GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- It's a season of new identities for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team. The perennial challengers in the Western College Hockey Association have moved to a new league this year after the Big Ten teams decided to play each other.
The fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference features five former WCHA teams and three teams that UND has not played on a regular basis. UND coach Dave Hakstol says outside of the names on the back of the jerseys, the fans won't notice a difference in the level of competition. North Dakota is also looking for new point producers.
It lost its two top scorers from last year, Danny Kristo and Corban Knight, both of whom were candidates for the Hobey Baker Award as the college hockey's top player.