Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey

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Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey athletic logo
University University of Minnesota at Duluth
Conference NCHC
Head coach Scott Sandelin
19th season, 333–299–84 (.524)
Captain(s) Karson Kuhlman
Alternate captain(s)
Parker Mackay
Arena AMSOIL Arena
Capacity: 6,800
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Duluth, Minnesota
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
2011, 2018
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1984, 1985, 2004, 2011, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament championships
1984, 1985, 2009, 2017
Conference regular season championships
1983–84, 1984–85, 1992–93
Current uniform

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.[2]

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. UMD captured its second national championship on April 7th, 2018 with a 2-1 win over the University of Notre Dame.


Early history[edit]

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.[3]

1980s success[edit]

The program's first postseason success came in the 1980s. UMD made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 1983-1985.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] UMD reached the title game by defeating WCHA foe, University of North Dakota, 2-1 in overtime.[5] The championship game featured a match-up between Minnesota–Duluth and Bowling Green (CCHA).[5] 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.[6]

For the third season in a row, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament and for the second straight season UMD reached the Frozen Four.[7] 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.[8] The Bulldogs would rebound in the third place game to defeat Boston College, 2-1 in overtime.[9]

Minnesota–Duluth next bid to the NCAA tournament would come in 1993. The Bulldogs faced Brown University in the first round, winning 7-3.[10] 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.[10]

Recent history[edit]

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.[11] The win over Michigan State set up a game against WCHA rival and the defending back-to-back national champions, Minnesota.[12] UMD advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Minnesota 3–1 and faced another WCHA rival, Denver, in the semifinal game.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14][15] 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;[16] In the next game, the team beat North Dakota with a 3–0 shutout victory and advanced to the WCHA championship against Denver.[17] Playing in the third game in three days, the Bulldogs shocked the crowd when the team defeated Denver with a 4-0 shutout win.[18] The win over DU was the program's third WCHA Playoff Championship in the school's history and marked the first time that a 4th or 5th-seeded team had won the WCHA Final Five.[19] 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.[19]

With the WCHA title, Minnesota–Duluth secured an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The 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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

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.[27] 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.[28][29] Jack Connolly was awarded the 2012 Hobey Baker award on April 6, 2012 for his performance during the season.[30]

Minnesota-Duluth returned to the NCAA Tournament during the 2014-2015 season where they defeated the University of Minnesota 4-1 in the Northeast Regional Semifinal before losing to Boston University, 3-2, in the Northeast Regional Final.

In 2016-17, the Bulldogs compiled a 28-7-7 record and advanced to their first Frozen Four since 2011, but lost to Denver 3-2 in the national championship game.

In the 2017-2018 season, the Bulldogs defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2-1 to win the national championship.


Current roster[edit]

As of August 19, 2018.[31]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3 Minnesota Matt Anderson Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-04-11 Shakopee, Minnesota Holy Family (USHS–MN)
4 Minnesota Dylan Samberg Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1999-01-24 Hermantown, Minnesota Hermantown (USHS–MN) WPG, 43rd overall 2017
5 Minnesota Nick Wolff (A) Junior D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1996-07-21 Eagan, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
6 Minnesota Louie Roehl Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-04-09 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
7 Minnesota Scott Perunovich Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-08-18 Hibbing, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL) STL, 45th overall 2018
8 Iowa Hunter Lellig Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-02-08 Waterloo, Iowa Waterloo (USHL)
10 Minnesota Kobe Roth Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-01-11 Warroad, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
11 Minnesota Koby Bender Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-07-15 Cloquet, Minnesota Muskegon (USHL)
12 Saskatchewan Jarod Hilderman Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-04-11 Kamsack, Saskatchewan Fargo (USHL)
13 Alberta Tanner Laderoute Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-06-04 Edmonton, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
16 Ontario Billy Exell (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-10-04 Thunder Bay, Ontario Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
17 Minnesota Cole Koepke Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-05-17 Hermantown, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL) TBL, 183rd overall 2018
18 Minnesota Jesse Jacques Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-09-10 Hermantown, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
19 Ohio Justin Richards Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-03-17 Columbus, Ohio Lincoln (USHL)
20 Minnesota Jackson Cates Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-09-28 Stillwater, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
21 Minnesota Noah Cates Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-02-05 Stillwater, Minnesota Omaha (USHL) PHI, 137th overall 2017
23 Minnesota Nick Swaney Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-09-09 Lakeville, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) MIN, 209th overall 2017
24 Minnesota Mikey Anderson Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-05-25 Roseville, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) LAK, 103rd overall 2017
25 Minnesota Peter Krieger Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-12-09 Oakdale, Minnesota Alaska (WCHA)
26 North Dakota Jade Miller Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-07-01 Minto, North Dakota Austin (NAHL)
27 Minnesota Riley Tufte Junior F 6' 6" (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1998-04-10 Ham Lake, Minnesota Blaine (USHS–MN) DAL, 25th overall 2016
28 California Jake Rosenbaum Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-03-28 Trabuco Canyon, California Minot (NAHL)
32 Minnesota Hunter Shepard Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995-11-07 Cohasset, Minnesota Bismarck (NAHL)
36 Ontario Ben Patt Freshman G 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-05-19 Brampton, Ontario Notre Dame (SJHL)
37 Wisconsin Nick Deery Junior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994-05-25 La Crosse, Wisconsin Steinbach (MJHL)
39 Alberta Parker Mackay (C) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-06-10 Irma, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)

Hobey Baker Award winners[edit]

The following players have won the Hobey Baker Award while playing at UMD. No other school in the country has had more Hobey Baker winners than UMD.

Bulldogs in the NHL[edit]

UMD has sent a number of players to play professionally, including the National Hockey League:[32]

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ Spisak, Theresa (March 21, 2009). "From Play-In Game to Champions: Bulldogs Shut Out Pioneers". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
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  23. ^ Connelly, Jim (March 26, 2011). "Minnesota-Duluth beats Yale, makes Frozen Four on strength of second-period surge". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  24. ^ Gardiner, Andy (April 7, 2011). "Minnesota-Duluth tops Notre Dame for spot in title game". USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  25. ^ Connelly, Jim (April 7, 2011). "Jack Connolly goal helps Minnesota-Duluth edge Notre Dame". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  26. ^ Borzi, Pat (April 9, 2011). "Minnesota-Duluth Overcomes Michigan for Its First N.C.A.A. Title". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  27. ^ Staff (July 13, 2011). "National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced". Fox News. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ Kaczmarek, Conrad (March 25, 2012). "NCAA Hockey Tournament Live Blog: Minnesota-Duluth Defeats Maine 5-2, Will Face Boston College In Next Round". NESN. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  29. ^ Staff (March 26, 2012). "Boston College reaches Frozen Four". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  30. ^ AP Staff (April 6, 2011). "Jack Connolly wins Hobey Baker". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  31. ^ "2018–19 Men's Hockey Roster". University of Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Alumni report for U. of Minnesota-Duluth". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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