Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Nearly 12,000 fervent fans venture out during the coldest North Dakota nights to see their beloved Fighting Sioux hockey team play. The 'Fighting Sioux' were identified in 2005 by the NCAA as one of 18 teams with a "hostile or abusive" Native American logo and nickname. On June 12, 2012 a measure to change the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" logo and nickname was passed.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    The debate over the team's nickname has strong supporters on both sides yet the number of fans for the team has never dwindled. They are always expected to win and it's evident by the lack of any second-place banners hanging in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Dave Hakstol, a University of North Dakota graduate and team captain, speaks to the team he now coaches. Hakstol, one of the youngest coaches in college hockey when he took the reins of the team, is now the program's third most-winning coach in history.
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  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    The University of North Dakota mens hockey team has won the Broadmoor trophy, the top honor in the WCHA, three consecutive years. (2010, 2011, 2012)
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  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Matt Frattin, a Hobey Baker award finalist in 2011, now plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eighteen former UND hockey players are currently in the National Hockey League.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Weight training, daily skates, travel, and near-weekly games take their toll during college hockey season.
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  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Hockey is winter's game as the team gets stuck in Mankato, Minnesota during a white-out blizzard.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Passionate Sioux fans often travel miles through treacherous weather to get to the game.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Goalie Aaron Dell received this tattoo as soon as he signed his intention papers; in his sophomore season, Dell notched more single-season wins than famed goaltender Ed Belfour.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Jason Gregoire prepares his stick before playing in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2011. During Hakstol's eight years as head coach, UND has never failed to make the national playoff tournament.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    A season is about connections - the relationship between friends who have played together, lived together, and fought together for four years.
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  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    North Dakota voters in the June 12th primary will be asked whether to uphold or reject a repeal of a state law requiring the school to continue using the nickname and American Indian head logo.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Five years of tense negotiations, lawsuits, controversy, and public debate have surrounded the nickname 'Fighting Sioux'.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Several counties in the state have decided to allow voters to wear team jerseys at the polls.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Brad Malone fights for the puck as nervous fans watch the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four game pitting UND against the University of Michigan.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Coach Hakstol on the Sioux name: "As we move on from it, we are going to take some of the lessons and the important things that came with the Fighting Sioux and make sure that we continue to instill them in our program. And hopefully-- that will remain a real strong part of the ebbs and flows and the emotions of this community."
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    Ralph Engelstad Arena, built in 2001 from 4,000 tons of steel and 1.1 million bricks, seats 11,634 people and features 2,200 Fighting Sioux logos.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
  • Battle Over "Fighting Sioux" Name

    The Fighting Sioux lost in the first round of the 2011 national championship tournament. The shock of the team falling short of their goal hung in the thick sweaty air of the locker room - fans devastated, coaches cursed, and players have to find a way to move forward.
    Allison Davis O'Keefe
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