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Shane Gersich is first since Tony Hrkac to play at UND and in NHL playoffs in same season

It has become common to see UND men’s hockey players suit up in the NHL after the college season ends.

Four players have done it in the last two years alone.

But what Shane Gersich is doing -- suiting up in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs during the same season he played college hockey -- is quite rare.

Gersich, a winger for the Washington Capitals, is the first player since Tony Hrkac in 1987 to play at UND and in the NHL playoffs the same season.

Only six UND players ever have done it: Gersich, Hrkac (St. Louis Blues, 1987), Brad Berry (Winnipeg Jets, 1986), Perry Berezan (Calgary Flames, 1985), Troy Murray (Chicago Blackhawks, 1983) and Marc Chorney (Pittsburgh Penguins, 1981).

Gersich suited up in Thursday's Game 4 between the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. He is expected to do so again today for Game 5.

The Chaska, Minn., product signed with the Capitals after his junior year ended. He played in three games at the end of the regular season. Gersich was a healthy scratch during the first round of the playoffs, but entered the lineup after forward Tom Wilson was suspended for three games.

Two others who played in college hockey this season also suited up in the playoffs: Boston Bruins forward Ryan Donato, who played at Harvard, and Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway, who played at Boston University.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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