“The first commitment Matt showed was to not take the easy route and sign a pro contract the next day. He took the hard road. He showed commitment to face this thing honestly and head-on." -- UND head coach Dave Hakstol
Matt Frattin has the skill set every hockey player dreams of. Fast. Powerful. Elite scorer.
He was living his dream of playing college hockey. That came to an abrubt end.
"The way he was living his life away from the rink wasn't what it needed to be," UND head coach Dave Hakstol said.
After two alcohol-related incidents — one of which he was later acquitted of — Frattin was dismissed from the team.
Frattin didn't give up. He showed other aspects of his character.
Hard work. Selflessness. Committment. Teamwork.
With his scholarship taken away, Frattin decided against going pro. Instead he took out a loan and came back to UND. He worked hard and earned his way back onto the team, earning respect in the process.
What Others Say About Frattin
"He's just a man-child. He's the MVP of our league." -- St. Cloud State head coach Bob Motzko
"We told our guys, ‘Don’t let Frattin shoot. That didn’t help, did it? He’s such a dangerous player. He showed why he’s probably going to be the WCHA player of the year." -- Bemidji State head coach Tom Serratore
"Matt Frattin is a Hobey Baker candidate for a reason. If you give him a chance, he's not going to miss." -- Michigan Tech head coach Jamie Russell
"I don't think I’ve seen anyone who can pull the trigger as quickly and shoot the puck as accurately as he can. When he wants to, he just completely owns the game. There are times you think he's playing in the wrong league." -- UND radio voice Tim Hennessy
"I think Frattin has pretty clearly separated himself as college hockey's best player this season." -- Chris Dilks, Western College Hockey Blog
"Frattin is so good he'll be in the NHL with Toronto as soon as his season is done." -- Wisconsin State Journal hockey writer Andy Baggot
"Frattin could be playing in the National Hockey League right now." -- 'Beyond the Pond' co-host Pat Micheletti (KFAN Minneapolis)
"Frattin was simply clutch all year." -- Mankato Free Press hockey writer Shane Frederick
"He's an amazing player having an amazing season." -- FOX Sports North announcer Anthony LaPanta
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