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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

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