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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

The Bulldogs women's hockey program outshot the Sharks 65-6 in a season-opener that pitted a pair of young Swedish goaltenders against each other.
Last year, Derek Daschke was at NCHC Media Day representing Miami as its captain. A year later, his former coach is breaking down the impact the defenseman will make offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs as a fifth-year senior.
The Bulldog Insider Podcast drops the puck on its fifth season with an in-depth conversation with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Bell. The Minnesota Duluth fifth-year senior defenseman and captain is back with the Bulldogs in 2022-23 after traveling the globe last season with Team Canada, winning gold medals at the 2021 and 2022 IIHF World Championship, and at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team opens the 2022-23 season with four games in seven days in New York. They hope to close the season with two NCAA Frozen Four wins in three days at Amsoil Arena.
The preseason NCHC poll mirrored the preseason national polls released this week. The Pioneers, Fighting Hawks and Bulldogs were all ranked in the top five nationally, and are the top three teams in the NCHC heading into the season.
Minnesota Duluth and Ohio State battled in the NCAA title game last spring at Penn State, with the Buckeyes edging the Bulldogs for the national championship. Now both teams welcome back Olympic gold medalists Ashton Bell and Emma Maltais from Canada who have a different perspective on the game of hockey.
The Bulldogs are among three NCHC teams ranked in the top five. Three Minnesota schools also make up the top five of USCHO preseason men's hockey poll.
A look at where the UMD men's and women's hockey players who elected to transfer wound up for the 2022-23 season. And who is coming back to Amsoil Arena as an opponent?
Minnesota Duluth is among a handful of WCHA teams welcoming back a plethora of fifth-year seniors, an Olympic medalist and a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-three finalist, making it hard to discern who truly is the top team heading into the 2022-23 season.
Minnesota Duluth's Gabbie Hughes and Ashton Bell are among a group of players who were either top-three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award a year ago, or Olympic gold medalists from Beijing.