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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 SDHL, as well as the country's tier-two league, will allow checking along the boards as part of a pilot program next season. A popular league for UMD alumni, the SDHL has increased its tolerance for physicality over the past four seasons.
The WCHA released its 2022-23 schedule on Monday, featuring four games in the first 10 weeks between the defending NCAA champions from Ohio State and national runners-up from UMD.
Bell and Hanley have wore the 'C' for the Bulldogs before, while Hughes gets a 'C' for the first time after wearing an 'A' last season.
Jennifer Flowers helped navigate the WCHA through the COVID-19 pandemic, expansion and the end of the men's WCHA. She also continued the league's winning tradition with back-to-back national championships, and worked to elevate the profiles of the league's student-athletes.
Six of the nine UMD men's and women's student-athletes who entered the transfer portal this spring have committed to new programs, including four of the five from the Bulldogs men's team.
The Grand Forks native was originally committed to North Dakota, having already signed an NLI. He re-opened his recruitment this spring and settled on the Bulldogs following two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
A database of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey recruits for the 2022-23 season and beyond
Bulldogs senior defenseman Lizi Norton is keeping her options open after helping UMD reach back-to-back NCAA Frozen Fours and earning an education degree over the past four seasons.
Scott Sandelin's ability to move his defensemen on to the professional level played a big role in Miami senior defenseman Derek Daschke chosing to play his fifth year at Minnesota Duluth, as did some insight from former Miami and junior hockey teammate Casey Gilling.
Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin will serve a four-year term on the committee that oversees the NCAA tournament starting with the 2022-23 season.