National Champs Get Rings at AMSOIL Arena

By KBJR News 1

July 29, 2011 Updated Jul 29, 2011 at 10:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD men's hockey team beat Michigan 3-2 in overtime this past April to win the NCAA national championship.

Now they have a ring to prove it.

The Bulldogs received their national title rings Friday night during a small ceremony at AMSOIL Arena in front of family and alumni.

The title was the first UMD's 67-year history of men's hockey, and players on that 2010-2011 team said the presence of the alumni made the ring ceremony even more special.

"Having a bunch of the alumni back here," former Bulldogs defenseman Mike Montgomery said, "whether it's guys you've played with or just seen before, it makes it a real special thing we've got going on here."

"Since the end of the summer I was excited to come back for this day, former Bulldogs forward Mike Connolly said. "All of the support with the alumni here, it makes it an exciting time."

"As of now, you can tell that everyone's excited," former Bulldogs defenseman Justin Faulk said. "They're still excited, all the Bulldogs fans, alumni, and players. They're excited and you can just tell they feel the same way they did back in April."

"It shows what a great group of guys we had, how tight we were, and the character had all year," former Bulldogs forward Justin Fontaine said. "It's good to come back and know we had a team that, no matter if we were winning or losing, we stuck together."

Posted by Zach Schneider