Eric Burton | @goon48

Eric is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota and has been a hockey fan for three plus decades. Eric covers the University of North Dakota Hockey for Inside Hockey and is the editor of the popular fan blog Goon’s World. Eric started writing for the Hockey Writers Combine in September of 2012 and is the lead writer for College Hockey.

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Recent Articles by Eric

SCSU goalie Ryan Farager (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

NCHC Hockey: Saint Cloud’s Ryan Faragher signs with the Ducks

As the college hockey season comes to an end, some of the high-end, highly sought players will decide to forego their college eligibility and sign professional contracts. This past week, […]

by · April 9, 2014 · 2 comments · College Hockey, NCHC
UND forward Connor Gaarder (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

North Dakota Renews Rivalry with Minnesota in Frozen Four Semifinal

When the Big Ten and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference formed, traditional rivals parted ways. Until this season, North Dakota and Minnesota had played in 283 games against each other, starting […]

by · April 4, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
The UND coaching staff celebrates the Midwest Regional Win (Eric Classen /UND Athletics)

NCAA Hockey: North Dakota Embraces Underdog Role

The final weekend of the college hockey season is almost upon us. A week from Thursday, Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota and Union College, will take to the ice to […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 4 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
UND goalie Zane Gothberg (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

UND Hockey: Gothberg’s Strong Finish Propels Team

On November 30, 2013 the University of North Dakota Hockey team had a record of 4-7-2, they were going nowhere fast. North Dakota was having a heck of a time […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
NCAA Hockey: Attendance Issues Plague NCAA Regional Tournaments

NCAA Hockey: Attendance Issues Plague NCAA Regional Tournaments

After qualifying for the NCAA tournament, the University of North Dakota hockey team is headed to the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio. Based on previous years, there’s a very good […]

by · March 26, 2014 · 5 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
UND Forward Drake Caggiula (Eric Classen / UND Athletics)

UND Hockey: It’s Simple, Win and They’re In

The University of North Dakota Hockey team enters the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament on 18-5-1 run (second best to Union). Even though UND owns a 22-12-3 (.635) record, they’re […]

by · March 19, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCHC
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NCHC Hockey: UND Advances to the Frozen Faceoff, Avoids Catastrophe

Before the season started, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference coaches thought that the inaugural season would end up being a battle, and they were right. Every game was a war. […]

by · March 17, 2014 · 0 comments · NCAA, NCHC
UND forward Susanna Tapani (Eric Classen / UND Athletcs)

NCAA Women’s Hockey: Is It Time to Tweak the Pairwise Rankings?

This season, the University of North Dakota women’s team finished the season with a record of 20-12-4 (.611).  You would think that record would be good enough to make the […]

by · March 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Women's Hockey
UND defenseman Paul Ladue, (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

UND Hockey: Grand Forks Cousins make an Impact in First Season with UND

On October 6, 2013, two local players from Grand Forks, North Dakota made their debut with the University of North Dakota. At the start of the season, I sat down […]

by · March 13, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCAA
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NCAA Hockey: Ex-College Hockey Players Traded During the Trade Deadline

According to College Hockey Inc., 31 percent of the hockey players in the NHL have come from NCAA Division I hockey. During the 2014 NHL trade deadline, 38 players were […]

by · March 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Free Agents, NCAA
UND forward Stephane Pattyn, (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

UND Hockey: Players’ Only Meeting Turns Season Around

On November 29, 2013, the University of North Dakota hockey team lost 5-2 to the Saint Lawrence Saints. The UND hockey team was struggling, and had just finished 10-game stretch […]

by · March 6, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCHC
SCSU goalie Ryan Faragher  (Eric Classen/UND Athletics)

UND Hockey: Conference Title up for Grabs in Saint Cloud

The University of North Dakota is on a roll, going 14-2-1 over their last 17 games. Historically, UND is known for their patented second half runs. The current run is […]

by · February 27, 2014 · 0 comments · College Hockey, NCHC