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Bulldog Insider Podcast: Confidence is key with goalie coach Brant Nicklin

Minnesota Duluth goalie Hunter Shepard listens to volunteer goalie coach Brant Nicklin during a practice at the Heritage Center in Duluth. (2018 file / News Tribune)1 / 2
UMD goalie Brant Nicklin spreads out after deflecting a North Dakota shot on goal at the DECC on Jan. 30, 1999. (News Tribune / file)2 / 2

This week we are joined by Brant Nicklin, the former Bulldogs goalie who now serves as the team’s goaltending coach. Unlike the UMD goaltenders he has coached to the NHL the last few years, Nicklin was a four-year starter in net for the Bulldogs from 1996-2000.

Still confident as ever, Nicklin shares his approach to coaching, what it takes to start in the net and how he feels about highlight reel saves. And as a challenge to the players he coaches, he would still put himself in net over them to stop a shot from anyone. Talk about confidence.

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