Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.
"Through These Doors" is not a real catchy name, but apparently it is a good production.
The student-produced series takes an inside look at North Dakota hockey -- wouldn't you like to get inside coach Dave Hakstol's head, Gophers fans? It offers scenes from the locker room, bench and road trips and, according to a UND news release, candid interviews with coaches and players.
And the show is one of the candidates for a 2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, although the competition is steep. Becoming Wild is another contender, as are three FSN shows, Vikings GamePlan, Wild Live and Woog Remembers.
"Through These Doors" has been running weekly for two seasons on UNDSports.com. This season it is also going to be on twice a month as part of Midco Sports Network's regular Friday night coverage of UND hockey games.
I have never seen it, but hope to this coming season to see what it is like.
OTB, Over the Boards, rated UND's incoming freshmen class third in the nation, behind only Boston College and the Gophers, so The Hack -- I'm fond of the guy, actually, you always know what you will get from him -- should have a good squad again, It should compete for the title in the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The winner of the Emmy will be announced Sept. 28 at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis.
A story in the New York TImes on March 23, 2012, said about a dozen college hockey teams -- out of 58 -- offered some kind of behind-the scenes look that season.
It also had this quote:
“Believe it or not it was Coach Hakstol’s idea,” said Jayson Hajdu, assistant athletic director at North Dakota and the supervising producer of “Through These Doors.” “He is a fairly traditional, old-school coach as far as access, so it caught me off guard. He saw how popular ’24/7’ was and knew how rabid our fan base is and wanted to try it.”
For the first time since 2005, the Gophers women's golf team will host a tournament. It will be called the Minnesota Invitational, of course, held Sept. 16-17 at the Minikahda Club.
The course has been the site of some national and international events, namely the 1916 U.S. Open, the 1927 U.S. Amateur, the 1957 Walker Cup, the 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 1998 Curtis Cup.
The 12-team field, besides the Gophers: Illinois and Nebraska of the Big Ten, Texas State, Kent State, San Diego State, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Jacksonville, Idaho and Georgia Regents.
Here is the rest of the fall schedule for the Gophers:
Northwestern’s Windy City Collegiate Classic at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill., Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Indiana’s Hoosier Fall Invitational at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind., Oct. 19-20
UNLV’s Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Oct. 27-29 at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club
The Gophers finished eighth in the Big Ten meet, but should be improved.
They added two talented freshmen, Sophie Kitchen from Collingwood, Ontario, and Emie Peronnin from Frejus, France.
Kitchen won the Toronto Star Women's Amateur. Peronnin is one of the best young women players in her country.
Junior Anna Laorr, of Eden Prairie, also had a big tournament win recently. She won the Minnesota Women's Golf Association State Match Play Championship.
Coach Michele Redman also has junior Carmen Laguna of Spain back. Last spring she was the top Gopher in the Big Ten meet, tying for ninth.
Then there is Banchalee Theinthong, the only senior on the team from Bangkok, Thailand. (One of two players from Bangkiok.) Her career stroke average of 76.66 is the second best in program history. She had three top 10 finishes in tournaments last school year.
The Minnesota Invitational, with two conference schools and four California schools, should give an early indication of how improved the Gophers could be.
* The Minikahda Club was established in 1898 and derives its name from two Sioux words meaning "by the side of the water." It is near Lake Calhoun.
Nine Minnesotans are among the 40 players USA Hockey, in conjunction with NHL Central Scouring, has picked to play in the All-American Prospects game on Sept. 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Three of them are future Gophers: forward Jack Ramsey of Minnetonka and defensemen Ryan Collins of Bloomington and Jack Glover of Golden Valley.
Four players bound for North Dakota also will play in the game, including forwards Shane Gersich of Chaska and Austin Poganski of St. Cloud.
Other Minnesotans headed for Pittsburgh are forwards Tyler Sheehy of Burnsville and Keegan Iverson of St. Louis Park, and defensemen Jack Dougherty of Cottage Grove and Hunter Warner of Eden Prairie.
Thirteen states have at least one player in the game; New York is second behind Minnesota with five.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Forty-four hockey players from across the country will try to make a quick, good first impression over the next couple of days at the national junior evaluation camp at the Olympic Training Center.
If they don't impress, they will be gone.
The 44 players will be divided into two teams, Blue and White, and play games against Finland and Sweden.
On Aug. 6, Gophers coach Don Lucia and his staff, will cut the roster in half and the camp will continue with games against the same two opponents, plus Canada.
Eventually, the top players at this camp will get together again in December for the World Junior Championships. Lucia will be the head coach of that team.
The Blue team has four Minnesotans: defensemen Brady Skjei of Lakeville and Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks, and forwards Hudson Fasching of Burnsville and Dominic Toninato of Duluth.
Skjei will be a sophomore for the Gophers this coming season, Fasching a freshman. Skjei was one of the last players cut from the U.S. team which won the gold medal in Ufa, Russia, at the 2013 World Juniors. He should be a strong candidate to stick this time.
Both Fasching and Ausmus played for the under-18 U.S. national team last season. Ausmus has committed to North Dakota. Toninato, who is going to Minnesota Duluth this fall, played for the Fargo Force of the USHL last season.
The White team at Lake Placid has six Minnesotans, including three who will be freshmen at the U: defensemen Mike Brodzinski of Ham Lake and Tom Vannelli of Minnetonka and forward Taylor Cammarata of Plymouth.
Brodzinski played for Muskegon of the USHL last season, Vannelli split time between Minnetonka High School and the under-18 U.S. team and Cammarata led the USHL in scoring playing with Waterloo.
Other state-raised players on the White team are goalie Collin Olson of Apple Valley, forward Jake Guentzel of Woodbury and forward Zach Stepan of Hastings.
Olson will be a sophomore at Ohio State this season, Guentzel, the son of Gophers associate head coach Mike Guentzel, played for Sioux City of the USHL, and Stepan was a linemate of Cammarata's at Waterloo.
Guentzel will be a freshman at Nebraska-Omaha, where his father recently coached before returning to the U. Stepan will be a freshman at Minnesota State Mankato.
Sat., Aug. 3
USA Blue Practice, 8 - 8:45 a.m. (CDT)
USA White Practice 9 - 9:45 a.m.
Sweden Practice 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
USA White/Blue Practice 4 - 5 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4
Sweden Practice 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.
USA Blue Practice 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
USA White vs. Sweden 12 p.m.
USA Blue vs. Finland 3 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 5
USA White Practice 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Finland Practice 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
USA Blue vs. Sweden 12 p.m.
USA White vs. Finland 3 p.m.
Days to Gophers' first game in Ice Breaker vs. Mercyhurst: 70
Days until first practice, presumably Sat., Oct. 5: 64
College and state hockey preseason blog No. 4.
Six forwards and two defensmen from Minnesota were named to the under-18 U.S. team that will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament from August 5-10 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Six played for high school teams last season, two for Portland of the WHL.
The state players on the U.S. team:
Paul Bittner, Crookston, and Keegan Iverson, St. Louis Park. They were teammates for Portland in the WHL.
Dylan Malmquist, Edina ... played for Hornets
Chase Phelps, Faribault ... played for Shattuck-St. Mary's
Jake Wahlin, St. Paul ... played for White Bear Lake HS
Jack Dougherty, Collage Grove ... played for Class 1A state champion St. Thomas Academy
Nick Wolff, Eagan ... played for the Wildcats
All eight were chosen after participating in the Boys Select Camp for 17 year olds in Williamsvile, N.Y.
College/state hockey blog No. 2 for Summer of 2013.
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