From college to the NHL


By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

If you’ve watched nearly any NCAA sporting event on television in the past several years, you’ve seen the ad. You may even be able to recite the tagline: “There are 380,000 NCAA student-athletes, and just about all of them will be going pro in something other than sports.” It’s a noble campaign directed at educating the masses that most athletes in college will see their athletic careers come to an end at graduation. In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 59 Division I and 79 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a select few, college hockey is merely a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.

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This week's cover: March 26, 2015

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Recovery continues for UND’s Lisa Marvin


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Lisa Marvin, a sophomore on the 2014-15 University of North Dakota women’s hockey team, was struck by an automobile in a horrible accident on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Marvin was filling her car with gas on the side of the road when she was struck by a car, in Grand Forks, N.D. After being hit by the passing vehicle, she flew threw the air and landed on the roadway pavement.

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Cole Borchardt remains #BurnsvilleStrong


By John Hamre
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Cole Borchardt possesses an ever-present smile and a welcoming demeanor. His spirit is strong and undeterred. His smile sheds light upon his own appreciation for all he has, all that he has persevered through and all he still hopes to accomplish. If you are ever fortunate enough to meet Cole, you will find his smile is a reminder to what our perspectives in life ought to be.

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Officially Speaking: Monthly Mailbag

By Mark Lichtenfeld


OK, I realize the monthly mailbag has morphed into a bi-monthly mailbag, but OS has been inundated with calls and e-mails from veteran officials pleading with me to publicize the important issues and controversies occurring in the trenches of amateur hockey officiating. And because the mission of OS is to serve this community of veteran zebras, these issues had to be timely addressed. It’s not like I’m going to sweep the complaints of a fellow official under the Zamboni dasher door.

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