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ALUMNI: Plant, Pioneers Aiming For Second Straight National Championship

Apr 8, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Pioneers forward Rudy Junda (17) and goalie Tanner Jaillet (36) and defenseman Tariq Hammond (3) and defenseman Adam Plant (28) (left to right) following a game against Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs at the United Center. Denver won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

PHOTO: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA Today Sports

Going back-to-back isn’t something out of the ordinary for the University of Denver Pioneers and, if they can do it for a fourth time in their program’s history, it could make for a historic trip to the top of the college hockey world. Denver’s eight National Championships is one behind the University of Michigan Wolverines for the most in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history and could tie the Wolverines with another long playoff run in 2018.

A crack at another National Championship would also make for a dream finish to the collegiate hockey career of former Warriors defenseman Adam Plant, who is in his senior season at Denver and has been to the Frozen Four each of the last two seasons with the Pioneers including going all the way last season. Plant has been one of the more reliable defenseman for Jim Montgomery’s squad, sharing the team’s award for best defensive player in 2017/18 with goaltender Tanner Jaillet. Plant has also succeed away from the rink, twice being named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s (NCHC) Academic All-Conference team in 2015/16 and 2017/18.

The former Warrior co-MVP played in 109 games with West Kelowna from 2012 to 2014, collecting 12 goals and 65 points to go along with 87 penalty minutes in that span, including a bronze medal with Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Plant has compiled a solid four-year collegiate career with 12 goals and 41 points to go along with 97 penalty minutes in 152 collegiate games with the Pioneers.

Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Trevor Miller caught up with the Denver blueliner and talked about his transition from the BCHL into college hockey, playing with a plentiful of players from BC and much more.

Listen to the interview below:

 

The Pioneers take on the Penn State Nittany Lions to begin the NCAA Regionals in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday night in the semi-final where the winner will move to the regional final on Sunday with Ohio State and Princeton playing in the other semi final. All games are streamed on TSN GO with the Frozen Four from St. Paul, Minnesota being aired live on TSN.