DULUTH, MN. -- If you take a trip down south on I-35 to the Xcel Energy Center, you will notice two familiar faces that use to suit up for the Bulldogs and are now having success with the Minnesota Wild.
For Alex Stalock, and Carson Soucy, they have laced up the skates hundreds of times. While their careers may be different, there is one thing in common. They both played their college hockey at UMD.
"It's just because Duluth showed interest in me really. I got to know them early on in my career playing with Spruce Grove. I got to know the coaches a little more than anyone else, and then on my fly down, I fell in love with Amsoil and the city", said Soucy.
"It kind of started with my visit. I knew right when I left campus, that this is where I want to be. They were so welcoming", said Stalock.
Stalock, a South St. Paul native, has spent the vast majority of his playing days in the State of Hockey, which is extra special to him.
"It's so enjoyable to be home and put on a Wild sweater every night. Play for those young boys that I was that looked up to these guys, that took wins and losses personal, and remember the fun playoff runs and stuff like that. So it's fun to be able to do that for the kids at that age", said Stalock.
With the Bulldogs recent success of winning back-to-back national championships, both Stalock and Soucy couldn't be prouder of the hockey hot bed that UMD has become.
"We take pride in it. Even the guys before me. You feel like you are almost a part of it to build a little bit before and lead to the success. But for them to sustain it now, is pretty special", said Stalock.
"It's awesome. You hope for those guys all the time especially just coming out of there. I have still have close friends that were on that team and my cousin Parker was the captain his last year there. It's always fun to root for them, and hopefully they have another good year this year", said Soucy.
With North Dakota in town this weekend, a rivalry will be renewed that even Stalock remembers vividly due to the team that they faced.
"Going there and you try and get a few points out of them was always so enjoyable obviously with Sandy (Sandelin) behind our bench, it was kind of fun with him back there because that's where he went to school. It made for a great rivalry and it was always great hockey so it was a ton of fun", said Stalock.