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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

Jennifer Flowers helped navigate the WCHA through the COVID-19 pandemic, expansion and the end of the men's WCHA. She also continued the league's winning tradition with back-to-back national championships, and worked to elevate the profiles of the league's student-athletes.
“I wouldn’t want to go out any other way,” Clair DeGeorge said. “Knowing that we’re coming out as natty champs, it’s a good feeling going out this way.”
The Minnesota Wild assistant general manager had been battling cancer since 2019
Getting outshot 13-2 in the overtime period, UMass junior wing Garrett Wait scored the game-winning goal to keep the Bulldogs from a historic fourth-straight NCAA championship game appearance.
Bulldogs unable to overcome an “incredibly undisciplined” stint late in the second period of series finale.
Monday was the first of a two-day virtual NCHC Media Day event, featuring the preseason poll and a press conference by commissioner Josh Fenton.
Puck drop scheduled for Dec. 1, with the league's eight members playing 10 games each in three weeks before returning home.
Five minutes of 5-on-5 eliminated; shootouts will only be used in conference play, regular-season tournaments.
And to not have to put their lives, or their families' lives, at risk
The NCAA only permits college teams to have two full-time assistant coaches on staff, but many in the NCHC would like a third assistant to be permitted in the name of player safety.