Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The NCAA DIII Hockey champions returned to Eau Claire on Sunday.
The UW-Eau Claire men's hockey team set a plethora of program records during the 2012-2013 season, but the Blugolds saved the best for last, winning the NCAA DIII National Championship on Saturday.
Sunday, the team was welcomed home by fans at Hobbs Ice Center. It is the program's first-ever NCAA title. Head coach Matt Loen says he's spent most of the season looking ahead to the team's next game. Sunday, he finally took some time to enjoy the team's accomplishments.
"With the travel day today, I had some time to think about it and how incredible the accomplishment really is," says Loen. "It's an awesome experience playing out there in Lake Placid and obviously winning the national championship is a phenomenal accomplishment for our program."
The Blugolds' senior leadership was on display all season, but that was especially evident in the Frozen Four where the team erased early deficits in both games. Those ten seniors ended their collegiate careers with a win on the sport's biggest stage.
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