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Bulldogs frosh Kleber, Plante selected in 2nd round of NHL Draft

UMD Bulldogs

A pair of incoming Bulldogs men's hockey elites were selected in the second-round of the 2024 National Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Adam Kleber, a 6-5 defenseman from Chaska, was taken 42nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres, while Max Plante, a 5-11 forward and native of Hermantown, was selected 47th by the Detroit Red Wings.

They will join incoming Minnesota Duluth freshman goalie Adam Gajan, who the Chicago Blackhawks also drafted with the 35th overall pick in the second round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs will have 11 NHL draft picks on their roster for the upcoming season, including five in the freshmen class.

2024-25 ROSTER

Forward – Joe Molenaar (5th Year Sr.), Dominic James (Sr.), Carter Loney (Sr.), Cole Spicer (Jr.), Jack Smith (Jr.), Kyle Bettens (Jr.), Anthony Menghini (So.), Matthew Perkins (So.), Braden Fischer (So.), Jayson Shaugabay (Fr.), Callum Arnott (Fr.), Max Plante (Fr.), Zam Plante (Fr.) 

Defense – Owen Gallatin (Sr.), Will Francis (Sr.), Luke Bast (Sr.), Joey Pierce (Jr.), Riley Bodnarchuk (Jr.), Aiden Dubinsky (Jr.), Aaron Pionk (So.), Adam Kleber (Fr.), Ty Hanson (Fr)

Goal – Zach Sandy (Jr.), Adam Gajan (Fr.), Klayton Knapp (Fr.)

2024-25 SCHEDULE

Oct. 5 – Bemidji State

Oct. 6 – University of Manitoba

Oct. 11-12 – at Massachusetts Lowell

Oct. 18-19 – Minnesota

Oct. 25-26 – Stonehill College

Nov. 8-9 – North Dakota

Nov. 15-16 – at Miami

Nov. 22-23 – Western Michigan

Dec. 6-7 – at Arizona State

Dec. 31 – at Bemidji State

Jan. 4 – Alaska Fairbanks

Jan. 10-11 – St. Cloud State

Jan. 17-18 – at Colorado College

Jan. 24-25 – Denver

Feb. 7-8 – at Nebraska Omaha

Feb. 14-15 – Arizona State

Feb. 21-22 – at North Dakota

Feb. 28-Mar. 1 – Miami

Mar. 7-8 – at St. Cloud State

Note: Home games at DECC are listed in boldface.