Fort Frances, ON native Joe Basaraba did not really understand what was going on during his freshman year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth when the Bulldogs defeated Michigan 3-2 to win the NCAA National Championship.

The Canadian right winger was new to the American college hockey scene and just holding on for the wild ride as he adjusted to a new level of play after spending the previous two years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

“It was almost a surreal moment there coming in as an 18-year-old, and you don’t really know what is going on,” Basaraba said. “I was kind of new to college hockey (after) growing up in Canada.


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