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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

Garry Bjorklund won the inaugural Grandma's Marathon in 1977, and won the race again in 1980. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is named in his honor.
Dominic James, Wyatt Kaiser and the U.S. National Junior Team will open the second edition of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship against Germany on Tuesday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
At 6-3, 201-pounds, Minnesota Duluth lands a verbal commitment from a big blueliner that is heading into his junior year at Chaska High School.
A database of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey recruits for the 2023-24 season and beyond. To submit a name or make a correction, email mwellens@duluthnews.com.
A database of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey recruits for the 2023-24 season and beyond.
The Plante family tradition of playing athletic at UMD continues. Zam's and Max's parents, Derek and Kristi, were both standout athletes for the Bulldogs. Derek Plante is also a former UMD hockey coach.
Minnesota Duluth's Wyatt Kaiser and Dominic James are among the 27 players USA Hockey is taking to Calgary this week for the rescheduled World Junior Championship. Two more cuts will be made before the final U.S. National Junior Team is announced.
Derek Plante has stepped down as associate head coach of Minnesota Duluth to become an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks. He'll work with three coaches who he played with during his 15-year professional career.
A resident of Hermantown and native of Cloquet, Derek Plante was a development coach for the Blackhawks from 2015-2020.
Andy Welinski lands another one-year NHL deal, and will play for his fourth NHL organization in four seasons after previously being with the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and the Calgary Flames.