By Brad Schlossman
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In an effort to cut down on the number of video reviews, the NCAA is on the verge of passing a slight change.
Teams will have to use a coach’s challenge to review offside or too many men following a goal in the regular season if the proposal passes during a conference call with the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on July 24.
Currently, officials have discretion to review for offside or too many men if they want. Under the new change, a review could only be initiated from a coach’s challenge.
Don’t be surprised if the NCAA continues in this direction in the future — putting the onus on the coaches to challenge certain calls rather than relying on the officials to decide what to review and what not to review.
That will limit the number of reviews and also limit the time spent by coaches trying to urge refs to review calls.
That also means coaches may have to re-think how they use their timeouts, because coaches need to have a timeout remaining in order to challenge a call.
You may see coaches saving their timeout for such a situation and using it far less often to slow momentum by an opponent or even to rest tired players after an icing call.
Duncan moving on from Salzburg
After eight years of playing for the Salzburg Red Bulls in Austria’s top league, Ryan Duncan is moving on.
Duncan recently posted his farewell to Salzburg on Twitter.
Ich danke! Thank you @ecrbs for the lifetime of memories. My teammates, the staff, and all of the fans have made Salzburg feel like home for me and my family for 8 seasons. We will always appreciate how lucky we were to spend so much time in such a special place. We will miss you pic.twitter.com/uCOfNiQ8E0
— Ryan Duncan (@rduncan16) June 6, 2019
Duncan, the 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner at UND, is an all-time great in Salzburg. He ranks second in franchise history in goals (134), assists (261) and points (395). He ranks fourth in games played (418).
Duncan was part of four championship teams in Salzburg in 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016.
Where will Duncan land next?
Stay tuned. He hasn’t signed anywhere and is considering his options.
Sandelin to get big raise
After back-to-back NCAA national championships and an interview with the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin, who played his college hockey at UND and won two NCAA titles as an assistant coach, is getting a new contract from the the Bulldogs.
Matt Wellens reported that Sandelin will get a base salary of $400,000 next season. It will increase throughout his tenure.
One thing that’s absent from Sandelin’s contract is a monetary penalty for leaving the school before his deal runs out. A number of schools have been putting those clauses into coach contracts. For example, Dave Hakstol owed UND $100,000 for leaving the school to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Once again, Sandelin’s deal does contain a massive buyout in case the school ever wanted to make a coaching change — however unlikely that seems now. If Minnesota Duluth were to try to make a coaching change before the final year of his contract starts on June 1, 2024, the Bulldogs would owe Sandelin more than $1 million.
Hirschy signs with Modo
Former UND defenseman Gracen Hirschy has signed a one-year deal with Modo in the Swedish league.
Modo is located in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.
This will be Hirschy’s third professional season since she graduated from UND in 2017. She previously played for Djurgardens and Leksands.
— MODO Hockey (@MODO_Hockey) June 7, 2019
Warroad updates D-I wall
Warroad has constructed a new wall to honor all of the Division-I players who have come through its girl’s program.
The wall includes Olympic gold medalist Gigi Marvin, who played college at Minnesota, as well as several former UND players: Amber Hasbargen, Lisa Marvin, Layla Marvin, Kayla Gardner and Shelby Amsley-Benzie.
> Two Roseau, Minn., players were recently selected in the North American Hockey League Draft. Ben Helgeson was picked in the first round, No. 23 overall, by the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, who reached the Robertson Cup Final this spring. Helgeson played in the British Columbia Hockey League last season. Meanwhile, Nathan Adrian was picked in the third round, No. 77 overall, by the Minnesota Wilderness. Adrian played for the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season.
> Former UND defenseman Joe Finley won’t be back with Helsinki in the Finnish league next season. He posted a farewell video online. Finley, 31, has been with the team for the last three seasons.