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The Hermantown-to-Minnesota Duluth pipeline is alive and well with former Hawks forward Jesse Jacques verbally committing to play for the Bulldogs in the future, according to the Hermantown hockey Twitter account. Jacques, who turns 20 in September, spent the 2017-18 season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, and will spend another season there before joining the Bulldogs in 2019-20. He posted nine goals and 16 assists in 60 games for the Gamblers last season.
Like the sun that has continuously beat down on Northland Country Club this summer, Hermantown native Alex Kolquist had scorched the field of the 93rd Northland Invitational in recent days. That ended Sunday afternoon, however, when Kolquist ran into an even hotter Matt Mellin. The Duluth native held off Kolquist 1-up in 20 holes in the match-play final on a hazy day in the low 80s to capture his second Northland Invitational title in three years and second straight Duluth-area major tournament victory.
News Tribune college hockey writer Matt Wellens ranks the NCHC's eight conession stands on the Bulldog Hockey Blog. Read his rankings here .
Peggy Atmore Mason, a founder of the annual Atmore Memorial ski races at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, died at the age of 92 Thursday at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth. The Atmore Memorial, which completed its 40th running in January, honors the memory of Atmore Mason's late first husband, Dr. William Atmore, and their oldest son, Mark, who died three years apart in the 1970s.
Three current Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and one future member are set to take part in the 2018 USA Hockey Women's National Festival that runs Monday through Aug. 13 at Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Junior forward and captain Sydney Brodt, sophomore forward Naomi Rogge and junior goaltender Maddie Rooney are among the over-18 invitees who are competing for a spot on the U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team that will take on Canada in a three-game series Aug. 16-19 in Calgary, Alberta.
Three members of the 2018-19 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs will take part in Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp Friday through Saturday, Aug. 11 in Calgary, Alberta. Junior defensemen Jalyn Elmes, sophomore forward Ashton Bell and junior forward Ryleigh Houston are three of the 41 players vying for a spot on the Canadian team that will take on the United States in a three-game series Aug. 16-19 in Calgary.
The United States roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in Kamloops, British Columbia was trimmed to 29 players on Wednesday, and all four Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs who started at the showcase remain. Sophomore defensemen Mikey Anderson, Matt Anderson and Dylan Samberg and incoming freshman forward Noah Cates will remain in Kamloops for Team USA's games over the next three days against Sweden (Thursday), Finland (Friday) and Canada (Saturday).
The sun had just begun its climb over the horizon Wednesday morning when former St. Scholastica men’s soccer standouts Kyle Farrar and Joe Watt stepped back onto their old pitch, Saints Field. Both admittedly were surprised to still be practicing on the CSS campus, but not because both already had graduated from college. It was because their young, three-year-old club, Duluth FC, was just days away from playing a national semifinal game in Florida.
Since four-year Minnesota Duluth captain Andrew Carroll died in late January at the age of 32, his family has been making the trip north from the Twin Cities to Duluth. They were at the first Bulldogs hockey game played at Amsoil Arena after Andrew’s death — a 5-1 win over St. Cloud State on Jan. 26. They watched his sister-in-law, Carissa, run in Andrew’s place at Grandma’s Marathon this past June.
VIRGINIA — As a young boy timidly walked up to Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen and the Stanley Cup on Sunday, he asked the former Blue Devils hockey star if he could touch the trophy. "Sure, go ahead," Niskanen said. "But isn't it bad luck?" the boy asked "It's up to you," Niskanen replied. The young aspiring NHLer decided he wouldn't take any chances and kept his hands to himself.