Justin Fontaine wanted to play college hockey someplace he would get a lot of ice time from the beginning.
He picked Minnesota Duluth, located in a port city on Lake Superior.
"Friends and family had to Google it to see where I was headed," said Fontaine, a Bulldogs senior right winger from Bonnyville, Alberta. "It's pretty much across Canada. But it's something I'll never regret, that's for sure."
Especially with how his career is ending. Fontaine and the Bulldogs will play Michigan in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
"You have to get into situations where you touch the puck a lot," said Fontaine, elaborating on becoming a Bulldog. "You don't want to be watching. So it was good to come in. Even though freshman year wasn't the best and our team didn't do so well, I still played a lot.
"And that prepared me for the next three seasons, and those have been successful."