Minnesota’s hockey talent will be on display in Saturday’s Frozen Four finale. Look beyond the names on the front of the jerseys and you’ll find rosters scattered with familiar hometowns.
North Dakota has eight Minnesotans on its roster and Quinnipiac has five.
So if you won’t root for either team playing for a national championship, here are 13 names you can try supporting when the teams face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Brock Boeser, Fr., forward, Burnsville, Minn.
North Dakota’s top goal-scorer (26) and points producer (56) will likely play a big role in Saturday’s result. He had two assists in Thursday’s 4-2 semifinal victory over Denver. Boeser was the 2014 Star Tribune Player of the Year at Burnsville High School.
Tucker Poolman, Soph., defenseman, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Among the top five scorers with 24 points (five goals, 19 assists). He has a plus-20 rating, was plus-2 on Thursday, and has 45 blocks this season. Poolman played three years at East Grand Forks High School.
Gage Ausmus, Jr., defenseman, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Named team captain after leading North Dakota with 95 blocks as a sophomore. He leads the team with 87 blocks this season, including two in Thursday's victory. He has nine assists and a plus-12 rating. Ausmus played one season at East Grand Forks High School.
Austin Poganski, Soph., forward, St. Cloud, Minn.
The team’s fifth-best scorer with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists). He was the team’s most-improved player a freshman and played three years at St. Cloud Cathedral High School.
Trevor Olson, Soph., forward, Duluth, Minn.
Played in 35 games, including Thursday’s semifinal, and has four points. Olson played three seasons at Duluth East High School.
Shane Gersich, Fr., forward, Chaska, Minn.
Totaled 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 36 games, including Thursday’s semifinal. Gersich played three seasons at Holy Family High School.
Hayden Shaw, Fr., defenseman, Woodbury, Minn.
Played in 32 games, including Thursday’s semifinal, compiling six points (two goals, four assists) and 33 blocks. Shaw played two seasons at Woodbury High School.
Ryan Anderson, Fr., goaltender, Roseau, Minn.
Did not play this season. He helped lead Roseau High School to the state tournament in 2014.
Derek Smith, Jr., defenseman, Apple Valley, Minn.
Leads the team with 75 blocks and has a plus-16 rating. Smith is also among the team’s top 11 scorers with 16 points (three goals, 13 assists). He played in 36 games, including Thursday’s semifinal 3-2 victory over Boston College. Smith played three seasons at Apple Valley High School.
Tommy Schutt, Jr., forward, Chanhassen, Minn.
Played in all 42 games and compiled 11 points (six goals, five assists). He leads all forwards with 52 blocks, tied for fourth-most on the team. Schutt played two seasons at Minnetonka High School.
Canon Pieper, Soph., forward, Roseville, Minn.
Played in two games this season. He spent two years at Shattuck St. Mary’s.
Bo Pieper, Soph., forward, Roseville, Minn.
Played in 41 games and scored nine points (five goals, four assists). He also played two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s with his brother Canon.
Jacob Meyers, Sr., goaltender, Chanhassen, Minn.
Appeared in three games and made three saves, allowing no goals. Meyers played three seasons at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.