Zach Budish
Zach  Budish

RS Senior

Edina, Minn.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 214




Gophers Hand Out Team Awards, Schmidt Named MVP

Minnesota earned a share of its second-straight WCHA regular-season title and its fourth in the last eight years.


2012-13 Gopher Hockey Season in Review

The Minnesota men's hockey program closed out the 2012-13 season -- Minnesota's final campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) -- with a share of the MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions, the program's 34th NCAA tournament appearance and a 26-9-5 overall record.


Minnesota Places 167 Student-Athletes On Spring Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals


Zach Budish Signs with Nashville Predators

Budish will skate with the Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate - the Milwaukee Admirals


Nate Schmidt Signs with Washington Capitals

The All-America candidate was a two-time All-WCHA selection for the Gophers


Pride on Ice: Webisode 1

Go behind the scenes with the storied Minnesota Gopher men's hockey team in GopherSports.com's exclusive three-part web series, Pride On Ice!


Gophers Crush Pioneers

Minnesota scored four third-period goals in a 5-1 win over Denver.


Gophers Sweep Seawolves

Paced by Kyle Rau's hat trick, the Gophers swept Alaska Anchorage with a 7-1 win.


Minnesota beats Notre Dame

Top-ranked Minnesota defeated Minnesota, 4-1, at Mariucci Arena.


Gophers-Mavericks Highlights

Minnesota beat Minnesota State, 3-2, at Mariucci Arena.


Men's Hockey vs Wisconsin 03.02.12

Men's Hockey vs Wisconsin 03.02.12


Jan. 20, 2012: Colorado College at Minnesota

Jan. 20, 2012: Colorado College at Minnesota


Mariucci Classic: Minnesota vs Niagara 12.30.2011

Mariucci Classic: Minnesota vs Niagara 12.30.2011

Photo Gallery Budish Q&A VIDEO: Zach Budish G-60 Interview

2012-13 • R-Junior Season:Team captain • appeared in all 40 games this season, matching career marks in points with 36 and setting new career highs with 14 goals this season • also had 22 assists in 2012-13 • had four assists on the opening weekend against Michigan State (10/12-13) • scored the game-winning goal vs. Minnesota State, it was his first goal of the season (11/2) • scored his second goal of he season and assisted on Minnesota's other goal against Wisconsin (11/16) • scored a power-play goal and assisted on the game-winning goal against the Catamounts of Vermont (11/23) • scored the Gophers' first goal off a nice pass from Sam Warning against Nebraska Omaha (11/30) • iced a 4-2 road victory with an empty-net goal and added an assist against Colorado College (12/7) • recorded a career-high three assists to help the Gophers clinch the Mariucci Classic against Boston College (12/30) • tallied another multi-point night with a goal and an assist against Notre Dame (1/8) • netted an even-strength goal against Alaska Anchorage (1/12) • collected two assists in the Gophers' tie with rival North Dakota (1/19) • notched a two-point night with a goal and an assist at Minnesota State (1/26) • assisted on a Nate Schmidt power-play goal at St. Cloud State (2/9) • recorded a late third-period goal at the Hockey City Classic in Chicago (2/17) • notched a pair of secondary assists, including on Kyle Rau's game-winning goal against Minnesota Duluth (2/22) • tied his career high in points (4) with two goals and two assists to lead the team to a 5-1 victory over Denver (3/2) • muscled home a rebound to score a goal and registered a +3 rating in a 5-1 victory at Bemidji State (3/9) • tallied a pair of secondary assists in game two of the WCHA playoff series against Bemidji State (3/16) • netted a third-period goal to tie Yale in a NCAA tournament game (3/29) • All-WCHA Academic Team honoree. Singed with the Nashville Predators April 3,2013.

2011-12 • R-Sophomore Season: Returned to the Gopher lineup after suffering a knee injury in October 2010 • set career highs in goals (12), assists (23) and points (35) while playing in 43 games • fourth on the team with a +20 rating • team was 16-6-1 when he had a point • had a five-game point streak (1g-6a) from Nov. 19-Dec. 3 • made his season debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and had two assists in his first game in nearly a year • scored his first goal of the season against Sacred Heart (10/8) • notched 15 penalty minutes at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) • had three points (1g-2a) against Vermont (10/21) • dished out two assists at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) • registered one goal at Alaska Anchorage (10/29) • had two assists against North Dakota (11/5) • recorded two points (1g-1a) at Michigan State (11/26), scoring his first goal in seven games • handed out two assists against Minnesota State (12/3) • scored one goal against Niagara (12/30) • had one goal against Notre Dame (1/7) • recorded two points (1g-1a) at Denver (2/10) • registered one goal at Denver (2/11) • registered his second two-goal game of his career and first of the season against Bemidji State (2/17) • had one goal and one assist against Alaska Anchorage (3/10) in Game 2 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs • handed out two assists against Boston University (3/24) in the NCAA West Regional semifinals and against North Dakaota (3/25) in the NCAA West Regional championship game.

2010-11 • Sophomore Season: Limited to only seven games because of an injury • had six points (2g-4a) • team was 5-2-0 in games he played and 3-0-0 in games he recorded a point • injured right knee in a moped accident on Nov. 1 and missed the remainder of the season • underwent successful knee surgery on Monday, Nov. 22 • recorded two assists and scored an empty-net goal in win versus Massachusetts (10/8) • took five shots against St. Cloud State (10/22) • assisted on Minnesota's first goal of the game versus St. Cloud State (10/24) • scored 53 seconds into the game, had one assist and was +3 at Colorado College (10/30) in his last game before injuring his knee • named to the WCHA All-Academic team.

2009-10 • Freshman Season: Competed in all 39 games as a freshman, playing much of the second half of the season as right wing on the team's top forward line • was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice in January after a three-point weekend against North Dakota (1/15-16) and a five-point series at Alaska Anchorage (1/29-30) • team was 9-1-1 when he scored a point • scored his first career goal in a 5-1 win over Alaska Anchorage (10/30) • had two goals and an assist to spark a 5-2 win at Wisconsin (11/7) • collected the game-winning goal on an unassisted tally against North Dakota (1/16) • scored the game-winner and added three assists in a win at Alaska Anchorage (1/29) • tallied the team's lone goal in a 3-1 loss at Alaska Anchorage the following night (1/30) • assisted goals in each game of sweep against Colorado College (2/19-20) • won 57.2 percent of his faceoffs • ranked second on team with 45 penalty minutes • earned his first letter.

International: Participated in 2010 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. • participated in the 2009 U.S. under-18 evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., notching two goals in seven games • played for the U.S squad in both the under-17 and under-18 Five Nations tournaments in the Czech Republic • competed for Team USA at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, leading the team with three goals and two assists in five games

High School: Returns to the ice after missing all of 2008-09 hockey season with a knee injury suffered during the first round of the 2008 football playoffs on a kickoff coverage • captained his Edina High School hockey team to a 28-3 record and a Class AA state runner-up finish as a junior • named to the Class AA all-state tournament team in 2008 • totaled 26 goals and 37 assists for 63 points in 2007-08 and earned Associated Press first-team all-state honors • high school coach was Curt Giles • played 15 games with Team Southwest in the Minnesota High School Elite League in the fall of 2008, recording 27 points with 14 goals and 13 assists • all-conference middle linebacker in football • also played baseball • selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Personal: Major is Business Marketing and Education • accepted into Carlson School of Management •has three older brothers who all played hockey at Edina • oldest brother, Andy, was a member of the 1997 state champions, while Josh and Jeff both played at Edina with Jeff going on to play hockey at St. Olaf College from 2004 to 2008 • son of Kim and Paula Budish • born May 9, 1991.


Student Season Ticket Packages Unveiled

Student Season Ticket Packages Unveiled

4/19/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

University of Minnesota student season tickets for Gopher football, men's basketball, and men's hockey are on sale beginning Monday, April 23.

Goldy Gopher: A Heart of Gold

Goldy Gopher: A Heart of Gold

4/18/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

What makes Goldy Gopher such a special "face" of the University of Minnesota? Learn more in this video!

Gophers Announce 2017-18 Team Awards

Gophers Announce 2017-18 Team Awards

4/16/2018 - M. Ice Hockey

The Gophers held their annual team banquet as the Maroon & Gold honored the outgoing senior class and announced a number of team awards.

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