Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey

Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.svg
University University of Minnesota Duluth
Conference WCHA
Head coach Scott Sandelin
10th year, 192–200–52
Arena AMSOIL Arena
Capacity: 6,800
Location Duluth, Minnesota
Colors Maroon and Gold


NCAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1984, 1985, 2004, 2011
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2004, 2009, 2011
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 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

The Bulldogs program has produced many NHL players such as Glenn 'Chico' Resch, Tom Kurvers, Dave Langevin, and Bob Mason. Perhaps the best known alumni of Minnesota-Duluth are: Hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull; and Mark Pavelich, member of the Miracle on Ice gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team in 1980.

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.[1][2][3] On April 9, 2011, the Bulldogs beat the University of Michigan, 3-2 in overtime, to win its first NCAA Division I Championship.



Early history

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 has played in ever since.[4]

1980s success

The program's first postseason success came in the 1980s. UMD made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 1983-1985.[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 postseason Division I ice hockey 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 semifinal 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 history

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] That setup a highly emotional game against WCHA rival and defending back-to-back National Champions, Minnesota.[13] UMD advanced to the Frozen Four by defeating Minnesota 3-1.[14] UMD faced another WCHA rival, Denver, in the semifinal game. After having leads of 2-0 at the end of the first period and 3-1 after the second, the Bulldogs fell to the Pioneers 5-3 after a four-goal third period by DU.[15][16]

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.[17] The Bulldogs took down Minnesota with a 2-1 win at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota,[18] followed by a 3-0 shutout victory over North Dakota.[19] The win advanced UMD to the WCHA championship against Denver. The Bulldogs shocked the crowd and DU with another shutout, winning 4-0 over Denver. The win the program's third WCHA Playoff Championship in the school's history. It 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. Through the entire WCHA Playoffs, the Bulldogs only allowed three goals.[20]

With the WCHA title, Minnesota–Duluth secured an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Cinderella Bulldogs entered tournament play with a 5-4 overtime win over Princeton.[21] Fatigue from the grueling WCHA playoffs and a late night overtime game would prove too much for the Bulldogs the following evening against 1st ranked Miami (Ohio).[22] The RedHawks upended the Bulldogs in a close game by the score of 2-1.[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.

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 it's 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.


Current roster

As of September 9, 2011. [24]

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
30 Minnesota Christian Gaffy L Freshman Scandia, Minnesota Forest Lake (USHS-MN)
31 Minnesota Aaron Crandall R Sophomore Lakeville, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
35 Pennsylvania Kenny Reiter L Senior Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Fairbanks (NAHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
2 Alberta Brady Lamb R Senior Calgary, Alberta Calgary (AJHL)
4 Minnesota Derik Johnson L Freshman Bloomington, Minnesota Penticton (BCHL)
5 Minnesota Chris Casto R Freshman Stillwater, Minnesota Lincoln (USHL)
6 Minnesota Scott Kishel L Senior Virginia, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
8 Minnesota Drew Olson L Junior Brainerd, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
16 Wisconsin Tim Smith L Freshman Superior, Wisconsin Indiana (USHL)
22 Minnesota Luke McManus L Freshman Apple Valley, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)
28 Alberta Wade Bergman L Junior Calgary, Alberta Olds (AJHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
10 Minnesota Dan DeLisle L Junior Arden Hills, Minnesota Totino-Grace (USHS-MN)
11 Ontario Travis Oleksuk L Senior Thunder Bay, Ontario Sioux City (USHL)
12 Minnesota Jack Connolly L Senior Duluth, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
14 Minnesota Keegan Flaherty R Junior Duluth, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
15 Minnesota Jake Hendrickson R Junior Savage, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
17 Illinois Mike Seidel R Junior Darien, Illinois Cedar Rapids (USHL)
18 Ontario Joe Basaraba R Sophomore Fort Frances, Ontario Shattuck (USHS-MN)
19 Minnesota Max Tardy R Sophomore Duluth, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)
20 Saskatchewan Cody Danberg L Senior Canwood, Saskatchewan Nanaimo (BCHL)
21 Minnesota Caleb Herbert R Freshman Bloomington, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
23 Minnesota J.T. Brown R Sophomore Burnsville, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
25 Minnesota Justin Crandall R Freshman Lakeville, Minnesota Omaha (USHL)
26 Minnesota Adam Krause R Freshman Hermantown, Minnesota Sioux City (USHL)
27 Minnesota David Grun R Senior White Bear Lake, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)

Hobey Baker Award winners

The following players have won the Hobey Baker Award while playing at UMD

Bulldogs in the NHL

UMD has sent a number of players to play professionally, including the National Hockey League:[25]

See also


  1. ^ http://www.umdbulldogs.com/teams-mens-hockey.php?id=5083&page=news
  2. ^ http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2008/02/27_minnesota.php
  3. ^ http://arena.decc.org/resources/pdfs/DECC-AMSOIL-Arena-Announcement.pdf
  4. ^ a b http://www.uscho.com/stats/teamYxY.php/minnesota-duluth-bulldogs/mens-college-hockey/team,umd/gender,m.html
  5. ^ "1983 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_83.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  6. ^ a b c "1984 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_84.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.collegehockeynews.com/almanac/longestGames.php
  8. ^ (PDF) Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Records Book. Indianapolis: National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 54, 58. ISSN 1089-0092. http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/ice_hockey/m_w_ice_hockey_records_book/2008/2008_m_w_ice_hockey_records.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  9. ^ "1985 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_85.htm. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  10. ^ "1985 NCAA Tournament". Inside College Hockey. http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_85.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  11. ^ a b http://insidecollegehockey.com/6History/ncaa_93.htm
  12. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20032004/m/03/27/msu-umd.php
  13. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20032004/m/03/28/umd-umn.php
  14. ^ http://www.uscho.com/box/?date=20040328&vis=umd&home=umn&gender=m
  15. ^ http://www.uscho.com/box/?date=20040408&vis=du&home=umd&gender=m
  16. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20032004/m/04/08/du-umd.php
  17. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20082009/m/03/13/umd-cc.php
  18. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20082009/m/03/19/umd-umn.php
  19. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20082009/m/03/20/umd-und.php
  20. ^ http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2009/03/22/wcha-final-five-minnesota-duluth-makes-history-wins-title/
  21. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20082009/m/03/27/pri-umd.php
  22. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/20082009/m/03/28/mu-umd.php
  23. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/hockey/conversation?gameId=290328134
  24. ^ "UMD Bulldogs men's ice hockey roster". University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics. http://www.umdbulldogs.com/teams-mens-hockey.php?page=roster. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  25. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/alumni.php?tmi=8636

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