When Rink and Run had a chance to talk with New Jersey Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner of Cloquet last week, a few items didn’t get into the News Tribune story. Here is Langenbrunner:
About coach Jacques Lemaire
"He’s a brilliant coach. He understands the game like no one I’ve ever been around."
About goalie Martin Brodeur
"He almost defies description — to be as good as he is and to be so down to earth. It’s amazing that with all the records he has, how driven he is. Every day at practice he battles. He doesn’t want to be scored on." (Brodeur extended his NHL career shutout record total to 106 with a 4-0 win Tuesday over Dallas as Langenbrunner had two assists.)
About where he may have gone to college in 1994, instead of playing in Peterborough, Ontario
"I still don’t know. I had a good relationship with [then Minnesota Duluth coach] Mike Sertich, but I can’t say that definitely would’ve led me there. I’m sure I would’ve gone through the whole process and visited a lot of schools, some of them out East."
ALSO, Minnesota Duluth flew back to Duluth on Monday from Burlington, Vt. (leaving behind the largest snowstorm in Vermont history) and was at practice Tuesday. This week’s opponent, No. 4-ranked Colorado College, practices in Colorado Springs on Wednesday and flys to Duluth later in the day (a day earlier than normal).
Did you know (excluding neutral site games), Colorado College is ubeaten on the road this season (4-0-3) and its five losses have ALL BEEN BY ONE GOAL? With neutral site games, the Tigers are 5-1-3 away from the World Arena. More on the Tigers from coach Scott Owens in Thursday’s News Tribune.
AND UMD recruit Adam Krause scored his 16th goal of the season 5:46 into overtime as fourth-ranked Hermantown edged Duluth Marshall 5-4 in a high school game Tuesday night at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.