Grant Potulny
  • Grant Potulny (1995-1998) participated in Football, Hockey, and Legion Baseball during high school. On the gridiron, Grant was a two-way starter at both tight end and defensive end for the Riders. For the Grand Forks Royals Legion program, Grant played first base on successful teams, including the state runner-up team in 1997. Grant was a key member of three straight state championship hockey teams for the Riders from 1996-98. Following high school and a successful stint in the USHL, Grant was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He attended the University of Minnesota from 2000-2004, where he cemented a legacy as one of the best on-ice leaders in program history. He became the Gopher’s first three-year captain since 1947, was a two-time national champion, and scored the game winning goal in the 2002 national championship game. He played professionally for five seasons in the AHL before returning to his alma mater to serve as assistant coach.  After eight seasons with Gophers, he was named the head coach at Northern Michigan University in 2017, where he remains today. In addition to the college level, Potulny has also helped develop the sport of hockey at the youth and international levels. He has served as a coach on three US Junior National teams, including gold-medal winning teams in 2013 and 2017.