Thursday, September 1, 2011

Former Sioux News, LaPoint Signs, NHL Rookie Camps, Links, Updates, Etc.

Former Sioux Ryan Johnson has accepted a try-out with the Detroit Red Wings. The faceoff and shot blocking specialist spent the latter portion of last season with the Chicago Blackhawks and would be a nice addition to Detroit's penalty killing unit if he can crack the roster.

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:

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
NCAA Regionals Mar 23/24/25

Frozen Four (Tampa) Apr 5/7


  1. Derrick LaPoint will also be playing for Florida in their rookie tournament next week.

  2. LaPoint isn't listed on Florida's roster.

  3. LaPoint wasn't listed on the initial roster, but he's recently stated that he'll be attending Florida's camp. Thanks for the info.