GRAND FORKS, N.D. – It's an odd year for the North Dakota hockey team.
It is playing without its Fighting Sioux nickname for the first time in 70 years. And for the first time in more than 30 years, there are no North Dakota natives on the roster.
The team has probably its most geographically diverse roster, with players from Minnesota, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, British Columbia, California, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
Redshirt freshman Colten St. Clair, an Arizona native, has spent four years in the state, including three as a junior league player in Fargo. He jokes that he's the closest thing to a North Dakota native on the roster.
Two Grand Forks natives are slated to play for UND next year.