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  1. Yes, hopefully the REA management will continue to operate the building past 2030. It's amazing to me that each year you go and attend your first hockey game it's like the arena is still new. If Ralph would have turned the arena over to the university after the building was completed I'm not very confident that it would look like it does. I doubt there would be any funds put away to keep it fresh and new. With a government entity handling the proceeds over the last 17 years that pool of money would have suffered that same fate as the Social Security Trust Fund. They'd most likely would have used all the funds to pay the salaries of professors who want the arena tore down.
  2. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    Yes, that's right. Even back in the 90's, when their fans would use the excuse about older players, it was very close. Some years we'd be older by just a little and other years they'd be older by just a little.
  3. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    They can??? What have they done over the last 5 - 10 years with their hockey hotbed recruits?
  4. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Parise committed on opening night of The Ralph. While DeFauw & Armbrust were good players for the Sioux, it's quite a stretch to say we won a recruiting battle to get them. Bryan Lundbolm's dad played for the Sioux and the Gophers would have really liked to get him but there was no question of where he was going. If you want to count "almost wins", we almost won a recruiting battle for Keith Ballard. He even told Blaiser he was coming to UND and then at the last minute went with the Gophers. Yes, they took quite a few butt-kickings from us in the old Ralph but I can't think of one recruiting battle that we won until Ralph gave UND the new arena. About the only one I can think of is Karl Goehring. But it was the Wooger who pretty much handed Karl to us with the way he recruited him.
  5. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    What recruiting battles "wins" are you talking about? I'm having a hard time coming up with any.
  6. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Kennedy better know what's going to happen. Otherwise, leaving a great conference like the Big Sky with like-minded schools Montana, Montana State, Idaho, EWU, NAU, Cal Poly & UC-Davis makes no sense.
  7. Indian nicknames in the news

    It's a good thing we didn't become the University of North Dakota Fighting Millionaires. Apparently Millionaire is now a divisive word. "But a new generation of students say it’s time for a new nickname – because they feel the word “millionaire” has become offensive and divisive." http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/06/students-say-millionaire-mascot-is-divisive.html
  8. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    I really hope they do. I want to stay in the Big Sky with Montana, Montana State, Idaho, EWU, NAU & NCU. The Summit has no appeal. I still think more alumni see UND play in Colorado, Montana and Arizona than in all the Summit locations.
  9. Conference Realignments - Take 2

    Check with your wife. Maybe she can do the math for you. :-)
  10. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    We have the same opinion, ira. Some posters were saying that kids need to leave high school early so they can play against better competition and thus aid in their development. I was sarcastically trying to make the point that TJ Oshie left Warroad after his junior year (which I knew he didn't) and it really aided his development (which it didn't because he didn't leave early). I believe that kids like TJ, Hain, Boeser and many other elite players aren't going to suffer at all in their development if they stay in high school. I also believe that others who aren't as gifted as TJ could just as well stay in high school and then play juniors. They might as well play one or two years of junior hockey after they've finished their high school years rather than leave early and play two or three years in the USHL.
  11. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    Yup, when TJ Oshie left high school hockey after his junior year is when he really developed. It was even more critical for him to take his talents to a higher league because he was only in Class A. It might have set him back 2 or 3 years if he had returned to Warroad for his senior year.
  12. College Hockey Expansion

    OK, I know you. What is that going to get me?
  13. UND to Summit/MVFC

    Yup, I remember the days well when UND fans filled up the stands in Vermillion and Brookings.
  14. UND to Summit/MVFC

    This is like trading in your Cadillac Escalade for a Ford Bronco. Sad day for UND athletics. :-(
  15. former players

    If these are your lines, I think I'd move Caggiula and Stetcher up. I believe Caggiula is skating on the top line with Connor McDavid now.