As the great Kevin Pates reminded me back in June, there is no such thing as the offseason. You’re just in between seasons.
That right there pretty much sums up the summer of 2017 for Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey. Things have just never seemed to quiet down. College hockey has failed to push the pause button this summer with some sort of news always trickling in.
Well, for the next two weeks, I will be pushing the pause button on my coverage of Bulldogs hockey, even if the sport does not. I’m getting hitched/swearing an allegiance to the Detroit Red Wings, and taking a two week vacation to celebrate it.
So where will you get your Bulldogs hockey fix from? Well, duluthnewstribune.com will still be chugging along with updates on UMD sports (like where Duluth native Dominic Toninato is signing. He becomes a free agent next week).
While I’m gone, I advise you get caught up on the “offseason.” Here is what I consider to be the biggest stories from the “offseason” for men’s and women’s hockey, so far. I say ‘so far’ because we still have six weeks until that first game on Sept. 23 when the women host the Minnesota Whitecaps for an exhibition.
See you all again Aug. 28.
Comings and goings for UMD men’s hockey:
Miska signs with Arizona Coyotes
Pionk decides to leave early, signs with New York Rangers
Johnson leaves late to sign with Pittsburgh Penguins
Kings win Iafallo sweepstakes
Bulldogs bring up Patt, Samberg, Richards and Roehl to replace early departures
Comings and goings for UMD women’s hockey
Rooney chosen for U.S. National Team
Mercyhurst goalie transfers to UMD for senior year
Houston transferring from North Dakota to UMD
Bulldogs land former Fighting Hawks recruit
Three from 2016-17 squad sign pro deals in Sweden