Buffalo, NY- Off of the ice, UMD obviously has a team of people that are right along with the team in their journey- that includes coaches, equipment managers, trainers, Hoagie, and one of those guys is a student at UMD, his name is Austin Rush.
You may have seen his name pop up in your social media timelines more than a few times over the past four seasons. Austin has worked as the team’s jack-of-all-trades media guy for three years. From video production to social media coverage of the team.
Austin pretty much has done it all. But what’s probably most notable about the senior communications major is that he can graduate saying he’s been to three straight Frozen Fours.
“It’s really a blessing because I didn’t come to UMD thinking any of this was possible. I’ve become pretty good friends with a lot of guys on the team so that’s special to me. Really just making the memories of winning a national championship, feeling defeat in 16′ when we lost in Chicago. You know just getting another shot at making history,” said Rush.
“What he’s meant to our department. I think he’s been a incredible asset, first of all he’s got a lot of energy being a student. 22 years old, you get to travel across the country and do this stuff, see us win a championship, see us play in another championship game. I think the other thing that is a benefit is his relationship with the players. It’s professional but it’s good enough to know these guys be in classes with each other. Almost feels like he’s part of the team,” added assistant athletic director Bob Nygaard.
“He texts me a lot before games just saying good luck when he’s not with us. Yeah he’s amazing, he does a great job. He runs a lot of our accounts, a lot of us know him. We know he means a lot to our program and our team. So he’s done a great job,” said junior forward Riley Tufte.
UMD will get underway shortly in their frozen four game against Providence. Puck drop is at 4pm.