Nothing like a good banner raising to get the season off on the right foot. Minnesota Duluth will put up the 2009 Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff championship banner before the start of Friday’s 7:07 p.m. home game with Lake Superior State at the DECC.
The Bulldogs defeated Minnesota, North Dakota and Denver in three straight days at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in March for the Final Five title. It was UMD’s first league playoff title since 1985 and the first time in the 17 years of the Final Five that a team has won the play-in game and the championship. The school hopes to have a member of last season’s team to help with the banner raising. They are checking into the availability of winger Matt Greer, a 2008-09 captain, who suffered a concussion Sept. 25 while playing a preseason game with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch.
It’s also possible the Broadmoor Trophy, which goes to the WCHA playoff winner, may be on display.
Coach Scott Sandelin said there will be few, if any, changes in UMD’s lineup from Saturday’s exhibition game against the University of British Columbia. Sophomore Brady Hjelle will start in goal against Lake Superior State. Sunday’s game is 7:07 p.m. at home with Northern Michigan. Junior winger Cody Danberg wore a "Don’t Hit Me" jersey at practice Tuesday because of an injury, but is expected to play this weekend.
The 2009-10 season will be UMD’s 66th in men’s hockey.