Monday, March 27, 2017

UND leads NCAA in college hockey attendance



GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Nearly a quarter of a million fans passed through the gates of Ralph Engelstad Arena in 2016-17, marking the sixth consecutive season in which the University of North Dakota has led NCAA Division I men’s hockey in total home attendance. North Dakota also led the nation in per-game home attendance for the third straight year, averaging 11,505 fans over 21 home games.

UND was the only team in the nation to draw more than 200,000 fans in 2016-17, and the program’s average home attendance of 11,505 was at 99 percent capacity in the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena. Thirteen of UND’s 21 home games were sellouts.

“We would like to thank all of our fans and ticket holders who attended North Dakota men's hockey this past season at Ralph Engelstad Arena,” said UND head coach Brad Berry. “You once again leading the nation in attendance not only shows the magnitude of your loyalty and passion, but has also given -- and will continue to give -- our hardworking student-athletes memories that they will keep for the rest of their lives. We are forever thankful to have the best fans in all of college hockey.” 

UND was the only team in North America outside of the National Hockey League to average more than 10,000 fans per game in 2016-17.

NCAA Total Attendance Leaders:
Rk.   School                      GP         Total
1.     North Dakota            21   241,603
2.     Wisconsin                  18     182,839
3.     Minnesota                 16     153,513
4.     Penn State                20     120,513
5.     Minnesota Duluth       19     113,493

NCAA Average Attendance Leaders:
Rk.   School                      GP     Average
1.     North Dakota            21     11,505
2.     Wisconsin                  18      10,158
3.     Minnesota                 16        9,595
4.     Colorado College        16        6,256
5.     Penn State                20        6,026

North American Average Attendance Leaders (non-NHL)*:
League   Team                          Average
NCAA     North Dakota              11,505
CHL        Edmonton Oil Kings          9,461
AHL        Hershey Bears                 9,205
ECHL       Fort Wayne Komets          7,591

* Source: HockeyDB.com

2016-17 Boys PTP All-Conference



All-Conference

                                        FIRST TEAM
Jesse Bergh                                         Lake Park-Audubon               12
Brett Braseth                                       NCE - UH                               12
Mitch Hall                                           Lake Park-Audubon               12       
Alec Kiecker                                       Win-E-Mac                             12
Peyton Syverson                                 Waubun                                   12
                                     SECOND TEAM
Hunter Chaput                                    Win-E-Mac                             12
Paul Gapp                                           Climax-Fisher                          12
Dayton Mackey                                   Waubun                                   12
Mason Miller                                       Ada-Borup                                9
Steele Senske                                      Park Christian                         11
                                      THIRD TEAM
Ryan Kerr                                           Park Christian                         10
Isaac Habedank                                  NCE-UH                                 11
Griffin Maesse                                    NCE-UH                                 12
Jesse Sather                                         Fosston                                    12
Tanner Somers                                    Ada-Borup                              12

HONORABLE MENTION

Jared Brainard                                     Ada-Borup                              10
Scott Lundsten                                    Bagley                                     11
Grant Pederson                                   Lake Park-Audubon               11
Buster Walker                                     Mahnomen                              11
Dawson Fox-Murray                           NCE-UH                                 11
Miguel Garcia III                               Norman County West 11
Treston Spalla                                     Waubun                                   10
                                                           
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

Jesse Bergh – Lake Park-Audubon
Peyton Syverson - Waubun

COACH OF THE YEAR

Trevor Stewart – Ada-Borup

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Timberwolves To Unveil New Logo on April 11

Minneapolis-St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a new chapter in their franchise history by unveiling a new team logo as part of Fan Appreciation Night at Target Center on Tuesday, April 11. The Wolves will conclude the home portion of their regular season schedule that evening by hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7 p.m.
 
The logo will be unveiled during a special halftime show and all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative t-shirt with the new identity featured.
 
While the new identity won’t fully take effect until the 2017-18 season, the unveiling marks only the fourth identity in the franchise’s 28-year history.  The announcement is also the beginning of an eventful summer as the Wolves brand continues to evolve. There will be several future announcements regarding the unveiling of the new team uniforms, new court designs and additional events throughout the coming months. 
 
“We are incredibly excited to share the new logo with our fans. This is but the first of many changes that fans will see that reflect our growing relevancy at home and abroad,” said Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson. “These are exciting times for our state and our franchise, and this new logo embodies the hunger, drive and passion that will define us in this new era of Timberwolves basketball.”
 
A video of Casson announcing the logo unveil and discussing the changes to come for the Timberwolves organization can be viewed here.
 
The new Wolves identity is constructed around an updated color palette and was created over the past 12 months as part of a collaborative effort between Minnesota Timberwolves ownership, team executives, the NBA and Mississippi-based design expert Rodney Richardson. Richardson’s resume includes recent identity designs for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and various brands across the world of sports and entertainment.
 
With this unveiling, the Timberwolves are entering an exciting new era. With new leadership on the court and in the boardroom, the franchise is poised for more significant changes in the coming months. Target Center’s renovation project, complete with new premium spaces, seating and concourse improvements, is expected to hit the finish line in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 season. The team’s limited partnership group now includes the first Chinese minority owner in major professional sports, John Jiang, in addition to New York real estate mogul Meyer Orbach. The franchise will also enter its first season with its new NBA G-League team in Des Moines.
 
Fan Appreciation Night is presented by the Star Tribune. As part of the evening, the Star Tribune will be celebrating 150 years of Minneapolis history. For ticket information, visit www.timberwolves.com/wolvestix.