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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

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UND coach Dave Hakstol talked Monday about losing Brad Berry and getting Jonathan Toews back [read story here].

Hakstol said he would like to hire a new coach as soon as possible, but stressed that they will go through the hiring process carefully. Other than that, there weren't too many details. I asked Hakstol if UND would be seeking another defensive mentor (like Berry), and he responded that he will look for the best possible fit.

Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press wrote an interesting story on Manitoba's hiring of Berry. It seems the Moose are very, very high on Berry and they've had their eye on him for years.

"We've had the same short list for two or three years, both coaches and assistants, because we've gone through a few," Moose GM Craig Heisinger told Campbell. "He's been a guy who was identified, even when Scotty wasn't here, a guy that we had talked about."

The story also says that newly hired head coach Scott Arniel had Berry tabbed as a possible assistant two years ago when Arniel interviewed for the head job in Manitoba.

Read Campbell's entire story here.

**********On another note**********

Someone asked me today about Sioux defenseman Todd Alexander.

Here's what I know:

I talked to Todd in the early part of July and asked him about the possibility of him transferring. He said he was looking into going to St. John's but it was not final yet. He said he wanted to make a final decision by the last week in July.

I have tried to get a hold of him several times since, but he is working long and late hours this summer. I left messages three times but haven't heard back. So, unless I hear from him soon, I will probably give up trying to reach him for a while.

It sounds very unlikely that he will be returning to UND, though.

Alexander played in three games last season and would have been behind a stacked defensive group again this season. Without Alexander, I would expect Scott Foyt to skate at defense quite a bit.

**********Former Sioux in the news**********

There was an interesting story on the AP wire about the town of St. Albert, Alta., which is auctioning off the naming rights on Troy Murray Arena. Murray's mother, Betty, expressed her dismay toward the city's decision [read more here]. Murray played at UND from 1980-82.

Also, the Dallas Stars did a feature on one of Murray's former teammates, Craig Ludwig. Ludwig, who won a Stanley Cup with the Stars, was at the arena watching his twin sons, Trevor and Tyler, participate in the team's development camp. There is a short feature and also a more lengthy multimedia piece showing interviews with the Ludwigs. Check it out here.