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The names have been out there for months.
But on Friday, North Dakota men’s hockey coach Dave Hakstol announced the names of eight incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
Four are defensemen, three are forwards and one is a goalie.
Three are from North Dakota, including two cousins from Grand Forks where the school is, and one from next door in East Grand Forks, Minn. The other four players are from Canada, two from British Columbia, one from Alberta and one from Saskatchewan.
All are at least 5-11, and one is 6-4. So there is some size.
Two were teammates on the Penticton Vees in the BCHL, two were teammates on the U.S. national development team.
Hakstol said he might add a few more later.
Here are the bios on all eight, provided by UND:
Luke Johnson, 5-11, 165, Grand Forks, N.D.
Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 96th among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL, where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman and Grand Forks native Paul LaDue, a cousin. Had 46 points (19g, 27a) and a team-leading nine power-play goals in 57 games in 2012-13. Had 55 points (20g, 35a) in 55 games in 2011-12 … Participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in each of his two years with Lincoln … Helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, collecting four assists in four games.
Played at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School as a freshman (2009-10) and sophomore (2010-11), winning a state title and earning all-state honors as a sophomore.
Father, Steve, played at UND from 1984-88, was a member of UND’s 1987 NCAA championship team, and was a first-team All-American and Hobey Baker Award finalist in 1987-88 … Uncle, Chad Johnson, was his head coach in Lincoln and played at UND from 1990-93.
Wade Murphy, 6-0, 180, Victoria, British Columbia
)Draft eligible in 2013 … Led Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League in points (70) and assists (47) in 2012-13 and made his second straight BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team … Tied for fifth in the BCHL scoring race … Added five goals and six assists in 15 playoff games … Was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman Troy Stecher.
Joined Penticton midway through the 2011-12 season and helped lead the Vees to BCHL and Canadian national championships … Collected 14 goals and 15 assists in 22 games with the Vees after scoring 22 goals and 40 assists in 38 games with the Victoria Grizzlies … His 91 total points ranked fourth overall in league’s scoring race … Added nine goals and nine assists in 15 playoff games … Helped lead Canada West to a silver medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, earning all-tournament honors with three goals and three assists in four games.
Adam Tambellini, 6-4, 177, Edmonton, Alberta
Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 42nd among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Finished the 2012-13 season with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles, collecting 14 goals and 12 assists in just 16 games … Had begun the year with Vernon and amassed 22 goals and 17 assists in 36 games … His 36 total goals tied him for third in the BCHL … Helped lead Surrey to a BCHL championship and is currently competing in the Royal Bank Cup national Junior A championship … Has 10 goals and eight assists in 17 playoff games … Earned BCHL Coastal Conference Second All-Star Team honors.
Spent the entire 2011-12 season with the Vernon Vipers and recorded 27 goals and 29 assists in 55 games … Father, Steve Tambellini, enjoyed a 10-year playing career in the NHL and most recently served as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-09 to 2012-13.
Gage Ausmus, 6-1, 204, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 148th among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP) where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman Keaton Thompson.
Played in in 66 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and had two goals and 12 assists … Tied for second on the team with a +22 rating … Helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship … Spent the 2011-12 season with the U.S. Under-17 Team and collected two goals and four assists in 54 games … Named to Media All-Tournament Team at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario, where the U.S. placed second … Helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.
At East Grand Forks High School in 2010-11 prior to joining the NTDP and scored three goals and 11 assists in 15 games.
Paul LaDue, 6-2, 185, Grand Forks, N.D.
Selected in the sixth round (191st overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft … Spent the past two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman and Grand Forks native Luke Johnson, a cousin.
Set the franchise scoring record for defensemen with 83 points (21g, 62a) and was a +63 in 118 career games with Lincoln … Was named the USHL Defenseman of the Year in 2012-13 after leading the league’s defensemen in points (49) and assists (37) in 62 games … Collected 34 points (9g, 22a) in 56 games with Lincoln in 2011-12 and led USHL defensemen with a +36 rating.
Spent the 2010-11 season with the Alexandria Blizzard of the NAHL and was named to the NAHL All-Rookie Second Team after recording three goals and 19 assists in 56 games … Played prep hockey at Grand Forks (N.D.) Central High School in 2009-10 and had 10 goals and 25 assists in 27 games.
Troy Stecher, 5-11, 180, Richmond, British Columbia)
Spent the past three seasons with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL … A teammate of fellow incoming freshman Wade Murphy for the past two years … Was named 2012-13 BCHL Interior Conference Defenseman of the Year after collecting 47 points (8g, 39a) in 52 games … Was also named to the BCHL Interior Conference First All-Star Team … Led the league’s defensemen in assists … Served as team captain in 2012-13 … Won a silver medal with Canada West at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge
Was named to the BCHL Interior Conference Second All-Star Team in 2011-12 after recording 42 points (5g, 37a) in 53 games and leading the Vees to a BCHL championship … Named RBC Cup Playoffs Top Defenseman after scoring 15 points in 26 games and leading Penticton to a Canadian Junior A national championship … Helped Canada West to a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge … Had 20 points (5g, 15a) in 54 games as a rookie with Penticton in 2010-11 … Last name is pronounced STETCH-ur.
Keaton Thompson, 6-0, 185, Devils Lake, N.D.
Draft eligible in 2013 and is ranked 53rd among North American skaters by Central Scouting ... Spent the past two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, where he was a teammate of fellow incoming freshman defenseman Gage Ausmus … Appeared in 67 games with the U.S. Under-18 Team in 2012-13 and had four goals and 16 assists with a +18 rating … Helped Team USA win a silver medal at the World Under-18 Championship.
Appeared in 54 games with the U.S. Under-17 Team in 2011-12 and scored five goals and 17 assists … Member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that finished first at the Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament … Helped lead the 2011 U.S. National Under-17 Team to a Four Nations Tournament title in Balishikha, Russia.
Matt Hrynkiw, 5-11, 179, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Spent the past three seasons with the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) … Named Canada’s 2012-13 national Junior A goaltender of the year and SJHL Goaltender of the Year after going 27-11-2 and leading the league in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.939) and shutouts (six) … Went 10-6 with a 2.11 GAA and .932 SV% during the SJHL playoffs.
Named Humboldt’s Team MVP, Hardest Worker, Best Team Player, Most Dedicated Player, and Three-Star Award winner … Helped Humboldt to an SJHL championship in 2011-12 after leading the league in GAA (2.28) and shutouts (four) … Last name is pronounced huh-RINK-you.
Russia was the defending champion in the Men's World Hockey Championship, had Alex Ovechkin on its side, and had never given up eight goals in the tournament.
Until Thursday. The U.S. beat the Russians 8-3 in Helsinki, avenging a 5-3 loss in the preliminary round.
The two catalysts for the offensive explosion were Paul Stastny with two goals and two assists and Craig Smith with five assists. John Gibson made 31 saves.
The U.S. led 2-1 after one period, 4-1 after two.
This is the first time since 2009 that the Americans have reached the semifinals in this tournament.
Their next game is against surprising Switzerland at noon on Saturday in Stockholm.
Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for Russia, both in the third period.
"We played a really good game and I'm proud of our team," said Joe Sacco, coach of the U.S. team.
"I thought our goaltender made a couple of big saves early to keep it scoreless and then we were able to get the lead and keep it.
"We scored timely goals today and got contributions from everyone up and down our lineup. We beat a very good hockey team and we're excited now to move over to Stockholm."
Switzerland placed 11th our of 12 teams in the World Championship a year ago. But now the Swiss are 8-0 in this tournament after beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarterfinals. This is the first time they are in the semifinals since 1998.
The U.S. team beat Germany 3-0 in the IIHF Men's World Championship on Sunday in Helsinki, Finland.
The Germans actually outshot the U.S., 30-29 but American goalie John Gibson stopped everything.
Defensemen Justin Faulk and Erik Johnson, two Minnesotans, each had an assist for the Americans who are now 5-1 in the preliminary round -- and assured of advancing to the quarterfinals later this week.
The U.S. plays Slovakia on Tuesday to finish preliminary round play.
T.J. Oshie, who played for Warroad in high school and North Dakota in college, will join the U.S team this week. He was added to the roster after the St. Louis Blues, his NHL team, was eliminated from the playoffs.
Another late addition at forward was Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens. He was already with the team on Sunday but did not play.
The Germans had two NHL players: defenseman Christian Ehrhoff of the Buffalo Sabres and forward Marcel Goc of the Florida Panthers.
When Oshie arrives, the U.S. team will have 22 forwards and defenseman and three goalies.
The U.S. beat France 4-2 on Saturday in the IIHF Men's World Championship in Helsinki.
Paul Stasny of the Colorado Avalanche and David Moss of the Phoenix Coyotes scored goals in the third period to give the Americans a 4-1 lead.
The U.S. team led 2-0 after the opening period, 2-1 after the second. The Americans outshot France, coming off a 2-1 upset of Russia, 12-3, 13-7 and 11-7 by period, 36-17 for the game.
Three Minneotans on the U.S. team had one assist. They were forward Drew LeBlanc and defensemen Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain.
Stastny now has three goals and five assists for eight points to lead the U.S. to a 4-1 record in the preliminary round with one game left, vs. Germany on Sunday, before the quarterfinals.
The Gophers will play 36 games -- the Ice Breaker does not count against the maximum of 34 games the NCAA permits -- including 20 conference games.
Minnesota will be in three tournaments, the Icebreaker and the Mariucci Classic, both on its home ice, and the as-yet unnamed tournament of four Minnesota teams at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Gophers will play two Sunday games -- one at home, one away -- one on Thursday and one on Monday. Otherwise, it's a normal Friday-Saturday routine.
The list of nonconference opponents outside of tournaments: Bemidji State (WCHA), Boston College (Hockey East), Notre Dame (Hockey East), Minnesota State Mankato (WCHA) and Minnesota Duluth (NCHC).
2013-14 Gophers Hockey Schedule
Date Day Opponent
Oct. 11 Friday Ice Breaker Tournament
Oct. 12 Saturday Ice Breaker Tournament
Comments: Other teams in the field are
Oct. 18 Friday @ Bemidji State
Oct. 19 Saturday @ Bemidji State
Comments: Gophers played last regular-season series at BSU last season and then met Beavers in first round of WCHA playoffs. Went 4-0 against them.
Oct. 25 Friday Boston College
Oct. 27 Sunday Boston College
Comments: Legendary coach Jerry York and junior forward Johnny Gaudreau, one of three finalists for Hobey Baker. Quality foe, but only Sunday game of season at home. The Big Ten Network influence.
Nov. 8 Friday @ Notre Dame
Nov. 9 Saturday @ Notre Dame
Comments: Coach Don Lucia returns to his alma mater to play the Irish, with Mario Lucia, his son playing left wing on one of top lines.
Nov. 15 Friday Minnesota State Mankato
Nov. 16 Saturday Minnesota State Mankato
Comments: Nonconference matchup against former WCHA opponent. Mavericks, under second-year coach Mike Hastings, will be one of the favorites in that conference.
Nov. 22 Friday Minnesota-Duluth
Nov. 23 Saturday Minnesota-Duluth
Comments: First series against a team from the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference. UMD is another traditional WCHA foe.
Nov. 29 Friday Wisconsin
Nov. 30 Saturday Wisconsin
Comments: First series against a Big Ten Conference opponent. Gophers' fifth and sixth games in a row at home.
Dec. 6 Friday @ Michigan State
Dec. 7 Saturday @ Michigan State
Comments: Spartans coming off a down season, which included two early blowout losses at Mariucci.
Jan. 3 Friday Mariucci Classic
Jan. 4 Saturday Mariucci Classic
Comments: The other three teams in the field have not been announced yet.
Jan. 12 Sunday @ Penn State
Jan. 13 Monday @ Penn State
Comments: First really different weekend, with games Sunday and Monday in Happy Valley.
Jan. 17 Friday Ohio State
Jan. 18 Saturday Ohio State
Comments: Buckeyes have new coach, Steve Rohlik. He was an assistant at UMD for 10 seasons before joining OSU staff. This will be his fourth season in Columbus.
Jan. 24 Friday Minnesota Tournament vs. St. Cloud State at X
Jan. 25 Saturday Minnesota Tournament vs. UMD or Minnesota State Mankato at X
Comments: This tournament, with four Division I teams from state each year, needs a good name.
Jan. 30 Thursday Michigan State
Jan. 31 Friday Michigan State
Feb. 1 Saturday Michigan State
Comments: Three games are listed because series could be either Thurs.-Fri. (33 percent chance) or Fri.-Sat.
Feb. 6 Thursday @ Wisconsin
Feb. 7 Friday @ Wisconsin
Feb. 8 Saturday @ Wisconsin
Comments: Three games are listed because series could be either Thurs.-Fri. (33 percent chance) or Fri.-Sat.
Feb. 13 Thursday Michigan
Feb. 14 Friday Michigan
Feb. 15 Saturday Michigan
Comments: Three games are listed because series could be either Thurs.-Fri. (33 percent chance) or Fri.-Sat. ... Bottom line is one of these series -- vs. MSU, Wisconsin or Michigan -- will be Thurs.-Fri., others will be Fri.-Sat. as usual.
Feb. 28 Friday Penn State
March 1 Saturday Penn State
Comments: Nittany Lions played an independent schedule last season and were surprisingly competitive. PSU's plunge into Division I hockey is reason there is a Big Ten Conference.
March 7 Friday @Ohio State
March 8 Saturday @Ohio State
Comments: Gophers finish regular-season with four games on road.
March 14 Friday @Michigan
March 15 Saturday @ Michigan
Comments: Wolverines' season ended early last season. They lost in the CCHA championship game, missing NCAA tournament for first time in more than two decades. Should be a motivator throughout season.
March 20 Thursday Big Ten Quarterfinals at X
March 21 Friday Big Ten Semifinals at X
March 22 Saturday Big Ten Championship at X
Comments: Six team field, everybody advances to tournament.
March 28 Friday NCAA West Regional at X
March 29 Saturday NCAA West Regional at X
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