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2011 NCAA National Champs

2011 UMD National Championship

UMD National Hockey Champions 2011

Bulldogs win 3 to 2 in overtime.

Kyle Schmidt, of Hermantown, talks about his game winning goal in OT giving UMD their first NCAA National Hockey Championship.

27 Comments

Maroon Loon

about 9 years ago

We're number one! We're number one!

jj

about 9 years ago

Hell has frozen over in Duluth baby!

rollergirl

about 9 years ago

FLY HIGH DULUTH!!!!

Teal

about 9 years ago

That was an unbelievably good game. And for a guy who's heart was broken by Bowling Green way, way back, this is sweet.

Sam

about 9 years ago

UMD has 5 NCAA National Championships since 2008...
2 in women's hockey, 1 in men's hockey, and 2 in men's football.

Not too shabby.

Matt Jennissen

about 9 years ago

Very very cool! Congrats boys, hopefully there aren't any U of M Twin Cities-esque riots like they had after the Gophers won it back in 03.

wildgoose

about 9 years ago

+1 Rollergirl and especially +1 Teal, me too, Bowling Green stung for awhile, nice to finally get the win.

wildgoose

about 9 years ago

"The pain's all gone now,'' Watson said, wearing a freshly printed T-shirt proclaiming the Bulldogs as national champs. "It's all gone. That goal went into the net, and it erased all the memories." 

Nice piece from Star Tribune about Bwoling Green and last night's victory Rachel Blount: UMD assistant finally lands on winning side

bluenewt

about 9 years ago

So, the News Tribune has put out a special edition on the Bulldogs' win. Just curious: Did they do that any of the many times the UMD women's hockey team won the national championship?

cohohobo

about 9 years ago

no. i don't think so.

spooman

about 9 years ago

@bluenewt: I can give you several reason why they didn't.  Women's hockey is not a big deal outside of ex-Chancellor Martin's agenda and the militant left wing of the UMD athletic department.  The women's hockey program is funded on the backs of the men's hockey ticket sales (and possibly the football team these days).  Obviously, you've never been to a women's hockey game, because if you had you wouldn't be asking this question.  Why would the DNT print a special edition for a hockey program that only draws a few hundred fans (mostly parents and girlfriends/boyfriends) to a home playoff game?  And, to call the women's version of the game "hockey" doesn't do justice to the sport considering there is no checking allowed in the female version.  

Of course, Ms. Miller gets paid more than Coach Sandelin.....by golly, that's not equal pay!  I thought we were supposed to pay everyone the same for doing the same job!

In a nutshell, very few people care about women's hockey.

TimK

about 9 years ago

Title IX, Mr. Spoo.

spooman

about 9 years ago

I'm aware, TimK.  Title IX is a joke.  Instead of spending millions of dollars on athletic programs that do very little to enhance the collegiate experience of the student body and community, why not just give away scholarships to men and women and save us the expense of creating a new sport that very, very few people care about?  Women's hockey is about as exciting as watching paint dry underwater.

Collegiate sports can serve a useful purpose.  Unfortunately, that purpose goes bye-bye when the sport cannot fiscally support itself.

bluenewt

about 9 years ago

@spooman

I have in fact been to a few women's hockey games. I went to the last couple of games of the women's Frozen Four when it was in Duluth. I thought it was very fun to watch. 

I think the game is more interesting with less checking.

The Big E

about 9 years ago

Go back to Russia, spooman.

edgeways

about 9 years ago

I'd argue the danger in college sports is when the sports teams actually do make money. Then they start wielding too much power over other aspects of the university. No one wants to bench the star if s/he is making bad grades because the team will lose and lose money. 

Women's hockey is fun to watch.

davids

about 9 years ago

Women's hockey is fun to watch--agreed.

And, I've taught many women hockey players at UMD who were smart and engaged. Male hockey players, not so much.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

UMD coaches Scott Sandelin, Brett Larson and Derek Plante were at T-Bonz Bar & Restaurant tonight with the championship trophy. I couldn't resist shooting a photo of it with my beer.



We are the champions, my friends.

in.dog.neato

about 9 years ago

why does spoo hate america and our freedoms?

jessige

about 9 years ago

Title IX doesn't apply to the DNT.  It applies to the university.

And that is a fantastic photo, Paul.  I can't figure out what I want to do when I get my pic with it.  But clearly beer is a great choice.

spooman

about 9 years ago

I question your opinions on the enjoyability of women's hockey for one reason: attendance.  I've been to one period of one women's hockey game, and I'll never go back.  Boring.  You'll find a higher quality of hockey at the bantam youth level.

@ndy

about 9 years ago

@spooman: People attend sporting events for different reasons. People attend mens collegiate hockey & football and mens high school hockey & football games because they are institutions. UMD's mens hockey team could lose 3/4 of their games and still pack the house most nights. If the womens program attracted as much support and attention as the mens program, which I would argue they deserve given their success, it is likely their attendance numbers would improve.

And, if as you say, the problem is the caliber of play, why not support efforts that will and have improved the quality of womens athletics?

Either way, this isn't the NHL. Colleges (thankfully) are not entirely beholden to the whims of market forces when deciding on which programs to support. Their strength, in part, comes from their capability to have a voice independent from the masses and support efforts, whether scholastic or athletic, that improve our community despite their seeming lack of overwhelming popular appeal. If you don't like womens hockey, watch mens hockey. Just stop whining about it.

Chris

about 9 years ago

Any University that receives public money is required to offer equal sporting opportunities for female athletes.  I have no clue how that translates to a local newspaper.  The simple fact is less people are interested in women's hockey.  The opportunity for women to play collegiate sports can and should be mandated by law.  The interest of sports fans cannot be mandated, and I always find it amusing when women's sports fans act like it can or at least ought to be.  Not enjoying women's hockey doesn't make you sexist any more than not watching Cricket makes you anti-Pakistani.  The same thing happens every year around this time regarding Sports Illustrated's coverage of NCAA basketball.  Someone inevitably writes in lamenting the fact that more pages are devoted to the men's game.  SI and the DNT are all about selling their product.  In order to do so, they are certainly allowed to cover whichever sport garners the most interest.  For the record I think Spooman went way to negative on women's hockey, but it doesn't change the fact that the DNT has nothing to apologize for in this instance.

Vb

about 9 years ago

When can I expect to get my UMD Men's volleyball tickets?

jessige

about 9 years ago

NCAA Title IX resource:  http://bit.ly/hRyTZH

Should explain when you'll get those tickets.

Lufthansa

about 9 years ago

I'd like to see Shannon Miller thank Scott Sandelin for her paycheck.  You know damn well that women's hockey ticket sales aren't supporting the program, let alone her salary.

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