta Thrashers
19 Drew Stafford, UND Fighting Sioux

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Former Sioux players made big impacts in the NHL playoffs last night. In case you missed it, Mike Commodore (97-00) assisted on Carolina's game-tying goal in the third period against Montreal. Carolina went on to win 2-1 in overtime, cutting Montreal's series lead to 2-1.

In Madison Square Garden, the New Jersey Devils won their 14th straight game and took a 3-0 series lead over the New York Rangers. Zach Parise (02-04) scored his first-career playoff goal by tipping a Brian Gionta shot past Ranger goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Parise's line completed a hard-working shift to keep the puck in the zone, and Parise was rewarded for going to the net. Earlier in the game, David Hale (00-03) put together a series of good plays and was rewarded with an assist. Hale took a Ranger forward to the ice behind the net, then broke up a centering pass and sent Jamie Langenbrunner and Patrik Elias down the ice. Elias finished it off. Hale has played in the last two games for New Jersey, as tough-guy Colin White has a groin injury. Hale will have to continue his strong play in order to keep a spot when White is available.

In the AHL playoffs, Colby Genoway (02-05) is tearing it up. He has nine points in Hartford's last three games, including a five-point night. His team is one game away from elimination, though.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Welcome to Sioux Hockey Extra

Welcome to the Grand Forks Herald's new Sioux hockey blog.

The blog is a more interactive and less formal way for fans to get extra news and commentary on the Sioux, WCHA, college hockey and even some area high school hockey.

I began covering Sioux hockey in the fall of 2005, and I quickly learned that I always have more information than allotted space for my stories. The blog is a perfect way to remedy that.

I plan to use it as a better way to cover things that don't get in the paper, including notes on current players, former players and incoming players. Check back often and I hope you enjoy.