PROVIDENCE FRIARS

Conference: Hockey East

Record: 24-11-6

2018-19 results: Tied for second in Hockey East during the regular season and lost a three-game series to Boston College in the conference quarterfinals. The Friars beat Minnesota State-Mankato 6-3 and Cornell 4-0 to win the East Regional.

Ranking: No. 11 in the final USCHO.com poll before the NCAA tournament

Frozen Four history: This is the Friars' fifth Frozen Four (1964, 1983, 1985, 2015, 2019). They've appeared in two national championship games (1985, 2015) and have one NCAA title in 2015.

Coach: Nate Leaman (SUNY Cortland 1997), in his eighth season at Providence, is 176-100-38 with one NCAA title in 2015.

Five things to know

Future NHLers: The Friars have the most NHL draft picks (nine) of any Frozen Four participant, including Philadelphia Flyers 2018 first-round pick Jay O'Brien, who was taken 19th overall. The freshman forward has two goals and three assists in 25 games this year and hasn't played since March 7. Freshman forward Jack Dugan (Las Vegas, 2017, fifth round) is second on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 29 assists while junior forward Brandon Duhaime (Minnesota, 2016, fourth) has 11 goals and 22 assists.

Old men: The Friars are the most veteran Frozen Four team with six seniors and seven juniors. Josh Wilkins, an undrafted junior forward, leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and 26 assists.

From across the pond: Both of the Friars' Europeans - senior forward Scott Conway of England and Kasper Bjorkqvist of Finland - scored in the regional wins. Bjorkqvist, a 2016 second-round pick by Pittsburgh, was second on the team in goals this year with 17.

College Hawkey: The best name of the Frozen Four goes to Friars senior goaltender Hayden Hawkey, a sixth-round pick of Montreal in 2014, though his rights were traded to Edmonton. Hawkey has a 1.87 goals-against average and .920 save percentage starting 40 of this team's 41 games this season with eight shutouts. In the Hockey East and NCAA tournament, he's posted a .904 save percentage and 2.60 GAA with one shutout.

The perfect spot: The Friars are the ninth No. 4 seed to reach the Frozen Four in the last 12 years. They were a No. 4 seed when they won it in 2015, also winning the East Regional in their hometown.

Coach speak

"I believe you have to be able to play any style at any time in the tournament, and you have to be able to score in multiple ways. When we were fortunate enough to win the national championship in 2015, we led the tournament in scoring. At this time of the year, you're playing to win. You're very much hoping that the lessons that you learned throughout the year as far as growth in toughness, mental toughness, developing the scoring and developing the defending, you're hoping you develop your team the right way and to be a well-balanced team that can handle any type of opponent or anything that's thrown at them."

- Leaman