Former Minnesota Duluth men's hockey captain and Esko native Karson Kuhlman received his first NHL call up on Wednesday by the Boston Bruins.

Kuhlman, a rookie who led the Bulldogs to the national championship a year ago, has 12 goals and 13 assists with a plus-22 rating in 50 games this season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

The Boston Bruins, who signed the 23-year-old last spring as an undrafted free agent, are off until this weekend when they travel to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Kuhlman was named named the 2018 NCAA Tournament MVP after scoring a goal and recording an assist in UMD's 2-1 win over Notre Dame in the national championship game. He scored 39 goals and 80 total points in four seasons with the Bulldogs.

Kuhlman also played one season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey league, scoring 25 goals in 56 appearances and was selected to play in the 2014 USHL All-Star Game.