College Hockey:
Gregoire leaving North Dakota for NHL options

North Dakota junior forward Jason Gregoire announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior year of eligibility next season in order to play professionally.

Gregoire was a third-round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2007 NHL draft, but will take advantage of a loophole in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement that allows him to sign with any team should he not be signed by the team that drafted him within 30 days if it’s been four years since being drafted.

Blake Wheeler did the same thing leaving Minnesota several years ago when he left school after his junior year, didn’t sign with Phoenix, and instead signed with Boston.

“I hold the Islanders in the highest regard,” Gregoire said to the Grand Forks Herald. “In no way, shape or form have I ruled them out. I just don’t have all of the information right now to make a decision. I think very highly of them and they think the same of me. They know what’s going to happen as far as me keeping my options open. We’ll talk some more. If they are the best option, I will go with them.”

Gregoire finishes his collegiate career with 109 points (57 goals, 52 assists) in 120 career games and his 15 career game-winning goals tie him for fourth all-time at UND with Brandon Bochenski.

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  • FAN

    I dont like the decision but wish him all the best…  We’ll miss you here in Sioux Nation!

  • Sueh8ter

     like rats off a sinking ship.  the mighty sue will be lucky to be .500 next year.  can’t wait to see them take it on the chin!!!!!!

    • Sioux Pride

       They will still crush any of your choking hockey east squads. 

    • Anonymous

      Rocco Grimaldi, JT Miller and Colten St. Clair  might have a few things to say about that. If you’re going to troll at least put a little thought into it. They’re still one of the deepest defensive squads in the country and the offense can still make things happen.

      • Sueh8ter

        WHO, WHO AND WHO???????  never heard of them!!!

        • SHU

          Rocco Grimaldi is sick, better figure out what youre talking about before you talk trash. 

          • Sueh8ter

            i hope he gets well soon.  like you sue fans know what you are talking about.  all you do is come on to these sites and babble about how good the sue are and yet they haven’t won anything since 2000!!!!!!!!

          • FAN

            Who is your team again? 

          • Anonymous

            He could be a Gopher fan, but that would be to easy. No, we must have ended his season. RPI? Denver maybe? He’s definitely bitter about something…

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FF7QPIKH7VOUE3FUINWGOLN2X4 Dac

            Nice that someone can’t even admit his own team… what a worthless pile. your mom shoulda swallowed  

    • Anonymous

      lol below .500…. now we KNOW you are smoking something… good luck finding the sioux anywhere near .500 in the past 15 years… guess who has been… the Golden Chokers.

  • HUGEhockeyfan

    Sueh8ter, you must be a rodent or badger fan.  Sucks to be you!!!  This is no big deal for the Sioux.  Just like when quite a few of their best players were laid up last winter.  Their depth will show through and the next crop of future NHL’rs that they have will step up and keep ND at the top like usual.

  • Sueh8ter

    all you sue fans can keep jacking your jaws.  the fact of the matter is you have not won anything worth talking about since 2000!!!!!!!!!!!!!  year after year we have to listen to your rants and year after year you choke it away.  those are the facts!!!!!  to bad, so sad.

    • WhiskeyJet

       2000 isn’t really that long ago dude…I remember all the Gopher fans back then, who hadn’t won the NCAA in over 20 years, saying “Oh well we have lots of league championships and NCAA runner-ups.”  How sad is that you have nothing better to do than trash the Sioux on internet forums.  Do your parents charge you rent?

      • JetWhiskey

        to put it in perspective, Bill Clinton was in office, the economy was great, gas was cheap, no 9/11, Rick DiPietro, Dany Heatley and Marion Gaborik hadn’t yet been drafted.   

      • Blinky the Wonder Chimp

         If you’ve ever met Sue fans, you’d know making fun of their fans is a pretty normal thing to do for the fans of the other 57 D1 teams.

  • Genowayout

    Well, not like he’s missing any education by leaving Grand Forks senior high school early.  He won’t play 30 games in the NHL.    

    • Anonymous

      Are you and Sueh8ter engaged yet, or are you simply the same person?

      I’m sticking with the latter. 

    • Guest

      I don’t know about that. He is a very talented player. He might not make it in the pros but I bet he plays more than 30 games. Had he come back next year he would have been a preseason pick for the Hobey as his offensive stats were very strong last year just had some injury problems.

  • Sueh8ter

    ah, and once again you sue fans can dish it out but you can’t take it.  read the blogs all winter ,DUDE, that is all the sue fans do is show up on these sits and rip everyone.  get a clue!!!!!!

    • Guest

      You need to relax big guy. I haven’t seen one person on here say the Sioux are going to be a dominant team but yet you keep making the point that they are all wrong. I don’t even care as I am not a huge fan of anything but college hockey. You need to relax or you’re going to have a stroke.

      The Sioux like the rest of the elite programs in the nation will be okay regardless of who they lose from year to year. They have some real talent coming in, do some research “icelund” above makes a point about some of the guys coming in. They are STUDS and will be very good players. Just not sure any of them will be around very long given their talent they could leave very early for the pros. 

    • Anonymous

      and you were hiding in your Gopher hole after getting trounced all year once again…. have fun in the Big Ten and not seeing a trophy any time soon.  Also say Hi to your 15 players that have left early in the past 5 years.

  • Sioux Forever

     How far did B.C. get in the national tournament this year?  Oh yeah, they got dominated by a WCHA team – the closest thing to playing in the NHL.  Why is it that every time an article on a Sioux player comes around, BC fans come out of mommy’s basement and start typing away.  You talk about Sioux fans being poor sports and losers – look in the mirror you east coast pricks.  North Dakota has no major professional teams to cheer for – of course we take pride in Sioux hockey – it is the closest thing we have to a professional team.  We are just as passionate about the Sioux as you are about the Red Sox or the Yankees.

    • Sueh8ter


      • Fan

        Such a LOSER!  Again, who is your team…..  Funny how that never comes up you bottom dweller 

  • GophsNeedHelp

    I was in Grand Forks last weekend and I see BC is coming to town this coming October….  I like the balls on both sides to match-up so early in the season.  Both BC and UND should have been in the finals last year and are odds on favorites to win this year.  I guess we will see who prepared better over the summer.  I can report that some of the Sioux’s big boys never went home and are hard at training already.

    • Sueh8ter

      they both should have been in the finals but they weren’t!!  that what all the losers say!!  and if my aunt had balls, she would be my uncle.

      • rodenth8ter

        In gopher territory isn’t your aunt and uncle the same person?

      • rodenth8ter

        In gopher territory isn’t your aunt and uncle the same person?

        • Sueh8ter

          you only have to hit the “post as” once.  woulda, shoulda, coulda.  according to all the sue rubes out there, you should have won every year since 2000!!  but guess what, you haven’t won anything since 2000!!!  ha ha ha 

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