UMD men’s hockey: Laderoute, Jacques returns to Bulldogs for fifth season – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH – Wednesday for Minnesota Duluth’s hockey program began with a farewell to senior defender Hunter Lellig, who put his name on the transfer portal after four seasons as a Bulldog.

It ended with a cute video on social media announcing the return of senior forwards Tanner Laderoute and Jesse Jacques for a fifth season in 2022-23. Of UMD’s six true seniors from the 2021-22 season, they will be the only ones left for a fifth season this fall.

“It’s just one of the best places to play college hockey in the whole country. Apart from a few teams, the atmosphere is just unparalleled. It’s exciting every night and you have such a good fan base behind you,” Laderoute said of UMD , where he will graduate in the spring with a degree in finance. He will use his fifth season to get his Master of Business Administration. “That opportunity is huge for me to grow as a player and as a person, managerially. I can not be happier that the coaches gave me the opportunity.”

Laderoute and Jacques are the last remaining members of the 2018-19 NCAA Championship Bulldogs team at UMD, after helping the program win another title in a row as freshmen.

Laderoute, a winger from Edmonton, Alberta, is the only returning captain from the 2021-22 squad, having served as a substitute last season. He made 10 goals and three assists in 38 games last year and has 28 goals and 23 assists in 135 games in his career.

Jacques, a center from Hermantown, had seven goals and four assists in 41 games last season and has 10 goals and 15 assists in 119 career games. His return provides the necessary depth in the center position, with UMD losing candidate transfer Casey Gilling.

The Bulldogs are picking up two centers from the USHL among five freshmen strikers: Jack Smith of the Sioux Falls Stampede and Kyle Bettens of the Youngstown Phantoms. Smith, however, has missed most of this season due to an injury.

“We want a young team. What are we missing, as 13 guys after this year,” said Jacques, who is finishing his finance degree and is still in doubt about whether he will take a graduate school or another major next season. “It’s going to be a big change, of course. It’s going to be a lot of new faces, having to make a lot of new friends, learning a lot about them. I want to do everything I can to help the team. Get the guys together and create a special bond this year.”

Minnesota Duluth play Michigan Tech in the regional semifinals at Loveland

Minnesota Duluth striker Jesse Jacques (18) and Michigan Tech defender Colin Swoyer (24) chase the puck behind the net during the NCAA’s regional semifinal match on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

The Bulldogs had six fifth-year players on last year’s Gilling list, redshirt senior goalkeeper Ben Patt (who was eligible for a sixth year) and fifth-year seniors Kobe Roth, Koby Bender, Matt Anderson and Louie Roehl. The only fifth-year seniors to advance were Nick Swaney, who signed an NHL deal with the Minnesota Wild, and Matt Cairns, a graduate transfer from Cornell, who also continued to play professional hockey.

UMD and other college hockey programs that chose to do so were able to exceed the limit of 18 full scholarships in 2021-22, but that was just a one-time exemption from the NCAA. Now the salary cap is back in place. The teams are again limited to a total of 18 full scholarships – which can be awarded as a whole or divided.

“Last year we had that luxury,” Bulldogs coach Sandelin said of crossing the line. “Some other teams did, some other teams did not. That’s why some kids hit the portal last year. This year, you’re going to see more of them because of the (scholarship) rule.”

The return of the mantle has resulted in some tough decisions this spring for Sandelin – and the players themselves – with dollars already committed to incoming recruits and only one underclassman, junior goalkeeper Ryan Fanti, signing an NHL deal after the season.

Of UMD’s six true seniors eligible to return for a fifth season in 2022-23 due to their participation in the pandemic-shortened season 2020-21, captain Noah Cates signed an NHL deal with the Philadelphia Flyers while the defenders Hunter Lellig and Jake Rosenbaum and striker Jarrett Lee (who originally moved in from northern Michigan) entered the transfer portal this spring to extend their college careers.

“It’s extremely tough,” Lellig said on Wednesday as he discussed his decision to enter the transfer portal, which he said was partly a financial decision and partly related to where he fit into the ranks. “I also think it varies. For some, it may not be that hard, but I think for the most part, you think it’s pretty hard. You spend four years of your life in a place you know – the city, the people, the rink, everything – and then it’s definitely scary to jump into a new situation. It’s not something that is easy. It’s much harder than people think it is. ”

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