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.


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.

Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin reacts after a ref waved off a goal due to a high stick during Saturday night’s game against St. Cloud State at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / The Rink Live

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.

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.