Eight Minnesota natives travel to St. Paul to battle for national title

by Jackson Boline

Jackson Hallum is one of seven players who hail from Minnesota who will compete this weekend in the Frozen Four. Hallum was a member of St. Thomas Academy for four seasons and was drafted in the third round of the 2020 NHL Draft. He is in his second season with the University of Michigan. LPH FILE PHOTO

For the first time since 2016, no Minnesota-based teams are playing for a national title in the Frozen Four. However, Boston College, Michigan, Denver, and Boston University will all compete for the top prize in college hockey inside the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. Despite the absence of Minnesota schools this weekend, the State of Hockey’s roots run deep within the four teams. Minnesota will have seven skaters who are natives of Minnesota and one staff member. So, if you were looking for a local angle this weekend, look no further. 

 

Boston College

Will Traeger – Mendota Heights, Minn. 

Will Traeger made his NCAA debut on January 21, 2023. PHOTO FROM BOSTON COLLEGE MENS HOCKEY.

Will Traeger, 21, stands 5 foot 8 inches and 172 pounds, is a Mendota Heights, Minn., native but played his U14, U16, and prep hockey for Shattuck St. Mary’s. Traeger played one U18 Prep season with SSM scoring 23-25-48 in 46 games, good enough to get him drafted to the Minnesota Wilderness in the NAHL. He scored 6-19-25 in two seasons with the Wilderness. Traeger’s next step in his hockey journey was with the Jersey Hitmen in the NCDC. He had a great season with the Hitmen, scoring 10-32-42 in 46 games, including five points in the playoffs. Traeger, a center, played five games in his Freshman season for Boston College, ending with one point. This season he has started in eight games during his Sophomore year. 

Emmett Marvin – Warroad, Minn.

Emmett Marvin played his High School hockey in Warroad, Minn.

Boston College has a Minnesota connection on its staff as well, Emmett Marvin is the head student manager for the Eagles. Marvin is a Warroad, Minn., native where he played on the high school team. Marvin played three years on the Varsity squad scoring seven points. Marvin is a Junior at BC, graduating in 2025, and studying Communications and minoring in Leadership and Management. He has been working with the hockey team since 2021. 

University of Michigan

Josh Eernisse – Eastview, Minn. 

Josh Eernisse has scored 8-6-14 playing in all 40 games he’s played in. PHOTO FROM MICHIGAN ATHLETICS.

Josh Eernisse is a sophomore forward for the University of Michigan, but he started his hockey career in Minnesota. Eernisse played his high school hockey for Eastview from 2017-2020, scoring 39-27-66 in three seasons. He opted to forgo his senior season to play for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. Eernisse played two seasons with the Storm, scoring 10-14-24 in 85 games. Eernisse originally committed to play for the University of St. Thomas, where he played his freshman year. After scoring 14 goals for the Tommies in 2022-23 he transferred to Michigan. This season, Eernisse has scored 8-6-14 playing in all 40 games. 

Garrett Schifsky – Andover, Minn.

Garrett Schifsky has scored 16-18-34 in 40 games with the Wolverines this season. PHOTO FROM MICHIGAN ATHLETICS. 

Garrett Schifsky, 21,  is a freshman centerman for the University of Michigan, standing 5 foot 9 and 174 pounds. He is an Andover, Minn., native playing three seasons for the Huskies in High School. Schifsky scored 52-46-98 in three seasons with Andover. He opted to forgo his senior year to play for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL. He played two seasons for the Black Hawks, the latter one as the team captain. Schifsky scored 58-42-100 in just over two years with the Black Hawks. In his Freshman year, Schifsky has scored 16-18-34 in 40 games with the Wolverines. 

Jackson Hallum – Eagan, Minn. 

The Wolverines’ third Minnesota native on the roster is Jackson Hallum, 21, standing 6-foot 170 pounds. Hallum is a 2020 NHL third-round pick by the Vegas Golden Knights. Hallum played his high school hockey with St. Thomas Academy, where he played all four years. He had a great prep hockey career scoring 46-58-104 in just 96 games. Hallum was drafted into the USHL by the Green Bay Gamblers, a team he spent two years with after high school. Hallum had more success, scoring 35-47-82 in 77 games with the Gamblers. Hallum’s freshman season at the University of Michigan was in 2022-23 when he scored 6-11-17 for the Wolverines. Currently, in his Sophomore season, Hallum has played nine games, scoring 3-5-8 in those games. 

The University of Denver

Tristan Broz – Bloomington, Minn. 

Tristan Broz has scored 15-24-39 this year, including a big goal in the Pioneers quarterfinal game. PHOTO FROM UNIVERSITY OF DENVER ATHLETICS.

Denver featured two skaters who hail from the State of Hockey, one of them is Tristan Broz. Broz, 21, stands 6-foot 183 pounds and is in his junior year at the University of Denver. The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted him in the second round of the 2021 NHL draft. Broz played his high school hockey for Blake School for two seasons. He racked up 49-56-105 in just 50 games at the prep level, good enough to get the attention of the USHL. Broz was drafted by the Fargo Force, spending three seasons in Fargo and scoring 34-56-90 in 108 games. The Bloomington native originally committed to the University of Minnesota where he played one season, scoring 6-5-11 in 36 games. Broz entered the transfer portal in 2022 when he landed in Colorado playing for Denver. Broz scored 10-18-28 in 40 games with the Pioneers as a Sophomore. He has scored 15-24-39 this year, including a big goal in the Pioneers quarterfinal game.

Jared Wright – Burnsville, Minn. 

Jared Wright this year, has 14-10-24 in 42 games played. PHOTO FROM UNIVERSITY OF DENVER ATHLETICS. 

Jared Wright, 21, stands 6 foot 3 183 pounds, and is a Burnsville, Minn., native who is in his Sophomore season with the University of Denver. Wright was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round of the 2022 NHL Draft.  Wright played his high school hockey for St. Thomas Academy, spending three years playing for the Tommies. He scored 26-48-74 in 71 games for St. Thomas Academy before leaving high school his senior season to play in the USHL. Wright played one season for the Omaha Lancers scoring 15-19-34 in 59 games. The next step was college hockey. During his Freshman season, he played 34 games scoring 12 points, and was a part of the Pioneers NCHC regular season championship. This season he has scored 14-10-24 in 42 games played for Denver. 

Boston University

Jack Harvey – Stacy, Minn. 

Jack Harvey in his Freshman season at Boston University is scoring 7-8-15 in 19 games for the Terriers. PHOTO FROM BOSTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS.

The final team in the Frozen Four is Boston University, who took down the hometown team Minnesota in the quarterfinal round. BU has one Minnesota-born player on this year’s squad, Jack Harvey. Harvey, 21, stands 5 foot 10, and 176 pounds. He was taken in the seventh round of the 2023 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Harvey played his youth hockey for Gentry Academy but did not play High School hockey, and instead played in the USHL. Harvey was taken in the USHL draft by the Chicago Steel where he played for four seasons, winning a Clark Cup in 2021. Harvey scored 75-65-140 in 174 games for the Steel, he was also a part of the U.S. National U18 team in 2021 and 2022. Harvey is nearing the end of his Freshman season at Boston University, where he has scored 7-8-15 in 19 games for the Terriers.