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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service, Published July 08 2013

Ex-UND player Knight's college jerseys saved from floodwaters

GRAND FORKS – Floodwaters approached so rapidly that Laurie Knight only had time to grab one thing from her son Corban’s room before fleeing their home in High River, Alberta, last month.

She chose his Fighting Sioux jerseys.

“Good decision,” Knight said.

Upon gutting his room over the weekend, Knight also found the puck he used to score his first University of North Dakota goal and the one he used to tally his 100th career point, which was a relief to the former Hobey Baker Award finalist.

“Honestly, those were the things I wanted the most,” Knight said. “I basically got the three most important things.”

It was a strange start to an NHL career for Knight, who signed a contract in Calgary on Friday afternoon and immediately returned to High River

(45-minute drive) to clean up, forgetting to tell his parents that he had signed.

But now that his room is been cleaned out, Knight will try to turn his focus to making the Flames’ roster out of camp. He will participate in a development camp in Calgary this week.

The Flames told Knight that he will have a chance to make the NHL club out of training camp this fall.

“That’s one thing that made me really excited,” Knight said. “They told me I was going to be able to come in and compete right away. They said it’s up to me and how well I play, but they need depth at center. It’s a perfect situation for me coming out of college, so I’m pretty excited.”

Zajac, Watkins sign

Former UND forwards Darcy Zajac and Matt Watkins both signed one-year NHL contracts this week.

Zajac signed with the New Jersey Devils – the organization he has played with since turning pro in 2010. This is his first NHL contract.

If Zajac makes it to the NHL, he would play with his older brother, Travis. Although they played for the same junior team and college, Darcy and Travis never played together, missing each other by a year at both spots.

Watkins signed with the Washington Capitals. He spent last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the top minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders. Watkins has played one NHL game with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Potulny signs in Russia

Former Grand Forks Red River and University of Minnesota standout Ryan Potulny has signed a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk, according to the team’s website.

Potulny played the last two seasons for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League. Hershey is the top minor-league affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

Prior to that, Potulny played 126 NHL games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators. He scored 22 goals and had 49 points.


A total of 18 past and current UND players are scheduled to attend development camps with NHL teams. Carter Rowney (New York Rangers) and Clarke Saunders (Washington Capitals) are attending as undrafted players. The others all have been drafted.

E Grand Forks native and Nebraska-Omaha player Tony Turgeon is attending camp with the Florida Panthers. Turgeon, who is undrafted, is listed as a forward on the camp roster. He plays defense for Omaha.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald