It's playoff time in college hockey and that means Minnesota teams and players battling for conference trophies and, ultimately, NCAA glory.
The State of Hockey is typically well-represented with dozens of homegrown players taking the postseason ice. In fact, last season 17 Minnesotans participated in the Frozen Four. From 2000-2014, every NCAA men's ice hockey champion had at least one Minnesotan on its roster.
This year it's more of the same, with four Minnesota D-I teams and more than 100 Minnesota-born players in action this week.
Justin Kloos is one of 10 Lakeville natives participating in this week's college hockey playoffs. Credit: Gopher Athletics.
March 17, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
March 18, Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
March 18, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
St. Cloud State has nine native Minnesotans on its roster, including Joey Benik from Andover. Credit: SCSU Athletic Media Relations.
March 18, TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
March 18, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
March 18, Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Credit: Courtesy College Hockey Inc.