Saturday night the college hockey season ended with UMass taking home its first National Championship. This was impressive considering the best player in this recruiting class, Cale Makar, now makes his living playing quite well for the Colorado Avalanche.
However, what was more impressive was the makeup of the four teams in the Frozen Four: three teams from Minnesota: St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, and Minnesota-Duluth. A fourth Minnesota team, University of Minnesota, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Minnesota State. Of the 80 players in The Frozen Four, 55% (45 players) were from Minnesota.
Starting with the 16 teams in D1 College playoffs over 110 players were from Minnesota. While many came from big “Hockey Towns” like Edina, Minnetonka etc., five came from the small town of Hermantown, a “suburb” of Duluth.