Bulldog Insider Podcast: Recovering from COVID-19, former UMD captain back on the ice in Austria

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Minnesota Duluth's Parker Mackay celebrates with the national trophy after the Bulldogs defeared Massachusetts 3-0 in the 2019 NCAA Championship at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. (Clint Austin /

The last time we talked to former UMD captain Parker Mackay he was hoisting a national championship trophy over his head at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Now the two-time national champion is living in Graz, Austria where he is playing this season with the Graz 99ers of the ICE Hockey League, the top tier in Austria.

Ten games into the season, he and a few of his teammates tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the entire team shutting down play for two weeks. We caught up with Mackay recently to see how he is recovering and what his experience was like with the virus.


You can find more episodes of the Bulldog Insider wherever you listen to podcasts. New episodes air every Thursday. All episodes are being recorded remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bulldog Insider Podcast is co-hosted by Duluth News Tribune sports reporter Matt Wellens and My9 television voice of Bulldog hockey Zach Schneider. Episodes are edited and produced by Duluth News Tribune multimedia producer Samantha Erkkila.

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