The Frozen Four takes place on Thursday, and Minnesota has a huge showing at the tournament that will be held in Pittsburg, PA. The State Of Hockey has three teams competing in the tourney including our very own UMD Bulldogs. The Bulldogs will play University of Massachusetts, and Mankato will take on St. Cloud in the opening games. Who knows, we could even see Minnesota Universities face off in the NCAA Championship game?

Let's take a look at players who are on a team in the Frozen Four that come from right here in the Northland:

UMD Northland Players

  • Darian Gotz - Hermantown
  • Blake Biondi - Hermantown
  • Koby Bender - Cloquet
  • Cole Koepke - Hermantown
  • Jesse Jacques - Hermantown
  • Jarrett Lee - Hibbing
  • Zach Stejskal - Cohasset

UMD Minnesota Players

  • Matt Anderson - Shakopee
  • Wyatt Kaiser - Ham Lake
  • Louie Roehl - Eden Prairie
  • Kobe Roth - Warroad
  • Ben Almquist - Victoria
  • Luke Loheit - Minnetonka
  • Jackson Cates - Stillwater
  • Noah Cates - Stillwater
  • Nick Swaney - Lakeville
  • Connor Kelley - Maple Grove

Mankato Northland Players

  • Wyatt Aamodt - Hermantown
  • Ryan Sandelin - Hermantown

Mankato Minnesota Players

  • Jack McNeely- Lakeville
  • Andy Carroll - Northfield
  • Jake Jaremko - Nowthen
  • Reggie Lutz - Elk River
  • Dallas Gerads - Blaine
  • Riese Zmolek - Rochester
  • Cade Borchardt - Burnsville
  • Evan Foss - White Bear Lake
  • Ryan Edquist - Lakeville

St. Cloud Northland Players

  • Micah Miller - Grand Rapids

St. Cloud Minnesota Players

  • Brady Ziemer - Carver
  • Seamus Donohue - North Oaks
  • Luke Jaycox - Warroad
  • Jack Johnston - St. Paul
  • Spencer Meier - Sartell
  • Trevor Zins - St. Michael
  • Will Hammer - St. Cloud
  • Brendan Bushy - Thief River Falls
  • Sam Hentges - New Brighton
  • Joe Molenaar - Minnetonka
  • Nick Perbix - Elk River
  • Easton Brodzinski - Blaine
  • Chase Brand - Nevis

University of Massachusetts Minnesota Player:

  • Garret Wait - Edina

So, as you can see there are a lot of hockey players in the tournament who hail from our region. It's nice to see such a great representation.

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There are some players in the Frozen Four that the Minnesota Wild have an interest in. says we should be watching for Nick Swaney on the Bulldogs. He's a right winger and has was a 7th round draft in 2017 for the Wild. Sam Hentges of St. Cloud State was also a 7th round pick for the Wild in 2018. Finally Filip Lindberg from UMass was again 7th round pick in 2019 for the Wild. However Lindberg is one of 4 players that are now going to miss the game because of COVID-19 protocols.

We'll be carrying the Frozen Four Games all the way to the Championship right here on the Northland Fan beginning on Thursday at 3:45pm.

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