NCHC board of directors; Minnesota Wilderness makes history; Gage Ausmus to North Dakota; Omaha roster update

The NCHC announced a board of directors this week for 2013-14, led by board chair Brian Faison, athletic director at North Dakota. Minnesota Duluth’s new athletic director, Josh Berlo, is also on the board. A news release is here.

The Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Junior Hockey League has become the first U.S.-based team to qualify for Canada’s Royal Bank Cup, which opens Saturday. The News Tribune has a Wilderness update here.

Star defenseman Gage Ausmus of East Grand Forks, Minn., who had made a commitment to Denver, will now join North Dakota’s program (following the firing of Denver coach George Gwozdecky). Ausmus has played with the U18 team and his dad, Troy, played football at UMD. The Grand Forks Herald has an update here.

Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves has named Matt Walsh as a full time assistant. A Wisconsin State Journal update is here.

The Omaha World-Herald has an update on Nebraska-Omaha’s roster, including the release of forward walk on Joe Krause of Hermantown. The story is here.

The International Ice Hockey Federation has an update that it appears the NHL will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in a story here.

The IHHF also has world rankings here as the U.S. prepares to meet France on Saturday in Helsinki, Finland, in the World Championships.