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BelushiGuess who's back on campus?

Ed Belfour.

According to a story in the Grand Forks Herald (originally attributed here to a wire report but after some research found the original story), Eddie the Eagle is back at his alma mater working with the University of North Dakota hockey team.

Belfour, who led the Fighting Sioux to a national championship, is preparing for his upcoming season in Sweden.

The Fighting Sioux face Michigan State on Saturday night. Belfour's last game at North Dakota came against the Spartans in the 1987 national title game.

According to the Grand Forks story, Belfour brought the Stanley Cup to Grand Forks after winning it with Dallas in 1999. During the lockout, he went to the Frozen Four to cheer on his team.

Belfour_3 According to something I read in Canada, Sir Ed is expected to report to Leksand, his Swedish club, sometime this weekend. So, no more parties in Dakota for Eddie!

Story was written by Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. It was picked up by AP, which has distributed it around the world. But without proper -- as is usually the case in these situations -- attribution to the original writer.

Read the original version here (it has a lot of stuff AP chopped off too): NORTH DAKOTA IS WONDERFUL THIS TIME 'O YEAR

-- Speaking of parties, ran into Doug MacLean up in Tampa the other night. Says all is going well in his ownership bid for the Lightning and hopes to have the deal done before the year is out.

He plans to be in the building Saturday night when his Lightning take on your Panthers.

-- The Panthers will do their part to raise awareness for the league's fight against cancer Saturday. All the coaches and broadcasters will wear specially made pink ties for the NHL Fights Cancer initiative. Obviously a good cause. You can do your part by visiting the league's website and making a donation, or by pledging a couple bucks at the game tomorrow.

-- According to the Panthers, the woman hit by the puck Thursday night is fine. She was treated and released last night.