May 23, 2022

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What Everyone Ought To Know About North Dakota Hockey

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Find out about North Dakota hockey here.  The official name for North Dakota Hockey is the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.  The Hawks are a men’s ice hockey team and the university ice team in the hockey genre for the University of North Dakota, with 68 years of history playing ice hockey.  The team are well-regarded and are members of the NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference), regularly competing in the NCAA in division one.  You can find out more about North Dakota Hockey by following the official website here: https://fightinghawks.com/sports/mens-ice-hockey.

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Where Does the North Dakota Hockey Team Play?

A very esteemed biggest sport in North Dakota, ice hockey has a huge fan base, and the University of North Dakota has a long history in this sport.  Hockey is amongst the oldest division 1 programs in the USA, the North Dakota hockey team is also seen as perhaps the most successful of all.  The team play their home games at the Grand Forks campus and the university is seen among the best hockey schools in North America.  The team has appeared more than 30 times in NCAA tournaments, played in the Frozen Four more than 22 times, winning eight NCAA Divisions and Championships. Additionally, the team won 15 WCHA Regular Season Championships, 4 NCHC Regular Season Championships and 12 Conference Tournament Championships.

Who Are the Best Players at North Dakota Hockey?

To date, there are more than 80 former University of North Dakota hockey players having achieved 100 or more career points.  One of the best ever players of North Dakota Hockey is said to be Paul Gaustad.  Born in North Dakota, the NHL player played in 727 career games (managing to achieve 231 points) – which is an enormous achievement.  The next player believed to be one of the best North Dakota hockey players is Tim Jackman, who didn’t quite reach Gaustad’s impressive 727 games but still played a huge amount, in total 483 NHL games.  Since then, there has been no other home-grown North Dakota player to participate in more than 150 games total.

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Another notable North Dakota hockey player, Zach Parise (who now plays for the Minnesota Wild) played for the University of North Dakota for two seasons.  He turned professional during his sophomore year and moved to the Albany River Rats.  Parise was also the alternate Captain for the 2010 Winter Olympics’ USA hockey team, who achieved silver medal status.

Travis Zajac is another acclaimed North Dakota hockey player.  He played for the university from 2004 until 2006 when he moved to the Albany River Rats. Timothy Oshie (T.J Oshie) played for the University of North Dakota in the hockey team for three seasons from 2005 to 2008 and then moved to the St Louis Blues, deciding to miss his senior year because of his remarkable hockey talent.  We have to mention Jason Blake who was a star member of the University of North Dakota’s hockey Championship team during the 1996-1997 season.  Blake went on to play for a variety of men’s ice hockey teams following his stint at UND, including the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Islanders, and the Toronto Maple Leaf’s.  Unfortunately, Jason Blake was diagnosed with cancer while at the Leaf’s, however, he continued to play, finishing the season.

 

 

 

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