GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Outside the University of North Dakota men's hockey locker room, there is a piece of wall reserved for those who go on to win the Stanley Cup with an NHL team.
There are 12 plaques featuring 10 former Fighting Sioux players who have won hockey's ultimate prize. There also is plenty of room to add plaques — and that might be a good thing the way this playoff season is going.
As the second round begins, seven former Sioux still have a shot at getting their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Captain Zach Parise and Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils are representing UND in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Devils advanced by knocking off Florida in seven games in the first round. Zajac scored an overtime winner in Game 6 to keep the Devils alive.
The Western Conference semifinals are flooded with Sioux players.
Alternate captain Matt Greene of the Los Angeles Kings is playing against T.J. Oshie, Chris Porter and the St. Louis Blues in one series. Porter has not suited up in the playoffs yet but has played more than the necessary 41 regular-season games required to get included on the Cup.