Minnesota celebrates UMD Men's Hockey National Championship Day

The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldgos hockey team poses with the championship trophy at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Photo: UMD Athletics.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth men's hockey team is being celebrated statewide Wednesday for their national championship win earlier this month.

Gov. Mark Dayton declared April 18 UMD Men's Hockey National Championship Day. The Bulldogs defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2-1 at the Xcel Energy on April 7 to take home the national title. 

UMD was the final team invited to the NCAA Tournament, but skated their way to their second straight national championship game with wins over Minnesota State University Mankato, Air Force and Ohio State in the Frozen Four. 

This is the second national championship in eight years for Duluth. The Bulldogs defeated Michigan for the title in 2011.