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Men's hockey: UND's seniors have seen a lot

GRAND FORKS - Two weeks ago, North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol walked into the locker room and asked that one or two of his seniors come to a booster lunch on a Friday afternoon.

GRAND FORKS - Two weeks ago, North Dakota men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol walked into the locker room and asked that one or two of his seniors come to a booster lunch on a Friday afternoon.

When he got there, all seven seniors showed up.

In typical form, this group stuck together.

They are the first class ever at UND to play four years without losing anyone along the way. Nobody got cut, nobody transferred, nobody left for the pros early.

In fact, the class that started with Jake Marto, Derrick LaPoint, Brad Malone, Evan Trupp, Matt Frattin and Brent Davidson even added a member this year with captain Chay Genoway accepting a medical redshirt.

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"That's special," Hakstol said, "especially in today's age. It doesn't happen all that often. To have a class stay together and grow up in the four years together isn't real common. There's a real special bond within this class."

UND's senior class is the only one in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this year that made it through four years together.

They have many highlights together.

They played in an NCAA Frozen Four (two for Genoway). They won two MacNaughton Cups and one Broadmoor Trophy. One of them - Genoway - has won the league's defensive player of the year award. Another one - Frattin - won the WCHA player of the year award Thursday.

Genoway remembers when this group arrived, specifically them being inseparable.

"They've been a tight group ever since they showed up," he said. "There are a lot of different personalities. The biggest thing with them is that I've seen all six of them mature over their four years."

This weekend - a best-of-three first-round playoff series against Michigan Tech - will be the last time they play at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

UND's Genoway

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makes WCHA history

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced its annual awards Thursday afternoon and there was a familiar sight on the list: UND captain Chay Genoway.

Genoway became just the fifth player in WCHA history to win four all-conference awards, joining Minnesota's Jordan Leopold (1999-02), Colorado College's Brian Swanson (1996-99), Minnesota's John Mayasich (1952-55) and Denver's Bill Abbott (1952-55).

Genoway, who also was named the WCHA's student-athlete of the year, was joined on the first team by two teammates: WCHA player of the year Matt Frattin and goaltending champion Aaron Dell.

Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald

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