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UMD Bulldogs Shine at the Winter Olympics

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February 6, 2018

From curling to women’s hockey, UMD takes the ice in South Korea.

Former University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and two current players are making a strong appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics held from February 9-25, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Three of the 10 Team U.S players are UMD graduates: Aileen Geving ’09, John Landsteiner ’13, and John Shuster ’07, while Cory Christensen is a current student. Their games play from Feb. 8 to Feb. 29.

Cory Christensen and Aileen Geving will play on the women’s team. This team finished fifth at the 2017 World Women's Championship and has had a strong 2017-18 season on the World Curling Tour

Four-time Olympian John Shuster ’07 and John Landsteiner will play for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Curling Team.


UMD is once again taking the lead... its women's hockey team boasts more Olympians than any other NCAA program in the country.

Team USA

Maddie Rooney, currently a UMD junior, and alumna Sidney Morin, who played defense, will join Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Maddie is one of three goaltenders who will represent the U.S., and is the second-youngest player on the squad. Sidney graduated in 2017.

Maddie and Sidney become just the second and third Bulldog players in the women's hockey program history to play for the U.S. Olympic Team. The first was four-time Olympian and gold-medalist Jenny Potter (at UMD 1999-2000 and 2002-04), who like Maddie and Sidney, was also from Minnesota. The pair also become the 31st and 32nd all-time Bulldog Olympians.

Team Canada

Haley Irwin, who played with UMD from 2007-09, and 2010-12 -- is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2010, 2014).

Jocelyne Larocque won gold with Canada in 2014 as a defenseman. She skated for UMD from 2007-2011.

Brigette Lacquette, who grew up in Mallard, Manitoba, will make her appearance in the Olympics as the first Indigenous woman on Canada's Olympic team. She played three seasons with UMD (2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15).

Brigette becomes the 30th Olympian for the UMD Bulldogs program, and the fourth Canadian Olympic Team member.

More Players, More Teams

Goaltender Eveliina Suonpää, who played for UMD in 2014-15, is on the Finnish Olympic Team. Lara Stalder, who played for UMD in 2013-17, will be playing for Switzerland.

Pernilla Winberg (UMD 2008-13) and Maria Lindh (UMD 2014-17) will be playing for Sweden.

On the men's side, Mason Raymond (2005-07) is on Team Canada.


Sarah Murray will take on an unprecedented role --- coaching a South Korean women's hockey team at the Winter Olympic Games.

Former Bulldog Sarah Murray is coaching the Korean National Team

Former Bulldog Sarah Murray is coaching the Korean National Team.

The team, the first ever in all of Korea, formed because the Olympic hosting country gets to participate, without competing for a spot.

Sarah’s began coaching the newly-formed team in 2015. Since playing for UMD (2006-10), she played hockey for two professional hockey teams in the top Swiss women’s hockey league and competed in the European Women’s Champions Cup.

Laura Schuler, who was an assistant coach for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program from 2008 until 2015, is the head coach of Canada's Olympic women's hockey team. Laura was a member of the 1998 Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team. She won silver in Nagano (1998) with Team Canada.

Robb Stauber, UMD’s former goalie coach from Duluth, is the U.S. Women’s Head Coach.

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