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There will be 28 former Fargo Force players competing in NCAA men's hockey tournament

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FARGO – The Fargo Force junior hockey team will be represented by 28 alumni playing for a national championship in the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament when it begins on Friday.

The NCAA Tournament West Regional will be held Friday and Saturday at Scheels Arena, home of the Force.

Massachusetts leads the way with five Force alums, Minnesota State-Mankato has four and St. Cloud State has three. Jared Hilderman and Riley Tufte won a national championship with Minnesota-Duluth last season and will look to become the first team to repeat as champions since Denver in 2004 and 2005.

A list of former Force players in the NCAA Tournament:

UMass: Ty Farmer, Niko Hildenbrand, Mitchell Chafee, Jake McLaughlin, Matt Murray

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Minnesota State-Mankato: Shane McMahan, Charlie Gerard, Mathias Israelsson, Ian Scheid

St. Cloud State: Spencer Meier, Blake Lizotte, Easton Brodzinski

Minnesota-Duluth: Riley Tufte, Jarod Hilderman

Notre Dame: Jack Jenkins, Michael Graham

Clarkson: Brian Hurley, Jere Astren, Cam Ginnetti

Cornell: Cody Haiskanen, Matt Cairns

Bowling Green: Carson Musser, Evan Dougherty

Quinnipiac: William Fallstrom, Odeen Tufto

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Arizona State: Jack Rowe

Ohio State: Austin Pooley

AIC: Hugo Reinhardt

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