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Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey

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]

Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Minnesota at Duluth
Head coachScott Sandelin
20th season, 369–311–87 (.538)
Captain(s)Parker Mackay
Alternate captain(s)
Nick Wolff
ArenaAMSOIL Arena
Capacity: 6,800
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationDuluth, Minnesota
ColorsMaroon and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
2011, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1984, 1985, 2004, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
1984, 1985, 2009, 2017, 2019
Conference regular season championships
1983–84, 1984–85, 1992–93
Current uniform

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 defeated the University of Michigan, 3–2 in overtime, to win its first NCAA Division I Championship. UMD captured its second national championship on April 7, 2018 with a 2–1 win over the University of Notre Dame, and its third championship (and second consecutive one) on April 13, 2019, with a 3–0 win over the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Early historyEdit

Duluth started its ice hockey team in 1930 but shuttered the program after only two years. Once the depression and World War II had ended, the Bulldogs rekindled the team and played as a minor independent for a few seasons before joining the MIAC as a provisional member. When UMD joined the MIAC fully in 1952 it coincided with the Bulldog's dominance of the conference. In its first two eligible seasons Minnesota–Duluth won the MIAC crown, going 15–2 in league play. After Bob Boyat's one season behind the bench where the team finished 2nd in conference, Connie Pleban took over and the Bulldogs ran roughshod over the MIAC. Duluth won six consecutive MIAC titles without losing a single game in league play. UMD also began to win against some of the major programs by the early 1960 and in 1962, with Ralph Romano now at the helm, the Duluth hockey team left the MIAC and played as an independent looking to promote itself as a major program (no formal distinctions between levels of play existed at the time for ice hockey).[3]


After four seasons the WCHA invited Minnesota–Duluth to join as its 8th member school. The addition of the Bulldogs allowed the WCHA to hold an 8-team conference tournament which meant that UMD would participate in the first championship in program history. Predictable the Bulldogs didn't fare well the first time out but that trend held for several seasons and it wasn't until 1971 that Duluth got its first postseason victory. More concerning was that, in its first 15 seasons in the WCHA, UMD could produce only 2 winning seasons and never finished above 5th place in the conference. All of that was set to change, however, when Mike Sertich was promoted to head coach in 1982.

1980s successEdit

Under Sertich UMD made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 1983 to 1985.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] UMD reached the title game by defeating WCHA foe, University of North Dakota, 2–1 in overtime.[6] The championship game featured a match-up between Minnesota–Duluth and Bowling Green (CCHA).[6] 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.[7]

For the third season in a row, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament and for the second straight season UMD reached the Frozen Four.[8] The team had their hopes for a national championship lost in another overtime game, this time a 6–5 semi-final loss in three overtimes to Rensselaer.[9] The Bulldogs would rebound in the third place game to defeat Boston College, 2–1 in overtime.[10]

Minnesota–Duluth next bid to the NCAA tournament would come in 1993. The Bulldogs faced Brown University in the first round, winning 7–3.[11] 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.[11]

Recent historyEdit

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.[12] The win over Michigan State set up a game against WCHA rival and the defending back-to-back national champions, Minnesota.[13] UMD advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Minnesota 3–1 and faced another WCHA rival, Denver, in the semi-final game.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16] 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;[17] In the next game, the team beat North Dakota with a 3–0 shutout victory and advanced to the WCHA championship against Denver.[18] Playing in the third game in three days, the Bulldogs shocked the crowd when the team defeated Denver with a 4–0 shutout win.[19] 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.[20] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29][30] Jack Connolly was awarded the 2012 Hobey Baker award on April 6, 2012 for his performance during the season.[31]

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 Semi-final 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.

In the 2018–2019 season, the Bulldogs defeated the UMass Minutemen 3–0 to win the national championship for the second year in a row, the first back-to-back national champions since Denver repeated in 2004 and 2005 and the first team to play in three straight National Championship games (2017, 2018, and 2019) since Boston College Eagles in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Season-by-season results[3]Edit


As of April 30, 2019[3]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1930–1932 Frank Kovach 2 2–8–0 .200
1946–1947 Joe Oven 1 11–6–1 .639
1947–1951 Hank Jensen 4 19–9–1 .672
1951–1954 Gord Eddolls 3 21–17–0 .553
1954–1955 Bob Boyat 1 9–8–0 .529
1955–1959 Connie Pleban 4 56–25–5 .680
1959–1968 Ralph Romano 9 90–121–7 .429
1968–1970 Bill Selman 2 19–38–1 .336
1970–1975 Terry Shercliffe 5 82–92–7 .472
1975–1982 Gus Hendrickson 7 110–146–11 .433
1982–2000 Mike Sertich 18 350–328–44 .515
2000–Present Scott Sandelin 19 369–311–87 .538
Totals 12 coaches 75 seasons 1138–1109–164 .506

Statistical Leaders[3]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Dan Lempe 1976–1980 146 79 143 222
Derek Plante 1989–1993 138 96 123 219
Matt Christiansen 1982–1986 168 76 143 219
Bill Watson 1982–1985 108 89 121 210
Gregg Moore 1979–1983 148 99 107 206
Scott Carlston 1978–1982 147 87 116 203
Thomas Milani 1972–1976 146 100 98 198
Jack Connolly 2008–2012 166 66 131 197
Keith Christiansen 1963–1967 102 75 121 196
Tom Kurvers 1980–1984 164 43 149 192

Career Goaltending LeadersEdit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 30 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Hunter Shepard 2016–Present 85 5042 54 27 3 155 15 .924 1.84
Kasimir Kaskisuo 2014–2016 75 4464 37 29 8 156 6 .920 2.10
Kenny Reiter 2009–2012 94 5433 52 26 11 215 9 .912 2.37
Alex Stalock 2006–2009 101 6068 39 44 17 251 9 .910 2.48
Matt McNeely 2012–2016 41 2281 15 18 4 79 2 .902 2.66

Statistics current through the start of the 2019–20 season.


Current rosterEdit

As of September 8, 2019.[32]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3   Matt Anderson Junior D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-04-11 Shakopee, Minnesota Holy Family (USHS–MN)
4   Dylan Samberg Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1999-01-24 Hermantown, Minnesota Hermantown (USHS–MN) WPG, 43rd overall 2017
5   Nick Wolff Senior D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1996-07-21 Eagan, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
6   Louie Roehl Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-04-09 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
7   Scott Perunovich Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-08-18 Hibbing, Minnesota Cedar Rapids (USHL) STL, 45th overall 2018
8   Hunter Lellig Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-02-08 Waterloo, Iowa Waterloo (USHL)
10   Kobe Roth Junior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-01-11 Warroad, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
11   Koby Bender Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-07-15 Cloquet, Minnesota Muskegon (USHL)
12   Jarod Hilderman Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-04-11 Kamsack, Saskatchewan Fargo (USHL)
13   Tanner Laderoute Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-06-04 Edmonton, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
15   Quinn Olson Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2001-05-09 Calgary, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL) BOS, 92nd overall 2019
16   Luke Loheit Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 2000-07-26 Minnetonka, Minnesota Penticton (BCHL) OTT, 194th overall 2018
17   Cole Koepke Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-05-17 Hermantown, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL) TBL, 183rd overall 2018
18   Jesse Jacques Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-09-10 Hermantown, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
19   Justin Richards Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-03-17 Columbus, Ohio Lincoln (USHL)
20   Jackson Cates Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-09-28 Stillwater, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
21   Noah Cates Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-02-05 Stillwater, Minnesota Omaha (USHL) PHI, 137th overall 2017
22   Brandon Puricelli Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-02-04 Ellisville, Missouri Springfield (NAHL)
23   Nick Swaney Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1997-09-09 Lakeville, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) MIN, 209th overall 2017
26   Jade Miller Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-07-01 Minto, North Dakota Austin (NAHL)
27   Jake Rosenbaum Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-03-28 Trabuco Canyon, California Minot (NAHL)
28   Brady Meyer Freshman F 6' 5" (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 2000-10-17 North Branch, Minnesota Green Bay (USHL)
32   Hunter Shepard Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1995-11-07 Cohasset, Minnesota Bismarck (NAHL)
36   Ben Patt Sophomore G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-05-19 Brampton, Ontario Notre Dame (SJHL)
39   Ryan Fanti Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-10-03 Thunder Bay, Ontario Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)


This is a list of Minnesota–Duluth alumni who have played on an Olympic team.[3]

Name Position Minnesota–Duluth Tenure Team Year Finish
Keith Christiansen Center 1963–1967   USA 1972   Silver
John Harrington Forward 1975–1979   USA 1980, 1984   Gold, 7th
Mark Pavelich Forward 1976–1979   USA 1980   Gold
Bob Mason Goaltender 1981–1983   USA 1984 7th
Thomas Milani Right Wing 1972–1976   ITA 1948 9th
Guy Gosselin Defenseman 1982–1987   USA 1988, 1992 7th, 4th
Curt Giles Defenseman 1975–1979   CAN 1992   Silver
Chris Lindberg Right Wing 1987–1989   CAN 1992   Silver
Mike DeAngelis Defenseman 1984–1988   ITA 1992, 1994, 1998 12th, 9th, 12th
Brett Hull Right Wing 1984–1986   USA 1998, 2002 6th,   Silver
Justin Faulk Defenseman 2010–2011   USA 2014 4th
Mason Raymond Defenseman 2005–2007   CAN 2018   Bronze

Awards and honorsEdit

Hockey Hall of Fame[33]Edit

US Hockey Hall of Fame[34]Edit


Individual AwardsEdit


AHCA First Team All-Americans

AHCA Second Team All-Americans


Individual AwardsEdit

All-Conference TeamsEdit

First Team All-WCHA

Second Team All-WCHA

Third Team All-WCHA

All-WCHA Rookie Team


Individual AwardsEdit

All-Conference TeamsEdit

First Team All-NCHC

Second Team All-NCHC

NCHC All-Rookie Team

Bulldogs in the NHL[35]Edit

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star[36] = NHL All-Star[36] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers


Several players also were members of WHA teams.