UND hockey season is finally upon us. The women return after being knocked out of last year's NCAA tournament by eventual champs Minnesota.
But perhaps the biggest change from last year's team is the absence of Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, as well as several other seniors. Leaving plenty of roles to fill.
"A lot of team's are looking at us like 'oh we lost the Lamoureux's, we aren't going to be able to compete this year.' But we have a lot of good talent coming in," said sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie.
"A lot of those kids have already established themselves in those spots so it's just a matter of consistency each week and performing at a high level," added head coach Brian Idalski.
On the men's side there is plenty of change this year as well. The big build up being the inaugural season in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. After year's of tradition and success in the WCHA they now move on and look to lead in the new conference.
"We're extremely excited to be the first team to go through the new league and play new teams and build some new rivalries," said sophomore forward Rocco Grimaldi. "We've lost some big rivalries and that's upsetting to a lot of our guys."
"It's a storied tradition," junior forward Mark MacMillan says of the WCHA. "It's a league we've been a part of for a long time. Won a lot of WCHA titles and it's going to be definitely different and a little sad but you have to look forward to the NCHC and what it has to offer."