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Owatonna native and Rochester Grizzlies goalie Zach Wiese committed to play Division I college hockey at the University of Minnesota last week. He's the first Grizzly to play Division I hockey.
Zach Wiese carried on the Rochester Grizzlies' tradition of strong goaltending in the 2021-22 season, leading the franchise to its first-ever Fraser Cup championship, as postseason champions of the North American 3 Hockey League. Now he's made more franchise history, becoming the first Grizzlies player to commit to a Division I college. And it's not just any D1 program. It's the home-state University of Minnesota.
Yotaro Nakadate had 21 points in 37 games for the Rochester Grizzlies in 2020-21, helping them to the NA3HL national championship game.
Rochester native Mike Aikens has guided the Anchorage Wolverines to the North American Hockey League's Robertson Cup, the league's final four tournament, in the franchise's first year of existence. He's done it with some names familiar to southeastern Minnesota hockey fans: Albert Lea's Campbell Cichosz, a Minnesota State commit, and former Rochester Grizzlies Collin Pederson (an Owatonna native) and Shane Soderwall.

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The Rochester Grizzlies had their sights set on one goal from the start of the 2021-22 season: Winning the Fraser Cup, the championship of the North American 3 Hockey League. They came together at the perfect time and achieved that dream. Here's how they did it.
Mike Aikens helped build the Rochester Grizzlies into one of the best franchises in the North American 3 Hockey League as an assistant coach for three seasons. This year, Aikens took over the first-year NAHL team in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has them just three wins away from a spot in the national championship tournament.
The Rochester Grizzlies won the NA3HL national championship this season. On Wednesday, they won a majority of the league's awards, including being named the Organization of the Year for a second consecutive year, having the Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season and the Goalie of the Year for a third consecutive season.
The Rochester Grizzlies won their first national championship this season. They cleaned up on Tuesday, too, when the NA3HL announced its divisional award winners for the 2021-22 season.
Dodge County's Brendon Wolesky, Lourdes' Matthew Mahoney and Mayo's Javan Hodge were all chosen in Wednesday's North American 3 Hockey League Draft.
Two of the key players in the Rochester Grizzlies' run to a national championship will be moving on and up next season. Forward Ben Oakland has signed a tender with the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL, while defenseman Noah Roitman has committed to play for Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., an NCAA Division III program located in a northern suburb of Milwaukee.

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A public skate was held in celebration of the Rochester Grizzlies Fraser Cup title on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the Recreation Center in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Rochester Grizzlies turned over more than half their roster from a year ago, lost the reigning NA3HL MVP and Goalie of the Year, as well as a high-end assistant coach who'd been with the franchise since its beginning. They also had a dozen players called up to the NAHL. None of that changed the team's ultimate goal, one they accomplished last Sunday by winning the franchise's first NA3HL national championship in its fourth year of existence.
The Rochester Grizzlies controlled play from start to finish, topping the Granite City Lumberjacks 4-0 in the NA3HL national championship game Sunday in St. Peters, Mo.

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