Senden in familiar territory at UND

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- One of the newcomers to this North Dakota Men's Hockey team is Mark Senden.

Familiar with the area after playing with the Fargo Force, he is also familiar with how a certain style of coaching is done here.

"I learned a lot of things in Fargo from just teammates and Cary Eades and all those guys," Senden said. "What it takes to win every day and just the work ethic you've got to bring to the rink every day. Those things I can bring from Fargo up here and just bring my compete level, bring my work ethic, and my leadership every single day to the rink and push myself to be the best."

"I think coming from the Force they do things pretty close to how we do things here so it seems like a seamless transition when we do get a player from Cary's group," UND head coach Brad Berry added.

One of the things this staff likes about Mark Senden is something you can't coach.

"First of all he's been a captain for a number of reasons," Berry explained. "He was the captain of a Wayzata High School team state championship. He was a captain of the Fargo Force, USHL champion. Winning follows his everywhere he goes and he's a huge part of it. He's going to be, through his four year career, hopefully, eventually, he'll be a captain here. But the things he does on and off the ice to give him success will resonate with the rest of our players and that's why he's such a great player on and off the ice."

"They just expect me to bring my very best every day and they expect me to just be sharp at every single practice and just come ready, come prepared," Senden said.

UND opens the 2018-19 campaign on Oct. 6 with a home exhibition game against the University of Manitoba. The regular season will begin the following week when the Fighting Hawks meet non-conference foe Bemidji State in a home-and-home series. The two teams will square off Friday, Oct. 12 in Bemidji followed by a return date the following night at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.