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  1. This is great. Living a long way from GF I really appreciate it and hope to see more. Do you or anyone have an opinion on who on this squad has the quickest burst and who is the fastest end to end skater? How fast over-all is this year’s team? GM’s keep saying the game has changed and speed is a priority more than ever. The league gets younger and faster every year. Guys like McDavid and Stamkos have sick speed but Brayden Point’s jump wins games as well. Just wondering we will look regarding and speed and acceleration
  2. When I see the word “chippa” I cringe and feel like I’m in Jersey or Mattapan. I’ll stick with “chip”. Recruit at the highest level possible,, some will turn into 3-4 year players. Imho and fwiw, the chip vs grinder label when it comes to recruiting isn’t even a thing in ncaa hockey because of all the options these kids have. “Best available” is a thing. My last comment on that. It’s impressive every time BB signs one of these guys and hats off to him. The staff has to develop them but it’s good to start with highest quality clay. The future looks bright. Happy Friday
  3. Great get. Well done Berry and Co "Proud to announce my commitment to play D1 hockey at the University of North Dakota," "Thank you to all my friends, family and past coaches for helping me this far #gohawks." http://inforum.com/sports/hockey/4482730-und-hockey-lands-no-1-ushl-draft-choice
  4. Since I live 1000 miles away I get to 1-2 games per year so I’ve never seen the entire REA. I’m a big believer in blink moments; what exactly does a prospective recruit see when he is introduced to the facility other than the obvious such as the view from the seats. I guess I’m thinking more about trophy displays, photos, history, training facilities, player lounge...all the things that at first impression make it clear to them and parents this is the place they want to be. Thanks in advance.
  5. Welcome aboard Mr. Stratton. Well done coach Berry. Impressive get, he should be a game ready player when he hits the ice.
  6. Yet still caused such a negative reaction.
  7. I had that one coming. After I hit submit I realized it and knew I’d catch a comment or two, but didn’t bother to come back to edit. Can’t get away with anything these days.
  8. I’ve never ever heard someone argue that a team should pass up on the highest rated players (except for character issues). If Chicago University performed a 40 year back-tested statistical study to prove it was a valid strategy there would probably be a Nobel Prize in there somewhere. I will grant that the one-and-done may complicate the graph but probably not much. That being said, this looks like a pretty good class on it’s way. Right now my favorite grinder is Berry, keep it up coach.
  9. Am I misunderstanding, or are we saying it’s a good idea to intentionally recruit some less talented players over high-end talent? I’ve passionately followed recruiting and seen the results for decades. There are exceptions to everything but elite programs intentionally going after mid-level players is a new concept to me. Some former mid-lower tier programs like Ohio State used to ignore Minnesota kids in exchange for grinders from Dublin Ohio. But not anymore, they have several kids from Minnesota, and countries like Canada, Ukraine, Germany, and New Jersey With an 85 man football roster it’s not unusual for the blue bloods to scholarship one legacy player and one or two 3-4th yr proven walk-ones. But hockey and BB don’t have much room for an average year. Maybe I’m wrong
  10. My motto has been when there are money issues the easiest answer is “make more money”. The Big 10 is handing out 51,000,000 per team their year. I don’t know what the issues would be but joining their hockey conference would give us a piece of that pie. Right now we are a commodity.
  11. I hated to see the program cut simply because as a grad who has lived over 1000 miles out of state for decades I know that UND’s identity is hockey. Despite attendance etc it was a big loss in the big picture. But, everything has to be paid for and until there is a way to do that it can’t and shouldn’t survive. (Does that apply to football? I’m not informed enough about it’s relationship to donations, ancillary income, and conference requirements to comment) I held out hope it would find its way back via thinking outside the box to fund it, not by ex-players taking the easiest way out and hiring a self agrandizing SJW to ram it down everyone’s throat and forcing other people to pay enough to feed a third world country without making their own concerted effort. I really hoped it would come back, but not this way. Hopefully the suit gets tossed in a summary judgement and we start again on the right foot.
  12. Spot on. Top programs go after the best and go hard. A great staff considers recruiting as competitive as the games.
  13. Probably because libraries are even more obsolete than malls. Shelves of books are medieval technology. Libraries now are glorified meeting spaces, study halls, and a place to make copies Nobody makes libraries anymore, they just downsize or close them. If I don’t want to buy a kindle book I download it directly from the library onto my desktop, laptop, notebook, or kindle. They don’t even need to buy a hard copy to lend it out. And google search gives more info than every magazine in a library in seconds The entire Harvard library could be in a large room with computers, scanners, and a handful of IT employees and librarians. I’ve seen gov’t offices successfully rent mall space. Tax office, DMV, gun licenses, special offices of police force, early voting, etc
  14. Absolutely no offense intended but that’s what blue chips do. There’s a lot of guys who go all-out 60 minutes; if they don’t that’s on the coaches and staff. But you can’t coach speed, instinct, past training, or natural athleticism. Congrats to the staff on this one, keep em’ coming.
  15. I’d prefer we play these games in high school hockey hotbeds and use the game as a recruiting tool. Host recruits etc. But I have to agree that Nashville is a great town and well worth the trip for fans. Like a little Las Vegas. I’d never give a B10 program like PSU who is now focusing on hockey and backing it with cash the ability to tell recruits they get games and opponents like this.
  16. I have to admit that when I see it next to the others it looks really good
  17. (Not directed at you) It doesn’t suck despite being a generic, grunting grazer with turds on it’s fur, because they win. If NDSU’s football logo and mascot the past 50 years had been a Pekingese peeing on a lamp post it would now be awe inspiring, and Fargo would have a public hanging for the dork who changed it to bison. In sports winning fixes everything. It will at UND too.
  18. Agree. Every successful college sports program is intensely branded. Its not easy to do but It’s critical for recruiting, monetization, and winning. The most important thing about the logo/mascot is that it’s incorporated into the overall program brand. What the logo actually is, is far less important, Penguins sounds stupid until they reel off championships, after that it’s a brand and next thing you know hard nosed Steeler fans are walking around with a formal chicken on their shirts and it looks fine. Golden Knights was a little cheesy until now. Oilers, meat Packers, Crimson algae, Buckeye nuts, generic animals like Jayhawks, Eagles, Gators, Bruins, Bears, Longhorns, and Ducks...all goofy until they kick your a$$. Those schools and teams are the brand, the logos are secondary but need to be embraced and incorporated Other teams feared North Dakota, not the Sioux. They don’t care what our logo is or was, but they do care about playing a great hockey program. The more we bitch the more it hurts our brand. As a recruit it would be weird going somewhere where fans are so neurotic they seem hate the mascot on your jersey more than they like the team. 1/2 these kids in college are probably sick of a bunch of grumpy old men screaming ‘Sioux’ and ‘get off my lawn’. I guarantee the players get sick of it, they never played for the Sioux and are here because UND, not the Sioux, gives them a shot at glory and the NHL. Allow them to be proud of the logo, not be embarrassed by it I didn’t like it at first but my brain trumped my vicarious memories, and I decided I like winning a helluva lot more than nostalgia. Life is about change. Put the damn Hawk on the floor and hats and embrace it, buy a keychain. We can modify how it looks later if we want, it’s done all the time. Build the brand, sell the shirts, pay the bills, recruit the players, win the games, have fun; repeat.
  19. “Usefulness”? Think back on your life about someone who did something for you they didn’t have to and it changed everything. Thank you Englestads
  20. Please don’t mess this topic up with a cogent argument. But thank you anyway.
  21. I assume his uncle is Bill Stankoven. Maybe not the best goalie we ever had but certainly had the best hair.
  22. Or would it make it easier to comply if we gave up that many men’s schollies? I know enough about Title IX to be dangerous but my wife is an HR attorney who deals with Title IX suits, and I sleep at Holiday Inns. Without a lot of background info she said eliminating a football team is more likely to solve than create IX issues. It seems odd a school would allow losing enough money on one poorly supported sport to wipe out the deficits of 7-8 sports. I feel like an actor in the commercial where we become our parents for even discussing a football cut, and I admit I’m bias because I love our hockey program. From a sports perspective hockey is our identity. I live in the east and and no matter how cocky people are about their behemoth football they defer entirely to UND hockey. Side note: I wonder how we are able to lose about double the money on women’s basketball and volleyball than NDSU
  23. The football team virtually bleeds money. Negative revenue of 2.3 million in 2016. I barely missed a hockey game in my four years but I might have been to the Potato Bowl once, ate a potato, and left at halftime. Small college football is going the way of the dodo at an accelerating rate. I will duck now.
  24. Do you have a sense of how hard this staff (top to bottom) recruits relative to the pre-Berry era and also to other good and upcoming programs? I’m not beating up on this staff, just trying to get a read. Thanks
  25. Thanks for all the great posts and info I get here; one of my pearls in life is to surround myself with people smarter than me. Would anyone mind posting what you consider good sources directly related to hockey recruiting and evaluation. Greatly appreciated
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