North Dakota’s Blais to Miss Showdown

North Dakota coach Dean Blais left Milwaukee on Friday morning to meet his daughter at a hospital in Rochester, Minn., and he is expected to miss his team’s games at the Bank One Badger Hockey Showdown.

Blais

Blais

Blais’ daughter, Mary Beth, was admitted to a Grand Forks, N.D., hospital on Wednesday, a North Dakota spokesperson said. She was flown to Rochester for further treatment on an undisclosed ailment.

Blais, in his seventh season as North Dakota’s head coach, left Milwaukee at 6:45 a.m. Friday.

Sioux assistant coach Dave Hakstol will lead the team in Milwaukee. He is in his first year with North Dakota after being the coach and general manager of the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League.

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