Quick Intro: Bemedji State Hockey
Playing out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Bemidji State University hockey program competes at the NCAA Division I level. Beginning next year, the Bemidji State Beavers will move to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. This year, the Beavers turned in a spectacular year. Bemidji State went 23-10-4 overall and 14-3-1 in the Northern Sun Collegiate Athletic Conference, qualifying for NCAA Division I National Championship Tournament. The Beavers' national ranking reached as low as No. 6 during the season.
During the 2008-2009 season, the Beavers knocked off top seed Notre Dame and defeated Cornell to advance to the Division I Frozen Four. It was the first Frozen Four appearance for the Beavers. Bemidji State entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 16 seed and captivated college hockey fans with its improbable run to the Frozen Four.
Notable Bemidji State University players that have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, include Joel Otto and Matt Clime. Otto is a former center for the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers, retiring after the 1997-1998 season. Clime graduated from Bemidji State University after the 2007-2008 season and has played for numerous professional teams, reaching the NHL in each of the last two seasons as a goalie for the Dallas Stars.
The Bemidji State University hockey program is led by head coach Tom Serratore, who has been at the helm since the 2002-2003 season. Serratore has led the Beavers to the College Hockey Association's regular season championship in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009. When Serratore took over the Bemidji State Hockey program, he replaced likely future Hockey Hall of Famer R.H. Bob Peters. Peters won 702 games and thirteen National Championships while serving as the head coach of the Beavers.