Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
|University||University of Minnesota at Duluth|
|Head coach||Russel Westbrook
1th year, 3–5–1000
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|1984, 1985, 2004, 2011|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1983, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1984, 1985, 2009|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1951–52, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1992–93|
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey team is a NCAA Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The team plays home games at the 6,800-seat AMSOIL Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
The Bulldogs program has produced many NHL players such as Glenn 'Chico' Resch, Jim Johnson who is currently the assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks, Tom Kurvers, Dave Langevin, and Bob Mason. Perhaps the best known alumni of Minnesota-Duluth include Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull, as well as Mark Pavelich and John Harrington, both of whom were members of the Miracle on Ice gold-medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. On April 9, 2011, the Bulldogs beat the University of Michigan, 3-2 in overtime, to win its first NCAA Division I Championship.
From 1930 until 1965 UMD played an independent schedule at the NCAA Division I level. The program was accepted into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) beginning in the 1965-66 season, in which, UMD played until the end of the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 season UMD started play in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The program's first postseason success came in the 1980s. UMD made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 1983-1985. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament for the first time in school history in 1983, but were defeated by Providence College in a two-game series by the scores of 3-7 and 2-3.
In 1983-84 UMD won its first conference regular season title and conference postseason tournament to receive the program's second bid to the NCAA tournament. UMD defeated Clarkson University in the quarterfinals and advanced to the 1984 Frozen Four in Lake Placid, New York. UMD reached the title game by defeating WCHA foe, University of North Dakota, 2-1 in overtime. The championship game featured a match-up between Minnesota–Duluth and Bowling Green (CCHA). After 60 minutes of hockey, the game remained tied, 4-4. Bowling Green's Gino Cavallini scored a goal in the fourth overtime to defeat UMD in the longest NCAA Division I ice hockey championship game in history, 97 minutes and 11 seconds of playing time.
For the third season in a row, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament and for the second straight season UMD reached the Frozen Four. The team had their hopes for a national championship lost in another overtime game, this time a 6-5 semifinal loss in three overtimes to Rensselaer. The Bulldogs would rebound in the third place game to defeat Boston College, 2-1 in overtime.
Minnesota–Duluth next bid to the NCAA tournament would come in 1993. The Bulldogs faced Brown University in the first round, winning 7-3. UMD was defeated by Lake Superior State in the quarterfinals, 4-3. Lake Superior State would go on to the Frozen Four, losing in the national title game to Maine.
UMD's next NCAA post-season berth came after an eleven-year drought in 2004. The Bulldogs won the first game in the Midwest Regional, shutting out Michigan State 5–0. The win over Michigan State set up a game against WCHA rival and the defending back-to-back national champions, Minnesota. UMD advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Minnesota 3–1 and faced another WCHA rival, Denver, in the semifinal game. After two periods, with UMD leading, it was looking very likely that UMD would make it into the NCAA Championship game since UMD hadn't lost all season when leading after two periods, but the Bulldogs lost to the Pioneers 5–3 after a four-goal third period by Denver.
The 2008-09 season marked a historic season for the Bulldogs. The 5th-seeded Minnesota–Duluth swept through the 2009 WCHA playoffs. UMD swept Colorado College in the opening round by scores of 4-1 and 3-1. The Bulldogs advanced to the WCHA Final Five and won 2-1 against Minnesota in the opening game at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota; In the next game, the team beat North Dakota with a 3–0 shutout victory and advanced to the WCHA championship against Denver. Playing in the third game in three days, the Bulldogs shocked the crowd when the team defeated Denver with a 4-0 shutout win. The win over DU was the program's third WCHA Playoff Championship in the school's history and marked the first time that that a 4th or 5th-seeded team had won the WCHA Final Five. The historic playoff run by UMD was punctuated by winning three games against ranked teams in three consecutive nights, including back-to-back shutouts from goaltender Alex Stalock; in addition to the shutouts, the Bulldogs allowed only three goals against through the entire WCHA playoffs.
With the WCHA title, Minnesota–Duluth secured an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Cinderella Bulldogs entered tournament play and amazingly forced overtime by scoring two goals in the last 40 seconds of regulation and then scored in overtime for a 5-4 overtime win over Princeton. The team advanced to the West Regional final against first-ranked Miami (Ohio). In the game the RedHawks took a 2-0 lead into the third period when the team rallied back and scored late in the game.
The 2010-11 season marked a historic year for the UMD program. On December 30, 2010, the Bulldogs moved into the new 6,800-seat AMSOIL Arena located at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. In 2011, the Bulldogs earned an at-large NCAA Tournament bid. They reached the Frozen Four for the fourth time in the school's history with 2-0 and 5-3 wins over Union College and Yale University, respectively. UMD was the only Minnesota team competing in the 2011 Frozen Four at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, essentially making it a home series for the team. On April 7, the Bulldogs defeated Notre Dame by a score of 4-3 to secure its first trip to the championship game since the 1983-84 season. On April 9, the Bulldogs beat the Michigan Wolverines 3-2 in overtime to win their first men's ice hockey championship in school history.
In the summer of 2011, Minnesota Duluth, along with five other schools, announced the formation of a new conference, known as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). The conference will begin competition for the 2013-14 season with six founding members: Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota. In the 2011-12 season, the Bulldogs would again make it to the NCAA Tournament. The team defeated Maine by a score of 5-2, but lost to Boston College 4-0 the following evening in the regional finals. Jack Connolly was awarded the 2012 Hobey Baker award on April 6, 2012 for his performance during the season.
As of December 26, 2015.
|#||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|3||Molenaar, DanDan Molenaar||Senior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1993-05-07||Eden Prairie, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|4||Pionk, NealNeal Pionk||Sophomore||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1995-07-29||Hermantown, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|5||Wolff, NickNick Wolff||Freshman||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||1996-07-21||Eagan, Minnesota||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|7||Johnson, AdamAdam Johnson||Sophomore||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1994-06-22||Hibbing, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|8||Osterberg, KyleKyle Osterberg||Senior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1994-09-05||Lakeville, Minnesota||Omaha (USHL)||—|
|10||Kotyk, BrendenBrenden Kotyk (A)||Senior||D||6' 6" (1.98 m)||230 lb (104 kg)||1991-08-27||Regina, Saskatchewan||St. Scholastica (NCHA)||—|
|11||Peterson, AveryAvery Peterson||Junior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||215 lb (98 kg)||1995-06-20||Grand Rapids, Minnesota||Omaha (NCHC)||MIN, 167th overall 2013|
|12||Hilderman, JarodJarod Hilderman||Freshman||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1997-04-11||Kamsack, Saskatchewan||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|13||Anderson, JoeyJoey Anderson||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1998-06-19||Roseville, Minnesota||USNTDP (USHL)||NJD, 73rd overall 2016|
|14||Iafallo, AlexAlex Iafallo||Senior||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1993-12-21||Eden, New York||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|15||Raskob, WillieWillie Raskob||Senior||D||5' 10" (1.78 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1995-03-14||Hastings, Minnesota||Shattuck-St. Mary's (Midget AAA)||—|
|16||Exell, BillyBilly Exell||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1995-10-04||Thunder Bay, Ontario||Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)||—|
|17||Young, BlakeBlake Young||Junior||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1994-02-11||Battleford, Saskatchewan||Battlefords (SJHL)||—|
|18||McCormack, NickNick McCormack||Junior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1993-09-09||Ramsey, Minnesota||Brooks (AJHL)||—|
|19||Toninato, DominicDominic Toninato (C)||Senior||F||6' 2" (1.88 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||1994-03-09||Duluth, Minnesota||Fargo (USHL)||TOR, 126th overall 2012|
|20||Kuhlman, KarsonKarson Kuhlman (A)||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1995-09-26||Esko, Minnesota||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|21||Soucy, CarsonCarson Soucy (A)||Senior||D||6' 4" (1.93 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-07-24||Irma, Alberta||Spruce Grove (AJHL)||MIN, 137th overall 2013|
|22||Thomas, JaredJared Thomas||Junior||D||6' 2" (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1994-02-21||Hermantown, Minnesota||Sioux City (USHL)||—|
|24||Campion, WillWill Campion||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1995-03-07||Seaford, New York||Langley (BCHL)||—|
|25||Krieger, PeterPeter Krieger||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1993-12-09||Oakdale, Minnesota||Alaska (WCHA)||—|
|26||Miller, JadeJade Miller||Freshman||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||1995-07-01||Minot, North Dakota||Austin (NAHL)||—|
|27||Tufte, RileyRiley Tufte||Freshman||F||6' 5" (1.96 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||1998-04-10||Ham Lake, Minnesota||Blaine (USHS–MN)||DAL, 25th overall 2016|
|28||Spurrell, SammySammy Spurrell||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1992-10-05||Sherwood Park, Alberta||Spruce Grove (AJHL)||—|
|32||Shepard, HunterHunter Shepard||Freshman||G||6' 0" (1.83 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||1995-11-07||Cohasset, Minnesota||Bismarck (NAHL)||—|
|35||Miska, HunterHunter Miska||Freshman||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1995-07-07||Stacy, Minnesota||Dubuque (USHL)||—|
|37||Deery, NickNick Deery||Freshman||G||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-05-25||La Crosse, Wisconsin||Steinbach (MJHL)||—|
|39||Mackay, ParkerParker Mackay||Sophomore||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||1994-06-10||Irma, Alberta||Spruce Grove (AJHL)||—|
Hobey Baker Award winners
The following players have won the Hobey Baker Award while playing at UMD
- Tom Kurvers Defense: 1984
- Bill Watson Right Wing: 1985
- Chris Marinucci Left Wing: 1994
- Junior Lessard Right Wing: 2004
- Jack Connolly Center: 2012
Bulldogs in the NHL
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