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Bulldog Bling! The Kings Get Their Rings!

Member of the 2018-19 UMD Men's Hockey Team received their championships rings on Wednesday night at AMSOIL Arena. Member of the 2018-19 UMD Men's Hockey Team received their championships rings on Wednesday night at AMSOIL Arena. |  Photo: WDIO/Alex Laitala

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Created: August 21, 2019 10:59 PM

Duluth, Minn. - They're three-time NCAA Champions, including winners of the past two. Next season is still one and a half months away for UMD Men's Hockey, but the kings now have their rings as members of last season's title team gathered at AMSOIL Arena for their 'Bulldog Bling.'

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— Dan Williamson (@Dan_Williamson) August 22, 2019

"Just looking back at the videos, it just shows how far we've come and how many guys sacrificed so much," says senior defenseman Nick Wolff.

"I'd love to have that opportunity to go back and some of these guys have that opportunity to win three in a row," says former UMD Captain and Forward Parker Mackay.

Mackay, who signed a deal with the AHL's Texas Stars in the offseason, was among those who graduated or left early that were on hand. Goalie Hunter Shepard was named Most Valuable Player for last season. The Cohasset native will be back for his senior season. In addition, Noah Cates received the Jerry Chumola Rookie of the Year Award on the heels of a debut season in which he secured a spot on the NCHC All-Rookie Team and topped all Bulldog newcomers in goals (nine), assists (14) and points (23). The Goldie Wolfe Award (Most Inspirational Player) went to Mackay, who was chosen the Most Outstanding Player at both the Frozen Four and NCAA Midwest Regional. Sophomore center Justin Richards earned the Mike Sertich Award (Most Improved Player) after collecting 32 points -- a 26-point increase from his rookie season -- to rank second on the club. Junior center Jade Miller was given the Pat Francisco Community Service Award.

UMD opens October 11th vs UMass Lowell. The Bulldogs will raise their NCAA Championship banner that night.

To see UMD's schedule, click here.

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