Athletes are welcomed into the new season

There were plenty of activities for UND sports fans to enjoy this past weekend, whether it was the fan luncheon on Friday, the come-from-behind football win on Saturday or the hockey fan fest on Sunday.

The fan luncheon at the Alerus Center buzzed with excitement all afternoon as athletes signed autographs and an in-depth question and answer session gave fans all the more reason to have high expectations this fall and winter. Meals were provided for by the Sioux Booster Club.

“I was excited to learn more about the players and coaches, what they’ve been working on in the offseason, and how it will translate into more wins this season,” said Cole Johnson, a Grand Forks resident and avid UND sports fan.

There will be a fan luncheon every two weeks which is open to all UND alumni and fans. After Oct. 7, the location will move to the Ralph Engelstad Arena Main Lobby.

On Sunday, The UND men’s and women’s hockey teams held their eighth annual Fan Fest. The NCAA defending championship men’s team held a skills session for children in up to eighth grade. These UND athletes also talked about the upcoming season in which both teams are projected to be leaders in their own conferences.

Midco Sports Network provided a free lunch to fans. Those who came early received a North Dakota knit beanie. UND sports fans also had the opportunity to take their picture with the 2016 national championship trophy, sign up for Jr. Champions activities, ride the zamboni and pick up free promotional items such as sports calendars.

The women’s hockey team’s first game is against Mercyhurst on Friday Sept. 30 at 6:00 p.m. in Erie, Pa.

The men’s hockey team will play their first game as an exhibition against Manitoba on Saturday, Oct 1 in the Ralph Englestad Arena at 7:07 p.m.

Nick Sallen is the editor-in-cheif for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at [email protected]