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Stejskal Excited to Join the Bulldogs as Newest Cohasset Netminder

Updated: May 26, 2020 11:03 PM

Zach Stejskal won't be the first Thunderhawk netminder to play for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team. In fact, he's got some big skates to fill between the pipes following the graduation of two-time national champion goaltender Hunter Shepard who also played high school hockey in Grand Rapids and is from Cohasset, Minn.

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"Shep and I talk once in a while and it's just nice to have that person to person contact especially someone you know so you can relate to," explained Stejskal about his relationship with Shepard. "I think the people from Grand Rapids are excited obviously to both of us born in Cohasset. I think it's fun to see and obviously I'm excited," Stejskal added.

Stejskal is set to join the UMD men's hockey team for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. He's spent the past two seasons in the NAHL playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Prior to the season ending early he registered a .916 saves percentage and 2.89 goals against average in 36 games.

He was a part of the Thunderhawks 2017 state championship, their first since 1980. Heading into his collegiate career, he already feels right at home with the 'Dogs.

"I don't think I could pick a better program right now to go into obviously. Back-to-back national champions, there's very high expectations," said Stejskal. "It a bunch of northern Minnesota guys and a few Canadian guys, so I think I'm going to fit in well there," he added about the Bulldogs.

Shepard never won a state title with Grand Rapids, but backstopped the Bulldogs to two consecutive national championships. The two-time All-American, two-time NCHC Goaltender of the Year, and three-time Mike Richter Award Finalist is UMD's all-time leader in wins (76-37-5 overall), goals against average (1.94), saves percentage (.922) and shut outs (17).

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