Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD men's hockey team won the program's first-ever NCAA national title this past April, and this season have had the task of repeating as national champs.
Only eight times has a team repeated as national champions since the NCAA started offering the trophy back in 1948, and Michigan was the only squad to do it three times, those coming in 1951, 1952, and 1953.
Maybe to UMD's advantage, though, the last two teams to repeat as champs were from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Minnesota did it in 2002 and 2003, and Denver was a two-time champion in 2004 and 2005.
Some insight for this year's UMD men can come from just down the hallway at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, where the women's team has had the task of repeating five times, two of which they did so succesfully.
This year's players say at the top of their preseason goals was a repeat national championship, which will be handed out this year in April down in Tampa, Florida.