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Rhett Gardner
Player Profile:
Rhett Gardner 2339641
Position: Forward
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Club: Okotoks-AJHL
Major: Social Science

Career: Has logged 1,259 career faceoff attempts through his first two seasons, 10th-most since UND officially began tracking faceoff stats in 2003-04.

2017-18 (Junior): Assistant captain.

2016-17 (Sophomore): Named to his second straight NCHC Academic All-Conference Team ... Has achieved career highs in points (21), assists (13) and power-play goals (3) ... Won 53.2 percent of his faceoffs to rank ninth in the NCHC (minimum 200 attempts) ... Tied for fifth in the NCHC in faceoff wins (388) ... Went 14-8 on draws in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game vs. Minnesota Duluth (March 18) ... Had an assist in four straight games from Dec. 9-Jan. 6 to match the longest point streak of his career … Scored the opening goal of the game in UND's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to Boston University in the NCAA West Region semifinal (March 24) ... Earned second letter ... Drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft prior to the season … First UND player to be drafted following his freshman year since Dillon Simpson (Edmonton) in 2011. 

2015-16 (Freshman): Named to NCHC Academic All-Conference Team … Was UND’s nominee for NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year ... Tied for fourth on the team with 11 goals, second-most among freshmen … Only three NCHC freshmen scored more goals ... Won 280 faceoffs, second-most in school history (since 2003-04) by a freshman behind Travis Zajac’s 485 wins in 2004-05 ... His 280 wins led NCHC freshmen by 119 ... Took 529 faceoffs, also second only to Zajac (848 in 2004-05) ... Won 52.9 percent of his draws, second-best on the team and the eighth-best number ever posted by a UND freshman ... Had two goals and two assists in four games during the NCAA Tournament … Assisted on a third-period goal in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game vs. top-ranked Quinnipiac (April 9) … Scored an empty-net goal in UND’s 4-2 win over Denver in the national semifinal (April 7) … Figured in on both of UND’s game-winning goals during the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Scored the game-winning goal in the regional championship vs. No. 5 Michigan (March 26) ... Deflection goal came with 7:57 remaining in the third period and broke a 2-2 tie in an eventual 5-2 win ... Goal was his first since Jan. 23 and snapped a 14-game drought ... Assisted on Luke Johnson’s game-winning goal one night earlier in the regional semifinal against No. 9 Northeastern (March 25) ... Was named NCHC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 25 after scoring twice in each game of UND’s NCHC sweep of Colorado College (Jan. 22-23) ... Was also a plus-4 in that series ... Scored the game-tying, extra-attacker goal with 32 seconds remaining in regulation to give UND a 5-5 overtime tie in that series opener ... Scored a short-handed, empty-net goal the following night in a 5-1 win ... Scored his first career goal, which was also his first collegiate point,  in a 5-2 win at Colorado College (Oct. 30) ... Has enjoyed four 2-point games, most recently with a pair of assists in an 8-1 win over Western Michigan (March 4) … Earned first letter. 

Before UND: Spent the previous two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), where he totaled 37 goals and 54 assists for 91 points in 106 career games … Appeared in 54 games in 2014-15 and led the Oilers in points (54), goals (24) and assists (30) … Added a team-leading six points in seven playoff games … Earned AJHL All-Rookie Team honors in 2013-14 when he collected 13 goals and 24 assists in 52 games … Represented Canada West each of the last two years at the World Junior A Challenge, serving as team captain in 2014-15 and winning a bronze medal in 2013-14 … A 2014 graduate of Vanier Collegiate. 

Personal: Majoring in social science … Son of Rob and Renee Gardner.

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