WCHA Notebook: Starting Goaltender Up For Grabs At UMD

A year ago, Minnesota Duluth coach Maura Crowell wasted no time naming a starting goaltender. That’s not the case this season because the 2016-17 starter — Maddie Rooney — is gone with the U.S. National Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and her absence has left the Bulldogs without a clear-cut No. 1. Read more…
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WCHA Preseason Conference Call: Bulldogs Tie Buckeyes For Third In Preseason Poll

The 2017-18 college hockey season officially got underway today with the annual WCHA women’s coaches conference call. The NCHC will begin releasing its preseason poll and teams next week. NCHC Media day is next Wednesday (Sept. 20) at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Below are some highlights from Tuesday’s WCHA women’s coaches conference call,…
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NCHC Moving Frozen Faceoff From Target Center To Xcel Energy Center

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Thursday the league is ending its five-year contract with Target Center in Minneapolis a year early and beginning a new one with Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for its postseason championship. As first reported by the Grand Forks Herald Thursday morning, the NCHC Frozen Faceoff will move to…
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Jackson Cates Will Join Younger Brother, Noah, At UMD In The Future

Another pair of brothers will be skating for Minnesota Duluth in the near future. Jackson Cates, the older brother of current UMD recruit Noah Cates, verbally committed to the Bulldogs on Thursday night. The elder Cates had previously been committed to Michigan Tech, having signed a National Letter of Intent back in November to play…
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UMD Women Have Busy Summer With U.S., Canadian National Programs

It was a busy summer for the UMD women’s hockey program, which saw future, current and former players, plus coaches, taking part in a plethora of national team activities. UMDBulldogs.com broke it all down here for current and past members of the program. Below is a simplified rundown: Junior goaltender Maddie Rooney: 2017-18 U.S. Women’s…
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Bulldogs Add To Athletic Training Staff

The Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey programs have added two resident athletic trainers for the 2017-18 season. Kevin Lennon, a former graduate assistant athletic trainer at Sacramento State, will work and travel with the women’s program. Jordan Ellis, who recently completed his master’s degree in athletic training at Nebraska-Omaha, will work and travel with…
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ICYMI: What Matt Missed The Last Two Weeks While Getting Hitched

I’m back. And here’s what I (and maybe even you) missed while taking the last two weeks off to get married and go on a honeymoon. Toninato signs with Avs Duluth native and Bulldogs captain Dominic Toninato didn’t waste any time once he became a free agent on Aug. 16, signing a two-year, two-way deal with…
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2017 UMD Men’s And Women’s Offseason Rewind (Plus An Important Programming Note)

As the great Kevin Pates reminded me back in June, there is no such thing as the offseason. You’re just in between seasons. That right there pretty much sums up the summer of 2017 for Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey. Things have just never seemed to quiet down. College hockey has failed to push the…
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Crowell Earns Extension After Two Seasons At UMD

Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coach Maura Crowell has earned a contract extension after just two seasons with the Bulldogs. UMD announced Wednesday Crowell signed a deal that keeps her with the Bulldogs through the 2021-22 season. Her original contract that she signed when she was hired at UMD in 2015 expired after the 2019-20 season.…
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Bulldogs’ Stalder Named Woman Of The Year At Swiss Ice Hockey Awards

Former Minnesota Duluth forward Lara Stalder was named the Woman of the Year last week at the 2017 Swiss Ice Hockey Awards. Stalder, the Bulldogs’ most valuable player in 2016-17, posted a career-best 23 goals and 33 assists as a senior to be named WCHA Player of the Year, a first-team All-American and a top-three…
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