It’s over for North Dakota; they’ve officially gotten rid of the mascot the Fighting Sioux. That got Martha Port in St. Paul wondering: How did the University of Minnesota get the Gophers?
North Dakota voters decided Tuesday to let the state’s flagship university dump a controversial Fighting Sioux nickname that sparked threats of NCAA sanctions, ending — at least temporarily — a dispute simmering for decades that divided sports fans, alumni and even tribes.
The fighting Sioux from the University of North Dakota are in town for the West Regional NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament, but they’ve left the Sioux nickname and logo at home.
Mario Lamoureux scored twice during a five-goal third period for North Dakota, and the Fighting Sioux snapped back to stun Minnesota 6-3 Friday in the WCHA semifinals.
North Dakota’s Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments Thursday on whether to stop a statewide vote that would determine if the University of North Dakota’s sports teams should be forced to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and an American Indian logo.
The University of North Dakota women’s hockey assistant coach was a senior alternate captain on the 2006-07 Fighting Sioux men’s team that lost to rival Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, then came back and beat the Gophers a week later with a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four on the line.
The University of North Dakota resumed using its contentious Fighting Sioux nickname Wednesday even though it triggered NCAA sanctions, leaving some fans weary of the seven-year fight over a moniker that critics believe is demeaning.
The Gopher and Fighting Sioux hockey teams have an intense on-ice rivalry
It will cost the University of North Dakota about $750,000 to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, President Robert Kelley says.
State legislators and University of North Dakota officials are preparing to change the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname following a meeting at NCAA headquarters.
University of North Dakota hockey forward Danny Kristo says he’ll return for his junior season rather than sign a professional contract.
The University of North Dakota says standout hockey defenseman Ben Blood will return for his senior season.
The North Dakota House has approved a bill that would force the University of North Dakota to keep the “Fighting Sioux” nickname.
The Gopher Hockey team is in North Dakota for games Friday and Saturday. Bad news struck the team this week when it was announced Alex Kangas will have hip surgery that will end his college career. Mike Grimm talked to the Senior Goalie.
Brad Malone had two goals and Aaron Dell made 35 saves as North Dakota routed Minnesota-Duluth 5-0 Thurday in the first game for the Bulldogs in their new home, the $80-million AMSOIL Arena.
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