GRAND FORKS—Another Schmaltz is on the way to the University of North Dakota men's hockey team.
Jake Schmaltz, the cousin of former UND standouts and current NHL players Jordan and Nick Schmaltz, gave a verbal commitment to play college hockey in Grand Forks.
"Obviously, I've been around the culture and tradition my whole life with my cousins playing here and my parents going here," Jake said. "I've grown up coming here. I did the UND camps when I was young. I know what it's all about. When they showed interest, I knew I wanted to go here."
Schmaltz, whose father is former UND football player Marc (1988-91), currently plays for Madison Edgewood Prep and Team Wisconsin U16. He's 17 years old, about to enter his junior year of high school.