The Michigan names to know heading into the 2019 NCAA Tournament


By @MichaelCaples –

The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament kicks off today (Friday) at 3 p.m. ET.

Unfortunately, there are no Michigan teams playing in the postseason tournament this spring, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any Michigan names to cheer for.

Here is a look at the notable Michigan names and connections playing on each of the 16 teams who are about to begin play in college hockey’s national playoffs:

NCAA Tournament schedule

Ohio State

Dakota Joshua – Dearborn native

Quinn Preston – Trenton native

Michael Rounds – Mt. Pleasant native

Brendon Kearney – Northville native

Mason Jobst – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Ronnie Hein – Chelsea native

Grant Gabriele – Brighton native


American International

Ryan Polin – Holt native

Blake Christensen – NTDP alum, Muskegon Lumberjacks alum, Little Caesars alum



Les Lancaster – Ypsilanti native

Emilio Pettersen – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Filip Larsson – Red Wings draft pick



Marc Del Gaizo – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Ty Farmer – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Bobby Kaiser – Grosse Pointe native, Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Anthony Del Gaizo – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Jacob Pritchard – Macomb native

Mitchell Chaffee – Rockford native



Nick Azar – Grosse Pointe native

Adam Fox – NTDP alum

Derek Schaedig – Chelsea native

Michael Lackey – NTDP alum

Michael Floodstrand – NTDP alum


Notre Dame

Dylan St. Cyr – Northville native

Matt Hellickson – NTDP alum

Colin Theisen – Monroe native

Graham Slaggert – NTDP alum

Jake Pivonka – NTDP alum

Joe Wegwerth – NTDP alum

Spencer Stastney – NTDP alum



Michael Underwood – Bloomfield Hills native


Minnesota State

Mathias Israelsson – Northern Michigan transfer



Brandon Hawkins – Macomb native

Collin Murphy – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum


Minnesota Duluth

Koby Bender – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum


Bowling Green

Carson Musser – Grand Rapids native

Shane Bednard – Macomb native

Evan Dougherty – Kalamazoo native

Jacob Dalton – Saginaw native

Brandon Kruse – Saline native

Ryan Bednard – Macomb native


Arizona State

Jack Rowe – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum

Josh Maniscalco – NTDP alum

Joey Daccord – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum



Brandon Fortunato – NTDP alum

Wyatt Bongiovanni – Birmingham native

Keith Petruzzilli – Muskegon Lumberjacks alum, Red Wings draft pick


St. Cloud State





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