Derek Plante leaving Bulldogs staff to become Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach – Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth affiliate head coach Derek Plante isn’t solely returning to the National Hockey League, however to the Chicago Blackhawks after simply two seasons again on the Bulldogs’ bench.

A UMD supply confirmed the information Friday, with an official announcement from the Blackhawks anticipated to come subsequent week.

Plante, who was a participant growth coach for the Blackhawks from 2015-2020, is returning to the NHL franchise as an assistant coach beneath first-12 months head coach Luke Richardson. A resident of Hermantown and native of Cloquet, the 51-12 months-previous Plante was initially an assistant coach beneath Scott Sandelin at UMD from 2010-2015.

From left, Derek Plante, Minnesota Duluth males’s hockey affiliate head coach (in UMD hat), Mike Sertich; former UMD males’s hockey coach; and Curt Giles, former Bulldog and coach at Edina High School, chat on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

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During Plante’s two stints spanning seven seasons on the UMD teaching staff, the Bulldogs made three NCAA tournaments, appeared in two Frozen Fours and gained their first NCAA title in 2011. The Bulldogs gained the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship in 2022 earlier than falling to the eventual nationwide champion. Denver in an NCAA regional closing in Loveland, Colorado.

Plante performed 4 seasons at UMD from 1989-1993 earlier than embarking on a 15-12 months skilled profession that included eight seasons within the NHL and 7 abroad in Europe and Japan. Plante gained a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and performed with Richardson on the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000-01 — Plante’s final season within the NHL.

Plante’s eldest son, Zam, is verbally dedicated to play for the Bulldogs sooner or later. Zam Plante, who helped Hermantown High School win a Minnesota Class A state hockey championship as a junior in 2021-22, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer time within the fifth spherical. He’ll both play in 2022-23 as a senior at Hermantown or within the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel.

Zam’s youthful brother, Max, was additionally a part of the state championship staff at Hermantown this previous 12 months, as a sophomore. Max — the center baby of Derek and his spouse, former Bulldogs softball and basketball standout Kristi Plante — will play subsequent season on the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, which relies in Plymouth, Michigan. He is eligible on Monday, Aug. 1 to verbally commit to an NCAA Division I faculty, as are all gamers heading into their junior 12 months of highschool.

The Chicago Blackhawks and UMD hockey applications have become carefully tied through the years, with former Bulldog All-American and Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Norm Maciver serving because the staff’s affiliate basic supervisor. Former UMD ladies’s defenseman Brigette Lacquette can be a professional scout for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks personal the rights to present Bulldogs Dominic James and Wyatt Kaiser. Kaiser, a junior defenseman, was drafted within the third spherical of the 2020 draft whereas James, a sophomore middle, went within the sixth spherical in 2022.

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