Lance Knudson (Co-Founder)

Lance grew up playing his youth hockey in Crosby where he won a junior gold state championship his junior year and was a three-time all-state goaltender. He then went on to play three years of junior hockey, the last two of which he spent playing for the Yellowstone Quake in Cody, Wyoming. He then went to college at Hamline University in St. Paul where he played two years of NCAA DIII hockey. Once he saw the University of Mary was starting up a new men’s hockey program, he decided it was time to move back to North Dakota. In two years at the University of Mary he was 38-5-1 with a 1.72 GAA, .931 SV% and recorded nine shutout. His senior year he served as an assistant captain and received All-American honors. He recently graduated from the University of Mary and has taken a job teaching 7th grade math at the middle school in Dickinson, ND. 

Evan Eriksmoen (Co-Founder)

Evan Eriksmoen played his youth hockey in Crosby, ND. During high school, he was a two-time all-state goaltender and was a member of two NDAHA High School state championship teams his freshman and senior year. He also received the honor of being selected by current Toronto Maple Leafs goalie coach, Steve Briere, to train at his “Canadian Professional Goalie School Prospects Camp” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After high school, Evan played junior A hockey for the Yellowstone Quake in the NA3HL, a team that went 35-9-1 and won a bid to nationals. Evan has enjoyed coaching young athletes and pushing them to be the best they can be his entire life.

Drake Hunter (Coach)

Drake is a native of Greenfield, Minnesota. He played Minnesota high school hockey for Delano High before playing for the Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL. After he aged out from junior hockey, he went on to play NCAA Division III at Northland College for two season before transferring to Hamline University, NCAA Division III. After he graduated from Hamline, he started his pro hockey career the following season with the Peoria Rivermen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He will continue to play for them next season. Drake has coached at many hockey camps throughout the Twin Cities during his life.

 Mitchell McPherson (Coach)

Mitch is native of Peoria, Illinois. He started his junior career at 16 playing for the Texas Tornado, where he went on to win a Robertson Cup (NAHL league championship). He continued to play for the Tornado organization even as they later became the Amarillo Bulls. He served as a captain at the end of his career in Amarillo and played over 200 games in the NAHL. He then went on to play four years for Hamline University leading the league in goals his junior year. After his senior season, he immediately signed with the Peoria Rivermen in the Southern Professional Hockey League where he will continue to play next season.

 Aaron Nelson (Coach)

Aaron is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, and played two season for the Bismarck Century Patriots. Looking to further his development, Aaron moved to Southern California to play for the Orange County Hockey Club 18AAA. Nelson later joined the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL. In his three-year career, Nelson earned two Central Division Championships and invites to the Top Prospects Tournament in 2013 and 2014. Nelson played NCAA Division 1 hockey for four years as a part of the Minnesota State University – Mankato hockey program and graduated with a degree in Biology. Aaron then played for the University of Mary hockey program in their inaugural season earning All-American accolades. He is currently the graduate assistant coach at the University of Mary.

 Zach Garrett (Coach)

Zach is a native of Creighton, Saskatchewan where he played his youth hockey. He later moved on to play Junior B for the Tri Town Thunder of the Prairie Junior Hockey League, a league which he is the 5th all-time leader is scoring. He also played part of two seasons with the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL. After his junior hockey career concluded, he played for Dakota College at Bottineau, winning a national championship in 2016-2017 and serving as a captain in 2017-2018. After graduating from Dakota College at Bottineau, he enrolled at the University of Mary and served as the first captain in team history.

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Dakota Roots Hockey School

3203 Rutland Drive

Bismarck, ND 58504


Tel: 701-339-2217

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