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College hockey: Michaud transfers to North Dakota

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton player Logan Dushkin tries to poke the puck away from alumnus Westin Michaud, a senior at Colorado College, during the annual alumni versus high school games Dec. 24. Pine Journal file

Former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey standout Westin Michaud is headed to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks as a senior graduate transfer from Colorado College.

Michaud spent four seasons with the Tigers, though the first one was wiped out by injuries. The forward had 13 goals and 17 assists this past winter. Michaud has one year of eligibility remaining.

In March, the Colorado College forward, who hails from Esko, was at long last playing at Xcel Energy Center — a place he dreamed of skating, but never reached as a high schooler for CEC. He even scored the game's first goal March 22 against St. Cloud State. He got the Tigers on the board midway through the opening period.

Despite Michaud also scoring the Tigers' second goal late in the game, Colorado College fell 5-2 in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff opener to St. Cloud State, ending the Tigers' dreams of an NCAA tournament trip.

"He was our best player. I thought he was great. He had energy, he took the puck to the net," Tigers coach Mike Haviland said after the game. "Westin's a hardworking player and I think he's gotten better and better over his career at CC. As a coach, you love guys like Westin because you know what you're getting every night."

Michaud's college hockey dream came true in the fall of 2015 when, after stints in the NAHL and USHL, he first stepped onto the rink for the Tigers and played well in a preseason game versus the University of Calgary. It became a nightmare a few days later when he suffered a lower body injury in practice and missed his entire first season.

The Duluth News Tribune contributed to this story.

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