He’s a Stanley Cup champion, an NCAA national champion and a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, Cloquet native Derek Plante closes out Season 3 of the podcast for us this week.

Plante coached five seasons at UMD from 2010 to 2015, before going to work with the Blackhawks as a player development coach. The 2020-21 season was his first back at UMD.

He shares what it was like to be back behind the bench for his alma mater and working with college athletes again. He also shares the challenges of recruiting during a pandemic, even with a team that’s had a lot of recent Frozen Four success.

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.

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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.