MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Nick Seeler, who helped the Gopher Hockey program to a Big Ten regular-season championship in 2016, will make his NHL debut with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center against the New York Rangers.
Seeler will be the 117th Gopher Hockey alum to play in the NHL and the 23rd alum to play in the league this year – a figure that leads all college hockey programs.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Seeler spent two seasons at Minnesota (sitting out the 2014-15 campaign) after transferring from Nebraska Omaha. The defenseman concluded his collegiate career with 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 106 career games.
In his lone season in the Maroon & Gold lineup (2015-16), Seeler notched 10 assists in 36 games as Minnesota claimed the Big Ten regular-season championship. He led the Gophers with a plus-21 rating as well as 91 blocked shots.
Seeler, who was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection in his only year of eligibility, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a degree in business and marketing education.
The Wild selected Seeler in the fifth round (131st overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A First Team All-State selection for Eden Prairie High School as a senior in 2010-11, Seeler helped the Eagles win Minnesota Class AA state hockey championships at Xcel Energy Center in 2011 and 2009.
The Gophers return home next weekend to host Ohio State on Feb. 16-17 in the team’s final regular season series at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Tickets are currently available at GopherSports.com, by calling 1-800-U-Gopher, or by stopping by the ticket office at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
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