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Brant Nicklin Joins UMD Hockey Staff

Brant Nicklin, who enjoyed a prosperous puckstoppoing career at the University of Minnesota Duluth during the late 1990s, will make his return to the Bulldog men's hockey program this season as a volunteer assistant coach.

See post at UMDBulldogs.

Elite League Bulldog Recruits

As summer begins to cool down and the trees are thinking about changing color, the Upper Midwest High School Elite League begins to start the engines.

Not too long ago, the rosters for the various teams were released.  Although this doesn't mean that a given player is guaranteed to attend, it does give a look at who made the cut and received an invite.  Junior hockey starts around the same time, so some players choose to skate their until the high school season begins, over the Elite League.

This year, the University of Minnesota Duluth leads all other colleges in the amount of recruits that are expected to be present at the rink.  This, in my eyes, is a good ole' pat on the back for Mr. Sandelin for a couple reasons, but it's always fun to watch a recruit develop until they're actually pulling on the UMD sweater (and keeping them in Minnesota is nice too!).

Forwards Nick Swaney, Kobe Roth, Jared Bethune, and Riley Tufte are joined by defensemen Matt Anderson and Mikey Anderson to represent UMD this year.  Swaney, Roth, and Bethune took place in last year's Elite League as well.

Below is a list of college-committed recruits that have received invites.

Minnesota Duluth

  1. Nick Swaney - Lakeville South
  2. Kobe Roth - Warroad
  3. Jared Bethune - Warroad
  4. Riley Tufte - Blaine
  5. Matt Anderson - Holy Family
  6. Mikey Anderson - Hill-Murray
St. Cloud State
  1. Ryan Poehling - Lakeville North
  2. Jack Poehling - Lakeville North
  3. Nick Poehling - Lakeville North
  1. Ryan Zuhlsdorf - Edina
  2. Ryan Edquist - Lakeville North
North Dakota
  1. Mitchell Mattson - Grand Rapids
  2. Matt Kiersted - Elk River
  1. Max Zimmer - Wayzata
Michigan Tech
  1. Jacob Olson - Hill-Murray
Boston University
  1. Kieffer Bellows - Edina
  1. Ben Newhouse - Benilde-St. Margaret's
Notre Dame
  1. Dylan Malmquist - Edina
  1. Jack McNeely - Lakeville North


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2014-15 UMD Bulldog Roster

The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced the roster for the 2014-15 season.

Roster changes include Carson Soucy changing from 4 to 21, taking Caleb Herbert's number from last season and Dom Toninato changing from 17 to 19, taking Max Tardy's number.

Freshmen Brett Boehm will be wearing 12, Blake Young wearing 17, Nick McCormack wearing 18, Karson Kuhlman wearing 20, Jared Thomas wearing 22, and Kasimir Kaskisuo will be sporting 33.

A sortable roster has been updated on the roster page.


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Q & A With Future Bulldogs: Jared Bethune

The Warroad superstar committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth along with his teammate Kobe Roth this past season. Bethune logged an outrageous 35 goals and 56 assists for 91 points in just 28 games this past season with the Warriors of Warroad. In case you were wondering, thats 3.25 points per game.  Not too shabby...

Bethune's larger frame allow him to display a more of a 'power forward' like style, giving him an edge against other players when it comes to a loose puck in the corners and driving to the pipes. Bethune was selected to play for the US Select 17 team last season, but citizen issues interfered.

The 6-foot winger joined the Lincoln Stars of the USHL after Warroad took an exit from Minnesota High School post-season action, and could end up playing for the Stars next season as well, which would be his senior year of high school.

Tell me about yourself... What do you do in your past time?

I'm Jared Bethune, 16, and in grade 11. I love hockey, but I love to spend my summer on the lake, golf course and playing other sports like basketball, and football with my friends for fun!

Tell me about where you're from and growing up?

I'm originally from Fort Frances, Ontario; born in Canada, grew up on the out door rinks in Fort, and played my minor hockey for them until I moved to Warroad in the summer after grade 7. It was the best move my family has ever made; I've developed unbelievably as a player and person here with the unlimited amount of ice time and great people that have helped me. Everyone is so happy for our teams success and also for Kobe and myself on continuing our career together someday at UMD.

Can you describe how much the sport of hockey means to Warroad?

Describing how much hockey means to Warroad is hard to put in words. The tradition and success that comes from Warroad is rare. So much support from the town. We get unlimited amount of ice time on the 2 ice surfaces, if the ice is not booked, no fee and a bucketful of pucks is there waiting for you. Most towns make you rent the ice at expensive costs. This town just loves it's hockey.

How did you come about choosing UMD? What drew you to the school, the town, and the team?

I've grown up being only a few hours from Duluth, spent many hockey weekends in Duluth and always loved the town. The Bulldogs have such a cool tradition and I've always been a fan of the style they play. When I found out that they were interested in me, and in my linemate, who is also my best friend, to play together for UMD - it was like a dream come true.

What is your plan for junior hockey?

My plans for juniors would be to play for Lincoln stars of the USHL after high school for a year or two. It all depends on how I handle the league and hope I can be a big impact for Lincoln. When I'm one of the top guys in that league I plan to leave and come to UMD.

Tell me about Kobe and your commitment to UMD with him?

Well it's a dream come true to be going to play college hockey with my best friend and linemate who I have had so much fun and success with. Kobe's talent is ridiculous, after 4 years playing with him I still am amazed at the things he can do. I've never seen anyone with that good of hand eye coordination. Some people have doubt whether he can handle the physical part of the game at the next level, and I know better than anyone he will be able to.


Q & A With Future Bulldogs: Kobe Roth

Future Bulldog Kobe Roth had one helluva season this past year - leading the state of Minnesota in both goals with 40 and points with an obnoxious 85.

Roth hit the radar big this past fall in the Upper Midwest High School Hockey Elite League.  His smooth skating and ability to fine the back of the net interested scouts around coaches around the area, including UMD.

Roth was kind enough to do a short Q and A session with me this past season.  Although Roth has a couple years until he'll throw on the maroon and gold Bulldog sweater, but his arrival and commitment were both big steps forward for the program.

Tell me about yourself... What do you do in your past time?

I was born in Mason City, Iowa and lived their until 8th grade which is when I moved to Warroad. I grew up in Iowa playing hockey, baseball, and football. Due to Warroad always having ice available, I was always skating and did not have much time for the other sports. In my off time I enjoy golfing with friends and I like to be out on the lake.

Tell me about where you're from and what it's like growing up in HockeyTown, USA?

Moving to Warroad was the best decision I have made. The hockey tradition of Warroad is amazing; every time I put on the Warroad jersey it's an honor. It's crazy thinking about all of the great hockey players that have come out of Warroad and you get to play for the same team as they did in high school.

Can you describe how much the sport of hockey means to Warroad?

Hockey is a very big deal in Warroad.  The population of only 2,000 people has not stopped it from producing college, nhl, and even olympic hockey players. There's a reason it is Hockeytown, USA.

How did you come about choosing UMD? What drew you to the school, the town, and the team?

Duluth has always been one of my favorite college hockey teams, so when I got offered to commit it was an easy decision. It was an exciting moment for me because it has always been my dream to play college hockey. Duluth is a beautiful town with a great hockey program and I am honored to be able to be apart of it.

What is your plan for junior hockey?

I am not apart of any junior team at the moment but at the end my high school career I plan to play in the USHL until I feel like I am matured enough and ready for the college level.

Tell me about Jared and your commitment to UMD with him?

Jared and I have been line mates since first year bantams in 8th grade. We have always wanted to play college hockey together and for it to be actually happening is pretty surreal. Jared is a great hockey player who works hard on and off the ice to better his game. Being able to commit to Duluth with not only my line mate, but my best friend is something not many people can say.

UMD Bulldogs 2014-2015 Schedule

Kicking off the season in South Bend, Indiana against Minnesota has got to be one of the best ways to begin college hockey.  Next year the Bulldogs have two home-and-home series - against the Gophers of Minnesota and Mavericks of Minnesota State.

Finishing this past season with College Hockey's most difficult schedule was rough, and it doesn't get any easier for the Dogs this upcoming year, as they are set to square off in 17 games against NCAA tournament teams.

With that being said, this summer will be anything but a time of rebuilding for the Bulldogs who were a tad bit on the younger side last season.

To view the full schedule, click here -> 2014-15 UMD Hockey Schedule


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College Hockey Pick-Ems

Join the 3rd Annual College Hockey Bracket Contest!  This is 100% for fun and games, so the winner will not receive a new car or an all-inclusive trip to Aruba, but you can pat yourself on the back?

Follow the directions below:

Create your own College Hockey Pickem bracket and see if you can choose the perfect bracket.

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