Derrick LaPoint has signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. LaPoint, a former Florida Panther 4th Round draft pick, became a free agent August 15 after failing to come to terms on an entry level deal. The Royals are the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Meanwhile, as first reported by the Grand Forks Herald's Brad Schlossman, Andrew Kozek has signed on to play with the Nikko Ice Bucks of the Asia Hockey League. Also in Asia is Former Sioux Darcy Mitani, who plays for High 1 and is the league's all-time leader in Assists and Points.
A few weeks ago Matt Frattin was confirmed to take part in Toronto's rookie tournament. Several additional former Sioux will also be taking part in NHL rookie camps and tournaments beginning next week as the NHL's preseason starts to rev up. Chay Genoway will suit up for the Minnesota Wild's entry (Full Roster) in the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament while Corey Fienhage will be playing for Buffalo. The MSG Network will be broadcasting the tournament's New York Ranger games (J.T. Miller will be playing), and depending on the standings after pool play, maybe we'll have the opportunity to catch the Wild or the Sabres take on the Rangers.
The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. The Winnipeg Jets will be part of the tournament and while no Jet roster has been released, I'd expect Jason Gregoire to be part of the lineup.
Brett Hextall will be attending the Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp while Brad Malone is on the Colorado Avalanche training camp roster.
According the to the Edmonton Journal Dillon Simpson is part of a deep pool of Oiler defenseman prospects while Sioux commit Jordan Schmaltz makes this Top 5 list of the top U.S.-born 2012 draft prospects.
Here are a couple of updates from previous posts:
Sioux Commits in Fargo taking on the Force:
|Date||Opponent||Sioux Commit||Sioux Schedule|
|Thu, Oct 20||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||@ Wisc. 21st & 22nd|
|Fri, Nov 11||vs||Cedar Rapids||Jack Rowe||No Game - Off Week|
|Fri, Nov 18||vs||Lincoln||Luke Johnson||No Game|
|Sat, Nov 19||vs||Lincoln||Luke Johnson||@ BSU 19th & 20th|
|Fri, Dec 09||vs||Team USA - 18||S. Matteau, M. Koules||vs. Neb-Omaha|
|Wed, Dec 28||vs||Lincoln||Luke Johnson||No Game|
|Fri, Jan 06||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||No Game|
|Sat, Jan 07||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||Clarkson @ Winnipeg|
|Thur, Jan 26||vs||Sioux City||Jordan Schmaltz||vs Wisc. 27th & 28th|
|Sat, Apr 14||vs||Lincoln||Luke Johnson||No Game|
Road Game On-Sale Dates:
|Series||Game Date||Tix On-Sale||Tickets/Details|
|Home Games||-||Sept. 10||Tickets|
|Wisconsin||Oct 21/22||Sept. 22||Tickets|
|Minnesota||Nov 4/5||Oct. 5||Details|
|Bemidji St||Nov 19/20||Sept. 17||Tickets|
|Alaska-Anchorage||Dec 2/3||Sept. 26||Tickets|
|Clarkson @ Winnipeg||Jan 7||TBD||Tickets|
|St Cloud St||Jan 20/21||Sept. 12||Tickets|
|Minnesota-Duluth||Feb 10/11||Sept. 26||Tickets|
|Denver||Feb 24/25||Sept. 10||Tickets|
|Final Five (St Paul)||Mar 15/16/17||Tickets|
|NCAA Regionals||Mar 23/24/25|
|Frozen Four (Tampa)||Apr 5/7|