September 8, 2004

Minnesota Duluth
Jr. | F | LaGrange Highlands, Ill.

Before Stapleton accomplished the feat, the last UMD skater to start his career with consecutive 40-point seasons was Brett Hull.


Key Statistics: First Bulldog in nearly two decades to start his collegiate career with back-to-back 40-point seasons (Brett Hull was the last Bulldog to do so). Stapleton owns the best career points-per-game average (0.98) of any current Bulldog. As a rookie, he became the first Minnesota Duluth freshman in 26 years to win the team scoring title.

What He Does: If you were to use one word to describe Tim Stapleton, it would be "consistent." He followed
up a 40-point freshman year with 40 points last season and played a vital role in the Bulldogs' first Frozen Four trip since the days when Phil Collins
albums were a hot commodity. As Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin points out, a player for whom 40 points is an
"average" season is a nice commodity to have.

The Bigger Picture: Sandelin says Stapleton is "as talented as any player I've coached." Considering the fact that as recently as this April, Sandelin had a Hobey Baker Award winner to send over the boards, that's quite a statement. Without imposing size, Stapleton instead is renowned for being one of the more intelligent and speedy set-up men in the WCHA. If the Bulldogs are to make a return trip to the Frozen, they'll rely on that moxie even more this year.

Michigan State coach Rick Comley on Stapleton: "I love his skill and his hockey head. Tim is so typical of the guys Scott (Sandelin) has brought into that program, who play the game with their heads and work hard with
their bodies."

— Jess Myers

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